Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Junk Jubilee this weekend!!

As I get ready for my first show as a vendor I find myself super nervous/anxious!  I just want it to be here already so I can get some experience and know what to do better or differently for next time!  I am taking more junky stuff than I take to The Columns to sell.  I just don't see being able to take a bunch of painted, pretty junk to Junk Jubilee, for many reasons:  no workshop(in progress), no enclosed trailer(using dads stock trailer), no time(already have a full time job and 3 kids).  And I do not want to remove all of my stuff from The Columns and leave it empty!

A new facebook friend, Traci from the Shabby nest, recommended the square over a paypal card reader.  I had never even heard of square...but now I have one and we will see if I can figure out how to use it!  Traci has helped answer a lot of questions, like right now I need to ask her how much cash I should bring for this weekend!  You should go visit her blog and "like" her on facebook!

Here are a couple new pieces I have added to The Columns:

Other exciting news...I now have a booth at Brass Armadillo in Des Moines.  I took a van full up on Sunday so that it wouldn't be sitting empty, but the plan is to take some stuff up for Brass when I go to Junk Jubilee and then what I don't sell at Junk Jubilee I can just ship over to Brass!  This is what it looked like when I left on Sunday.  The display on the top shelf, is just display and not on sale.  Is that a good idea???  In a couple weeks I will make sure the booth is AWESOME and more my style.  ;)

Saturday, April 6, 2013

Around the Shop

Here are some pictures from one of my spaces at The Columns in Centerville, Iowa.

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Storage and Stuff

After a year of The Junk Parlor, meaning a year of selling unusual finds and creating things, I have finally lost my initial hesitation to buy things.  I spent a good 6 months on the fence.  Do I do this, do I buy it, do I go for it...  Do I have enough stuff to start, too much, will people buy my stuff...   I shopped the thrift stores and consignment stores, a few small auctions and garage sales, but I never really bought a lot at a time.  Always a little scared.  Then I committed.  Then I went to some bigger auctions and I bought A LOT!  Then the problem became, what do I do with all of it!  Buying, hauling, cleaning, fixing, making, painting, stripping, sanding, pricing, EVERYTHING takes space.

My basement is finished and we did so leaving me about an 8 x 12 room to be my workshop.  But, the entire basement, roughly 25 x 55 became my workshop and the kids lost their craft/game room, the workout area was gone, as well as the guest bedroom and family room.  These were just my work in progress items or nicer things I didn't want outside!  I have a 30 x 60ish Morton Building full of stuff too.  What to do!?  We decided to empty out the Morton Building and pour cement so I could store some nicer items out there.  Wrong.  It is hot one week, cold the next, raining/snowing the next and the building is not finished nor come to find out waterproof!  A decision had to be made.  Finally I decided to make a smaller room in the Morton Building to become my year round workshop.  That way I could still get things accomplished, but I wouldn't be fumigating the house and my family in the process.

My dad became my general contractor and the workshop has officially started to take shape.  I am SO excited!  It probably won't be ready until it is nice enough that I won't need a heater, will be great to have next winter!  I will keep you updated on the progress.