5.02.2011

Style Spots: My First Indie Show!

The before!

Good morning all!! I'm so glad to hop back on the blog train, although I'm glad I did take a break. Last week was a bit crazy as I finalized plans and prepped my merchandise for the Indie Craft Revolution Show. But it was all totally worth it because the show was a great success!

In L.A. these indie shows usually have a fair amount of vintage, and I wasn't sure if St. Louis would be as welcoming to it. So this was going to be my test case not only for doing future shows, but for (hopefully) opening a store here some day.

The after! I wanted it to be a display where people could walk right up and interact with it. So I came up with an idea using old ladders and old shelves. The hubs made all the "Parsimonia" letters and they came out exactly as I'd hoped! I am forever indebted to him! :)

Much to my delight, people really seemed open to having a vintage booth amid all the handmade goodness, and I got to share with inquiring minds where I find my stuff and how I got into thrifting, etc. I also met a ton of awesome people (both vendors and shoppers) and made some great connections.

Note for next time? Put the clothing rod higher...oops!


One shopper that will forever stand out in my mind was a man who came by late on Saturday, about an hour before the show closed. When he turned the corner and saw my booth, he exclaimed, "Oh, it's like being in my great aunt's closet!" We both laughed and he just started talking about how much stuff his aunt and mom had kept, and when they died how difficult it had been to go through everything, how family members got in arguments over who got what, and how looking at all my merchandise made him feel bad for getting rid of so much of their things. Then he got to the basket of aprons I was selling, and he totally broke down and started crying! I was so surprised, and I rushed over and gave him a hug as he kept apologizing for his little breakdown. He said he remembered how his mom always wore an apron when she cooked, how his dad could always count on a homemade dinner being ready when he got home from work, and that their meals were always made from freshly picked produce they grew on their farm.








I cannot describe to you how much that moment impacted me. I had a lot of people react in a similar way when they saw my booth, saying it was like jumping back to their childhood, or they remembered their grandma having the exact same mugs. And this, my dear readers, is what I love so much about vintage items. They evoke all kinds of reminisces, and tell so many stories. And I was so happy to bring those back for people this weekend. I hope to do it again next year, and maybe even at some different shows this summer and fall!


How was your weekend? Did you get to do any thrifting? Judging by all the submissions to Thrift Share Monday, Flea Market Finds and The Penny Worthy Project, I'd say lots of people did! Be sure and check them out! 
 
{Images by me}

9 comments:

  1. Aw, what a reaction! You've done the job right if you elicited tears ;) That's a sweet story, and your booth is gorgeous! I hope you did will and will continue to do well in the future!

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  2. That's Awesome! Congrats on the Indie show!

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  3. That is an absolutely beautiful booth. Congrats!

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  4. I wish I have your courage and determination to participate in an exhibition/show. Love the old ladders and crates.
    Wishing you success all the way.

    J.
    http://adimpleate.wordpress.com

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  5. Thank you for the kind words! They are truly appreciated! :)

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  6. Your stuff was great! I stopped by for a second but didn't get to look around too long since I had a booth on the second floor and I left my husband in charge! I'll be keeping an eye on your etsy store, for sure! :)

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  7. Your booth looked awesome, Beth. You did a great job and kudos to your hubby for helping you out! Hope all goes well for you in the future! You definitely have that artistic eye and flair!

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  8. What a beautiful booth, I love the big hang tags you have on everything. I'm tickled to see a few things I own in your booth, kinda makes me feel good. Like I have style :)

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  9. Thanks Maggie! Hope the show went well for you!

    And thank you for the anonymously kind words! :)

    Laura...you are too funny! Of course you have style! It's whatever you want it to be! :)

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