I have had lots of booths over the years. Some have been in little boutique style shops while others have been in large antique malls. In the five years that we have been running Booth Crush, I have shared very few photos of my booth/s. Many of you have asked why. The reason for that is we never wanted to cause any confusion with my booth and Booth Crush. We always felt like readers would get frustrated seeing a constant barrage of booth photos and we would lose reader retention. So we decided to keep them separate.
A couple of weeks ago, when I shared the blog post about the faux garden fence, I said I would share a full photo of my booth. So today I wanted to share the makeover photos. This is from my old booth at Queen of Hearts Antiques and Interiors. I have always loved the Queen of Hearts. They have three locations and it is hard to pick a favorite location because they each hold their own charm. I enjoyed my time there as a dealer. I was at the Marietta location and they have a great team there. They have guys on staff to help with loading, unloading and hanging things up in your booth. This was a huge perk. I miss all the gang. I would take another booth there in heartbeat, but I’m now living 70 miles away.
I still remember the day I got the call telling me a booth would soon be available. I was thrilled. There is always a long waitlist for dealers. I started out with a small booth because it was the only one available. I believe I had a 7×9 booth, but my old lady brain can’t remember exactly. I was right in the middle of the store so I felt it was a good start. During this time I was trying to juggle home life, taking care of my uncle in the nursing home, two elderly parents with non-stop doctor appointments, my booth, sourcing, painting and my little dog that had suddenly fallen ill and would require daily meds and weekly to bi-weekly vet trips the rest of his life.
As I was approaching my one year anniversary with the Queen things seemed to be calming down for me. My booth was doing great and I felt I was ready to take on a bigger space. Unfortunately, the next one that was available wasn’t much bigger but it was a longer booth. The one I was currently in had more depth. My new one was a 9×12, (I believe) but I loved the build-out and the work that had been done on it. I was fortunate to be in a place that allowed build-outs. If you have been a dealer for any length of time you know not all stores allow this.
I apologize for the grainy photos. My cell phone game was lacking shall we say. As you can see from the photos below this booth wasn’t my style so it would need a makeover. I knew I had to lighten, brighten and freshen this space up. I had a vision and thankfully it wasn’t going to take very much effort to change the look.