I am taking a couple of days off from moving into the farmhouse to do the Greenwood, Missouri Antique and Garden Show this weekend with my two shop partners Denise and Phyllis. Since I am the designated booth twirler, I thought I would share a few photo's and thoughts on arranging a booth~
After 25 years of doing antique shows, I have found the easiest way to plan a booth space is to first pick a theme. This even holds true if you rent a space in a local antique mall. For this show, our theme~ Farmhouse Sleeping Porch~was selected because of the type of inventory we were bringing. Our list includes~An iron bed with faded red paint, zinc farm sink, set of old metal lockers, white farm table, metal garden chairs, white porch column and garden smalls.
Sometimes at shows you have to deal with a space that has no walls. Since this show is only a couple of days, we placed our larger pieces at the end next to our neighbor to seperate our booth and provide the height for interest.
I used vintage paper music rolls, jute twine and ribbon on top of the farm table and inside the lockers for a cohesive rustic look. Trust me, a stash of old paper, ribbon, twine, wire and clothspins come in handy at a show like this to pull it all together.
Lastly, don't forget to have your business name displayed in the booth. I used some ribbon with Raised In Cotton printed on it and tied it around rolled paper and placed it inside the garden urns.