Found and Forged NW at A Very Vintage Market Photos courtesy of Katie Kolbrick Photography

A Very Vintage Market Recap

June 29, 2015

My mind had been filling up with a mental list of all the sitting-in-Snohomish-too-long-and-taking-up-precious-space pieces that had had their time to shine at the store.  Now, they were blocking Luke from getting his car in the garage.

Something had to be done!

I sent in my vendor fee to Angie (the market head) and signed up for the June A Very Vintage Market!  The goals for the weekend were three-fold:

1.  CLEAR SPACE IN THE GARAGE (and hopefully build up the Jordan Inc. fund a bit!)

2.  Create a visually pleasing display with the items I already had

3.  Promote Found and Forged NW

With some of my key “space-taker-uppers” were packed in the car Friday morning, a plan for my booth set-up written out and a stack of business cards ready to be passed out,  I headed over to the community center to set up at 1pm.

Found and Forged NW at A Very Vintage Market Photos courtesy of Katie Kolbrick Photography

Photos courtesy of Katie Kolbrick Photography

I picked up some fresh gladiolas and hydrangeas at Trader Joe’s on the way (super cheap by the way- $5.99 for 12 stems!) to add a touch of “fresh” to my little corner.  I think a big ol’ bouquet of fresh flowers works wonders to catch the eyes and noses of passerbys.

Found and Forged NW at A Very Vintage Market Photos courtesy of Katie Kolbrick Photography

Photos courtesy of Katie Kolbrick Photography

Found and Forged NW at A Very Vintage Market Photos courtesy of Katie Kolbrick Photography

This photo via MY photography skills:)

On Saturday morning, I did some quick touch-ups and additions and then met Katie of Katie Kolbrick Photography and The Cocobee blog for some good ol’ fashioned picture taking:)  She came to meet up with me, chat a bit about our businesses and shoot some gorgeous photos of the event.  She is an extremely talented and giving photographer and I felt so blessed to get to meet her and be the subject of her work.  She has a discerning eye and was able to capture the feel of my space.  Most all the pictures in this post are her beautiful work.

Stay tuned as The Cocobee blog is my Featured Entrepreneur for August…excited to share with you all!

Found and Forged NW at A Very Vintage Market Photos courtesy of Katie Kolbrick Photography

 

Found and Forged NW at A Very Vintage Market Photos courtesy of Katie Kolbrick Photography

 

Found and Forged NW at A Very Vintage Market Photos courtesy of Katie Kolbrick Photography

 

Found and Forged NW at A Very Vintage Market Photos courtesy of Katie Kolbrick Photography

Photos courtesy of Katie Kolbrick Photography

The main objective was to rid the garage of “the chairs”.  Some of these thrift store finds have been a source of contention in our marriage (kidding… but not, ya hear me?) for the past TWO years.  The possibility person in me couldn’t quite let them go as I could see so much potential in repainting and reupholstering the seats!  Alas, if it hadn’t happened in two years…it ain’t gonna happen.  Seriously, I prayed “Lord, let the chairs sell.  If nothing else, let the chairs sell!”  I came with 7 chairs and left with 3.  Not too shabby!

Found and Forged NW at A Very Vintage Market Photos courtesy of Katie Kolbrick Photography

Photo via me

Found and Forged NW at A Very Vintage Market Photos courtesy of Katie Kolbrick Photography

Photo via me

I also had a humongous wooden cart that I LOVED, but the space issue was getting bad and it was time to unload it.  A fellow vendor (who owns a trailer, lucky dog) snatched it up a little later in the day.

Found and Forged NW at A Very Vintage Market Photos courtesy of Katie Kolbrick Photography

Photo via me

 Quite a few “smalls” went quickly as well…I always love selling those to someone who comes to the market to find that special something for their new nursery, bookcase or bathroom shelf:)  It’s fun to know you aren’t the only one who thinks these little penguins are too adorable to pass up!

Found and Forged NW at A Very Vintage Market Photos courtesy of Katie Kolbrick Photography

 

Found and Forged NW at A Very Vintage Market Photos courtesy of Katie Kolbrick Photography

Found and Forged NW at A Very Vintage Market Photos courtesy of Katie Kolbrick Photography

Found and Forged NW at A Very Vintage Market Photos courtesy of Katie Kolbrick Photography

Found and Forged NW at A Very Vintage Market Photos courtesy of Katie Kolbrick Photography

Found and Forged NW at A Very Vintage Market Photos courtesy of Katie Kolbrick Photography

Found and Forged NW at A Very Vintage Market Photos courtesy of Katie Kolbrick Photography

Photos courtesy of Katie Kolbrick Photography

I did AVVM in February this year as well and that sale was the busiest I’d seen it.  The weekend prior A Very Vintage had a booth at the NW Flower and Garden Show in Seattle and passed out fliers for their February market.  People were streaming in right at 9am and I had practically sold out by 10:30am.  Gotta love it.  So this sale had a high standard to live up to.  I feel that it was definitely worth my time and energy, but it was dragging a bit in the middle of the day. It could have been the fact that it was a cool 90+ degrees outside on Saturday and everyone wanted to stay in the AC, but whatever the reason there would be a surge of people for a bit and then nothing for an hour or two.  A little discouraging, but considering that…FFNW did great and my goals were accomplished!

Found and Forged NW at A Very Vintage Market Photos courtesy of Katie Kolbrick Photography

Photo courtesy of Katie Kolbrick Photography

If possible, I’d like to try and do a “clean out” sale at least once or twice a year.  This approach was a really fun and profitable…both monetarily and for storage space.  I slashed my prices and quickly haggled when a customer showed any interest and walked away with about a fourth of the stuff I came in with- objective complete!

 A Very Vintage Market takes place every 4th Saturday of the month at the Lake City Community Center in Seattle.  I am planning on selling again in the fall and you know I will keep you posted!

Thanks again to Katie and Katie Kolbrick Photography for gracing me with your talent and friendship!

Found and Forged NW at A Very Vintage Market Photos courtesy of Katie Kolbrick Photography

Also a shoutout to all my friends, neighbors and fellow entrepreneurs for coming out to the market and supporting me and Found and Forged NW! Love to you all!

xo Jordan

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