Wednesday, March 20, 2013

It's Definitely Spring!

Happy Spring, Everyone!  These are my Spring blooms (photo taken yesterday).  I live in a Zone 6 area, now broken out as Zone 6B (closer to Zone 7 hardiness, according to USDA new 2012 standards ).  I love Spring!


And it is definitely Spring - what a fantastic week it's turning out to be!  Yesterday I spent most of the day at the antique mall with sister M, restyling booth spaces as a result of a couple large furniture pieces which sold over the weekend.  There seems to be a theme....come Spring, and everything and everyone jumps at the chance to get out, rebuild nests, and show some spirit!

I suppose the timing of tax refunds is a big incentive for shoppers, and I see a pattern at the mall.  Shoppers tend to go for big-ticket items this time of year, so it pays to be ready if you're a seller.

Here's a photo (below), showing the two big pieces that sold this week...a secretary/desk, and the storage bench just to the left of the frame.

So, when a piece such as this secretary sells, it takes some creativity just to find a home for all the smalls it was housing....our rule is "nothing goes home once it's in".  We try really hard to stick to that principle, unless it's purely seasonal items (Christmas linens, for example).

We brought a couple more big items in - a really nice Clark's spool cabinet and rare, child's trunk (see below).

The nice thing about our spaces is that we can separate frou-frou in one section, primitive and industrial in another, or we can mix it all up, depending on our inspiration.  These two pieces just added are in the more primitive side and, although the pieces that sold were from the fussier area, we were able to lighten it up a bit by just pulling a side chair and side bench that are versatile enough to be placed in either space.

And just as we were putting final touches on the area, a customer came in and wanted ot know if our wool rug in the fussier side was for sale??  Umm, yea, can ya give us just a few minutes to move everything off of this massive, 11.5' x 8.5' rug?  So, we completely dismantled the booth space, vacuumed & folded the rug for the customer, and proceeded to reset another rug we just happened to have rolled and propped against a wall in a corner.  Between that customer and her daughter, they also took the pair of lamps seen in that photo above (you can catch a glimpse of that floor rug also), along with another floor lamp, two decorative pillows, and a really nice hand-crocheted tablecloth.  They were quite the team!  Granted, this was not a typical day at the mall, or week, for that matter (we wish!), but a fantastic one by most sellers' standards.

So, I'd definitely say Spring has sprung!  Now let's get going... there are things to buy, things to sell!  Let's get our creative spirits growing!  Happy Spring, Everyone! 
~Rita