While I usually show you lots of photos of the pretty treasures that were on offer, this time I thought I'd do something different, and show you what I did on the first day- i.e. what a fair is like from a sellers point of view. While I was setting up I found a few treasures for myself which I'll show you as well.
It's 10am, and I set off for the venue with vanload number one. Packed the night before to save time, as it takes a while.
Arrive at the venue, and am faced with the above groan-worthy huge 8 x 3 m space to fill. The clothes and stuff you can see on either side belong to my neighbouring sellers who arrived before me. This fair is close to home for me and we have lots of time to set up and pack up, so I go 'all-out' and take as much stock as I can.
One hour in, and I've got five racks reassembled and in place, all the clothes in, the tables set up and a few props in too. You can't see it too well but the empty rack in the back left corner is for all the new vintage fabric which was hung later on.
Three hours in, and I've got the jewellery tables mostly done, all the boxes in, and the retro kitsch table (the orange one) largely set up.
Here's a closer view, you can see it's starting to take shape now.
A trip home to pack up the second load. One really has to plan what goes in where and when to save time-and muscles!
By 3pm I've got the rug down, the furniture in, and have started to arrange what will be displayed on it.
By 5pm Sue had arrived (she's been at the shop all day, remember), bringing with her the Deco tea trolley on which to display the silver, and the all-important eftpos machine. I've also got the big mirror reassembled and in place, the signage up, the hat table done and the 'better jewellery' cabinet done.
I got busy with some early shoppers so ran out of time to take more pics for the blog, so here are a few that I took on Saturday, by which time some of the displays were looking a tad sparse.
Now to show what I bought. Not so much this time, but there's almost always a few treasures I can't resist.
Two red vanity cases. I sold the ones I showed you in January and regretted it, so I'm definitely keeping these for a while!
Both cases came with old sets of hair rollers, how cute is that.
Made in Japan of course...It has a dial at the front which plays 3 different tunes- I haven't quite worked out the point of that, but if anyone knows or has had one of these clocks before, please let me know!
And a mid-century drinks trolley, woo hoo! It's a little bit colonial revival, but not enough to bother me, and looks well with my china cabinet. As you can see it's bare and looking rather forlorn-any ideas what best to put on it??
And yes, thank you, I know the mat underneath looks terrible, but it has to do for now.
In completely unrelated news, Gemmipop, one of my newest followers, has up and given me the Versatile Blogger award!
I'm told to share 7 facts about myself....I feel like you all know so much about me by now, I may well bore you to death. Anyway, here they are;
1. Without makeup, my eyebrows are almost completely invisible.
2. I totally love garlic, and put heaps of it in anything I can.
3. I hate going to the hairdressers, and am flat out going once a year.
4. I can happily drive everything from a trail bike to a 5-ton truck.
5. I want to amass a house chock-full of quirky collectables.
6. I'm soon to have 4 teeth extracted (3 are impacted wisdoms, boo), and needless to say, am not looking forward to it.
Ok so 6 facts will do, it's all I can think of just now. Rather than nominating 15 other blogs for this award, I'd like to invite some of the newer bloggers to take this award upon themselves and let us know in the comments.
And for all my regular commenters and commentees, big apologies for being so slack of late! I have been reading most of your posts and will be back to normal as of tomorrow.xx.