February 18, 2015

Making A Sign For The Polka Dot Flea

The Polka Dot Flea has moved to a larger building this year on the Central Florida Fairgrounds  

 So......I built a big new Polka Dot Flea sign to go with the big new building


I have more ideas for perking up the front, but this sign was my first project.   It will go on the grass outside the entrance


I found these metal letters at Renningers a great antique market about 30 minutes outside Orlando in Mount Dora.  


I cut a piece of plywood and then built a frame around it. I got all of the wood from my scrap pile  



When I recently redid my kitchen I saved the old faux back
splash...Horder...Horder.... I knew I would use it for something.  I was able to glue it on and then used dark wax to age it a little.


I thought long and hard about how to attach the metal letters, since they are hollow in the back, I could not glue them and I would have needed mighty long screws ...So, in the end I attached them with wire


And then did a practice run by setting it up in my back yard to insure no snafus on show day


It measures almost 9 ft long!


That Should get peoples attention......I am thrilled to put a big check mark on this project......DONE!!! 

Happy Creating
Carol

Visit the Polka Dot Flea webpage HERE

February 11, 2015

Hand Jewelry Holders

I was at a great estate sale a few months ago.  It was a house FILLED to the brim.....It was almost overwhelming! 

As I picked my way through the house I ended up with a great collection of vintage jewelry holders.


I have started pricing items for my booth at the Polka Dot Flea  It's been like Christmas going through boxes of goodies that have been packed away for months waiting for the Flea.






I don't think this next one is a jewelry holder, it has a clip on the back to hold a note....Adorable!


Hands down......A great collection lol!

I have been busy the last couple weeks making a HUGE sign to put outside of the Polka Dot Flea and making another ticket booth.  I will share it all with you soon.....Stay tuned!

Happy Creating
Carol



January 30, 2015

Thank You For The Input On The Flower Cart For The Polka Dot Flea

Thank you for all of your input on my post

I am sooo glad I put the question out to all of you because you made so many great points!


The best point was......."Will people be going straight home after the Polka Dot Flea?   It will be June..... and it is Florida....Its 180 degrees in the shade that time of year!   People usually purchase flowers at the grocery store..Why..Because they are going straight home.


You gave me such great alternative ideas...Potted flowers, herbs, and succulents..... Vintage vases and mason jars...Dried lavender and lavender buds and sachets


Sooo....I think dried lavender is the way to go....Why didn't I think of that!? You guys are genius!

 I can wrap the stems up cute with ribbon or paper or both.  There is no chance of wilting and they will look so cute in the flower cart



So...Dried lavender it is!  Thank you sooo much for your input!

Billie loves (To eat) fresh flowers.....How am I going to break this to her??


Happy Creating
Carol





January 22, 2015

I am so excited to unveil the poster for the 2015 


I love it!  Do you recognize the Vintage Bike?  It is the one I painted last year for the Polka Dot Flea.


My vision is to pile the bike up with vintage finds like on the poster, so when you walk into the Polka Dot Flea it will be the first thing you see......Ah..Lets see if I can do it, I will keep you posted.

For new blog readers you can read the complete story of how and why I started the Polka Dot Flea HERE.   

The cliff notes are; That after being rained out as a vendor I decided I wanted to be a vendor at an indoor/air conditioned show right in the heart of Orlando.  Since there was no such thing...I started The Polka Dot Flea last year in Orlando and it was a huge success.  

Last year I dipped my toes in with 40 vendors at a one day show.  

This year there will be 100+ vendors.....
..... In triple the space (21,000 sq ft) 


And the show will be 2 days...Yikkes, I am already working on it full time. 



It will once again feature the "Best of the Best" in friendly juried vendors with attractive, well thought out booths.  Since vendors are the heart of the show they are pampered, supported, and know they are appreciated.  It is a well organized event with plenty of Polka Dot Flea support staff.





You can see more pictures of last years event HERE.  

Interested in being a vendor at this years show?  


Thank you for all of your helpful input on my last post where I asked you "if I should sell fresh flowers at the Polka Dot Flea this year".  


Let me save that for the next post.

Happy Creating

Carol

January 13, 2015

Should I Have A Flower Cart At The Polka Dot Flea?

Would you buy flowers at a vintage sale?


These shots were taken inside my storage unit I use for the Polka Dot Flea....You are going to have to use your imagination with the clip art flowers and look past the mess

I've always wanted a flower cart so, when I saw one for sale at the Polka Dot Flea last year I bought it.   


My booth at the Flea will be by the front door Soooooo.....I was thinking, I have a wholesale florist near my house.....What if I sold flowers, people could grab a bouquet on the way out the door.

I found white garbage cans at the dollar store that would be perfect for holding the  water and bouquets.


I was all excited until I shared the idea with a girlfriend.....And she didn't quite get my vision.....So now I am second guessing myself....


If you were at a summer sale like the Polka Dot Flea (Indoors/ air conditioned), would you ever entertain the idea of buying a bouquet of flowers on your way out the door?  Or should I just use the cart as a display piece......Be honest!

Thank you.....I know you'll steer me in the right direction!

Happy Creating
Carol