September 27, 2012

Adding Bling To Anything

It seems that when I add a little bling to anything, it sells...


I've had my antique booth for 9 years and have cultivated a lot of "regulars", or repeat customers. I love my regulars; they are the heart of my business and these folks LOVE bling

I spray my boring treasures with heirloom white paint, pick a little bling, and attach it with E-6000 glue


My boring treasure just got a lot less boring 






Yep...a little paint and a little bling 


Sometimes the touch of bling comes in the form of chandelier crystals

This candle sconce started pretty ho hum


But, with paint and vintage crystals...


...that "ho hum" didn't last.  These are especially good sellers around the holidays when people are in a really blingy mood


You might be interested in these previous posts

"Where I buy chandelier crystals" is HERE

"How to add chandelier crystals to anything" part one is HERE and part two is HERE


I priced these between $8-$18 and the candle opera at $22

Yep, I love to get my bling on...and my customers love it when I do!

Happy Creating!

Carol

35 comments:

Holly- Cutie Pie Cottage said...

Such wonderful tranformations!Thank you so much for sharing your tips with us, Carol! I'm getting so many ideas for my future both! ♥

Sue@House Pretty said...

Ah, bling! Gotta love a little bling! Your creations are beautiful!!!

Dawn's Craft Place said...

Can't lose with white and bling- I want the candle holder.I NEVER find them

Betsy@My Salvaged Treasures said...

So true! A little paint and a little more bling are always a winning combination; just amazing how special ordinary items become. Yours are gorgeous!!

Shabby chic Sandy said...

I am always looking for bling to put on things. I bet it does make things sell so much faster! Beautiful items.

Sherry@Back2Vintage said...

Carol, you know how to "bling" just right....not too much, just the perfect touch!!!

Mad Maine said...

You always do it "just right". Beautiful transformations as usual. I almost picked up a little footstool with an embroidered top yesterday thinking about your blog and how spraying it with airloom paint would make it such a cute little thing to put in my booth. Then I put it down because I just have no confidence that it would come out like one of your projects - and this kind of style sort of clashes with the 50s-60s style I mainly focus on. Now I wish I had picked it up - it was only $2.99, ugh.

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Celestina Marie said...

Hi Carol,
Oh I just love bling to everything and your treasures look amazing in the after with their vintage bling. Your customers will grab them up fast!!! I just scheduled a post for later with the same thing adding bling to my harvest displays. LOL
Love it.
Have a creative rest of the week.
Hugs, Celestina Marie

Tonya said...

I love your transformations! I am just like your customers..I LOVE BLING! Keep up the great posts...you are wonderful inspiration!

marda said...


I'm a bling lover too, and you can't go wrong with that Heirloom white either. Your makeovers are just perfect...I was going to say "right on" but that might give away my age!!!!! Wish I lived near your shop.. I no doubt would be one of your regulars!!!!

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

Gotta love some bling, Carol! It can dress up anything and make it prettier! Love the candlestick.

Gina said...

I'd be fighting your regulars for all the bling too. Love the candlestick!

Cindy The Victorian Journey said...

If I only lived in your town I would be over at your booth buying up those beautiful transformations. I love bling too. Cindy

Stampindamour said...

Carol - I LOVE these!!! You're right - adding bling to white painted items are better selling items! Thanks for the inspiration! Sometimes, I just forget! LOL!

-pamela ;)

Stampindamour said...

I forgot to ask what you prices these for...

sissie said...

Hi Carol,
I agree that bling does sell. But it also takes great ideas such as yours to sell too.
I love the way you embellish plain items and take them to all new heights. Very pretty.
I'm hoping to get my booth started with my sister the first of October. Half of her space is waiting for me to fill up but I've got to get this house in some kind of order to get started.

hugs
Sissie

Pat C. said...

You make it sound too easy: "A little white paint, a little bling". How about a LOT of talent, a LOT of vision, and a LOT of creativity?!

Gorgeous pieces--all of them!

xoxo

Pat C. said...

Marda, you are so cute! I guess we of the "right on" generation have to practice saying "spot on", if we don't want to give away our ages!

xoxo

Rebecca said...

Your GREAT IDEAS are what sells! :) And your SASSY personality! :)

TeeeeeeeeeeHeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee

xRebecca

Pam Lambky said...

Carol, your way to modest... With your talent you can make an old rag look gorgeous! Thanks so much for giving us inspiration and glam with each post! xo's Pam

Debbiedoo's said...

You are the bligity queen Carol. LOVE it. Have a great weekend my friend.

Lauren @ My Wonderfully Made said...

I'm with you Carol! I LOVE 'bling' and anytime I see it -- it draws me in! Love that vintage tissue holder!

Francie...The Scented Cottage Studio said...

well we know it don't mean a thing unless it's got that bling ! Bling and glitter, gotta love it.
(())

Createology said...

Carol Dear you are the special component that brings your customers back over and over. The bling is just the added icing. Creative Bliss at its finest...

Mary Ellen said...

You are so right about adding bling to anything! I saw (think I pinned it too) rusty ol horse shoes blinged up even!!! I think I am going to try these for my booth!

Love your blinging projects!

Heart Vintage Design said...

You have such a talent for adding just the right amount. I took the advice in a previous post, painted a candlestick holder white and added some of your "magic crystals" and it went to a good home at the Fancy Flea last year. I love all you do : )

PS if you need to e-mail me, just use the one you already have. I am so bad about checking all of my e-mail accounts.

{oc cottage} said...

wow! you make magic, missy!

m ^..^

Kelley Highway said...

Come here this second and let me hug you! You soooo inspire me! These are divine!

❁Velma ~Down Our Country Road❁ said...

I went back to read the posts about the chandelier crystals and how you applied them. That is so cool! Never thought about adding that kind of bling even though I do have some antique lamps with crystals. Guess I'm just not wearing the rose-colored glasses to envision such things! Now, I've got to look around the house to see if I've got some things that are "blingless". I'm sure I do!! Thank you.

Bellenza Wedding Bistro said...

Great tip to apply to wedding and party decor, too!

Debbie said...

Hi Carol!! First my apologies, I have been away from blog hoppin lately but when I saw your blog today it reminded me of WHY I LOVE your blog & items SO MUCH!! Beautiful work as always!! I can even recall a Great Aunt of mine having that metal tissue box! Who would have thought it could look like something you repurposed!
oh..btw...EVERYTHING IS BETTER W/BLING!! ;)

The Chickens' Auntie said...

Love the bling -- it adds so much! I'm loving all the diy tips on your blog, too. I'm glad I found it and will follow from now on.

Roxanne Reinhart said...

I love bling. On everything!! Where do you find your vintage jewels? You have the prettiest stuff.

Debbie@Debbie-Dabble and A Debbie-Dabble Christmas said...

Carol,
I so love that you share so freely all your wonderful ideas!!

Everything is so pretty and very do-abble!!

Thanks so much for always sharing your talents with us!!

Hugs,
Debbie

Little Miss Maggie said...

I have one of those silver cracker holders. I think I'll paint it and bling it and, oh yeah, sell it! Great idea, Carol.