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!