Saturday, January 23, 2010

Year-end analysis

While it is true that I've only been in my shop since September, I decided to do an analysis last night to see how my sales break down. Thanks to having everything on a spreadsheet already, it didn't take but a few minutes.

I divided my sales into smalls, furniture, and my vintage-inspired art. Smalls, which by far is the easiest to deal with in the booth only accounted for 15% of my total sales. I like smalls because they really do not entail much work out of me. Buy it, price it, place it.

Next in line is the furniture. This includes the furniture that I was fortunate enough to be able to purchase and place as well as those pieces that I have cleaned up, painted, and put my touch to. The furniture, which you would think would be my bread and butter, only accounted for 20% of total sales.

The largest catagory is my vintage-inspired art which is a whopping 65% of my sales. As an artist, this really charges the ego. Good for the ego, but it DOES keep me busy!

Friday, January 22, 2010

Half table is whole again

Note the big, black circle on this pretty half table. It is a deep burn mark. I wonder what caused it. I'm thinking that it might have been one of those infamous votive candles. It took a several applications of wood filler to fill that crater.
After a good sanding or two, or three, I applied a nice, clean coat of white paint and made sure that it crackled some. She looks so much better now. I lightly sanded certain areas in keeping with the history of this sweet table.

Monday, January 18, 2010

American Pickers ROCKS!

I have a new, favorite show. It's on the History channel and it's called American Pickers. It may be dangerous for me. I LOVE to junk and this show just feeds that desire. From honey holes to windshield time, get the inside scoop on picker lingo from Mike and Frank. They even have a DVD for sale.They know how to find all the "good junk" and I'm taking notes. Monday's just got fun!

Photos courtesy of American Pickers

Monday, January 11, 2010

I'm a JUNKMARKET Style member

After spending a good hour and a half checking out over 3,000 junking submissions, I decided that I should become a member of JUNKMARKET Style and start sharing some of the ideas that I have put together. It only seemed right to "give back" to other fellow junkers out there.
As it turns out, there are over 6,000 of us on this site ALONE. I submitted my shutter hall tree that I made last week.
So far, I've made one contribution to this site. Hmmm . . . .

Thursday, January 7, 2010

Hurricane Ike Hall Tree

Back in September of 2008, hurricane Ike paid a visit to the upper Texas coast devastating everything in its path. Galveston was one of the areas which was particularly hard-hit. Ike had a pretty powerful storm surge. Not a good thing.

When I was on my buying trip to Round Top, I came across a glorious pile of architectural pieces. These pieces were all salvaged from Galveston by a Galveston resident after hurricane Ike paid its visit. All kinds of doors, pieces of gingerbread, windows - you name it. Enough to make you just absolutely drool. Drool, I did. I made myself quite a stack - a $200 stack.
Today, I finished the hall tree I've been working on. It is even wired up with a light! I had a super time designing it. In fact, I was so excited about it, I had trouble falling asleep!
Beyond The Picket Fence

Monday, January 4, 2010

In the pink

This is one of the items that Joy gave me back in October. I decided that this step stool was just begging to be painted pink. The color is called Fifties Pink and it is actually a mistint that I bought at half price. I don't know if it's anything like it was suppose to be, but it is a beautiful pink. It's so pink that it is almost flourescent!
Joy will be surprised to see how much it has changed! I'm going to take it to my shop in Corpus later this week. Just in time for Valentine's day.

Friday, January 1, 2010

and the winner is . . .

I enlisted the help of Baby Doll to draw the lucky winner. She had just woken up from her nap so she was still a bit cranky. It takes her awhile to be a polite member of society again. LOL
Congratulations, Caterina Giglio of La Dolce Vita. May each of you have a super, fantabulous 2010!!