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Flea Marketing: Plan Your Attack

April 25, 2008

With the weekend ahead I’m certain that some of you are planning to hit a few flea markets. Time to plan your attack! I’m quite pleased that it’s about time for my annual trip to the Brimfield Flea Market May 13 – 18 in Brimfield, MA. I found my handmade guide to Brimfield from ’07, it’s this system I create and follow each year because it keeps me on track since this is one gigantic show. I need to get started on the ’08 version for next month’s visit.

Why do I bother? At one time, I would attend huge fleas without a game plan and always purchased things I didn’t need, that didn’t work in my home (size, color, etc.), or none of the above — I left empty handed because I felt overwhelmed with options so I didn’t buy a single thing. Then I got smart and started making these little guides for myself so I could chart my course. Here’s what I do:

Flea Marketing: Plan Your Attack Pack supplies: I carry in a large tote some sunscreen, bottled water, a snack bar, almonds, glasses, a hat, my guide, and a smaller zippered pouch (shown above) that holds scissors, pens, pencils, a tiny notebook, a few of my business cards, a few spare ziploc bags (for storing parts that may come with a piece, like screws), measuring tape, fabric swatches I’m looking to match, and paint swatches.) In my car, I have rope and a few screwdrivers just in case. I also bring with me measurements of current spaces I’m looking to fill. Let’s say I need a dresser and I have a very specific place for it. I will measure the space in my home and note it so when I find something I want at the flea market, I can measure it to see if it will fit.

Flea Marketing: Plan Your AttackMake a binder: Grab a bunch of clear page inserts and instead of putting them in a binder, tie them together with ribbon (make knots). I do this because it’s much lighter to carry around in my tote and I can roll it up if I need to. In it, I carry fabric swatches, paint swatches, floor plans, measurements, clippings from magazines of things I’m looking for, etc. All of this keeps my EYE ON THE BALL. I don’t get overwhelmed or confused. I know the exact red I’m looking for, or the pattern I’m trying to find, etc. There’s no guess work. I make purchases that I’m confident in thanks to my handy guide.

Flea Marketing: Plan Your AttackChart your course. I download the various maps from the Brimfield website and highlight the vendors that I want to visit, writing down their name, booth number, and quick notes (what they sell, contact name, etc.). I number them in order of importance so I’m sure not to miss the vendors that I really want to see. You can use their database online to search for vendors that carry what you’re looking for. Let’s say you’re into McCoy. Click here, search for McCoy under Items Exhibited, click Search and you’ll see that two vendors carry McCoy items along with their location. Look for them on your map and highlight their booths so once you arrive, you know where to look first. I also note the time that the show begins, as the flea market contains several fields each with their own opening times.

Tip: Don’t forget a rolling cart! I regret not bringing one last year! You can buy them at a few locations on the fairgrounds for around $40 but they sell out quite fast so bring your own if you can.

Have fun at the fleas this Spring/Summer! Oh and if you’re looking for some flea market inspiration, the Raised in Cotton blog and the Junk Market Girls website are great places to start. And here’s a handy guide I wrote on How To Find Flea Markets and Indie Craft Fairs.

(images from holly becker for decor8)






Events + Markets

Modern Economy Sale in San Francisco

April 9, 2008

Up for a great sale? If you happen to be in or around San Francisco this weekend you won’t want to miss the annual Modern Economy sale, perfect for design addicts on a budget! Event founder and host Meg Mateo Ilasco, designer and author of “Craft Inc.: Turn Your Creative Hobby into a Business“, will share with the public items from your favorite designers marked down from 25% – 75% off retail.

Modern Economy Sale in San Francisco A few participating designers include: Xenia Taler,
Mateo Ilasco, Sharon Spain, and Dermond Peterson.

Details: Saturday, April 12, 2008 in San Francisco at the Fort Mason Center, Bldg. A Conference Center from 10:30AM – 3PM. Details here.

{psst} Meg was spotlighted in yesterday’s Wall Street Journal in the article Crafty Hobbyists Create New Careers Using the Web. It’s a quick bite featuring 4 basics that every craftster should know before setting up shop: sticking to your vision, locating your core audience, using alternative publicity (like blogs!), and charging a fair price. You may want to check that out. Article written by WSJ writer Amy Palanjian.

Thanks Meg for writing in, have a fun weekend and lots of success to you!

(images from modern economy)






Events + Markets

Flea Markets and Indie Craft Shows

March 26, 2008

Looking for some online guides for flea markets and indie craft fairs? Of course you are!

Flea Markets and Indie Craft Shows
In addition to weekly announcements that I will make here on decor8 (Thursdays starting tomorrow) with listings to include everything from fleas to art openings and craft fairs (email me with what’s going on in your city so I can post it here), I’ve compiled a list of go-to websites for finding the best fleas and indie craft fairs over at Real Simple, so click here to check that out.

(photograph taken by holly becker for decor8)






Arts + Crafts, Events + Markets, Shopping + Products, Travel

Renegade Craft Fair Hits San Francisco!

March 14, 2008

I just got word that you can now apply for the 1st Annual Renegade Craft Fair in San Francisco! Yay! This year’s event will be held on Saturday and Sunday July 12 + 13, 2008 from 11am – 7pm at the Fort Mason Festival Pavilion. If you’re interested in participating as a vendor the application is on the Renegade website starting now until May 2nd.

Renegade Craft Fair Hits San Francisco!
This is super exciting to here, Renegade is one of my favorite Indie fairs, I attended my first one last year in Brooklyn and loved it. Renegade has grown from their home city of Chicago to Brooklyn and now they’ve hit San Francisco. They also have a storefront now in Chicago. Go Renegade!

I think Victoria needs a booth to sell her posters and my L.A. friends should consider making the trip up north in July because it’s a great show. :)

(image from renegade)






Events + Markets, Shopping + Products, Travel

Ferm Living Event + decor8 Events Listing on Thursdays

March 12, 2008

Turquoise will soon play host to the fabulous Ferm Living by celebrating their one year anniversary in a few weeks (date TBD). Ferm Living will display their wallpaper line in the Turquoise showroom along with some exciting new products and to sip some delicious cocktails. Please email Vanessa De Vargas turquoise.la AT gmail.com for details and to be added to the guest list.

Ferm Living Event + decor8 Events Listing on Thursdays

By the way, what’s going on in your part of the world? If you are attending an art or design-related event, or if there’s a great new store or gallery you’d like to share with others, please email me with the details so I can include it in the new decor8 Thursday Events: Art + Design Near You round up on decor8 appearing weekly kicking off on March 20th.

All events and announcements need to be linked to a website where complete details can be found since the decor8 mention will only include show name, location, date, and time, along with a link to the website.

Please contact me no sooner than 10 days in advance. Emails that arrive weeks or months in advance will not post since I receive over 1,200 lovely letters during the average work week and I run decor8 alone so there’s no way I can remember your event if you send it that far in advance.

Please contact me at decor8blog AT gmail.com (no phone calls, please) with the subject EVENT or NEW STORE/GALLERY in the title. Please include website and a link to your site or blog so that I can tip my hat to you in the post.

Thank you!

(image from ferm living)






Events + Markets, Shopping + Products, Travel

Boston Locals: Small Biz Meet-up Tonight at DWR

February 28, 2008

Don’t miss this Boston locals! Tonight there’s another great Boston Design Salon business lady meet-up with a twist — it’s open to the boys! The BDS was formed by local ceramist Boston Locals: Small Biz Meet-up Tonight at DWRTonight authors Chris Grimley and Mimi Love of Color Space Style will present The 22 Minute Design Degree based on principles discussed in their new book that will give you, “everything you need to know about interior design”. They’ll also offer copies of their book Color Space Style, along with limited edition prints and shirts. Details here.

Info: Event will be held this evening, February 28th from 7-9 p.m. Please arrive promptly so that you don’t miss the presentation. The location is at the Design Within Reach showroom located in Boston’s South End at 519 Tremont Street, 617.451.7801. No need to R.S.V.P. at this point, just show up ready to learn and mingle as the event is open to the public. Don’t forget your business cards!

To join the Boston Design Salon group and receive future event announcements via email and to network with locals online, click here.

(images from dwr and color space style)






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