Our {"pop-up-shop"} Country Living Fair 2009

Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Tidbits of our theatre theme, this "auricula" theatre to showcase prized flower specimens {the history of these date back to the 1700's} was made for our booth. {We used the theatre to set the stage for our puppets by Wendy Addison} Special thanks to a cousin who had these finished the week of the show. Made of cedar along with the towering obelisk planter 2 pics below, these are made for the outdoors.
Thank goodness this year we had an entrance and an exit, as last year you went out the same way you came in = traffic jam. Every year you fix things to make it better for you & your customers. One thing about being so busy is you are not on the selling floor helping the customers, no room first of all in a tent space & you feel like you're not getting to know the customer. Also, there is little time to do our wrapping the way we like it!
1st day of the show, bright & early. We thought the early bird buyers were allowed to be in by 8:00 am & we hoofed it to Lowes to buy Oak trees and boxwood. Out- of- breath we undid our tents to find out early bird pass was for 9:oo am. Oh, well at least we were able to finish things up that extra hour!
Evening before opening day........7pm & setting up "our pop-up-shop" since 12:30 that day. Thank goodness for Chipotle for giving us nourishment for dinner! Sun was shining in our tent and the paper bags of ribbon was yummy.
A little of this & that, merchandised from floor to ceiling in our "petite department store style"!

Wow, our 10x20 tent was packed so full we didn't even get all of it put out!
Haberdashery area........{didn't take as many photos as we would've like, that's what happens when your tired!}
The burlap pennants added a festive touch, perfect at a tent event.........
Our tent was more neutral this year and we loved it. There was a few subtle bursts of color here & there.
Wendy Addison's hand done goodies!
Vintage costume.........
We were able to locate a 30 meter roll of grain sack fabric. Thank goodness for a dear gal who searched through her warehouse and had it to us 3 days before. Oh, the red stripes!

Thanks for all the help, Grandma Karen, McKell, & Barbara......even though it was hard to work in our cramped sales clerk stations we had a ball!

Fun people got to meet in person: Jeni Bowlin, Tara Wilson {Texas gal}, & other lovely bloggers!
Thank you to all of the support............

8 comments:

Tracey said...

Hi girls!!! Hope you're all rested by now :) Your booth really was spectacular! You took some great pics!

Oh how I'm craving some salted caramel ice cream!!!

Happy Wednesday...

:) T

Jeanneoli said...

Oh my goodness..you guys out did yourselves. Gorgeous and so creative!!!

Olivia Coy said...

This really makes me miss the store being able to browse, check out the clearance closet, and pick out adorable ribbons.

Suzy Quinn said...

Beautiful photos of such fun things! Can't believe I was sick and missed the show. Hope it is not too terribly far away next year. Eager to see the new items.
Peace and joy!

Gretchen said...

Yuor tent was truely beautiful. I loved the colors, everything was so soft and pretty. You have such a great way of displaying things, and the things you sell are so unique! I wish I could make it to your upcoming studio sale, but I don't think my hubby would let me drive back to Ohio(I'm from Pa.). Or would he...

Kathy Thiessen said...

Hi girls
It was so nice to finally meet you in person and what an incredible weekend it was! Despite the soggy Sunday we were truly blessed! I hope you've had a little chance to rest up and rejuvenate.
Kind regards, kathy@somewhereinthyme.com

Urban Farmhouse said...

Stupendous!!! Fabulous treat to see, may I share a link on my blog?
yummy, going back for a second helping

hjram64 said...

Since it was my first time at the Country Living Fair I made it a point to go to your booth first. So many darling things to choose from. I'm sure you were exhausted after three days. Looking forward to items you will be selling after your studio sale. Greetings from Michigan....Joan Ramseyer