I went all out decorating for Christmas this year! It was fun to go to the antique mall holiday open houses and sales and to buy even more vintage Christmas (as though I don't have enough already...).
The new booth has kept me really busy. Two weeks AFTER I moved everything in, I decided I hated the wall color that was there and couldn't live with it. So I moved everything away from the walls and painted. Not the easiest way to do it, but where's the fun in doing things the easy way? It's been a lot of work to keep both booths stocked (that's good news, though, because it means things are selling). I don't think I realized how much more planning and prepping would be involved with just adding one more booth. The furniture is starting to thin out a little in the barn and garage, though, and Mr. KV is very happy about that!
The 'Etsy Every Day' project was a real success. I listed almost 400 items in 2014; well beyond one each day. I've been keeping it up so far in January, but have really enjoyed not having the every-day commitment to deal with.
I know that there will be lots of flea markets and sales coming in the spring, so I've been trying not to buy now, but rather take a look at what I have and get it listed and in the booth. I've bought some great stuff in the past few years and completely forgotten about some of it! It's sort of like a treasure hunt (for free!) or an archaeological dig, going to layer after layer of cool vintage finds.
I found this really sweet tin Valentine candy box from the 1920s. It was made by Tindeco for the Sanders Chocolate Company, which was a favorite confectioner in the Southeast Michigan area, but are now gone. The box has great Art Nouveau styling and is in excellent condition.
I'm really looking forward to getting back into routine. In a way, January, February and March are a relief, with no outside work to do and no holidays to plan and just lots of time to get inside jobs done. Am I the only one who feels like this? Do you get lots of inside work done in the winter?