Wednesday, September 30, 2015

My Treasure Find

I have recently been looking for something to use a "check out" stand at my sales.  I looked around at my last sale for ideas - there were so many.  Some were handmade from scratch, others were re-purposed items (ie. a bookshelf).  I wanted something tall enough so I didn't have to bend down so much, but I wanted it small enough so I didn't take up a tonne of room which I don't have.

My husband and I stopped in at the Salvation Army Store to see if there might be something there I could use.  We were just about to leave when I saw what looked like an old trunk on the floor.  Curiosity got the better of me and I opened it up.  It wasn't a chest but rather an old wooden cabinet with small shelves and a drawer.  After staring at it with the wheels in my brain in high gear I realized that this was exactly what I was wanting.  It had room for my packaging bags, boxes, tape, tags, as well as my money box, sales book, square reader, and everything else I need on hand.  I picked it up and knew it was for me - it wasn't even heavy.  And at $15, I couldn't pass it up.  I think my husband was a bit disappointed because I got the impression he wanted it for himself.  Oh well.  It's mine now!

The front of the cabinet.  It was laying on its back when I first saw it.  That is why I thought it was a trunk or a chest.  There are handles on either side making it easy to carry.

The inside of the cabinet.  Lots of room and I love the shelves and the little drawer.  They are even able to be moved higher or lower as I need them.  And the front lowers and provides a table-like area to wrap items I sell.
I can't wait to try it out at my next sale this Friday October 2, 2015!

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Pretty New Stuff

I started my sale season off this past month at the Cathedral Village Arts Festival as usual.  I had a different spot than usual, right in front of the Holy Rosary Cathedral.  Although a nice spot to see things from, I didn't feel it was a great selling spot.  So many people walked right by me.  I took it personal until I tried to get across the street.  It was like trying to swim upstream in a river full of fish.  Very difficult to get anywhere or move out of the stream once you were in it. I think next year I will go back to my nice quieter spot.  Oh, yeah.  This was the first year I saw someone blatantly try to steal from my table. A couple of kids tried to steal my daughter's iPod!  I still love the festival and will be back again if they will have me.

I have been making a few new items.  I had ordered the metal parts last fall and have finally made the beads to finish the products.  Here are some candle snuffers, coffee scoops, serving spoons, spaghetti servers, and an appetizer pick set.

Candle Snuffers
Spaghetti Servers

Serving Spoons

Coffee Scoops

Appetizer Picks

As well I have made some new bracelets.  Most of them are elastic and most of them are made with pearls - real, fake, and Swarovski pearls.  I think these are a great addition to my bracelet collection.

I always have intentions of listing all of my items on Zibbet or Etsy but I usually procrastinate so long it doesn't get done. Here is to good intentions!  If you happen to be in Moose Jaw, SK on July 1, 2015 I will be at Crescent Part as usual for Park Art from 10am to 4pm.  I will have all of my new products with me.  Hope to see you there!