I can finally tell you about my NEW adventure!
I am Organizing and Promoting (drum roll please)
Orlandos first INDOOR (Air conditioned) Vintage Show!
The Central Florida Fairgrounds
The Central Florida Fairgrounds
JUNE 7, 2014
I'm so excited about this venture and I was dying to share it with you all!
Here's how it all started...
The last show I was a vendor at was totally rained out and I thought to myself... "I'm never doing another outdoor show".
Yes, Orlando is in the Sunshine State, but...we still have rain.
Most shows are at least an hour drive in any direction out of Orlando and very few of them are indoors. Local bloggers, junkers, and FB friends have tossed around doing an Orlando show for a couple years, but it never got off the ground. So, I thought: "Why don't I start a show?" The more I thought about it, the less I could convince myself not to. Why not? Orlando is the perfect location!
What is the POLKA DOT FLEA ?
The Polka Dot Flea will be Orlando's first indoor (Air conditioned) vintage show selling the best of vintage, funky, shabby, refurbished, antique, rusty, repurposed, quirky, industrial, and well-loved, home and garden goods.
It will feature the "Best of the Best" in friendly vendors with attractive, well thought out booths. Since vendors are the heart of the show I want them to feel pampered, supported, and know they are appreciated. This will be a well organized event with plenty of Polka Dot Flea support staff.
The show will be held in the heart of Orlando at the Central Florida Fairgrounds just three miles from downtown Orlando.
The space I have rented is Craft Hall, a 7000 sq feet building on the Fairgrounds. I have all sorts of plans for dressing up the front and inside (stay tuned for those).
The beauty of holding the Polka Dot Flea at the fairgrounds is that there is plenty of space to grow and it has virtually unlimited free parking. I have tentatively scheduled the second show for the first weekend of December...Yep, I am thinking big...Two shows a year....Maybe two day shows!?
A huge motivation for starting the Polka Dot Flea was the unbelievable local support I have received from other vendors, customers and businesses.
When I was telling my friends at Barr Display about the Flea
They said "We want to sponsor you!"
They are the store I have been working with aging and transforming their dress forms. They have a huge Orlando show room where they sell store displays and fixtures along with everything a show vendor would need for displaying their products. What an honor that was!
Then Adjectives Market said we'd like to sponsor you too!!! What? really?!
Adjectives is a cool vintage market with 93 vendors in 12,000 sq ft. space. The store is open 7 days a week and located in Altamonte Springs, a suburb just north or Orlando. ...AND OMG!!! ...They are going to host a private after party at their store the evening of the Flea. The party will be for vendors and shoppers from the Polka Dot Flea. Admission to the party will be vendor lanyards or wrist bands from the show. This will be a fun way for everyone to kick back and socialize in a relaxed environment with music, drink, food, and fun!
YEP...June 7th, 2014 is going to be a...full, fun-filled Saturday!
The best part for me is that I am going to be a vendor...That's how this all started after all. I wanted a place indoors to sell my wares. Of course, I will still be blogging about my DIY and craft projects.
I am so excited to take you along on this adventure and I have so much to share with you!
Stay tuned for my next post and I will let you in on everything it takes to start a show...there were so many times in this process that I thought "Forget it...I can't do this". But...I just could not give up and now I am ready to make it happen!
I would LOVE for you to check out the...
I am just starting my search for vendors, If you are interested be sure to check out the
OK, I'm holding my breath... I can't wait to hear what you all think of this new adventure!