Thursday, December 31, 2015

Pop-up Sale

The Pop-up Sale was a success! Friends(with babies!) stopped by, we set up a beautiful sale, and some items were sold. But I learned that if I want to sell big ticket furniture pieces for more than "steal" garage sale prices, I need to do the leg work to market the sale. A lot of the foot traffic buyers are expecting low prices. I mean, who can blame them when you're setting up shop out of a garage? So I realized that in order to bring in the people that are looking for specific items, like a sophisticated dresser, I need to advertise and market to more people. I've been considering opening an Etsy shop as well to sell handmade pieces. This is all to say, I'm still trucking along in design, loving it, and wondering where do I take it next. Any advice would be appreciated!
So I wanted to share some of what we put out at the sale. And if you're interested in any of the pieces, let me know. It may still be available...
As you may know, we were selling this re-furbished dresser. You can find the before and after story here.
We were also selling these vintage wood crates. They are so handy to make easy, movable shelving or storage.
And we were selling a lovely assortment of vintage pieces from Laura's family.
The petite cabinet dresser is a lovely mid-century Lane piece. It has a beautiful cedar interior with a pull out shelf. I think this would be a perfect bar buffet.
We were also selling this vintage rolling, typewriter table that I re-painted blush pink and gold. It was originally a dark brown, and now I'm in love with it. It could be used for a bar cart, a side table, a tiny desk, a kitchen cart... the possibilities are endless.
And along with all this fab furniture, we were selling handmade coasters, hand-sewn stockings(designed by my sister and me a few years back), clothing, records, dish sets and artwork. And I couldn't have done it without my trusty crew, Laura and James.
Did I mention the babies?! They were definitely my most popular items.
Mia is the daughter of my childhood friend/stalker, Elie(we went to middle school, high school and college together, and I've lost track of who is following who). Mia was born 3 months before my niece, Fletcher.
They are bound to be the best of friends, or each other's stalkers. Basically, they're stuck with each other, which is great by me because it's double the cuteness.
Babies interacting with each other is about the cutest thing I have ever seen, and seems to involve a lot of poking. As you can see, Mia is a bit more agile. We had to prop Fletcher in the corner of the trunk so she wouldn't topple over. What a difference 3 months makes in the life of a baby! Well that's the pop-up sale in a nutshell. Remember to let me know if you're interested in any of the pieces in this post and I'll see you in 2016! Happy New Year!


  1. I love the blue dresser with gold detailing! (Good alum colors too :) ). Great post. Seems so California wonderful to me.

    1. thanks Al! Didn't realize the UC colors until now :)

  2. Great post Alden. I think an etsy shop is a great idea. Also, let's go talk to Pam. She might be a good collaborator.