Sunday, September 13, 2009

My First Boutique/Show.. a Recap.. and how I created a knockout booth for $50.00


I had my first show this weekend. This shy girl felt quite naked as I revealed myself in person to many of the fellow women I have admired who pioneered this journey for me. I have been creating my whole life – but it has only been the last couple of months I have been gifted with the time.. and the drive to overcome many of the obstacles blocking the  fulfillment of my dream of sharing my creations. In February- I began a mandatory medical leave that has become permanent. When life gives you lemons.. make lemonade… I love that saying and its been what I have been trying to do. We have been on a shoestring budget and putting together enough products and creating a display has been a challenge. I began several weeks ago to collect items from thrift stores that might work as display items. I probably spent about $40.00 total.. if that. My husband found a table at a garage sale for $10.00. I chose to paint everything black with the hopes that it would make my colorful items pop! Then I distressed and antiqued the items to complete the look. I actually am quite happy with the display…
I was so excited to meet several people in person… and was so impressed by their friendly, warm spirits. I am in awe really at how many talented women there are..!!!! Patrica Wright has some awesome twilight inspired jewelry, Bugs n Bees has gorgeous sassy children’s clothing and accessories, WatchOut has those sweet bracelet watches and Beaded Socks  who has lovely childrens accessories and clothing also. I saw "Dizzle Pop" and "It’s the little things" also.. and would have love to met the women behind those shops as well.


I am off to regroup.. as I have the Art Garden this next weekend. … there is much to do. I am really looking forward to this weekend.. and I am sure if you like art, music, or food.. this will be the place to be. See ya there: )

Would love to know if you think setting up for the first time my booth was a success for $50.00?  Ofcourse I am not talking about the many many hours it took to create the product- or whether the show its self was a success.

9 comments:

Crickets Creations: Handcrafted Fashion Accessory Scarves and Fringies Professional Photo Portrait Props said...

Looks GREAT! Lots of vertical, pleasing composition and the black looks very classy--no tablecloth necessary! :D

Celeste (Crickets)

Fahrenheit 350° said...

I think what makes a successful booth is not how much you spent, but how much you sold.

Designs By Mikel said...

I agree that there are many things that go into making a booth successful. I was just talking about the cost to get materials to be set up. I am just starting out.. and the conversation about traffic-and my products-and the success of that is a whole different conversation. :)

Natasha said...

I think it looks amazing I love how it's all set up and the table is awesome great job and keep up the good work I wish you well on your next show. Good luck

pinkpatrice said...

I think it looks really great! I like the table and all the fun containers you have to display your items in! :) Good job keeping costs down!

i'm jefra... said...

you are amazing and we're so glad we got to see you today!! HUGS

Cindie said...

Wow! This is beautiful Mikel! You did a great job! Spotted Zebra? Very nice job. Love the black and great verticals. I didn't make the boutique but will try and make a point to get to the next one!

Just be...... said...

Your booth looks great!! Especially for a first time show... Totally interested in getting Utah Etsy going. Wish we could of talked more at the show.

Ferdinand said...

It looks great Mikel and so did the booth at the Art Garden. I'm amazed at how much we have in common with disability and opportunity and style in general. I read the lemonade thing and found myself saying - get out of my head! :) It is good to see your success.
Jen