I think this was the 5th or 6th year as a vendor at Laurelhurst. I love this show. It is well run by parent volunteers. There is great community support with customers and it is in the most charming old fashioned school. I look forward to this event every year.
I have a TWO hour window to set up and was down to the absolute wire to get the booth put together. I have so many littles to get out! My photo taking was fast and furious before the crowds descended. Here we go. I used white tablecloths with assorted collected vintage netting overlays. Despite my best intentions, I got one askew. They are still darn cute.
So many little holiday goodies. I pack pretty much every square inch of this booth.
This little snowman putz house scene was a favorite. The house is larger than what I usually find. It also still had the original price tag on the bottom from Meier and Frank for fifty cents. It is a gem. There are always party birds in my booth. Always.
If you follow me on Instagram you have seen these giant head wreaths. I did four of them and kept one. The wreaths were vintage and made from old plastic bags. It was fun to finally but them to use.
I had some old burned out ice lights. I love the texture and color and I crafted them into some of my wreaths this year. It was a really terrific show. Thank you to everyone that came out an shopped. It was an awesome day. One more show to go. Saving the biggest for last. I have a 10 x 10 booth and I always have a magical world of vintage holiday.Tis the season!
I am in the midst of the craziest two weeks of the year. In addition to trying to get my house decorated, I always have shows on my calendar. On December 1st Amy (Into Vintage) and I moved into the front window at Monticello Antique Mall for the month. We did the window together last year as well and it really is fun to do this project. Everything is for sale and I think we outdid ourselves with vintage holiday!
My favorite thing was the 45 children's Christmas records that I collected all year with this booth in mind. The graphics on them are darling and it was fun to get them all lined up and displayed. I also like how our framed gallery of Christmas came together. We will be restocking the booth for the month.
Two more shows to go and this is Kate's room...aka inventory central.
On the right side of the room I have inventory for the Laurelhurst Show. I think this is the fifth year I have been a vendor and this show is a favorite. December 4th, LAURELHURST Elementary School, 840 NE 41st St. (Portland, Oregon) 9-4. It is a wonderful show in a charming old fashioned school...really super vendors.
On the left of the room is inventory for the following weekend, December 9, 10 and 11th ... CRAFTY WONDERLAND. This is my eighth year as a vendor and is my biggest show. Early buying is Friday night (purchase tickets for this), 5-9. Saturday and Sunday (December 10 and 11th) the event is free and hours are from 11-6 each day. Oregon Convention Center. This is the granddaddy of craft shows and really is an amazing event.
I've crafted up a storm the past few months and I'm ready. Come shop if you happen to be in the Portland, Oregon area! Happy Holidays!
I don't host Thanksgiving at my house, but spend it with my side of the family. I barely have time to decorate with all my shows and crafting. Lucky for me Thanksgiving is a quick holiday to decorate for as I only have one bin...Thanksgiving is one of the harder holidays to hunt down vintage for. My front window this year is full of cardboard turkeys. I have a ton of them including two REALLY huge honeycomb ones. Most of my paper turkeys came from one estate sale where the woman had cutout decorations for about every holiday.
My china hutch is pretty much Thanksgiving decoration central for decorating.All of my turkeys live on top of the cabinet. They are many types, but they are all vintage. Salt and pepper, candles, ceramic, spun cotton, pinecone and one lone candy container. I love the variety.
My pilgrim and indian candles live in the cabinet. There are a few fall leaf candles sprinkled in as well. I like how easy the candles are to decorate with. I don't move my china hutch items, I just pop the pilgrims towards the front on the shelf. usually I tuck in some vintage Thanksgiving plates behind them, but I spaced that this year.
Indian candles are the hardest type to find and I was lucky to find this fellow yesterday.
Last but not least my kitchen windowsill got a little fall touch.
Complete with my November drinking glass. I found a set of glasses for each month of the year at an estate sale a few years ago. I saved a few and they are fun to add to holiday displays. I hope everyone has a wonderful Thanksgiving. Enjoy friends, family, turkey and be thankful. Happy day.
It is always fun to see photos of my booth and use it as a diary for shows to come. I collect and craft all year and it is exciting to actually see everything come together in one happy holiday booth. Picture heavy. Here we go.
I had a 10 x 20 booth right near the entrance to the show. It was a great spot. Look to the left.
Look to the right.
Look everywhere in between.
There are always gussied up deer.
I love this big tall display suitcase. It is full of shelves for all my littles and simple to transport from show to show.
I sold lots and lots of tiny ornament boxes.
I sold a trio of snowman figures. Papa Snowman, Mama Snowman and Baby. They were darling. It was a good show and thank you to everyone who came and shopped. Three more shows to go locally. Laurelhurst, Crafty Wonderland and the front window at Monticello Antique Mall (with Amy). Details listed on the right sidebar. Tis the Season!
TONIGHT! Thursday the 17th of November. 5:30 p.m. (pacific time)
Please remember an item is not safe in your cart. Only after you purchase it, is it yours. (the way Etsy works, not me...with the cart thing) I will reimburse postage for multiple orders. Good luck and thank you!
Christmas is just around the corner and I will be listing my holiday goodies this Thursday at 5:30 p.m. (pacific time) I've got an assortment of things as usual.
Lots more too! Thursday the 17th of November. 5:30 p.m. (pacific time) If you are local, I have three shows coming up and they are listed in the sidebar on the right. Laurelhurst and Crafty Wonderland will have LOTS of handcrafted holiday goodies. Tis the season.
My kids are both away at college and sometimes I wonder why I decorate still. I like it, but it is a ton of work. Today as I was out in my driveway a girl in her teens walked by. She asked if I lived in this house. I said that I did. She told me that my window decorations were a huge part of her childhood as she walked by my house all the time. She said she looked forward to each holiday as I changed up the display. That in a nutshell is why I do what I do. She made my day.
So on to Halloween! I switched out a few decorations this year and of course to my collection of things.
My front window and porch this year were skeleton themed. (I can't bear to cut down the dahlias until first frost)
View from the inside. I have two rows of fishing line from one side of the room to the other. The fishing line has been up for years, and is super handy for hanging.
My front porch got the old tattered umbrellas once again. I added orange lights and skeletons.
I usually don't decorate the kitchen, but this year I decided to do Witchville. I like having similar things displayed together.
Lots and lots of witches...in every shape and form.
The vintage plastic witch head candy containers still have that powdery sugary candy inside. The last of my dahlias from my yard decorate my kitchen window sill with some pumpkin friends.
In the family room I have pumpkin land. Tons and tons of pumpkins.
Years ago I found the Halloween Banner at a local estate sale. It was tattered and needed to be pieced back together. The letters were scattered in various boxes. I hunted them all down and put it back together. I absolutely love it.
This crepe paper fellow was a new find for me this year. I went to an estate sale this past year where the person had collected candy containers of all shapes and sizes. These plastic pumpkin men were great to add to my pumpkin collection. My china hutch also holds my collection of trick or treat bags and vintage Halloween candles. I have a love affair with tiny things. These shelves all hold little Halloween tidbits...plastic figures, party favors, noisemakers etc.
Owls. Lots of owls.
I stuck all my blow molds in front of this window. I don't plug them in, but during the day the daylight makes them glow. I did a devil display in my fireplace nook. Last year I had owls here. Every year I hang an old mirror over this desk. It is the perfect backdrop for hanging from. Skeleton land. I found some really old bottles of bug killer this year with fun graphics. I like the sinister look of them.I found a second pair of false teeth the other day at an estate sale. They are perfect with my Halloween stuff. A display of old Halloween make up and disguises. Last but not least, the land of black cats and vintage candy boxes.
Candy boxes found almost entirely at estate sales. Sometimes when I buy an item it is stored in an old candy box...a couple of my best boxes have been purchases like that. Spooky fun around my house. Long post, but no shortage of Halloween here. One week and I will have trick or treaters at my door! I'm ready for that doorbell to ring!
Today I loaded in my booth and got it set up for Junk Bonanza. The show is Friday and Saturday and I could not be more exited. It was a wet load in with a super rainy day. I had to rent a uhaul. I thought I could haul it all in my Subaru, but I evidently was delusional on that idea.
I started my day by locking myself IN my uhaul when I was unloading it. It is easier to do this than you think! Luckily there were lots of people loading and I banged on the back windows until I got the attention of my friend Sue. Thank goodness for the rescue!Enough of that silliness and on to the booth. This was the first time I decided to switch it up and do a HALLOWEEN themed booth. The timing is right and I am hoping there are lots of people that will get excited seeing a booth like this. Here it is. I really, really love how it turned out. I'm just gonna be picture heavy with this post. WARNING LOTS OF PHOTOS...but in a good way :)
I have had it in the back of my head to do a Halloween booth for the past year. I have been collecting with that in mind at estate sales. I love all the garden owls. I was tempted to keep them all and decorate my front porch with them.
The doll parts in the old aquariums...man, I love those.
I think my witch friend approves of this spooky booth.
It is kind of hard to see in this photo, but I added rat decals to my mirrors that I am selling. I have about 4 mirrors and each has a rat or rats coming out of the corners.
I had to add HAUNTED HOUSE to this vintage house for sale sign.
So fun. I can't wait. Show details. October 14 and 15th...Friday and Saturday. Friday 8-5. Early buying from 8-10 (you may have had to already buy tickets...check the website at Junk Bonanza). Regular admission $10 at 10 a.m. Saturday 9-5 $10. Clark County Event Center, Ridgefield, WA. Just a short drive north on I-5...easy...right off the freeway! Hope to see you there!
I have done a gazillion Christmas shows. I love doing them and love everything about crafting for them. I love seeing all my creations displayed in one magical world. This year I decided to mix it up a bit and try a HALLOWEEN themed booth.
The Junk Bonanza show is in one week and my house is full of spooky inventory. I love Halloween and have always wanted to do a Halloween themed booth and this year I am actually doing one. October 14 and 15th, Clark County Event Center (Ridgefield, WA)...only a short drive up over the bridge into WA from Portland.
Kate's room is currently full of boxed up spooky inventory.
I have had the idea to do a Halloween booth ever since I hit the Junk Bonanza show last year locally. (I hit the one in Minnesota a few years ago.. you can read about it here and here). I have been collecting all year for this booth.
I did a bunch of extra crafting this year with my Halloween creations too.
All year I have been picking up these old guard owls for a garden. I ended up with about 5 of them in different styles. I just got this fellow with a rotating head. I really want to keep them all and use them on my front porch. How awesome would it be to have a porch with a bunch of huge owls staring out at you?
So come check out my HALLOWEEN booth. Both vintage Halloween and my Halloween inspired creations. I'm excited to see it all come together in one spooky world. I guarantee you will have never seen another booth quite like it.