I am beginning to recover from the Ruffles & Rust October Market that happened this past weekend. No matter how much time I have leading up to a market—the last three weeks is when the big PUSH happens, and that last week is frantic in trying to get as many projects completed as possible! For some reason this one stressed me out more than the August Barn Sale—probably because I was expecting it to be BIGGER—although it didn’t turn out to be.
I had most of the day Thursday and Friday to set up for the show. When I left Thursday afternoon, this is what things were looking like….
…by Friday afternoon, I had my friend Stacy there with me to help with set-up, so of course we moved everything around!
I also tend to bring more stuff than I really have room for. The producers of this show are SUPER nice, though, and are perfectly willing to let me spread out a little! So I also commandeered some space next to the wall just across the aisle.
That secretary on the left looks way more blue than it was in person. I painted it Valspar Vintage Teal, and then glazed it with undiluted ebony stain. It was the most gorgeous color! It sold almost immediately.
The creamy storage bench sold, as did the red lazy susan and the trunk. I brought home the bar stools and the rocking horse—but that one wasn’t really surprising as I had a pretty hefty price tag on it, as I explained here (Stacy teased me about that a lot).
Although I brought card catalog home with me (and let me tell you, Stacy wasn’t thrilled about toting it…again!) I got a call on the drive home from someone who wanted it, so we just unloaded it to the sidewalk and it was gone 45 minutes later!
One of my farm tables is in the middle, along with three chairs and a bench. It didn’t sell, but I had several people take cards who may be interested in custom tables later.
I was actually pretty disappointed in how little furniture I sold. And to be honest—in the end I did not make as much money as I did at the August show, although this one was supposed to be “bigger.” In talking to several other vendors, though, it wasn’t just me—and they had some of the same feedback from the vendors they had talked to. Now don’t get me wrong—I still made money, but I wasn’t thrilled about how much I had to haul home!
The good thing, though, is that furniture is pretty easy to sell on Craigslist—it’s the small stuff that’s harder to sell through the classified ads. So I expect to slowly empty out my leftovers over the next couple of weeks.
There are too many items that I didn’t get pictures of. We had rainy weather for days leading up to the show, so photographs just didn’t happen. It’s a shame, too, as there were some pretty pieces! If the sun comes out today, I’ll have to snap a few pictures of some of those “leftovers” of mine!