March 30, 2014

The Polka Dot Flea In Vintage Finds Magazine

Advertising for the Polka Dot Flea has started in a big way!
Vintage Finds Magazine is a VERY COOL free magazine available in shops (and online) all over Florida, keeping vintage lovers informed of the latest vintage shows, shops and happenings in Florida...The kind of shops and shows that WE ALL love.

I put an ad in the April issue , but wait...

...Kathy the editor added the Polka Dot Flea to the cover of the newest issue...but wait...


...When Kathy hand delivers Vintage Finds Magazine to Vintage stores all over Florida she offered to also distribute Polka Dot Flea postcards!



WHAT???!!!...How nice is this??...Kathy will be distributing 6000 Polka Dot Flea postcards to over 100 vintage shopkeepers to hand out to their customers; priceless advertising for the Flea...Thank you, thank you!

 The Polka Dot Flea will also be advertised in the Orlando Weekly Reader (A cool hipsters magazine you can find at most local restaurants and cafes) and in the "Calendar of events" section of the local newspaper and TV station (If the Polka Dot Flea grows I will expand to national magazines)

Starting May 1st, postcards and posters will be hand delivered to every cafe, shop, Starbucks and boutique in town (I did sales for 20 years...lets see if I've still got it!)

  
And then of course there is social media...I would be beyond grateful if anyone wants to share any of the images or info in this post on their social media outlets.

So...Heres the deal:  I have calculated that I need 699.5 Polka Dot Flea customers to attend the inaugural show (699 average sized people and one really skinny girl) to break even.  Anything over 699.5 customers will allow me to recoup my initial investment and fund the next show.

I am putting every ounce of my being (that's a lot of ounces) into the planning and prep for the Polka Dot Flea. So, if it turns out to be a big fat flop I will have no regrets!

I will at least know that I tried and gave it my all and had more fun in the process than a girl deserves...and that my friends is priceless!

If you have a minute you can visit Vintage Finds Magazine HERE
Polka Dot Flea Website HERE and Polka Dot Flea Facebook page HERE


Happy Creating!
Carol





33 comments:

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

How wonderful! You're having so much fun and the sale will be amazing! Sweet hugs from your FL neighbor, Diane

Dee Lapin said...

It sounds so exciting Carol. I know you are going to do fantastic at the Flea Market.
I love your advertising cards. I wish you all the best in your venture XO

Connie said...

Hi Carol, This is such wonderful news. You are a born Public Relations person. Have you ever worked in that field? Watch out or you will be back working full time :)
Have a lovely week and thanks for sharing your good news.
Connie :)

Mari said...

Oh wow this is indeed great news Carol, congrats....
I hope to one day be able to visit your wonderful flea market, I visit Florida every year to visit my in laws ;-)

Smiles~
Mari

Kathy said...

Congratulations on the extra advertising. I only wish I wasn't about as far away as a gal could be without leaving the US. I cannot imagine that it will not be a grand success and I will be cheering you on from afar!!

Donna said...

That is so exciting, Carol! A big congrats for being featured on the cover, and for all of that exposure!! I sure would love to attend if I lived closer. I would be that .50, the skinny girl:) (Don't I wish!!!) I have a very strong feeling that your show is going to be a huge hit!!

Charm Bracelet Diva {at Home} said...

A big fat congrats to you again, Carol! Plans for this baby are really rolling along. I'm so glad it's going smoothly! I'm sure it'll be a huge hit, and I'll be happy to share the news on social media! xoKathleen

pogonip said...

I'm loving all the good news, Carol! What a great start--and I know that this is only the beginning of a landslide of support.

Terra said...

Wow, your ad efforts are super. I like the photo of the gals in their colorful outfits too.

Createology said...

Carol Dear you certainly DO have it! Excellent PR and coverage. Fancy Flea Creative Bliss...

Ros Crawford said...

Yahoo! It's going to be a great event!

lynn said...

you must be thrilled! congrats, carol:)

Lana @ The Oakley Office + the getlOh blog said...

I love it! I will be glad to help. I am a numbers chick and this sales/marketing is somewhat out of my comfort zone but I can "SHARE" the love! This event is going to be fabulous... Only wish I was closer to Orlando. :)

Julia - "Vintage with Laces" said...

Hi Carol, You put so many thoughts, effort and money in this event. It's wonderful that you get such support and I'm pretty sure that your first flea market will be a great success.

CelestinaMarie@SouthernDayDreams said...

Hey Carol, I would say YES, you still got it!!! Congrats on all the great advertising and exposure.
It is thrilling and going to be a great event. You Go Girl!!

Hugs!

Melodee said...

of course you've still got it! probably better than ever!! you will be a smashing success, there is no doubt about it....I can't wait to hear all about how amazing it was.....and man, oh man, I so wish I had a vacay planned for Florida! haha!

Debbiedoos said...

Whooo hoo! You are probably so excited you can't even stand it! I am excited for you Carol.

20 North Ora said...

Congratulations Carol! I am so proud of you and all of your hard work. I know it will pay off - I just wish I could be there.

Judy

Amy Jo said...

Oh Carol this is wonderful! I think you will have more than 699.5 It is going to be big and very successful! I just know it.

Blessings,
Amy Jo

marda said...

I'm so excited for you. Loads of work and I hope it pays of big time, not just financially but enjoyment wise. Will keep my fingers crossed for a great day and huge turnout.

Becky said...

How wonderful for you, sounds so exciting and I am sure a great success.

Jamie @ Domestically Vintage said...

Carol, Good morning! That is all super exciting and I am sure you will be a success! I just posted about my spring mantel. I made my own version of your shabby fabric torn rag garland. Thank you so much for the inspiration. I gave you credit and linked to your post. I hope that's all okay. Have a great week! ~ Jamie

Betsy@My Salvaged Treasures said...

What an honor and a generous offer to distribute all your cards. I know your attendance will be much higher and this event will be a huge success. I'd be bring a bus load of friends if I lived closer.

Cynthia said...

Love your cards and I know this is going to be a huge success. I have faith in you my dear!

Cynthia

Linda said...

Love it! I sure wish I could be there!! You are so inspiring and I hope that everything goes well and you have an awesome turn out!!
Hugs from me!
Linda

DownTheLaneWithDaisy said...

You definitely still have "it", Carol. Great job!

Mimi Sue said...

Looks like it's going to be super successful! Can't wait to see how it all turns out. Mimi

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

Oh gosh, I can't be the skinny girl but I can take up TWO spots !!!
(())

Julie Shelander said...

You go girl!! You are on fire! Love your enthusiasm and excitement. I will pass along the info on my facebook page. I know this will be a great success! :)

Kelley said...

She's on the move! You've got it in the Polkadot Flea Bag!

Hugs and happy highways,
Kelley~

Debbie said...

You have no idea the number of people to whom I have told your whole story. I start way back when you first left the "other" job in that "other" season of your life. Then, I tell it all the way from the paper dolls feature to the Polka Dot Flea. Now, I get to add this chapter. Surely, Carol, the Lord is in this journey, and you are where He wants you to be!!

Savannah Granny said...

Debbie, is so correct. Good things happen for a reason. You have worked so hard and so many people including me are extremely proud of you.
I will put something up on my FB.
Blessings, Ginger

Little Miss Maggie said...

I can't tell you how impressed I am with all the effort you are putting into this inaugural event. It can't help but be a huge success. Wish I could be there to support all your hard work (and to be a vendor too!)