Monday, August 8, 2011

Maggie Jane's Vintage at Kane County Flea Market

This weekend was my first time selling at a flea market!  I was at the Kane County, IL are some photos from my booth...

{a mix of vintage, handmade, upcycled, and some Cath Kidston textiles}

{the center of the booth}

{this photo is a bit blurry...sorry!}

I really enjoyed selling at the show, but it is A LOT of work, especially when it's really hot out with 1 million percent humidity!  Unfortunately, when I got there on Saturday to set up, I found that someone was already set up in the booth that was assigned to me.  Technically, I had the right to have them move out of "my" space, but I wasn't going to start all that drama, so I took another available booth in the same building.  Sadly though, I was left with much less time to set up, because of the booth mix-up.  I really had to scramble to get things set up, and then the gate seemed to open a bit early to let people in, so I had even less time!

I was looking forward to doing the displays the most out of this whole experience, so I wish I would have had more time to set up...I had grand plans of hanging a chandelier and some other decor in the booth.  Such is life, right?  One must make lemonade out of lemons.

{the entire booth}

I'm not sure if I will be selling again next month...preparing for this sale and the sale itself really took it out of me...I am exhausted!  Perhaps, I will be up for it again in October???

I'll be taking a little bloggy break this week to catch up things around the house and to just try and relax a bit.  Hope your week is off to a happy start!



Angela said...

Oh what a darling booth!!

Shanon at Vintage Sparkle Chic said...

Your booth looks so cute! I see items I would have snatched up for sure! Love the chippy turquoise chair and the floral bag~adorable!


Sweet Bee Cottage said...

I know I would have been drawn to come into your booth! It looks great! Too bad about the other seller, but I agree - not worth the drama. At least it will be cooler in October.

traci said...

your booth was great. i loved it. i really love my vintage glasses. when i look at them, i smile. so nice seeing you on saturday.

Alice said...

What a wonderful booth! Love those bright, cheery colors! Do you have help lugging all that heavy stuff? I sell my jewelry once a month in Kansas City and have a terrible time getting all my tables etc up the stairs. I hate having to rely on someone to help me.

Pure Vintage Chicago said...

totally adorable! It gets easier as you do shows. When I first started it took me a week to recover. Now it's much easier. Glad your experience was a good one for your first show, no come see us at the Flea when you recover :)

michelle said...

Your booth looks so fun and beautiful! I hope that you did well. It is alot of work and very time-consuming but it is fun as well. Sorry about the mix-up and I hope you can do it again in Oct.
Have a nice break and get some rest.

michele said...

omg stacey this is so dang cute. you did a great job styling! when i have sold at the flea market i have just piled things on tables so i love all the effort put into your booth. and what a pain to have that mixup. sorry i didn't get to see it in person, but i'm trying to concentrate more on purging than shopping.



Jen @ Bungalov said...

Hi Stacey-

I think the booth looks great! I really like your banners. I can only imagine how much work it was. I am sure it will all be worth it in the end!

A Cozy Cottage in the City said...

Ooh...lovin everything in your booth!!! and everything looks put together, even though you said there was a booth mix-up & you were limited with time...wish I lived closer, looks like the kind of flea market I'd enjoy!!! Oh and congrats on winning the textiles from C & R! Oh the possibilities with those fabrics!!! Enjoy!!! ;)


Vicki @ CurlyWillow said...

Super cute Stacey!! Maybe in October I can come in and help you set up! Then walk around do a little shopping... check on you, give you a break.. ya know, that kind of thing.

ArtsyNina said...

Your booth looks wonderful! I would have been instantly drawn to it. Did you unload lots of merchandise?

The Old Block House said...

Your booth looks wonderful!

Now I've got to look up Kane County as I've no idea where it is. We're in west central IL Pike County area.

The Old Block House said...

Your booth looks wonderful!

Now I've got to look up Kane County as I've no idea where it is. We're in west central IL Pike County area.

imsteelefullofscrap said...

Your booth looks beautiful good luck in your sales!

SeamedUP said...

Such timely information! I just posted a question about this in the forum at (a sewing/quilting site a la ravelry)!

Your booth is quite lovely - and your attitude - perfect! I hope you had a good time.

(ps full disclosure - I am a co-founder of

DearHelenHartman said...

You would definitely know if I'd seen your booth by the ridiculously delighted squealing over all those wonderful goodies! And now I see other posts on your blog I have to visit. Let the squealing begin!

Mecky said...

You did a great job setting up. I would of loved to be there. We have a great monyjly flea market in my area but they don't have it in July and August. I am so ready for the one in September.
It looks like you have some good aprons hanging up there.

Magical Mystical Teacher said...

You have enough red in these photos to satisfy MY soul!:-)


Come in, my dear friends, and be seated, please—
Oh, all of you reds are such a big tease!
Scarlet, you creep over cheeks in a blush;
Crimson, you’re always in such a big rush!
Cherry, you’re tasty and pleasant to see;
Carmine, you utterly satisfy me!
So come in, my friends, and be seated, please—
Of all the colors, I’d rather have these!

© 2011 by Magical Mystical Teacher

Little Red Shopping Bag

debbie @ happy little cottage said...

Hi Stacey!

Thanks for stopping by happy little cottage!

Your booth is fabulous, and I can see so much of your heart goes into doing this! Love the Cath Kidston♥

Pam said...

Your booth looks great! I like the word cards strung together and love the blue chippy chair.

Carolyn@SweetChaos said...

Your booth looks adorable! I would never have been able to tell that you didn't have more time to set up. Enjoy your rest!

Lina - Fancy Frugal Life said...

How cute! I'd love to have a booth like this someday! Your looks amazing. And i bet its alot of work :)

Fancy Frugal Life

Snuggly Monkey mama said...

I love your booth set up! It looks fantastic. I am thinking of starting to do craft/art shows this fall so I am always looking for inspiration on booth set up. Thanks for sharing!

julie said...

Your set-up is so nice! Shows ARE a lot of work--after busting my butt for a few years to get into bigger craft fairs, I actually just recently decided to stop doing craft fairs altogether. It was starting to become a full-time job, one which I've already got as a stay-at-home mom! I left the possibility open of getting back into it after a break, however, perhaps with a "little" more relaxing pace.

Bohemian said...

Great looking booth... I'm adoring the Cath Kidston styles and items!

Dawn... The Bohemian

Boho Farm and Home said...

I hope you are there in October because my daughter and I are planning a trip to Chicago for that weekend and it is to include the flea.

very merry vintage style said...

Your booth looks so cute--I love the garland of flash cards! Thanks for linking to Share the Love Wednesday!

Ms Bingles Vintage Christmas said...

Cute, Cute! I love it! thank you for sharing!

Debra @ Common Ground said...

Hi Stacey, your booth is so full of fun things and great color, Kudos to you for doing "the right thing" when it's tough! thanks so much for linking up with VIF, hope you're having a great week, xo Debra