Well, this is my 4 year anniversary that I started the traveling boutique. Looking back, I’ve learned quite of few things. For instance:
- Your inventory should be things you love. However, there are pros and cons to this thought. It is so much easier to re-purpose and display things you love, things that speak to you. And yes, as crazy as it sounds, inanimate objects can speak. There have been several occasions where I was a vendor and look over at my neighbors booth and see something that catches my eye. I try to look away but I’m drawn back to it. Then I think “Ok, if it is still there at the end of the show, I’ll buy it”. But the longer I sit there, I start imaging what I can use it for, what color to paint it or what I could turn it into. I can already envision the final product. Then you see someone approach the object and you think “don’t you dare touch it, don’t even look at”. You realize that you are holding your breath. They walk away, phew, close call. So you immediately go over and purchase it. I try to obtain items with the thought of, if it doesn’t sell, I get to keep. You might wonder how many things I have kept, well the answer is zero (not counting the vintage ice cream bucket, which has never been to a show). The downside is that you do come across a few pieces you really fall in with but you convince yourself that the smart business decision is to sell it, after all this is a business. Then it happens, someone comes along and you know by looking at them that the piece is talking to them. And the next thing you know, it is sold. (It’s a bittersweet feeling but you console yourself with the thought that it’s going to a good home).
- Stay away from glass items, especially small items, for the obvious reason, glass breaks. Also, at the end of a show you want to be able to pack up as quickly as you can so that you can go home and rest. Shows are exhausting but so worth it.
- If you going to use a chandelier in your booth for an indoor show, don’t use the canvas cover on your canopy unless you want to do hot yoga.
- And the final thing in which I’m still trying to figure out is; how to get people to come inside the trailer at the outdoor shows. The use of several chalkboard signs that state “come on in” or “more inside” has helped but people are still hesitant about coming in. However, I have learned if it is hot outside, write “AC inside” and people are more willing to come in.
With all that being said, you meet some really awesome people (customers and vendors). It has been a great 4 years and I’m looking forward to things getting bigger and better!!!! A big THANK YOU to everyone who has supported us along the way. The best is yet to come!!!!!!