This week has been about diving in and getting things done. Chairs that have been sitting around for over a year? Done. An old mirror frame that has gone unsold at sales twice? Revamped. Stuff that is just stuff taking up space? Pitched. It feels pretty awesome.
I have to admit that one of the pieces that was pitched was a piano stool that beat me. It’s the only piece I can think of that just outright defeated me. I worked on that thing off and on over a three year period and it didn’t do anything I wanted it to and never looked remotely close to good. The pink stain bled through three coats of sealant. The paint clumped and peeled in the most atrocious way. I couldn’t stomach even looking at it, so I heaved it into a dumpster yesterday without remorse. I pity whoever dives in to get it, thinking they’ve rescued some gem.
It’s quite possibly possessed.
Anyway, other than the stool, the process of working through the stash has been very rewarding thus far.
So, I have a couple of big events coming up. Obviously, the Lucketts Spring Market is one of them.
I am moving from my usual spot this year to be in one of the “big tents”. Last year, I was really spread out around my three-tent space and I would’ve been toast if it rained before I sold enough stuff, because there was no way on earth it would all fit under three tents. I wasn’t willing to take that gamble this year, so I am moving “across the lane” from where I’ve been the past few years. I will write a post when it get closer to the event with more details and tips for shopping Lucketts and my space.
If you are planning to attend, they are repeating the format they used last year. Friday, May 20, 2016, will be a VIP day. I will admit that having to man the booth for three days was taxing as a vendor, but the atmosphere was much more relaxed for shoppers. If you want first crack at all of the goodies, this is the day you want to be there. The tickets are $40/each and they are good for admission on all three days and they are on sale now (and going fast, I’m told.) They are only selling a limited amount in order to keep the atmosphere low key, so snag one if you’re planning to come. You can purchase VIP tickets HERE.
Based on last year’s experience, there was still plenty of good stuff available Saturday and Sunday, so you can come on those days and purchase general admission tickets at the gate. Because the crowd was spread out over three days, there really was never a crazy, frantic rush, which I think made the experience more enjoyable for shoppers.
I am really excited about Lucketts this year and hope to see a lot of you there!
I am both excited and terrified that this is actually happening, but I’ll put one foot in front of the other and I know it’ll be a great experience.
I will also be teaching a hands-on milk paint class with Kriste. I took a two year break from teaching a paint class at Haven, but I’m back and ready to share some of my favorite painting tips and techniques.
In addition, I am a Haven Maven Mentor, which I’m perhaps most excited about. I love supporting and encouraging other creatives and entrepreneurs and I am looking forward to those sit-down chats and connecting with some of the attendees in a more personal way.
As I’m typing this, I realized I am going to be a busy girl!
This year’s conference is shaping up to be very special, so I hope you’ll be able to make it. Tickets for Haven are on sale now, so grab yours if you can come!
And, lastly, I know that many of you can’t make it to the Lucketts Spring Market and it’s a bit of a bummer that you’re seeing all of the finds and furniture I’m showing off and you can’t buy any of it, even little things that could easily be shipped. I am always so torn between selling the item to the first person who asks and saving it for the event, for those who are traveling and paying to get in. It’s a small dilemma in the grand scheme of things, but I hate disappointing people and I know how irritating it can be to want to buy something that’s for sale and you can’t!
So, I’ve been brainstorming, thinking bigger. I’m pretty sure I’ve developed an idea that could allow all of my readers to follow along as I find and create things and then all of my readers can have a chance to buy something (or just be inspired along the way!)
There are a lot of logistics and details to figure out, but I’m hopeful and feeling really inspired about it.
More furniture makeovers, awesome finds, a tutorial on topcoats, and details on the landscape dresser coming up soon…