This weekend I got up at the crack of dawn and dragged my bleary eyed booty to the Alameda Flea Market. It all started a few weeks ago when I began to tackle THE GARAGE for Project Vintage POP. Otherwise known as the crazy vintage wasteland. It was exhausting but really fun sorting through everything! You already knew I had a shops worth of vintage clothing, but I also have tons and tons of “stuff”.
(Um, I couldn’t resist…i’m keeping the tray! Thanks for making me reconsider Jenny….Frecklewonder, the vintage enabler!!!)
Time for a little break. Whew!
FINALLY everything was cleaned, carefully packed and ready to go! My friend Stephanie (aka Pineapple Princess) came over the night before to spend the night. Before you think we had a fun slumber party lemme tell you that she was selling with me and we had to get up at 4:30-5:00am. YEECH! It’s true. Vendors have to be at the flea before 6:00am. It’s a ghastly hour but it did take us some time to get set up!
I can safely say our booth was one of the most colorful. We had kitschy cuties, awesome vintage clothing, a cool kitchen area and tiki and western goodies. It was a blast!
I think the hardest part was successfully displaying everything! The clothing racks are great but you don’t want all yer tchotchkes to be a jumbled mess. The tricky part is having things on different levels! I brought that book case up there as a way of displaying shoes and other fun items!
(and he BOUGHT the lady! He bought her for the frame but i made him take the photo too…heh)
It was a looooong day. Some things I fretted that I sold far too cheaply…other things I marveled that anyone bought! We were on our feet for over 8 hours and boy were we pooped! We made some good cashola though, which was the other purpose, and met some really lovely folks! I would definitely do it again, now that we know the ropes.
By the time I got home I was soooo exhausted, grimy and sunburned! I’m such a granny I could barely walk, haha. Wolfie was making fun of my sunburned shoulders and cheeks….and frazzled hair!
Greg was awesome and went and got us pizza from my favorite place and I kicked back to count my cash and rest mah weary bones. All in all, it was a darn fun day!
PS…..Come July I’ll be takin’ my Flea Market Roadshow online, so you’ll all be able to grab some great goodies! Stay tuned for more info!
23 thoughts on “Project Vintage POP :: Workin’ the Flea Market”
Oh man, how I wish I lived closer….I will definitely be looking for your online goodies! Oh and did that vintage paint by number sell? I want!!
The paint by numbers are still kickin’! They’re not as vibrant as the instagram photo….insta makes everything look so much better huh!! haha. but i’ll post tons of photos soon!
oh man are my exact words! how funny elizabeth the entire post i kept thinking about those paint by numbers! my girlfriend collects them and they would be perfect to add to the collection for her upcoming birthday!
oh how i wish i could have been there last weekend instead of this weekend. i would have been your number one customer. please tell me that patchwork quilt didn’t sell. i need it for my birdie.
the patchwork is a wee pillow! it’s still here….trade ya the pillow for a ride to tracy’s! 😉
WOW wish i had known would have flown up to just shop! Ive been known to do it!
Aw that would have been so fun!!! Well I think I’ll be doing it again in August! But first the online sale in July!
THANK YOU for giving some of us followers from far away lands a glimmer of hope we can shop your vintage finds too! SUPER excited you are taking it online!
aw you are so sweet Yolanda! I’m so glad you’re excited about the online sale too! I’ll have lots of bargain bin items and some “nicer” goodies too!
I am soooo bummed that I missed the event and I was so darn close to boot! But I’ll be there when you do the other events. Mwa ha ha ha!!!
I have a little lamp with your name on it sistah!
I did the sale as well. And had fun and made cash and was exhausted that night.
I am thinking of doing it again in July and August. Hope to see you there 🙂
How fun! I think I’ll be there in August! What kinds of stuff do you sell?
Sewing notions, sometimes furniture. Glass jars, barware, old linens, bar carts and the list goes on and on and on
This looks fab! Can you tell me where Stephanie picked up that cute little shift dress, or at least the fabric? I <3 it!
The one she’s wearing in the picture is actually a smock with pockets in the front. Super cute! She had some more similar ones!
Hi Alix, I literally would have killed me with excitement all the nice things you put on the stand, I’m glad you had success in selling
Hi ladies! I was in the booth next to you ladies and had a blast!! You have the most amazing stuff, I had no idea you had a blog! Rock on girlies!! 🙂
Hey michelle! It was great meeting you….Wolfie loved his lollipop!
You had amazing stuff too (i actually thought we made great booth mates!)
I do Modern Kiddo with my friend Dottie, but Stephanie was my pal at the sale! Hope i see you again. Maybe August??
I definitely plan on doing August and I’m even considering doing the new Treasure Island one…….will you be at that one? We should def try to keep our booths together!!
of all weekends to NOT have gone to alameda, we go all the time, would have been cool to have shopped your booth!… keep me posted if you go again…! i must HAVE more stuff!!! i NEED more stuff!