Saturday, August 14, 2010

Booth 188

It's official.  Martie, Beth (Martie's daughter), and I are booth renters at Rockin' B Antiques in Newnan.

My blog name, First a Dream, was chosen with a good deal of thought. Today, it feels so appropriate.  I have dreamed and dreamed and dreamed about selling second hand furniture and home things for ages.  Ages and ages.  Now finally, I'll be doing it.  That's in no small part due to my friend Martie.  Without her, I might still be dreaming.

We had our choice of a single booth or this double booth:
We nervously signed on for the double booth (#188) on Thursday morning.  Will we sell enough to warrant it?  Oh, honey, I hope so!

The booth color was a golden yellow.  Not as bad as it appears in the photo above, but still, we wanted to go a bit more neutral. Thursday afternoon we started painting. 

At first, it was just Martie and I.  But then Martie's hubby, Bob, came to finish up for us.  Bob is a sweetie!  Plus, he's a painter extraordinaire.  We were all able to finish the wall and floor in a couple of hours and plenty of that was spent chatting.


Yesterday I went back to put the finishing touch on the floor.  Martie likes my painted floors.  Her favorite design was the swirls, so she requested that I do that to our booth floor.

I started in a corner.  This design is easy, but I swear, how you are feeling while painting shows up in the design.  There's a rhythm to making the swirls.  You need to be loose and relaxed to make them flow.  I do best with a little music, but since I didn't have any, I hummed to myself.  I got stuck on a Cyndi Lauper song - Time After Time.  Don't ask me why.  I like her just fine, but it's not like I'm a huge fan.  That song popped into my head and I couldn't get it out.  I hummed the dang thing all day.  But I'm forever grateful to Cyndi, because the rhythm of that song was just what I needed to keep my swirls loose!

The painting part was no big challenge, but doing it on a hard concrete floor was rough.  By the time I finished, I felt like a stiff, feeblem 100 year old woman.  I was so happy to finish and put out my wet paint signs.

to see the basic steps 
for painting sub-floors.

On a funny note, while painting I managed to sit on a wet paint can lid.  I ended up with white circles on the fanny of my shorts.  It reminded me of that commercial where people's behinds resemble cinnamon rolls.  It was attractive and let's just say that's not a section of my body that I need to draw attention to.

So here is how the floor looked as of about 3pm yesterday.  Today, we are taking a few things over to set up.  It's going to take some time before we have it looking nice, but Lorraine, the owner, encouraged us to jump right in with a few things.  She said the weekend crowd is generally pretty good and even if we only had time to put two or three things in, that would be fine.

I am so excited.  It's not about the money, though I do hope to make a profit.  It's something I love.  This venture speaks to my heart.  And finally, the dream is a reality.




I have joined the following link parties:

Favorite Things Friday at A Few of My Favorite Things
Flaunt it Fridays at Chic on a Shoestring Decorating
Feature Yourself Friday at Fingerprints on the Fridge
Look at Me Party at It's Fun to Craft
Show and Tell Friday at My Romantic Home
I'm Lovin' It Fridays at Tidy Mom
Metamorphosis Monday at Between Naps on the Porch 

6 comments:

  1. Congratulations on your new adventure. It looks like it's going to be fun!

    Love your floor painting.It looks like a lot of work. I painted faux rugs on our porch and added fleur-de-lis but I cheated. I used a stamp...could never do free hand.
    Have a good week-end, Annette

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  2. Oh how exciting! Best of luck on your's and Beth's booth and business. I'm sure you'll have a lot of wonderful adventure in it, and I sure hope you have plenty of financial success from it. The floor looks great, those swirls are very up-to-the-minute in decorating. I'm really looking forward to seeing more pictures of the furnished booth.

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  3. Congratulations on taking the leap. I love your floor, it really is stunning. Lots of luck to you!

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  4. So very cool! Your floor looks wonderful. Just yesterday I checked out putting in a booth at a local market as soon as a space opens up. Scared and excited? You bet. Best of luck with yours!

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  5. Very cool that you have a booth and are selling your things! I LOVE the floor!! That is amazing and so beautiful!! I can see how singing a song can keep you in rhythm for all those swirls!

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  6. Yay on selling your things & making a dream come true! It looks great so far! This is just the type of post that would go great with my linky party "Workin On It Wednesday" :) I'd love it if you came over and linked up!
    -Kristi
    @ Creative Kristi

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