Saturday, August 8, 2009

The DC Big Flea

The Flea, what can I say, it was just better than a poke in the eye with a sharp stick. What do people want? Actual fleas? Free fleas? It wasn't that bad but it's sooooooooo much work that you really have to sell more than a couple of cheap fleas to break even dollar wise, not sure you can ever make it worth all the work. That's not true-I just don't remember how it feels because it's been a while.
The really good thing about it was that it made me rethink my whole business and where I want to do from here. Suffice to say I'm downsizing and going back to my original idea from eight years ago that I just want to do my art. I do love painting and playing with furniture but, now that I've given up all but the closet space at the shop, I have no outlet for it nor do I wish to.
Carrying the furniture around is what makes all us dealers cranky. Actually it's the carrying back out and packing back into the truck to take home makes us really cranky!
I can't stop making art and playing with small pieces; I might as well check into the local rubber room and start drooling as a career. Art is my sanity-no comment-it just is.
I like it and eventually someone else comes along who "gets" me and I keep agoing. I hope to open a web store before the end of the year and keep my little closet going.
I do enjoy the setting up and rearranging, etc. but I might be able to get that another way...working on ideas.
There was the cutest girl with the cutest booth there. Every single thing was pink-how could you go wrong? You can't! You can check her out at
Great stuff.
Of course I scooped up a couple of pink treasures from here, durrrrr! See the pink polka dots on the dresser mirror? OMG!
Long time fave, Stacey Bear, was there. She does the show twice a year and her booth is always a candy store for grown ups. Yum! Snail with sea shell shell, bunny, and beehive pin cushions.
Beehive close up.
Cute booth overview.
Oh, wrap me in ribbon!
I met two new cute girls from Luckett's. Their booth was so great. As soon as I can find/remember their info I shall share.
See, cool booth, ey?
And so much this and that like this cute scooter on the little white bench...
...antique Jack-in-the-box...old and still scary!...
...bottle top purse, Mickey, and sweet girl. Popeye was there too but I didn't get him in this photo. There is so much to see, so many cool things. I may not love the outcome of selling there but I can always call buying something a success. I'll show pics of my bestest purchase soon. Stay tuned...


Sue (Vintage Rescue) said...

Oh, Stephanie! I totally hear ya! It's the dragging in/out of the furniture, which is why I gave up on the BF. You're right that they want "free fleas"!

When you did it with Mel, was it easier? I bought from you guys all the time! I know it's hard to recoup the booth fee selling smalls, but.....

You're right to focus on what makes you happiest; your creations are amazing. Have you thought about Earth Angels? Now that I think of it, I'm just gonna email you directly with some ideas.

It was great to see you at the BF. Even though you weren't initially there, I instantly recognized your booth!

Doojies said...

Thanks so much, Sue, for all your encouragement and ideas. It was great seeing you too, I looked all over for you after that so we might have more time together; did you just hit and run?

Doojies said...

P.S. Sue, it's much easier and much more fun to do it with someone or a group. Makes all the difference in the world. Did I say all those things in my post about not doing any more? The PC is doing the Timonioum show in October! See you there!