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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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Natural Light

It was late in the day…the house was lit by the natural light of the late afternoon.  I walked through the house and photographed anything and everything that caught my eye.  I was surprised at how well some of the shots turned out…No flash…no artificial lighting…just natural light...and it was good!

A stack of new plates I purchased…


A primitive wooden candle holder…

A family of partridge’s…


Vintage irons…


Vintage Books on the side table…


Assorted vintage jars and thread spools…


Vintage vaseline glass lids…



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January Photo a Day 2013: Something beginning with T

Day 8. Something beginning with ‘T’: Take a photo of something today starting with the letter ‘T’

There are so many things that begin with the letter “T”…tangerines, treats, temptation, trucks, tractors, tops, tulips. The hardest part was deciding which “T” would I post...Here is my interpretation of “T”…Too many tea cups? Never.

Teacups, Teaspoons, Tea Pots and Tea diffusers..







What do the prompts mean?

There are no rules when playing along with photo a day, you can be creative as you like! Interpret the prompt as you please. For those that need a little help, some more suggested details about each prompt are below.
9. Paper: Take a photo of something made from paper. Perhaps it’s someone reading the newspaper, or it could be wrapping paper. Think outside the square.
10. One o’clock: Take a photo of whatever you’re doing in the hour between one and two. It could be in the middle of the night {you party animal, you!} or during the day.
11. Water: Perhaps it’s the beach, a river, water in a glass, the bath {keep it PG!} or even the rain.
12. Surprise: I love when I stumble across coins when I’m walking. It’s a lovely surprise. That would be a lucky photo for me. Can you think of a way to capture surprise?
13. Circle: Look as you go about today for things shaped in circles. Is it the tyres on a bus? A big sign? Or something else?
14. Something yellow: Find something yellow in your travels today and take a photo.

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Vintage Christmas…My Obsession!

What goes around comes around and if you wait long enough what was once old will be new again…Once again I have been inspired by Pinterest! These are my newest obsessions…Vintage Christmas!

Santa Mugs

How about a few vintage Santa’s under glass…

bottle brush trees

A miniature forest of vintage bottle brush trees

vintage scale

A vintage scale with a wire basket filled with vintage Christmas ornaments….

green glass

And finally, vintage green milk glass and Santa mugs.

If you like these beauties…you can find more pins like them by visiting Kimberly Hart on Pinterest!

Merry Christmas from our vintage home to yours…


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