Monday, April 30, 2012

The Red Barn Outdoor Market

Well, I did it! I was a first-time vendor in a market with my very own booth! The crowd was wonderful, the live music was amazing, and the food delicious. We couldn't have asked for a more kind and receptive crowd for the day!

I started out by loading three SUVs full on Friday night and caravanning out to the barn site to unload. That was quite the task! Saturday morning my mom and I arrived bright and early to begin setting up. I'll be honest, the morning didn't really go that well. It was pretty cold and very very very windy. It took us a while to get the "pop up" tent up and I was just a little frazzled about getting everything ready (and photographed!) before the crowds came. 

To make matters worse, it was so windy that twice I had things blow over and some of my items got broken. Honestly at that point I was really upset and thought about packing up and going home. But once I calmed down a bit things went a lot better. My sweet mom helped me unpack and style everything and it all came together beautifully.

I took these photos in a hurry right before we opened, so they're not the best shots, but at least it gives you an idea of what I had in my booth. It was so much fun to style my space! It was very rewarding to see the last several weeks of "picking" all displayed together and feel that my hard work and long hours were worth it.

Everyone was so very kind and enthusiastic, and I got so many compliments on my finds. I even got asked to be in another show (the show where I found the antique hamper and wire laundry cart). It was so honoring and humbling to hear people's sweet words. I think it was also great exposure for The Cottage!

The wind was pretty brutal all day, and things kept blowing over so we rearranged the booth several times to try to protect things. I also came home with a terrible sunburn (I seriously look like a lobster!). Sunscreen never even crossed my mind...woops! : ) But overall it was a wonderful day and a really fun experience. I'm still in awe that this is what I do (partially) for a living. It is such an incredible thing to me to look back over the last year and take it all in. This market was just the next step in the journey of following my dreams. I'm not sure if I'll do another market anytime soon. It's just too much with a full-time job and The Cottage. But I'm really glad I had the experience and it was such a fun and rewarding day! Thanks to everyone who came out to support the market and all the hardworking local vendors who were there!

{live beautifully}

PS- if you're interested in anything in the pictures, it might still be available. Most of it is going to The Cottage, but I may list a few things in the etsy shop. If you see something you'd like just let me know and I could list it for you!

{these metal letters were gone so quickly! I wish I would have bought more when I found them}

{If I had a porch that chippy wicker desk would be my potting bench in a heartbeat!}

{I must have taken this picture before the wind got to this vignette. That top ironstone mug was blown over onto the middle porcelain dome and broke it...I was so sad not to have a set of three domes anymore. But that's just how strong the wind was!}

{I searched high and low for a white tent I could borrow but had to make due with a blue one : )

{totally in love with these French-inspired grain sacks!}

{The smalls. We had this cabinet up on the back table with the rest of the whites, but even though it's very heavy it eventually was blown over and broke a sugar dish and candle. The damage was pretty minimal, thankfully, but we moved the cabinet to the floor of the tent, and eventually to the outside front because it kept swaying. Strong wind would be an understatement!}

{love that trunk with its original blue paint!}

{Bundles of dried French lavender}

{this window has soft gray paint on one side and light mint green paint on the other, which I totally love}

{can you tell the ironstone was my favorite grouping?!}

{Lavender sachets made from vintage French ticking. These also went quickly!}

{I was surprised that this locker basket did not sell...I love the crinkled wire on it!}

{soft blue little apothecary/spice cabinet}

{I just had to get this "bee hive" grain sack when I found it. It didn't sell so it may be a keeper...matches my blog branding after all : )

{I painted this frame and chalkboard myself. It was great to display my shop logo on}

{very very old "his and hers" pillowcases. I found them in their original packaging!}

{the vintage letter bundles were a popular item as well}

{isn't the inside of that ironstone mold amazing??}

{photo from my phone: my mama literally holding things up against the wind haha}

{The end!}


  1. Courtney, I had no idea of all the trouble you had!! I'm so glad that you were a part of this first market! Your finds are simply amazing and you have an incredible style. Looking forward to seeing the places you'll go!!

    1. Thanks Nicole! It was so much fun to be a part of! Glad to hear you're planning a fall event! You did an amazing job!!

  2. Anonymous4/30/2012

    You have an amazing eye for treasures such as these! Wishing you a lovely week! Xo ~Ashley

  3. Anonymous4/30/2012

    Oh no - that would be so frustrating! Everything looked beautiful, as always, though!! :)

  4. Hi Courtney~~ Everything looks so great~~ Is the small white mailbox still available?? what about the ironstone mugs??

  5. I have done an outdoor market before and don't think I ever will again. I was freezing! So sorry you had to deal with the horribe winds. Your booth looks wonderful! There were quite a few things I would have liked to come home with me if I were there!

    1. Thanks Lisa! It's good to know about outdoor markets. I had fun and it was a good experience, but I think I'd lean toward indoor markets from now on : )

  6. Anonymous4/30/2012

    Congrats on your first show!! Your displays and looked great! Wish I lived closer. ;)

  7. I absolutely loved your space! If I could of bought everything, I would of. I do love my treasures that I did buy...and I am still eying that locker basket. I plan on coming to the shop this weekend because I am SO excited for it! Thank you for all your hard work.


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