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my five “secrets to success” when selling at an antique market

Many readers have asked, through comments or e-mails, if I could share some of my tips and "secrets" to being successful at an antique market, so I thought I would write a post and share my answers with the whole group. Here they are, my top five (off-the-top-of-my-head) secrets to success... Create a Cohesive Look Remember, as you're curating for your booth, that you're not just an antiques  (read more …)

soda crate + dress form display

When it comes to creative display ideas, I try to "keep my head down" or "keep my blinders on" to some extent, so that my ideas aren't too heavily influenced by trends or other creatives. But, sometimes I feel a little stuck in a rut and I need to cruise for some fresh inspiration. It's definitely a fine tightrope to walk! As I was getting ready for Lucketts, though, I needed some fresh  (read more …)

behind the scenes | online shop

     Since the online shop has been a big focus in the studio for the past couple of weeks, I thought I would share a little bit of the "behind the scenes" for those who are curious about our process. Our process has been a bit all over the place, since we don't do this regularly, but we're getting into a groove and are becoming more efficient. In fact, Kriste and I spent the majority of the day  (read more …)

back to work & other things…

I hope you enjoyed your long weekend.  My three day weekend was actually an eight day weekend, since I took a week off to recover from the Lucketts Spring Market (and months of work leading up to it!)  I still did computer work...e-mail, blog posts, social media, etc., but I took a break from going into the studio.  I really needed that time to step away and recharge. I had some appointments.  I  (read more …)

styling tips | for retail

I've written several posts about styling over the years, but I've grown a lot and learned a lot along the way and it's probably time for an update.  (I have also received a few comments and e-mails about it lately.) Styling is a broad topic, so I'll break this up into a series.  In my work, I do three kinds of styling - for photography, for the home, and for retail.  They all have similarities,  (read more …)

Lucketts 2016 Recap | part 3

Saturday was the early day of the Lucketts Market, kicking things off at 8:00, so it meant another early morning after a full day Friday.  I also didn't sleep very well the night before.  My mind was swimming with the events of the day and the tasks for the next.  Sometimes it's just hard to shut it off. We drove down to Lucketts and it rained the entire way.  The forecast was so grim, I even  (read more …)

Lucketts 2016 Recap | part 2

Before I continue with the story of Lucketts 2016, let me rewind to one year ago, VIP Day 2015.  We had tons of help lined up, cameras at the ready to capture the frenzy that usually happened when the gates opened.  The anticipation was building as we neared 10:00.  The gates were opened and customers strolled in.  There wasn't a rush at all.  Everyone was relaxed and took their time.  We had a  (read more …)

Lucketts 2016 Recap | part 1

My alarm went off at 5:15 am on Friday morning.  I don't usually do 5:15 am (or anything before 8:30, if I can help it.)  It was like Christmas morning, though.  Your body feels energized instead of groggy.  Exciting things await, so let's get to it. I showered and put on the linen shirt dress and jeans I set out the night before.  I usually wear a t-shirt to Lucketts, but I opted to wear a "real  (read more …)