The Olde Farmhouse Vintage Market has now come and gone. And whadda weekend!
I borrowed my neighbour’s trailer once again, (thanks Rudy and Corinne!!) and with a truck stuffed to the rafters (most likely overweight), friend Erika and I head out the day before to set up.
I’ll just say now, I would have died without Erika’s help. This kinda set up is not a one person job. It’s like you’re moving house and home, even though I didn’t bring super big, heavy stuff.
I’ve always dreamed of having a booth where I would have the room to do demos all day long. And this one gave me room (to spare) for both woodworking AND stencils!
Find the Old Sign Stencils HERE.
I was so excited to set up a woodworking station. All my best friends joined us, waiting to get a good workout.
Our tent was on the edge of the property so we got a really pretty view out one side.
Double bonus… our booth was large enough to offer Erika plenty of space for her beautiful New Skin Botanicals product line too. She makes all of her natural products from scratch and let me tell you, they smell Heavenly! Her display married my style perfectly!
I scooped two mineral scrubs to take home in mocha and vanilla, so I can’t wait to try it!
The owner of the fab boards overheard me, and she agreed. So she sent 21 over on market morning to sell them there in exchange for bringing a few home with me. YES!!! It’s a deal!
At the eleventh hour, Erika asked where my stencil menu board was. Oops. I didn’t have one. So I whipped up this bulletin board painted black, with a fence board frame at midnight the day of. It worked out great!
I really loved it, but was proud that I had the nerve to go through with the sale without getting tired of it first. 🙂
A sample of each stencil was hung from a rusty mattress spring frame, with the remainder in file folders in the shutter toolbox down below. This way customers could help themselves if I couldn’t get there fast enough.
We also had some junk tables inside the tent.
If I did this again, I’d invent some kind of skirts to fit under the tops to hide our surplus. I just wasn’t sure how the setup would be, so now we know.
But it was ok. It had a real junky workshop look, and that’s works for me!
While in town, I found these fabulous shopping bags topped with burlap, so while working the show, I stencilled up a few. So cute! I’ll be bringing this one to the beach! While the 10″ Route 66 looked really neat, it looked cute done in Coffee too.
You can see all the stencils HERE.
The bulk of our junk (the above was picked over already) sat outside on two ladders with planks for shelves. We were so fortunate we could spread out so much! That gave us lots of moving room inside the tent.
If you ever have the fortunate opportunity to be in The Olde Farmhouse Vintage Market, you will be pampered. It was SUCH a hot day, but they saved the vendors with this fabulous kitchen full of fresh ice cold cut fruit, sweets, veggies and dip, soft drinks and all the bottled water you could handle.
It was like a hug seeing all that stuff, as tired as we were.
After a long day of setup, it was time to go home, only to get up at 5am the next day.
Good morning! We are officially ready for
business play! Isn’t this cool?
There were two long barns, several outdoor buildings and this lawn area to shop from. With 90 vendors, the event was HUGE and fabulous! I quickly ran around before the gates opened, but ran out of time to take pictures.
Once the gates opened, things went crazy. This is where I wish I had hired a photographer. We didn’t have time to take pictures! With a one day event, it was a frenzy all day long with little breaks.
Luckily my son came for the day to handle the money part. I also educated myself on The Square, which totally saved the day. Boy, that thing is slick! And much needed if you carry a retail product line.
Although this was a junk event, most of my time was needed at the Old Sign Stencils table. How cool is that? They were a HIT!
(note my very tired boy above? 🙂 )
Would you believe most of the ready made signs did NOT sell? They wanted the stencils instead. And I couldn’t be more thrilled!
It was so fun to teach and allow others to try them out all day long.
I hosted two workshops. At 11 there was the stencil one, which was brimming full. So exciting!
And then the 2nd woodworking one at 2. By this time, I think many had already left for the day, but I could still see the stencil side buzzing. So I hopped on one side to the other (nice to have both stations side by side!) so I could help where needed.
And then this happened…
This was her first time EVER holding any tools. First. Time.
And you better believe, she took HER toolbox home with her! And this is why I love what I do.
And I do have the best followers. One reader wanted to come to the show for her birthday, so I made sure she left with something cool. One reader couldn’t come because she wasn’t feeling well, so I made sure her young daughter stencilled her a cool little coaster. And some of the vendor readers left me feeling like a movie star.
I even got a visit all the way from Hawaii by Lianna of Not Too Shabby!
This blogging thing seriously draws out the nicest people in the world! And that is the very best part of all. The connections and friendships you gather along the way.
It was a pleasure being in this amazing show. If you ever have a chance to be in this one, just do it. Leah will take exceptional care of you. The weather was perfect too, so I couldn’t have desired anything more.
And as a side note, the stencils were equally as successful as the junk. With only 12 designs in stock, that gets a ‘just wow’ from me.
To Erika for taking TWO DAYS from your family to help, and her husband for looking after things at home.
And to my son, giving up his beloved sleeping in kinda weekend to work for his ‘ol mom.
And to all the amazing readers I got to hug. Thank YOU for coming out and supporting me in many more ways than one!
It was a PERFECT day!
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The Olde Farmhouse Vintage Market is a one of a kind vintage annual summer event, and Christmas event, hosted at the beautiful Albion Fairgrounds, by Leah Faulkner. They will also have a Christmas Show this year at the Abbotsford Tradex. You will see handmade and as is vintage treasures by the droves!
Follow them on their Facebook page HERE.
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Neu Skin Botanicals is a plant based skin care system, handcrafted by Erika Penner right in Chilliwack, BC. She purchases all safe and natural ingredients and makes the best of the best. From body butters, mineral salt scrubs, to even sunscreen, not only are you using the best you can, they smell amazing, scented with essential oils too! Erika’s products are so popular, they sell out quickly!
Sold in some stores as well as privately throughout the lower mainland, BC Canada.
Follow to find out more on their Facebook page HERE.
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Funky Junk’s Old Sign Stencils are designs emulating vintage signs. New designs are being created on a constant basis.
If I do any shows, you can be assured they will come along for the ride.
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Next up, I’ll write a post on my best market tips on setting up, pricing, taking down, and everything in between. Coming soon!
Disclosure / I teamed up with The Olde Farmhouse Vintage Market for this event to host talks, etc, but am blogging about my experience to simply share. I’m sharing New Skin Botanicals because it’s an amazing product that my friend Erika sells out on constantly. All my opinions are my own.