January 19, 2012

I Can Cross This Off My Bucket List!

I've had an antiques booth for years, but I have always wanted to do a show, or a fair, or whatever you want to call it.  I thought maybe it was a pipe dream, I would need a tent, and a  trailer or rental truck to get my wares to the fair, then someone to drive the truck and I couldn't do a show alone.  

Then when I had my annual Ladies Champagne brunch in December 

I was telling one of my friends about the "Fancy Flea" (I called it Shabby Flea in my post, it's tough being blonde) I went to in November, I said "I would love to do a show like that some day".

Paris Rags Booth

She said "I'll do it with you, I have an enclosed trailer and a tent" (She's my friend and you can't have her)!

So, I'm off on my adventure!

Florida Ladies Mark your Calendars:

 The Polka Dot Closet is an official exhibitor at the
Fancy Flea
April 28, 2012
In Downtown Lakeland Florida, a cute little historic town 1 hour south of Orlando and a 1/2 hour north of Tampa

Lets see, I need to get crackin on merchandise.  I think the aprons will sell well

And I made up some tussie mussies

Now I think I'm a hat milliner, I have a dozen vintage hats, but they are all plain and need some fancying up, they should be perfect for the Flea.  I'll keep you posted as I attempt to fancy up these hats!

I'm on the look out for a ton of small tables, chairs and stools.  I found this little gem just as she is and added a waterslide decal.  Ok, I have one piece of furniture done!

This is going to be so fun!

I'm gratefully accepting any and all advise and tips!

Happy Creating!
Linking with 
Cottage Market 


~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

Your aprons are so pretty and you find the most feminine treasures! I sure would love to come to this big event this year! I'll mark my calendar! ♥

Ruby Jean said...

Oh Auntie Carol..... You are going to have a BALL!!! Everything is looking so ADORABLE and Fun!! And, Yes!! I do believe the Aprons will Sell well.. as well as your Gorgeous Tussie Mussies.... Which look like great WEDDING attire and perfect for little Flower Girls.... Be SURE to take LOTS and LOTS of pictures...:)

Dawnll said...

I am wishing I was near there=i would buy it all.
How about my suggestion the other day? I bet MANY would love your adornements
I LOVE those aprons

Mari said...

Carol, love your collection of aprons, such pretty colors ;)


Anonymous said...

I wish you nothing but great success on your first outing!! I love the little bench, sweeeeet. The GORGEOUS hats i'm sure will sell well for you. People love anything iron or albaster pieces from old homes. Just a thought. Hugs. T

Shannon@Cozy Home Scenes said...

Sounds like things are working out really well for you, Carol. Couldn't be happier for you. You have a good start with some very nice items. Good luck although I don't think you need it!-----------Shannon

Karen said...

You have such beautiful things, I'm sure you will have great success. Good Luck!

Jan@southernjunkin' said...

Oh y'all will have so much fun! Don't forget your water and a stool for you to sit down during the show!! Y'all will be so busy!!

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

You will do soooo well and have a lot of fun ! I am still on the fence because I don't have a wonderful friend like yours anywhere close to me so I have to do it allll by myself. But I'ma thinkin' maybe I will just come and shop if I don't set up.

Melodee said...

man I wish I didn't leave a country width away from you! I'd be there!!! you'll do so well:)))

Melodee said...

live not leave haha

Gina said...

Oh girl, good luck! I am so glad that you're going to fulfill this dream. You are going to rock the Fancy Flea, I just know it.

Unknown said...

Wow! and WHAT is her name? Have a ball! Love the aprons & tussy & ... well, EVERYTHING!
Have a beautiful eve ~

KimMalk said...

Hi Carol, Blogger's not letting me leave me own comment so I'm "replying". Yay!!! Lord willing, I will be there! I missed the fall one because of a family commitment. I know it will be a great success!

KimMalk said...

Heh, heh, may look into stealing your friend...!

Createology said...

Your friend is priceless and so is your style of treasures you create. Your Fancy Flea sounds just perfection...I know it will be fabulous!

Stampindamour said...

Carol - I know all of your fabulous items will be a HUGE hit! You have a nice variety of fantastic vintage items that are so perfect for a Shabby show.

Don't forget to bring those business cards with your blog address on it! That's the potential for MORE new fabulous fans to follow your blog!xo

-pamela :)

Linda@Coastal Charm said...

Happy that you will get the chance to do this...I have only done two and they were a lot of FUN!!! I'm sure that you will have a great show my friend. How is the wedding plans going?


The Polka Dot Closet said...

Testing, I know people have had trouble leaving comments. Blogger forum suggested switching over to the full page comment as a temporary fix


Stacy's Shabby Shoppe said...

Hey Carol ~ how exciting! I know you will do fantastic! Try to have LOTS of varied merchandise, keep your prices reasonable and do your booth up really cute! The small pieces of furniture should sell really really well so I would get cracking on those! How fun for you! ~Stacy~

Unknown said...

Carol, love the aprons and the tussies are just gorgeous. I wish you luck on the show, you will have a great time. I always enjoyed doing shows as I had a friend like you with tent and everything. Bring a cooler with drinks and some food and a comfortable chair. I know you will do just great!

Ruffles n Raspberries said...

Ah! I still havent crossed that one off my list either.. LOL youll have a blast, Im sure! I'll be shopping..so, see you there!

Gemma said...

Fantastic time of the year for mother's Day gifts too!

Sissie's Shabby Cottage said...

Okay Carol,
I hope this comment goes through. Shame on blogger for not fixing this problem.


Chris said...

Carol, You'll have a great time......and I'll get to meet you. I live one town away and this is a really fun event. See you there.....

Ariana Browning said...

Just a quick comment to say good luck!!!

Ariana Browning said...

Just a quick comment to say good luck!!!

entirely apropos said...

Carol, You ALWAYS inspire me!
I'm so happy for you.
You will have such fun, and I know you will sell out!

farmhouse-story said...

sounds like you are in for some great fun, carol:) love the aprons, and the oh, so sweet little table:)

Jann said...

Oh I wish I lived closer--I'd love to go!!!

Heart Vintage Design said...

Oh Carol, I wish I could make it! I'll bet you have the best booth. Love your tussie mussies ♥


Hooray..I can finally comment!!!
I thought "sky-diving" was on your bucket list!!! The "FLEA" will be so much fun for you! $$$$
Happy Weekend.


Hooray..I can finally comment!!!
I thought "sky-diving" was on your bucket list!!! The "FLEA" will be so much fun for you! $$$$
Happy Weekend.

Debbie said...

Advice? Just bring everything that says "Carol", and you'll do great. What a wonderful friend to go with you. I wish I lived closer so I could go. We have nothing like that around here that I know of.

Rosemary@villabarnes said...

Have fun at your first show Carol. You'd better get going on more furniture. lol Love the aprons.

Debbiedoos said...

That sounds awesome Carol! Good luck, I know you are going to do great. Those aprons and hats are darling!

Anonymous said...

Oh double luck! A friend to make an offer like that AND a friend to share the experience with!

Go! Have fun!!!!

XO Diane

Unknown said...

Oh Carol...you make me sooo wish i was living in Florida. What a great opportunity for you and how much fun to have something to create for. I have a shop nearby that will open in Feb that i will have some of my goodies in and i cant wait to create more for it!

Have a blessed week!

Sylvia said...

Good for you Carol!I know you will have lots of eye candy in your booth... I hope to see ya there!!!


Shabby chic Sandy said...

Have fun! I want to do this someday myself. Your stuff looks beautiful! Make sure to take pictures and let us know how you do!

Unknown said...

Oh girl Im so happy for you!!! What a dream come true and, I wish you all the best in the show!!! I'd kill to be in Florida in April! -.-


Cece said...

I came to your wonderful site yesterday, and thought I bookmarked it. I went through my HISTORY 3 times and couldn't find you. In desperation I went to good old Google and typed words of info. I thought would be a good match to find you. This is what I typed: Blog antique aprons FL April--- I added April last and your site came up 3rd on the Google list. I am so happy !! I wish I could come to FL for your beautiful display and sale. I still have my Grandma's satin green apron made for her for Christmas in the 50's, and a pic of her wearing it. I display it every Christmas. Happy Days !

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

How very exciting for you and what a blessing to have such a sweet friend!
I used to do craft shows with a friend years ago. They were alot of fun AND alot of work! I don't think I could have done it on my own.
This is a fair I wish I could attend...it looks absolutely wonderful.
I wish you great success!

Larain said...

Can I fly over from Aussie as your assistant? If only, so you are a little short on stock, that has never stopped you, from what I have read in your blog you are extremely capable. You will have a ball!!!!!! Keep us posted so we can be there in spirit.

Melodee said...

Carol, I know you are busy but if you can play along, I'm tagging you from something I got tagged for from Marilyn at The Artsy Girl Connection
here's where I linked to you..
xoxo Melodee

Rebecca Nelson said...

I'm still not getting what Blogger is doing! It's all making me nuts!

Now Miss C...I love what you are doing and the passion behind all you create. It is nothing less than inspiring!

:) You bless us!

Now...the sofa was $850. Are you happy now?



the old white house said...

I love doing shows! It's a great time talking with the people who come and want to buy your treasures! Plus it's fun doing them with a friend, my sister and I used to do them and we always had the best time. You are going to be a big hit! t.xoxoox

Old Time Cindy said...

What fun! Advice...wear your own apron with pockets for money, pen and paper, biz cards, etc. It is so much easier, believe me. And it looks cute, too!

Anonymous said...

I LOVE your blog. You have inspired me to purchase a dress form and some water slide decal paper. Did you gesso your dress form before you started to adhere the papers/lace, etc.? Wish I lived in Florida to attend the Fancy Flea and see your shop.

Fran Podlesney

dgmills said...

You will LOVE the Fancy Flea. I always attend both times each year. Your items are just what the ladies here in Lakeland are looking for. I will look for you at the Flea.

Savannah Granny said...

Carol, This will be so much fun. You are a veteran already. You have some many wonderful things and you are so creative ant talented. I would love to have your pinky's worth of talent in my whole brain.
I know it will be a fabulous seccess. I can't wait to follow your journey.
Hugs, Ginger

Vicki said...

I am so excited for you! I hope to be there that weekend to visit.

Sherry @ No Minimalist Here said...

Carol, How fun! I have heard this is a great show. I know you will do great. xo, Sherry

Katie said...

I'm so excited for the Fancy Flea! I will be one of your customers and I can't wait to finally meet you! XoXo

Nancy said...

Carol, I just know you are going to do Fabulous!! Thanks so much for the Application, that Date might just work for me!! Need to find a Tent, and get cracking if I am going to do this, "All things Candylights"!

Huggs, Nancy

thistlewoodfarm said...

Your aprons are beautiful and I know your show will be wonderful! Thanks so much for linking to the party!

Linda @ it all started with paint said...

Look at you turning and impossibility into a possible ... congrats and good luck!

Thank you so much for joining our "impossibilities" link party!


Linda @ Itsy Bits And Pieces said...

How fun, Carol...just bring all your pretty creative goodies and you'll do GREAT!

Karah @ thespacebetweenblog said...

That's awesome, so glad you're taking the plunge. It always helps to have a friends along for the ride.

Thanks so much for linking up the challenge.

Karah @ thespacebetweenblog

kristiB said...

Carol, I am so happy for you! You are going to do so well, if I lived in Florida you definitely would have my help LOL. Can't wait to see your booth at the "Fancy Flea" , your work is always so lovely. Good luck :)

SLR said...

good for you! i know how hard it is to do a show by yourself and I am glad that you found a friend to do the show with...you will do well, you have such cute things shown here!