I know it’s just the first day of March, but my sights are already set on the Lucketts Antique Market. It’s historically been my biggest event of the year. And every year I try to top the previous year…in the pieces I bring, the way things are set up, the planning and prep that goes into two days.
Last year, I felt a little off. It was still an amazing sale, but it rained and I didn’t have enough time to set up the booth the way I wanted to. I remember shoppers running towards my booth when they opened the gates early and I was still frantically unpacking boxes, crying out, “I’m not ready, yet!” Well, I just had to relax and let it be…rain, big blue tarp, frizzy hair, damp shoes, unfinished booth and all.
If you didn’t see the photos from last year, Jeff photobombed about 85% of them. I was laughing so hard when I looked through the photos for the first time.
While I can’t control the weather, I am going to try to plan things out better. This year I will be in the same spot, but I will have three booths, so we have some extra space in case of rain and some nice shade if we don’t. I’m also being very particular about what I buy for the sale. That means I need to start sooner, so I’m not scrambling two weeks before the show to pull it all together. I need to start hunting for those show-stopping pieces as well as things that are “signature” for me like ironstone, alarm clocks, typewriters, fans, French chairs, etc.
So, I’ve already started the stash. I have a few pieces in my basement that are priced, like some wood totes, an old tobacco basket and dried lavender stems, and a few furniture pieces that need a mustardized makeover. I went out shopping yesterday and, while I didn’t have a huge haul, I did come home with some nice things.
I also got 3 more boxes of ironstone, including a couple of very unique white ironstone tureens in patterns I’ve never seen before. And I just got a large shipment of preserved boxwoods wreaths, which I’ll probably list in the online shop and then order some more for Lucketts…
…and I got a big box of colored butcher twine and paper straws. I also have an order of hemp sheets on their way from Europe. I started stringing tags today to get ready to price and pack items.
I’ve been thinking through the kind of anchor pieces I want for the show and have been scouring auction listings and Craig’s List until I find just the right thing. I’m excited about going into this year with a more focused plan and, hopefully, that will show in the space and it will be the best fair ever.
The Spring Market is May 17-18, 2014 on the grounds of The Lucketts Store in Leesburg, VA. You can get more information HERE.
And yes. It’s worth the drive.