Wednesday, October 5, 2011

MY BOOTH AT MARBURGER FALL 2011

This is a tough post.

 Do I sound upbeat and say it was a great show? Do I tell the truth and say it was just okay?

 I vote for the truth...  

It was just okay.

The heat was brutal. The buyers were few and far between.
 We still had a great time in spite of the bottom line... 










 Rachel Ashwell bought this primitive white chippy piece.







 


 

28 comments:

Vintage Market Place said...

it is so refreshing to hear the truth.
I always wonder how everyone sold out of everything, lol
and with the way the weather was I am sure people opted for air condition over junkin'
Glad to hear you have a positive twist on things.
Amy

sweetpea said...

thank you amy. i just can't embellish on the plain truth.

hugs,

shelley

Faded Charm said...

So sorry you didn't have the best show and am really surprised with all your awesome items. We've all had shows that we wish would have been better.

Did you sell that cupola??? It's so wonderful along with everything and your displays always inspire me Shelley:-)

xoxo
Kathleen

Grandma Yellow Hair said...

How did I miss your booth. I love the shows but not this year. Like you mentioned the heat was brutal which kept me home more than out in the fields.
Living only 14 miles away I go everyday but not this time.
Most vendors I talked to barely covered their booth expense.
Sad because of the expense and trouble everyone goes through to put their collections together.
This show was the first time in 30 years I actually had several vendors that were rude and I have never experienced that before.
Good luck in the spring hopefully I will find you then
Maggie

sweetpea said...

thank you maggie, i know way more dealers who had a bad show and didn't or barely made their cost for the show than the ones who say they had a great show. we were in the middle. hope to see you in the spring.

shelley

Sue said...

I really "felt" for you guys! I heard all the way out here is SoCal from my dealers about the heat! On the flip side of that, I TOTALLY love the displays. They are over the top awesome!

Take care, Sue

June said...

Oh I wish it would have been better for you Shelley. I know how hard you work and how far you have to travel so this is not what I was hoping for you. Your booth is beautiful as always. I love that birdcage...and so many other things.
I've been thinking about you and hoping that all went well and that you arrived home safely.
hugs from here...

Rebecca said...

Shelley your booth looks awesome, I love it all.
Do you still have the awning, it is amazing.
Sorry to hear sales were down, it is so hard and so much work.
Farm Chicks was like that for me...
Hope your next show makes up for this one...
Blessings
Rebecca

Sue (Vintage Rescue) said...

Oh, Shelley, it looks awesome, so I'm sorry to hear it didn't go as well as usual. I'm wondering if the wildfires kept long-distance people away?

It's important to keep it real, so we all appreciate your honesty, but please know that your booth looks GREAT, so that wasn't the issue.

Can't wait to see you in the spring (or maybe Christmas??)!

Fishtail Cottage said...

Your booth is gorgeous i would love to come visit - many gorgeous items to i would love to see up close! xoxo

Denise @ The Rusty Gate said...

We have all been waiting for you to post your pics! So sorry that it was just okay, and that the weather was not cooperative. Can we see your left-overs at Fancy Flea or the November Extrav??? You did a wonderful job with your display...great ideas...and Rachel Ashwell bought something from you...now that's worth bragging about! See you soon. denise

Ellie said...

OH YUM. I see my living room here. I am so excited I can hardly control myself waiting for you to work your magic in my home. Ladies, Shelley is a totally awesome home stager/stylist.

Dorthe said...

Your booth looked fabolous, filled with only wonderful things, -heat and few money---is not a good deal-I have had a low sale in my shop here in Denmark,also, this summmer !
Hugs,Dorthe

Vintage Green said...

Sorry you did'nt sell more, your booth looked like it was full of amazing stuff! The piece Rachel bought is interesting.....wonder what it is?

A Cottage Muse said...

What beautiful displays...perfect inspiration to this shop girl who's getting ready for a show! Wish it was better for you...maybe next time!

Vicki said...

Oh, I wish it would have been better for you. Everything is just gorgeous.

Wanda said...

Everything is so beautiful, I know I would have found a treasure to take home, too bad I live so far away. TTFN

Rita said...

My husband and I have been going to the spring and fall shows for a number of years now but have finally realized that the typical heat during the fall show is just unbearable. I must confess we skipped it this time but will attend in the spring. I spoke to a number of other regulars who also said they were skipping this one for the same reason. I know mountains are impossible to move but I sure wish the fall shows could be pushed back a few weeks!
From your photos it is plain to see you had another "wow" booth! Chin up and I'm sure there will be better crowds next spring!

Sylvia said...

Shelley, as always you have some amazing displays, sorry to hear about the sales and weather too.

Sylvia

Anonymous said...

Your booth looks amazing!! Clearly you would have been cleaned out if the economy was better. That's so much work and expense, I'm sorry to hear things were so slow. Thank you for your honesty. Sometimes I wonder if it's just worse here. I live in NE Ohio we're used to slow times.

Kathy

Anne Lorys - Fiona and Twig said...

It all looks so lovely!
I love the awning, I've got one here just waiting to be hung over the bed.

One day I'll make it to Marburger to see your beautiful space!

Evelyn said...

It looks amazing! Rachel Ashwell?! I would've fell to the ground, starstruck! :o That industrial loveseat is so great, too! Very chic.

Stephanie said...

Your space looked amazing - so many great things - I can't believe you didn't sell out!!

Brooke ~ The Eclectic Cottage said...

Shelley, your booth looks amazing! Wish I lived closer, I've been dying to go to Marburger, it's definitely on my bucket list! Sorry the show wasn't better for you, but there is no predicting when it comes to retail.
All my best to you! ~Brooke

flowerlady464 said...

I think your selection was spot on....just the economy. Hope for a better show in the spring!

maryboys said...

your booth is beyond beautiful...i don't know where to start when i look at these photos. i wish i could say "i'll take everything" not only to make up for your less than best show; but also because i love all of your items. every. single. thing.

big hug,
mary

ChiPPy!-SHaBBy! / Jeanine Burkhardt said...

Hellooooo Shelley...
YOU had some of "The BeSt" Chippy Finds Ever!*!*! Your Booth looked AmAziNg... Sorry to hear your sales weren't what you expected - Should have been with a presentation like that... I just LoVE that little chippy white grate with scalloped base edge!!! (pic #5) ~ I'll buy it if you still have it!!! - I'm serious...
Jeanine

Bohemian said...

Well, your Booth was beyond amazing but it's refreshing to hear the Truth... I had heard similar observations from those I know who attended... both as Buyers and as Sellers. With the economy such that it still is folks are being careful about their purchases & needing deals more than ever for their bottom line... so it is tough for those making a living at Retail levels. I can see all the hard work you put into your Styling and product selection, can't even imagine you doing it in the brutal heat and humidity I had heard was absolutely miserable. {And this was coming from Arizona Desert Gals who can take intense heat! Winks} I Hope it was at least all worthwhile for your time and efforts... because certainly we're enjoying the visuals you're sharing as you take us along virtually here in the Land Of Blog. And I'm sure anyone who got to see all of this in person was amazed, inspired and creatively jazzed by the bounty of eye candy so Beautifully displayed.

Blessings from the Arizona Desert... Dawn... The Bohemian

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