I stopped at my booth at the antique mall today to bring in a few new things and pay my rent for April. As I was writing my check, I realized that I've been a dealer at the mall for FIFTEEN years.
That got me a bit nostalgic about the different spaces I've had at the mall, the stuff I've sold and the displays I've put together. I pulled out the scrapbook of snapshots I kept before the days of digital cameras.
This is from my first Christmas at the mall, and it kind of surprised me how much it looks like a display I'd put together today. One difference is my booth is a lot more crowded now. I really cram it in.
When Karla and I started sharing a booth, we went full into a cottage floral shabby chic look. Sharing a booth isn't for everybody, but we got along great. We planned color schemes, themes and displays ahead of time and could spend a whole day re-do our booth. Sometimes that included painting.
If you look at the very top of the picture above, to the left of the curtains, you can see some of Karla's faux painted bricks.
Not everybody "got" our chippy rusty painted look. This cartoon kind of summed it up.
We did a lot of flower and garden displays and used a lot of white metal plant stands.
I really like this yellow and green garden display, but PINK always sold better than yellow.
It didn't take very long to get a full cozy cottage look.
One of my favorite parts was always being the first person to see Karla's newest painted creation like this floral chest of drawers.
Looking back on these pictures, I am ever so grateful for digital cameras.
I wish I had taken more pictures. The last of these pictures was probably taken in 2003 and I really didn't start taking pictures again until I started my blog in 2007. I guess I'll just call 2004-2006 my "lost period".