Delighted That My First Vintage Market Happened!

After months of wanting to attend a vintage market as a vendor, it finally happened!  I was signed up for one in January and another in February.  Well life got in the way in January, and I was not able to attend the Old House Vintage Market.

Side note:  What I love most about being a vintage vendor (besides the rad stuff I get to sell), is that it is the most flexible job I have ever had.  So, when a kiddo of mine needs me to travel to L. A. to help him look for an apartment, or my mother is so overwhelmed with life and needs a little boost, I can put Diagonal Girl on hold and make things happen for them.  Family will always come first!

But February was super exciting!  Rebel Junk  vintage market rolled around and I frantically prepared after being away for the month of January.  I managed to up-cycle one more piece for the show, purchased a few more super cute items, packed myself up and went to my first market.

Let me tell ya…I was so nervous.

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Over the past 2 years I have been attending various markets to see which ones I might want to participate in, and quite frankly, to spy on other vendors.  I was interested in what they were using for fixtures, how they set up, and branded themselves.  Boy can these people put together a booth!  Needless to say, the pressure was on to produce a booth to measure up to these fab fellow vintage lovers.

A few of my favorites:

Rachael’s Revelry

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Pink Attic Cat

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These booths were beautiful at Rebel Junk.  What I learned was that I will evolve the more I do this.  Just after one market I learned what not to do next time and came away with some great ideas of what I should do.

Side note:  Amy, from the Pink Attic Cat, was my motivation to start attending markets.  I chatted with her last summer about the possibility and she encouraged me to just do it.  So I closed my antique mall booth and set out to do just that.  After Rebel Junk, she told me to not judge my success, or lack of, from my first market.  “I will continually improve with each market.” she said.

Well, you are probably asking yourself by now “What did Diagonal Girl’s booth look like?”.  Let me start by saying that I spent a week placing my fixtures in various configurations in my garage.  Once I found out that I had a corner spot I knew I wanted two entrances so that more people could enter.  I placed the bigger pieces I wanted to take, to make sure they would all fit.  It was like putting a life size puzzle together.  But I put my merchandising skills to work and I liked what I came up with.  I am so glad that I had this part figured out before arriving.  It made it so much easier to set up.  Oh, and let me just tell ya I would not have been able to do any of this without the help of my fantastic husband, Dave.  I felt like he and I had turned this into a well oiled machine by the time it was all over.


So the end result is posted below.  I learned that I needed some kind of fixture on either end so that surrounding booths aren’t interfering with the image I am trying to convey.  So, my fantastic husband and I came up with an industrial way to hang peg board.  That was the only thing missing, so I couldn’t showcase hardly any of my vintage artwork.  There is a whole list of things that I want to do next time, and I would love any and all suggestions as well, but I think it turned out okay for being a newbie.


Did I make tons of money?  Well no, but I did make way more than I ever did while at the antique mall.  I did come away very motivated, and anxious to sign up for more.  Which I did (stay tuned).  I am even looking into buying a cargo trailer (Oooh, she’s committed now folks!)  I figured why should Uhaul get my moola?!  Plus it would double as a storage unit when the markets are over.  It’s tough to store all of this vintagey goodness in between markets.

This year is going to be a good one for me and for Diagonal Girl Vintage!  I am looking forward to spending more time blogging, selling on Etsy, and attending all of these wonderful markets.

P.S.  The piece I mentioned that I managed to up-cycle before Rebel Junk was a gossip bench (or telephone bench).  Here are before and after pics.  It got a lot of attention at the market but no buyer as of yet.




2018 Vintage Markets…Here I Come!

So, as I stated in my last (and my very first post) that I left my, not so profitable booth in a nice but old antique mall, so I could pursue vintage markets for the upcoming year.  Well, I signed up for my first one about a month ago and was very nervous that they might not like me.  But I was accepted!  Yes, these markets are juried by their creators so you get the best experience when attending.  So, needless to say I was very flattered to be accepted by The Old House Vintage Market. 

Old House Vintage Market, Loveland January 2017 had a wonderful Welcome at the entrance with this beautiful vintage turquoise truck. Junk Chic 5280 was a proud vendor and looking forward to the fall market back in Loveland at The Ranch.
Photo Credit: Sheri Mielke from Junk Chic 5280 

The Old House Vintage Market prides itself in featuring artisans, makers, creators and curators selling one of a kind antiques, salvage and upcycled/handmade items.  Believing in nurturing the connections between small businesses (such as moi) and their customers (such as toi).

Now my nerves are a wreck, but I know that this is going to be great.  I just have to put on my big girl panties and make it happen.  I know once I attend one full event the next one will be so much easier.

Below is the link and info to purchase tickets to The Old House Vintage Market:

VIP Shopping Event, Friday 1/19/18, 5:00pm to 9:00pm (With Entrance To Saturday As Well)  $17.00 per person (learn more by clicking on “purchase tickets”)  Quantities are limited to this event

General Admission, Saturday 1/2/18, 9:00am to 4:00pm, $7.00 per person


Speaking of the next event…I was feeling a bit more confident and submitted an application to Rebel Junk.  Guess what?  They accepted me too!  They are both in the same location but different months.  However, both of them have such distinctive styles they set themselves apart from each other.

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This market focuses on emerging vendors that dabble in re-purposed, vintage, farmhouse, and industrial finds.  My husband I an attended this one in early February and had a blast.  It was laid out in a more causal way, instead of row after row, which seemed to make the foot traffic more efficient.  When it is crowded it is soooooo hard to shop!

Below is the link and info to the Rebel Junk Market:

Friday:  VIP Shopping Event 2/23/18, 5:30pm to 9:00pm (with entrance to Saturday as well) $15.00 (learn more by clicking on “purchase tickets”)

Saturday:  General Admission 2/24/18, 10:00am to 4:00pm,  $7.00


Well fellow vintage peeps…I hope to see you in 2018 at one of these markets.  I have become acquainted with many of the vendors that attend these markets and I assure you, that you will not be disappointed.


Announcing Changes And An Exciting New Beginning!

“The only trust required is to know that when there is one ending there will be another beginning. ” – Clarissa Pinkola Estes

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So, let me start with the change…I have had a vintage booth, in a local antique mall, for a year and a half.  I had big plans of selling copious amounts of really awesome vintage items, and blogging all about it, while maintaining an Etsy shop.  Part of my dream came true… I had a booth and my Etsy shop is still open for business.

When I first opened my booth, it was selling really well.  It was full of a psychotic mix of  what I wanted to sell and other people’s items that I agreed to sell on consignment.

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When I first open my booth

Then it started to look more like I envisioned with my favorites…Mid Century Modern and Kitsch.

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My booth after creating my niche

But around the 1 year mark, my sales started to decrease.  I was barely making rent each month.  So, I am thinking the mish mash of styles might be the way to go, what do you think?  After looking around at my “competition” and even visiting other malls to see how other vendors were doing, this is what I was coming across…

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How do booths stay in business like this?  I didn’t even want to step foot in this one, yet it has been in the antique mall for a long time.  I posted this question on Instagram with this photo, and the main advice I received was to get out, and start participating in vintage markets.  A month after this post, and taking a long trip with my dad to contemplate, I turned my exit notice into the mall, and applied for my very first market… The Old House Vintage Market in Colorado.   I do not know the status of my application, but at least I made the leap towards a new beginning.  From what I have been told, this is the way to go if you want a successful vintage biz.

Through the whole evolution of my booth biz, what did not happen is this website and blog, which has always been a huge ambition of mine.  There were plans of writing about the booth and all the escapades I went on to find all of that awesome vintage goodness.  I made one post back in June of 2016 in regards to my new booth space, then I never visited my site again until this past spring.  I signed up for an awesome course called Efficient Blogging, that made it easier for me to go step by step through the process.  Plus I can keep referring it to it if I forget something.  But now it is fall and I am just now, finally, posting something.  I have found every excuse in the book to not work on this.  Why?!  So, I decided to delete my first post and start new.  So this is where the beginning and changes comes into play.  Going forward…a new website, vintage markets, and a bigger and better Etsy shop.  Stay tuned.