Wednesday, February 25, 2015

New Location

Sunday I started unloading the trailer into Flower Tique on the east side of the Centerville square.  Amy and I have decided to team up and combine my antiques with her flowers. It's still a work in progress but here are some pictures. ..

Friday, February 6, 2015

My Mudroom Update

So with 3 kids in multiple activities our mudroom did not have enough storage.  We had our closet and lockers,  but we needed more places to put things. So I added a couple pieces of trim that I added hooks to. I brought in a dresser from the shop for hats, gloves, scarves,  etc. And I made a charging station out of an old file box. This is working so much better!

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

New charging station

I moved a dresser into our mudroom to hold gloves, scarves and hats. These had been kept in baskets in our lockers but they were to high for the kids to reach.  It's just the start of winter and I'm already sick of getting the baskets down. I went out to the barn and picked a dresser I had been trying to sell.  I'll post pictures of it later.

We currently charge our phones on the kitchen counter in a store bought charging station I just don't like. I wanted to get the phones out of the kitchen and this dresser was the perfect way to do that.

I went back out to the barn and looked for something to hold all of the cords and the  power strip.  I tested out a lot of wood boxes but ended up picking this metal file folder. I have another one I'm going to make and sell.  Hint, hint...

All I did was used the drill to make holes and that was it! Of course my battery was dead so I had to wait for it to charge.  My station would probably look better if I had a bigger drill bit, but I love it anyway!

Monday, December 1, 2014

One more thing. ..

I stared at some store letters all weekend at Junk Jubilee JINGLES,  but didn't go check the price.  I figured they hadn't sold so they must be expensive.  I dreamt of writing coffee on the wall with them.  Not all the letters were there,  but enough.  Sunday morning a dealer is walking away with them. .. $10!! Dang it Brooke!  Should have checked the price. ..ALWAYS check the price!

Sunday, November 23, 2014


More of my booth.  If you were interested in any of my big items they will be available at my next Barn Sale the first weekend of December.

Junk Jubilee JINGLES

This past weekend I setup at the Iowa State Fairgrounds for Junk Jubilee JINGLES.  In the past I have only been able to attend the spring event, but since I am now doing this full-time I could participate in the fall show.
I have written many posts about what I have learned from doing shows.  Somehow I "forgot" some of my own tips this time! The biggest tip I forgot was about the size of my items. I went way to big and I only sold one little chimney cabinet!  This was my third show in 2 weeks. ..I was SO tired from moving everything!  I was literally the last vendor to leave after the show! And luckily Miccia,  her brother, and former partner were there to help.  So, again don't take big heavy items. ..especially when you are by yourself and at a show were it is known people don't buy bigs.   (Won't happen again, I hope)
I continue to learn new things at the shows as well.  I had read this tip somewhere a long time ago, but this time I actually applied it! Face your checkout to the aisle, not back into your booth. You don't want to have a line of people waiting to pay standing in your booth because then others can't look!
Have a comfortable seat for yourself!  My sturdy stool was not so sturdy after I got on and off a million times. It was too high for my legs but too low for my checkout counter.
Talk to people.  They don't want to have a conversation with you,  but say hi, plug your shop and let them shop.