Tuesday, August 6, 2013

A New Booth Space

There's a very popular vintage shopping area in Kansas City, it's in an old area of town full of huge, shabby, brick warehouses. Many of the warehouses have been redone and turned into vintage stores. It's become quite a destination when all the stores (around 13 right now) are open on the First Friday Weekends. I've been considering making a move into the area for a while now and finally when a new store advertised they were opening, I got on board. I'm thrilled but scared about being in this area. I guess I'm most worried about being able to keep up with putting items into the store and wonder if my items measure up and will actually sell.

The people who run the store and the other vendors are SO nice; that's a plus! We just had our first "First Friday Sale" and it went well, but I was surprised at how much work was actually involved in preparing for the event! Luckily, I was able to hire a few young men to help with the move and a friend came along to help me arrange my items.

So in this post, I want to share a few projects I've been working on and some pictures of my new space.

Here's one project that I tackled for the store. Take a look at what I started with... a falling apart cabinet. There is one drawer and one door. I bought this at an auction for a quarter. Yep, you read that right; a quarter. Nobody else wanted to take it on. LOL The veneer was in horrible shape, I had little choice except to scrape it off. After that I painted it a green, and used vintage maps to cover the missing veneer. Here's the finished cabinet at home in my booth.

I had a lot of complements on this piece but unfortunately it didn't sell. Maybe at the next sale.

Here's another remake. A neighbor gave me this love seat. I really didn't know if I could do a thing with it. First off, It was absolutely filthy. So, the first order of business was to mix up a disinfectant and clean it up. I knew then that I wanted to paint the wood white and distress it. Then I had a couple of ideas for those cushions. I finally settled upon using two vintage seed sacks that I had been saving for about a year. You can see the result in the pictures. I really worried about how sellable this would be since it was so different. But somebody bought it for their lake house right away. That was quite a relief.

Here's a few pictures I took around the booth. The building I'm in was a bag warehouse. My booth is in one of the historic executive offices.

Thanks for stopping by and taking a look around. Oh, the name of the store is Le Fou Flea. It means "the crazy flea". Cute huh?

I linked the sofa project to:

Click here for Savvy Southern Style Link Party: http://www.savvysouthernstyle.net/

Also linked to: Furniture Feature Fridays


  1. Love the booth. and the map end table......

  2. Thanks Sheryl! I think that map cabinet would be very handy.... one drawer and one door with cabinet space behind. Hopefully it'll find a home soon. I appreciate you stopping by and leaving a comment.

  3. Hey Kim, I love the little map table, so cute. I am working on a desk that I am using maps on the drawers. I hope it turns out as cute as yours! I am just down the road from you in Columbia Mo! Good luck with your booth, I am sure you will do great!

  4. The map cabinet is cute, love the love seat too!

  5. LOVE that map cabinet. The colours are gorgeous.

  6. Thanks Rachel, Deanne, and Kristine for the nice comments.

    I'm sure your desk will come out great Rachel. Maps would be very appropriate for a desk! Do you ever come into KC Rachel? The First Friday weekends are very fun in the West Bottoms if you are ever in town at that time. It's been YEARS since I've been through Columbia.

  7. Your pieces look terrific. You're talented so get those negative thoughts about not measuring up out of head. Good luck with your new space.

  8. Joselyn -- Thanks so much for the positive comment!