Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Flea Market Fun!

This past Sunday, my sister and law Jessica and I opened up the new and permanent (for the foreseeable future anyways) Paper*Cakes booth at the North River Rink Flea Market in Cornwall, PEI.

We had both spent the last three weeks @ the flea market de-junking and selling off old clothing that no longer fit, home goods, etc. I was lucky enough to make almost $500 off of my old junk and was able to invest a lot of that into the startup of this new booth :)

I have been collecting vintage dresses, accessories, and knick knacks for a while. I have also recently developed a love of spray paint.. so this led to my house overflowing with both! In February, I took my crafts to the Flea Market twice, but with a cast on my leg and not enough inventory to bring back and forth all the time I decided to wait for a while, and eventually go back. There was a special this July for buy 2 tables get 1 free, and I decided that I should take advantage of it!

This last week Jess, Aimee, and myself spent a lot of time doing prep and painting and shopping for the booth. On Saturday, we had a photoshoot and had some girls came over to pose in the dresses and handmade accessories. I recently invested in a professional printer so I was able to print out some of these photos to use on our tables as display promo and they looked GREAT!

We opened with a pretty good turn out! Good sales, a lot of people looking, many business cards passed out, and many nice compliments on the set-up! I was even recognized by Karen Mehr, a local cbc radio personality! She said she saw me on twitter - how cool is that?? :) We did get there a little bit late and missed a lot of the early birds due to not being fully set up, but I feel like we still did really well and am so happy with how it all went!

Anyways... next week there will be more items, gift wrap and shipping available, a free paper*cakes zine to pick up, and 10% off again for anyone who comes to see us and mentions that you saw paper*cakes online!


Anonymous said...

Looks and sounds like it went great!! Good luck to continued success :)

Anonymous said...

oooh it looks like you could find bargains galore there!

Rose XXX

smile steady said...

How exciting! Sounds like things are going well for you!

Carmen said...

How exciting! Congrats on the success and wishes for much more. :)

Chris said...

Sounds like you did wonderfully!!

Teresa said...

Wow - I'm so glad it went well for you. Everything looks wonderful!

Jennifer Sloane said...

Looks like a nice weekend! The blue make-up case is identical the one that my grandmother used to have as well as the suitcase that matched it. I remember that suitcase holding old photos the entire time I was growing up and pulling it out from underneath the baby bed every time I went and visited her. Thanks for the fond memories.

Swirlyarts said...

OMG - I love those Alice in Wonderland ornaments on that last photograph! Do you still have them and if so how much are they? Can't promise to buy them as heading off to the States for some thrifting on Sunday but I'm interested! And would you post to the UK??

Chelsea Ling said...

Hey swirly :)

They are salt and pepper shakers and unfortunately they sold on sunday - when they were new I got them on ebay so you might try there!


jenny holiday said...

Very very exciting!! I sooo wish I wasn't so far away!!!

Congrats and best wishes on your new venture!!!

Happy Selling!!!!

xoxo Jenny