On Saturday is the big day: The Newburgh Vintage Emporium is going to open.
Which means my Dagmar’s Home Decor booth — with vintage items, soy candles, and eventually painted furniture — will be open for business!
The pressure is on to finishing my booth. Fifty other vendors are also setting up their spaces, so the place has been buzzing the last few days. We are all really excited for this amazing place to be ready for customers.
I had to find an inexpensive way to outfitting my booth. After a little bit of research, I found metal shelves at Kohls that are super-easy to set up and cost under $100 each, and a carpet at KMart for only $20.
I needed a large “Dagmar’s Home Decor” sign for my booth, and I wanted to make it myself. But out of what?
And then I remembered the one piece of siding I salvaged from the little red house that used to be where the Blue Cottage now stands.
Salvaged Wood Sign for My Store
I’m terribly nostalgic, and this piece of wood that I rescued from being throw out means a lot to me. I wanted to find a way to honor that little red house that was torn down to make space for our Blue Cottage in some way and make something special out of this.
I had played with the ideas of turning it into a coat rack with hooks, but it was perfect for my store sign.
I bought some screw eye hooks and screwed two of them into the top of the board.
I could have hand-drawn “Dagmar’s Home Decor” on the sign, but just in case I ever wanted to use this piece of wood for something else, I decided to use stickers I can remove. I found those at our local hardware store as well, for 47 cents each.
I laid out the letters and had to kind of eyeball sticking them on straight and with the same spacing, but it worked out fine. I simply hand-cut the apostrophe out of left-over sticker.
There was a little extra space left on the right side, and I wanted to add something to it. I pulled out my collection of vintage ephemera and found a few pieces I liked for that spot and added them with double-sided tape, and a small number on the left side.
Voila! After just a few minutes, I had made my booth sign.
And this is what it looks like in my booth — I hung it on Wednesday and have today to finish pricing everything and styling the booth some more. I’m sure it will evolve over the next few months, and I’m waiting for two more shelves, but it’s a good start.
I already saw so many other vendors with amazing items that I can’t wait to check out once we are all done setting up.