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Creating a Vignette in your Vintage Shop or Market booth is as easy as…

I wanted to take a few minutes this morning to encourage you to stick with the plan…read the Fundamental posts in the Vintage Market Tips and Tricks private Facebook group. Apply them to your booth or your B&M store. For most of us the results do not happen overnight. It is a journey not a destination.


I have been a member of VMTT for a year. From day one I have read the posts and the critiques of the administrators and without question or hesitation I have applied the Fundamentals to my business. It wasn’t easy to admit that some of my picking choices and display decisions were the reason I wasn’t developing a style story that I truly loved. I was trying to be everything to everyone and that is something you cannot do in a small space. At the time I didn’t know why it was so difficult to create beautiful vignettes throughout my shop…I would get one or two done and then there would be a disconnect. Why was I having such a hard time?
Now, a year later…a light bulb moment…the mind puzzle was unlocked, the Monet painting came into focus.

On Friday I was surfing the internet for inspiration for a FB post that was part of my homework assignment from Social Media Boot Camp by CreativIQ….While surfing I came across an article that listed 7 essentials of the French Industrial Style. The article really caught my attention…because I love all things French, french inspired and industrial. It was a quick read and as I read I jotted down the list…Wrought Iron, Rust, Concrete, Tin, Galvanized, Zinc and green patina. Seeing this list written down triggered something in my brain. So I added the items I always use when creating a vignette; books, silver, floral, texture, baskets, textiles, architectural pieces and lighting to the list. I thought could it really be as simple as that…having a working list of essential items that would create a beautiful vignette? So, I decided to put it to the test. I cleared the contents from a vignette that was a jumbled hot mess. I dusted and swept the space. I took my list of items that I scribbled down and taped it to the front of the table in the vignette.

Then using the Fundamentals taught in the group, I began gathering the items on the list in increments of three (fundamental). As I gathered the items I wasn’t thinking about if the items were “French Industrial”. I just gathered up the items that fit the description on the list. Next I began to stack and layer in the items,(fundamental) here and there, looking for the right feel and flow…It took me less than an hour to create this vignette…without over thinking the process my vignette began to take shape. I have to say that in all my years of creating displays of any sort this one is by far my greatest accomplishment. I took something as simple as a list of items and the fundamentals of creating a vignette and within an hour it was complete and I had a French Industrial inspired vignette!

All of this to say…can it really be as easy as having a list of items in hand and the fundamentals of creating a vignette at your fingertips that will help you create a stunning cohesive vignette. I say Absolutely unequivocally YES! Take a few minutes today, before you go picking or attempt your next vignette, make a list of items that are essential to your style story, gather up the items and give it a go.

The face of our industry is forever changing. To remain relevant you must be willing to bend with the wind. Try something new. What can it hurt, other than our own ego.

If you are interested in taking your Vintage Booth business to the next level follow the link to the online course Booth Intervention…You will be glad you did!

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Small Business Saturday…saving America one brick at a time…

Re-post from January 26, 2011
Invest in America, support the local brick and mortar businesses that our country was built on.  Investing in the  independently owned businesses in our neighborhoods helps our local economy.  These businesses employ our neighbors and strengthen our community.

The Local

I have a passion for locally owned businesses.  Not because I am a small business owner but because I appreciate the time and energy and the financial commitment local business owners bring to the game.  Small business owners are dreamers and risk takers.  They are passionate about what they do!

I have been a supporter of locally owned businesses for years.  I will always choose to shop, eat or use a service company that is locally owned over a big chain business.  Always!

The Patio @ The Local

I have posted about my favorite neighborhood businesses as well as local businesses I have discovered on weekend getaways.  My husband and I always gravitate to “the local” whenever and wherever we travel.  We had a couple of weekend getaways last summer; Galveston and New Orleans where we supported many locally owned businesses.  We supported the local restaurants, coffee shops, bakeries, antique stores, and a couple of art galleries.  We met wonderful people who love what they do and we were treated like old friends.

Star Drug Store

A few of my local favs that I frequent at least once a month are; The Local Restaurant, Browse Aroun’ Antiques and  the Something Unique Gift Shop.  My #1 favorite local lunch spot, The Pear Tree Tea Room, closed it’s doors just before Christmas.  They had a great location, loyal following and delicious food.  I know things are difficult at best in this economy so the local businesses need all the support you can give them.

Acme Oyster House

Recently I began to follow the blog over at The Red Door Antiques.  While surfing through the blog site I noticed a button; the 3/50 Project, saving the brick and mortars our nation is built on.  My interest was piqued.  I clicked on the button and was directed to a website filled with some very interesting information.  I would like to share some of what I read;

3    What three independently owned businesses would you miss if they disappeared?

50   If half the employed population spent $50 each month in locally owned independent businesses, it would generate over $42 billion dollars in revenue.

The folks at the project say that  for every $100 spent in an independent locally owned business $68 returns to the community in payroll, taxes and other expenditures.  If that $100 is spent in a national chain $43 comes back to the community.  Shop on-line and $0 comes back to the community.  Check out the movement to save our bricks and mortar companies, they are what built this country.

Mosquito Cafe

What’s your favorite local independently owned business?  Have you supported them this month?  How would life in your community be different if you lost one of these businesses?

Make Time to Support your Independent Locally Owned Businesses


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