Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Do You Have A Booth?

About a month ago an old client of mine was telling me about her booth at local interiors place.  I was interested but not convinced since I have exactly zero free time at the moment and business is great.  Then, literally 2 days later my assistant walked in and said, "I was in _____(the exact same place-I will let you know where if I decide to do it) and I thought you should really do a booth there."  Hmmm, two people in 2 days..this was starting to look like a sign.
I am definitely not looking for a another job but I am seriously considering this.  Everything on the blog sells well and it would be a great place to store extra items that I haven't found a home for yet.  I just wanted to know if any of you have or have had a booth somewhere, antique or other, and any advice you might have...Thanks!

10 comments:

A Perfect Gray said...

I used to have a space, marianne, and I loved it. I would encourage you to go for it! it's a great little get-away thing for you to do; it's super fun finding and buying things for the space; and it's great going in and arranging/organizing to create a look. I used to buy at auctions and really loved buying and living with some things a while then turning them around! good luck...donna

Danielle said...

how fun!

carolyn bradford said...

Yes, I have one! On top of my shop! My husband wishes I just had the booth! It's a great way to move things around and it's a fun outlet as well….providing you don't have a big shop already! Lol! I think you would probably enjoy it….just start small! Thanks for stopping by my blog the other day! I hope you are doing well with that precious baby!

mary-kathryn herrington said...

i do, two actually! It's really fun, but warning it can be time consuming. The more you move stuff around and keep it looking nice the more it sells - in my experience! but, it is really fun and brings in some nice money to spend on little extras for my own house!!

Katharine @ SouthernBourbonMountains said...

You should do it! I don't have one but know lots of designers that do!!!

Blue Creek Home said...

At the moment, I have three AL booths. I have two in Dadeville @ Lake Martin and just went in with my sister at the newest antique store in Attalla, Emma Kate's Cottage.
I have done so well in the two months I have been at EKC that I am closing one of the booths in Dadeville. Our little town can be pretty sleepy!
The best part is the buying - Fluffing is work but can be fun too-
Pricing/tagging is a beast, especially if you have a lot of smalls and I do - I hate that part!
My biggest money maker is my Annie Sloan chalk painted and milk painted furniture - it flies out the door.
You might want to see if you can get a 3 or 6 month contract instead of a year, so if it doesn't work out, you can get out easily.

Things That Inspire said...

A friend of mine has a booth in Atlanta, at the Stalls, and she loves it. She has an excellent eye for decor, and travels quite a bit to Europe, so it is the perfect place to rotate antiques in and out of her home.

I think this would be a fun project, and you are right, it is always nice to have a place to keep the 'extras' that you find in your work for clients!

Emily Ferris said...

As a local reader, I would love it if you had a booth for me to shop in! :)

StagerLinda said...

Oh, I hate to but a negative girl...but why tie up your most precious time (and money) working a booth? Friends have done tham but hated having so much tied into them. -- Anyway, I enjoy your blog.

LLH Designs said...

Just catching up on blogs after the big move from Houston to Franklin. DOn't know that you really want my opinion, but I've been asked to do a booth several times by people I LOVE (and in places I love, so always flattered), but with littles, it's just another thing to nurture on TOP of your regular business. Most of my friends with littles don't last long with a booth. And as a shopper/buyer, booths are only enticing and fun to visit if there's high turnover. When stuff sits there awhile because the booth owner doesn't have time to shop and fluff, it doesn't keep the buyer's attention.Just my two cents! You are so talented and hardly need a booth to prove it, but do whatever your heart and and God-centered spirit leads! xoxo!