Saturday, February 3, 2018

Thank goodness it's February!

Wow, January seemed never-ending, didn't it?  I'm just so glad it's now February!  I got started with making valentines way early, and then I got involved in a heart swap with a FB group called Rag Bag Gals.  Those hearts are not due until March 7, and I have them cut out and ready to start sewing.  I sent a bunch of valentines out the other day, including those I am swapping with two blog friends, and created too many heart crafts to count, a few of which I sold at an event called The Ultimate Indoor Garage Sale last week.

This was the first time in many years I've done an event like this.  It was located at an indoor barn-like structure, and what was fabulous was that we were able to drive right in and unload right next to our spaces!  That was sweet!

Another thing that was sweet was that I had a front, corner booth!  I'd asked for a really good spot, and boy did they ever cooperate! We had a preview the night before, 5 - 7:30 pm, and then the actual event was Saturday 8-4 pm.  It was f-f-f-freezing in the barn for that evening preview, which made me dread the next day's sale, but, it ended up being nice and warm on Saturday.

Being a junk, garage-sale event meant I wasn't sure I'd sell any of my pretty things, but I brought them along to try, and ended up selling a wreath, two of my valentine jars and lots of vintage valentines and stuff. 

I was very happy with the results of the sale -- it was great experience!
My absolute favorite thing that happened was when a woman stopped by and said she wanted all my teacups!  She said she was in charge of a veteran's fund raiser where they would be having a tea for wives and each attendee would leave with their tea cup as a gift!  I was excited at what their new/next life was going to be! 
It was a friendly event with really wonderful clientele; I enjoyed selling and even giving away some things just to make people happy, and had so many nice conversations with the shoppers!  I even had a chance to coach some of the other vendors about online selling, being an Etsy pro and all (wink!)
Here's what those little valentine jars looked like!  I threw them together at the last minute, and they were just so much fun and had a lot of admirers!  Everything I used is vintage. Two of them sold and one is left in my shop.
 The tops...
This is the wreath that sold to my buddy at the sale, which I made from freshly-dyed coffee filters -- it's going to go in her new PT clinic, which has the softest, prettiest decor!  I also made three small rag wreaths that I am in love with!  The spend-$25-get-40%-off discount is active again in my shop!
I have a lot of filters left and am planning to make many more wreaths and pretty things for Spring using them.  Besides wreaths, what do you like to see done with coffee filter flowers?  Ideas appreciated!
Because it was necessary to make, not spend, money, the little tally cards in the box above are the only things I bought at the sale, for .50 cents.  So cute!  I love the sassy look on the Dutch girl's face!
It's been three weeks since I lost my job, and I've been applying for others, but no luck yet.  I am working on getting set up selling on Fulfillment by Amazon.  I've sold used books on Amazon before in the past, but not for some years; I remember it as being quick and painless, so I'd like to try selling other stuff.  If you, or anyone you know, does FBA selling, I'd love to hear more about it!
Meanwhile, Dennis' job has gotten busy and he's scheduled a lot of travel in the coming weeks.  I'm happy for him, but it's still hard to adjust to my new, not-asked-for, at-home-and-jobless status.
I'm grateful for the kitties!

Have a great weekend, and let me know what you are up to!


Lorraine said...

I wish we had these kind of events around here. Your table looks splendidly appealing with all the pretty Valentine's things. What a nice way to have those tea cups go.

Createology said...

Laurie Dear your indoor sale looks wonderful and how fun to sell your sweet hand crafted treasures. I have never sold on FB so I am no help but I would love to have you share whatever you learn. I shall cross my fingers for your success. Happy Valentine’s...<3

Kelli Davidson said...

What a fun event! I think it was a great chance to get out and around a bit -- which helps with attitutde and all. I wish you had posted that you got a job but I'm still so grateful that your husband has one!! hugs and kisses -- Kelli

Marrianna said...

Sorry about your job situation. I just know something better is coming your way. A dear friend has a mantra that sometimes helps in these situations: “Divine rejection, Divine protection.”

We have an annual event in the summer similar to your indoor sale. I’ve thought about it but never applied. It’s not cheap and is mostly for vintage and handmade. But you have given me the courage to at least look into it.

I look forward to reading about your FBA experiences.

Many blessings,

Miss Iowa said...

Your Valentine jars are adorable! And I'm glad your teacups found a new home. They look so pretty when they're all together, and they will be a wonderful keepsake for the veterans' event.

Julia - Vintage with Laces said...

I'm sorry to hear that you lost your job. I hope you'll find a great job soon. In the meanwhile, enjoy your time at home. It's great that the garage sale was fun and successful. As for coffee filter ideas, you could make flowers. Some years ago I cut out differnt sizes of petal shapes and turn them into roses (with a bit of glue).

Pallas said...

That looks like a fun sale, and the tea cup story is nice. If those teacups could talk.....

Sami said...

So happy you managed to sell some of your crafts at the fair. Your teacups are fabulous, so great you sold them for a good cause.
Sorry about your job loss, hopefully you keep busy with your crafts and find something you enjoy doing soon.

Kelli Davidson said...

Well - I'm not really sure where all this post had to "go" before it got to me, but I see you sent it in February and here it is August --- 6 months later -- and it just showed up in my inbox this morning! It is a lovely post and looked like you had a wonderful time!