Monday, October 13, 2014

Storage Unit Sale

Here is what the inside of a lot of our storage units looked like...nothing like Storage Wars!  It was my first storage unit sale and probably my last!  :)

My last shopping trip...

The trip all started because of this Craigslist purchase...

To keep Or to sell...that is the question. ;)

Barn Sale

A few pictures from my Barn Sale... I love that blogger now lets you upload pictures from your phone!  Too bad I have been deleting mine because I had thousands of pictures on there and I think it may have been slowing my phone down!

Flowers from fur and hair spray...a 70's you remember them?

Ahh...vintage doll hair...

My very first customer.  She came up from Kirksville to get some cameras!

Junkstock October 2015

I just got home from my second Junkstock show!  Why am I writing on my blog so promptly?  Because I had a sweet customer ask me if I was ever going to blog again!  I wish I had asked for her name!  She said she enjoyed reading it, so I will try to do a better job.
The above picture was me Saturday morning and below was me on Friday morning.  The weather was great this show!

This is my 9th time setting up at a venue, 7 of which have been outside.  What have I learned?

Be prepared!  My neighbors borrowed my calculator, tape measure, screw driver, square reader...I borrowed man power, aspirin, and dollar bills.  So much of having a stress free show is being prepared.  I had dressed the seen in the pictures...unlike other vendors.  And, I had thought I had enough money, but I ran out of ones multiple times and by Sunday I didn't have pennies or quarters!  I had my toolkit with me, but my tape had one inch left on had to buy some.  I had brought two receipt books...had to buy more.  Brought band-aids, but still had to borrow one, and forgot about how I hate having a headache all day...hence the neighbors aspirin.  Some day I will be really organized with an actual checklist and an organized spot for all the things I "might" have to have.  Reminds me, I also bought wet wipes...have a feeling I will be sick after eating all of the germs this weekend!

(I sold all of my cigar boxes, ladders, horse collars, stirrups, and one of these boxes.)

Be prepared.  I brought what I call nicer junk to Junkstock in June...I did not this time.  It stresses me out to bring something "nice" that then gets ruined in the trailer, or the rain...this time I brought stuff that could get wet and that could get damaged in the trailer because it would just have a more authentic look. ;)  That really helped with my stress level!  It is still great junk, just different great junk!  I also brought smaller items...other than two big tables...but I did that because I am always by myself.  If I can't load it by myself I don't bring it.  Sure my neighbors would help, but they have their own stuff to deal with.  But, remember I said I used my neighbors man power...  I bought my 10x20 tent off another vendor last year and had never put it up...  Luckily two of my neighbors had the same tent and I sweet talked them into helping me.  I think I might still be there trying to do it if they hadn't helped!  NOT something you can do by yourself!

(all three cabinets sold, white and red stools, both signs, and tool box)

(all cabinets, red toolbox, white first aid box, Granger tin, and probably 10+ clocks sold)

Be prepared.  People are going to think what you are buying is over priced...then the next person buys it!  It is crazy.  Don't take things personally.  I am not the norm.  I price things for what I want to sell them at.  I don't negotiate much.  I know everyone wants a deal, I do too, but when something is fairly priced, don't be insulted if I won't negotiate with you.  It never hurts to ask, but don't be rude if I won't come down!  I don't believe in over pricing everything so that you can negotiate with me and feel like you got a deal!  Sorry!

(cabinet sold)

Be prepared.  Attract the husbands.  You must have manly things or funny things that get good laughs.  I had a bedroom-o-meter...his mood/her mood.  People stop and chuckle about it and then they look closer at your booth!

(navy/white suitcase, first aid kits, borax, nourse tin, baking soda tin, 5 toy trucks, oar, plant stand, and red tin all sold)

Be prepared.  I must have been sleeping and put this on Instagram?  Do you follow me on Instagram?  Use social media.  It takes time, my husband thinks I am ALWAYS on my phone...but it is today's business!  Sadly my phone won't stay charged very long, so I did not stay on Facebook much this Junkstock weekend, plus I was always selling things!

(most things sold, but not the table or wooden stool)

Be prepared.  Have enough business cards(I need to order some!!), market yourself, say hi to customers, make connections, and have fun!!!

(sold lots of gourds, arches, and the pitch fork)

(spool, surveyors tripod, wood box, nesting boxes, yellow bucket, butcher block table...sold)

(shutter, basket, dresser sold)

Bed, crate, feeders, lots of enamel!)

I wish I would have taken a picture of the booth at the end if Sunday!!

Friday, October 3, 2014

The Junk Parlor is open!

I had my first Barn Sale last weekend, which was amazing!  I am open for some odd hours this weekend.  It is Centerville's Homecoming!  I'm hoping everyone finds out about my sale and comes out between Homecoming Festivities!  I also have lots of goodies at The Hall Tree on the west side of the Centerville square.  Have a great weekend!

Monday, September 29, 2014


I did it!  I don't have any pictures on this computer to share, but they are all over Facebook....  Go check it out!  I finally, finally got the "barn" aka Morton building ready for a sale this weekend.  I am going to continue hosting occasional sales at the barn and also randomly be open.  If you are in southern Iowa on highway 5 look for my flag...if it is out then I am open!  Because Facebook is SO easy to navigate I am constantly posting on there and not so much on my blog.  Please hop on over and like my page for constant updates.  Thank you!

Saturday, May 17, 2014

Upcoming Shows!

Goodness, what have I gotten myself into!  I am doing THREE, yes THREE shows back to back.  Which would be less stressful if this was my full time gig and I had more time to buy, clean, and tag things.  Or, strip, paint, and seal things!  But, I don't.  So this will be a learning experience!

First up, a new show, Vintage & Made Fair, to be held in Des Moines at Old Historic Jordan Camp.  My good friend Tricia Hall with Vintage No. 35 and Rescued Junk are gearing up for a great show.  I'm so excited for them.

The next weekend I have the Walnut Antique Show.  This show has been around forever, but I have never attended as a customer or as a vendor!  I'm a little nervous.  Last year I was thinking about going and it rained, and rained, and rained!  Please no rain this year!  I will be sharing my space with my good friend Susanne of Pood's Picks.  After reading the vendor information, it sounds like we have an hour to set-up!  Ha!  I am a one woman show and I will never be even close to being ready!!!  Should prove to be interesting.

The  Annual
Walnut AMVETs Antique Show
Father's Day Weekend
June 13 - 15, 2014

The third weekend in June is Junkstock!  I felt honored to be asked by Sara to be a vendor.  Thanks Sara!  Again, I have not been to this show as a customer or vendor, but I had already scoped the whole thing out.  They even have youtube videos!  So when Sara tried to explain Junkstock and gave me some people to talk to and places online to visit, I laughed, told her been there done that!  SO excited!!

What do you think!?  Will I be busy in June?