Wow! Another year of Glendale Crossing Days has come and gone! This was a banner year for My Repurposed Life. For the first time in years I had help to set up, work and break down the booth. I’m sure I could have survived another year going it alone, but Cousin Terry was such a huge help and made the entire weekend F.U.N.
Here’s how it all went . . .
Instead of using a pickup truck, I rented a u-haul this year. I remembered to take a picture as we were packing, but never took a picture after it was loaded. It took five hours to load the truck after taking things out and reloading them a couple of times to try to make the best use of the space.
There were several items that were left behind—just couldn’t get them in the truck.
This is the u-haul I rented. I chose.the.wrong.one. I should have chosen the one with the space over the cab because it is TALLER. This particular truck wasn’t tall enough to allow the hall trees to stand up. Had I rented the larger truck, I probably could have taken more furniture items to sell.
To get them in there, the black diy hall tree was put in bottom first. (because it was heavier due to the mirror) I put down a moving blanket and then a piece of cardboard. On top of that, I placed a large heavy mirror, then came the small headboard bench and on top of that, LOTS of coat racks and then the triple chair bench! I only wish I had taken a picture before I unloaded the truck.
On the opposite side of the booth we placed the repurposed chair bench and the large shutter coat rack. I haven’t blogged about the Welcome sign yet, you can see the rustic mirror in the background and the picket fence coat rack hanging on the tent using “s” hooks.
Here’s a vintage mirror, the whitewashed memo board and a black chair.
My new craft show sign display worked perfectly to hold a lot of my coat racks. The sign on the very top is hanging by “s” hooks from the tent rails. In the background you can see the checkout station I made, the blue headboard bench with storage and the easy image transfer coffee table. Look up and you will see the pallet coffee cup rack.
From the very front corner of the booth you can see the post of the twin headboard bench, the black headboard shelf—then the 6 ft buffet table that we raised using bed risers. The tablecloth, is of course, a drop cloth. I used some whitewashed boxes to elevate the image transfer wine bottles. I haven’t blogged about the clipboard stands yet.
Another view of the front corner. You can barely see the repurposed shutter “In Our Home”. To the very right is a large rustic chalkboard I made when I did the rustic mirrors and memo boards.
To the left of the cash out station (not visible) there is a dolly hidden behind the wall of the tent. We didn’t need a dolly because we are able to load and unload right at our booth. I decided to take it to encourage people to buy my larger items. The plan was to loan them the dolly so they could get the furniture to their vehicle. It worked!
That was at the end of the day Friday. We called it a day and went to dinner with some family at the world famous Whistlestop Restaurant in Glendale KY. We retired to Terry’s RV at a KOA campground in Elizabethtown KY. (you can see the Whistlestop in the collage below) It sits right next to the railroad tracks.
Early the next morning we were up and at ‘em at 6 am, headed back to Glendale. When we were almost there, I realized I had left my phone in the RV. I dropped Terry off so she could help her niece with her wreath booth (next door to my booth). I borrowed the niece’s car and drove it back to get my phone (instead of paying u-haul’s .69 cents a mile!)
Let’s play a little game—while looking at the photos, make a guess as to what sold first, and I’ll tell you at the end of the post if you’re right.
Terry took some pictures for me on her phone. I used some new price tags this year that worked very well. I also used my small rustic chalkboards to price items so passersby could see the prices from a distance. You can see the bench is priced at $80 by looking at the chalkboard. Terry brought some beautiful handmade scarves to sell.
This is the front of the booth. I left the sides up on my tents this year. I think it made a big difference at showing off my projects.
It was a very chilly 37° Saturday morning when we got there. After the sun came out it was a pretty day with a high of about 59° and probably a record crowd.
I actually got to walk around a little bit this year. I didn’t buy anything, but it was nice o walk instead of just stand in the booth. You can see Terry in our booth and Courtney next door in Dana’s wreath booth.
As the day went on and things cleared out, Terry brought a couple of more items from the truck, and ended up selling ONE right off the truck. Those items were the hutch top made into a coat rack, a white headboard shelf coat rack.
Notice we moved the table to the front of the booth—after the large items sold, people stopped coming into the booth on this side.
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In the afternoon, we did some rearranging of items after the booth got VERY empty. Terry is resting (finally) in the tailgater chair I ordered on Amazon to use with the cash station. It’s higher than the typical camp chairs I’ve used for years! I also ordered some newsprint paper (the cash station) to wrap items and some extra large bags that happened to be garbage bags with handles that worked fabulously for the larger items. The bags fit perfectly in the cash station basket (see the picture below)
I generally tell you what sold, but it’s actually easier to tell you what didn’t sell.
This is about all I had left at the end of the day, three small coat racks, a welcome shutter and the black and white welcome cabinet door seen in other pictures. Neither of the blanket ladders sold, which may be a good thing. I think Terry’s scarves will look great displayed on them if she does any craft shows.
Several of the clip boards/stands/book pages sold. None of the wine bottles sold. Neither of the rustic mirrors found a new home.
I got to meet several new friends of My Repurposed Life. One of my favorite readers, Nova stopped by and took this picture of me and Terry.
It was such a fun day, exhausting—but fun. I came away with a terrible case of laryngitis, I think it was due to the cold temperatures and the changing of the weather.
After loading the truck we headed to Cracker Barrel for some warm food. We had a little debriefing session with lots of laughs remember the happenings of the day.
Did you play my little game? While looking at the pictures, did you make a guess of what sold first? Terry thought for sure it would be the cute little white twin headboard bench. I really didn’t make a guess.
If you guessed the tall window cabinet, you were right! The cute little white headboard bench went very early—it may have even been the second item to sell.
By the way, there were other headboard benches from other vendors, but I heard from several people that they weren’t as cute as mine.
I’m considering doing the Spring show in Glendale. I think doing one HUGE show a year is just too hard. I think it might be better to split it up.
I hope you enjoyed getting to tag along on my little weekend venture at Glendale Crossing Days. If you were there—why didn’t you stop and say hi?