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Monday, September 20, 2010

Junk Bonanza 2010 - Part 1 - Vendor Space

Junk Bonanza 2010 is now a fond memory for me.  I am sick with the flu, and thankful that it came upon me after I had finished packing up, tearing down and unloading our two vehicles later on Saturday night.  Great timing!
I had stamped these keepsake necklaces (above) for the event.  I donated one to Jill, for the blogger party as a drawing, I gave one to Ki the event owner/planner, and another one was given out as a drawing in my vendor booth area.  The rest of them were offered for sale to whomever was interested in a keepsake of the event and time.
My detailed signature wire-wrapped and vintage charm filled higher end necklaces were a big hit with this crowd.  Need to make more of these for next year.
This was my check out area for my vendor booth.
I was fortunate to have a corner vendor space, and decided to set it up with two sides open for traffic, which turned out to be a good thing.  On Thursday and Friday up until 2:30 p.m. you couldn't even move in my space, as there were so many people in it.  These photos are all taken later in the afternoons of the days after the crowd dispersed to go pick up their kids from school.  It was crazy!  My first bathroom break on Thursday was 3:10 p.m.  The doors opened at 8:00 a.m. for the Early Bird Shoppers, and it was wild the entire time.
Photo was taken Wednesday evening after Robyn and I had the space set up.
This is Saturday shoppers when it was a quieter day and group.
More of the calmness of the Saturday shoppers.

Here I am working with a gal that was purchasing one of my wire-wrapped signature necklaces and I was explaining to her what each element was.
This gal was the "Lucky Friday" winner of my booth.  She chose the necklace she has on for her freebie.
Vignette before the rush began.
Funky stuff designs.
Something for everyone.
I sold 79 pieces the first day!!!!
Everyone of these necklaces shown here were purchased.
The necklace in the foreground was the "Lucky Friday" winners choice for her $50.00 value free.
These vintage pocket watch face necklaces with the bird flying are a signature design of Mimi-Toria's Designs.
Love the aqua door my friend, Carolyn borrowed to me for a backdrop piece.
I had created 380 pieces for this show!
A cool vintage redesign bracelet.
Cash register tag necklaces went well.
Something for everyone.
Looking in on my space to the left.
I had a large cement pillar in the corner of my booth, so used these extra shutters to go around it and than try to display and soften it a bit.  I was trying to get rid of some vintage/antique smalls too, and a few pieces of furniture.  Next year I won't have this, as I feel it detracts from my overall look I'm trying to create.
My second year of jewelry destash items was again a huge hit, so next year I plan to expand the offerings to the public.  So nice to get these items out of my stash and into someone elses.

Check back for the next segment of Junk Bonanza 2010.  I will share friends, the preparation leading up to it and some of the other vendors booths in the future.


  1. Hello Gretchen....!

    So sorry to hear you have the flu Lovey....I hope it doesn't linger long....!!

    I'm glad I got to meet you at Junk Bonanza last week....Your space & designs were GORGEOUS & I LOVE my commemorative JB 2010 necklace....I haven't taken it off since I got it....!!

    I've made my way down to Brenham for Round Top....Let me know if you're after anything in particular as I'd be HAPPY to keep an eye out for you....!!!

    Cheers for now from Texas,
    Tamarah :o)

  2. Hi Gretchen! Thanks for posting on my blog, I loved your booth! I hope to post pics of the after soon, waiting for Layla to post first since she did all the work! It was a lot of fun and they are so nice. I hope to continue blogging all of our house work, so far it has been so much fun, I love blogging!

  3. Yep! I would have spent all my money in your booth right off the bat...Man I hope I can make it to that show next year!
    Looks so great!
    Hope you feel better soon!
    Tammy :-)

  4. Gretchen,
    every last piece
    was as lovely
    as you are.
    Note to self:
    POUNCE next year,
    as I decided to
    circle around and
    come back and I
    ran out of time.
    It was so much
    fun meeting you
    at JB and at
    the blogger party!
    xx Suzanne

  5. I love the stuff you made. Where do you sell your jewelry?

  6. First - Sorry you came down with the flu - been there! :( However, sounds like you had a very successful time at Junk Bonanza. Would love to have been there, but a little far away.
    Take care of your self, drink lots of fluids.

  7. IT was so fun to see you and get to visit a little bit. So glad you had a good show. Sorry you are sick, happy that it waited till you were done.

    Get well,

  8. I am so pleased that I got one of your pieces on the first day! Your booth was fabulous! Wish you were feeling better! Little box of goodies on the way soon...check you mail.

    Take care,

  9. hi gretchen. it was so nice meeting you last weekend. i love both of my necklaces so much, both the one i won and the blogger party and the one i bought. your work is amazing.

  10. Thanks everyone. It was so fun seeing each of you that attended the JB 2010 event. I'm sorry I didn't have more time to visit and get to know some of you better, but I guess that is the downfall of being busy.
    Looking forward to seeing you all soon.

  11. Tricia - I sell off of my blog (list items and email, snail mail them), will be selling at AA/JMS on October 13-18 in Mpls, MN and am doing a Trunk Show in Anoka, MN at "The Loft" on November 5th.

    contact me by email if you want more info. Email is at top of blog.

  12. Gretchen, I can't beleive you did this FABULOUS post while ill. Thanks for everything... LOVE my Junk Bonanza 2010 necklace.... LOVE! Love talking to you at the Blog party.. it was nice getting to know you and Carol.


  13. hi Gretchen !! it was such a pleasure meeting you at the JB , I am soo happy we finally got to meet in person and spend some time together at the Blogger event ! so much fun !!
    Looks like your booth was just as crazy as mine ! we are truly blessed! keep in touch girl !!!

  14. Thanks Beth. I really enjoyed meeting you too. That blogging party was a real gift...otherwise, I don't think I would of met you or the rest of the great out of state people that attended.
    These photos are from later on Friday and some are from Saturday when the crowds were much smaller. On Thursday, there was no room in my booth until after 2:30, it was butt to butt ladies. What a hoot! And such a blessing-


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