March 25, 2015

The Entrance Display For The Polka Dot Flea

I would love to WOW the customers when they first walk into the air conditioned Polka Dot Flea Venue 
June 13-14  at the Central Florida Fairgrounds Orlando, Fl 


So many of you guessed it right on my last post..... I recreated the Polka Dot Flea poster...Ok, I tried to recreate the Polk Dot Flea poster


 I first built a sturdy stand that would fit over the back of the bike and covered the base with fake grass


  Then transformed drawers, boxes, and suitcases to look old





I drilled holes through everything so they would all stack on a strong sturdy plumbing pipe that screws into the wood base



The ceiling in the venue is about 40 feet high



This is what the shoppers will see first when they walk into the


It will stand over 15 feet high

I plan on adding a vintage dressed mannequin from our sponsor Barr Display to stand by the bike and fresh potted flowers around the bottom...In my vision.....It will look fabulous    


This will set the mood for a fun shopping day!

The best part.....I get to check something else off my Polka Dot Flea to do list!

Happy Creating
Carol

March 16, 2015

Building A Ticket Booth

With the Polka Dot Flea just 3 months away I have been busy checking projects off my To-Do list

Since the Flea will triple in size this year we  need to add a  second ticket booth


Since I wanted the new booth to match last years booth, I used more salvaged fence boards that I dry brushed with paint


For the "Ticket" sign, I used my jigsaw to cut the shape then did the letter graphics on my computer.  The words and graphics were done on 4 different sheets of paper that I printed out.  The graphics were then transferred to the board using the "Blender Pen" transfer method.  You can see this method HERE at Graphics Fairy


The ticket booth can be easily unassembled and reassembled at the show

  
It is a smaller version of this booth we built last year




You can see how last years booth was built here HERE

At last years Polka Dot Flea we had a line out the door until 1:30 in the afternoon....Hopefully a second booth will move the line faster this year




Ticket Booth Done....Check

Vendor Tags Done......Check


Next on my list.......The big display for the entrance of the Polka Dot Flea.   

 Last year I built this dock scene


So.....What am I building for the grand entrance display this year?  


The clue is in the poster......Can you guess?
Stay tuned

Happy Creating 
Carol

March 3, 2015

Vintage Thread Spools

I am working on getting merchandise ready for my booth at the Polka Dot Flea


Whenever I can, I buy old thread spools


Of course I can't sell empty spools......So.....I tore some muslin strips and did a little "Paris" stamping


I always use ink that is made for fabric stamping since it is washable


You can see my post HERE on fabric stamping


 All ready to sell at the Polka Dot Flea


I priced them at $6 and $12

I've been a busy girl...Working on the Polka Dot Flea everyday...On my next post, I'll show you the ticket booth I am working on.


I'm also in the middle of a master bath update.....Goodness, I'm a glutton for punishment lol!

 Happy Creating!
Carol



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