I know you had asked to see some pictures of my petit shop. I had a few I took on my phone I wanted to share with you. I apologize for how bad they are, they were a few quick snaps.
Moving to this space a month ago was a big step for me. I was originally out of a smaller cooperative mall with a booth space for almost 6 years. While I made some money, kind of, I had never treated it like a real business. I thought…. it’s just a booth. In reality, any one who has a booth is actually running a mini-store. Now that I have move to a much bigger cooperative location with a higher rent and greater possibility, it has an entirely new view for me.
One of my real dreams one day is to won my very own brick and mortar retail store with a studio for classes. This person is running the exact same kind of place I want to.
When I decided to move out of the place I was at. It was hard. I loved the ladies there and I kind of grew up in that place and got my feet wet there, and I had been there so long. In fact, it’s what got me into wholesaling;knowing I could make things and people would actually buy them.
I am trying to really treat this like a real business instead of just a hobby. I stock new and handmade as well as vintage.
It’s a whole new experience for me, and it’s one that is wetting my palate for something bigger. And I am continuing to learn much more about supply and demand, merchandising, and staying true to my style…all at the same time. It’s not about just throwing a bunch of crap in a space and calling it a day.
You can always stop by and check it out if you are in the area! It’s at:
Affordable Antiques and More
Naperville, IL 60563
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Your shop looks fabulous. Good luck on the new venture and space. Hugs, marty
Jen. your space is beautiful! Your iPhone takes really nice pictures. Best wishes on your new venture.
Your store looks like its gorgeous!
I’m very familiar with Affordable Antiques. Wishing you the best with your new location.
Very pretty, Jen! I see several things in these pictures that catch my eye!
Congratulations on your move up! I am still in the getting my feet wet stage.I have been at an antique mall for almost a year.I I just recently took on a partner to help with the rent.My space is quite large and I am finally starting to get people coming in just to shop my booth!I don’t know where this will lead.I have some ideas but not sure yet.One thing that’s for sure….I was meant to do this.I am a creative person and doing this fulfills the want and need to create!I love surrounding myself with those who enjoy creating too!
Your pictures are lovely, as are the pretty displays that you created. It looks like you have a wonderful selection of items that should appeal to many people. I wish you much success with your new space.
you and I are doing the same!! I moved to a bigger booth this Feb, and have new and vintage treasures also…I am loving it…but it is alot!!! of work! I know you will do amazingly!!!1
OH how exciting! One of these days I would like to do something similar… maybe. Congratulations once again!
Jen, your shop is really looking great. Best wishes for your dream come true!
love your booth space jen…i had a booth a few years ago in a local antique mall and loved it but when it became a “job” i got out…don’t know if i’ll ever do it again but i loved the thrill of the hunt, making over furniture and best of all, selling it!
i just realized you live in naperville, illinois. i had a good friend whose father was in the air force with mine and when they retired they moved to naperville…her name was joanne dannewitz and she married a ron sebby…do you know them? what a small world that would be!
Congratulations on your move! Your space is beautifully arranged to appeal to customers. I have been at this since 1998, I love it. When it gets too tough to handle, you can ease away and let the space sell itself. Just keep moving the items around. I try to add new things every four days and do a quarter turn every four weeks.
It looks amazing! I shop there on a regular basis and will be stopping in to purchase a couple of things that have caught my eye already!!! They are lucky to have you there!!!
I am going to check your space out next time I am down in Naperville. I love seeing you at Kane and the holiday market so it will be fun to visit your booth.
I wish you continued success in this new business venture. Not that you need my luck. You have the golden touch when it comes to your art and creativity. Looking forward to seeing your new space. Take care sweetie.
fabulous booth! I like your ideas & attitude I shall gleen this for my own booth! Thanks for inspiring!
Everything looks great Jen! Are you doing Kane this summer? Let me know, I have a little something I am working on for Kane to spread the word of all the blogger/vendors that will be there. Drop me an email if you get a chance.
Your space looks beautiful..
Good Luck on your (sorta new) adventure..
I’m so proud of you for doing it…for stepping out.
We’ve learned and continue to learn so much in our business!!!
the lessons are endless!!
Jen! I soooo wish I had read this post BEFORE I came this weekend! I would’ve loved seeing your shop!!! ~Kim
What an awesome booth you have here…wishing you the best at your new location.
Looks amazing, Jen. You’re a short 2 hours away. Hope to visit in the near future.
Come visit me at the Kane county Flea market sometime!
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