Victoria Vintage Expo: Behind the Scenes With Audrey Would! September 30 2015, 4 Comments
The Victoria Vintage Expo has come and gone for another year, and we are proud to have been an exhibitor for all three years running. We have learned a lot along the way, and are excited for what's to come!
So what goes on behind the scenes for Audrey Would? How do we put together our booth and select our collection of vintage treasures to bring?
Here is a snapshot of our basement set-up. This is the place where all things behind the scenes happen!
A little cubed space sorely under lit that measures out just about right for a trial booth run. Low lighting also happens on Friday evening at the Vintage Fair, and for Audrey Would! this is a good thing. We are all about the sparkle, which sparked the idea to investigate fairy lights!
We liked the idea of these tiny battery operated LED lights because they are attached to thin copper wire making them easy to manipulate into place for displays like this... and they twinkle brightly with their warm yellow hue.
The large bottle vases are also a new addition to this year's booth presentation. They are definitely not vintage, but have the right look. If you leave a comment asking where they are from, we'll share! ;-)
Initially all the vases were going to be dressed with just the fairy lights. We added branches to the front table set for height, and to take the lights up. This helped balance out the height of our sign that gets centered behind the black cabinet. Find out how Audrey Would!'s sign stand was designed to be a perfect fit here!
This black cabinet has been used for all three fairs and was actually made over and glammed up with mirrors specifically with the first fair in mind. The cabinet was our solution for optimizing vertical space. See more on the cabinet makeover here.
The booth space is 10' wide x 8' deep, so figuring out how to maximize the depth without hampering our customers' ability to move in the space was key. Three fold-up wooden TV tables were set in place between our booth and what would be our neighbour's space... the background in this case.
We used these TV tables last year too, but this sweet 1930s Art Deco bar cart is our new find! Each year we have scoured UsedVictoria.com and the Thrifts for pieces to integrate as props. Some have been given a make-over, and some have been left as is. See the various pieces we've DIY'd here.
The gold stand to the right is one of our Used finds that was was added last year as is, again to optimize vertical space.
The last area factored in was the opposite side (left side) of the booth. In order to leave room for customers to browse while others make their purchases, we have found a small island-style display works well. See how this island display was improvised here!
In a venue the size of the Crystal Gardens, even a booth of this size can get lost. But with the use of vertical space and keeping props and merchandise focussed, a booth can become a boutique!
This is just a sampling of the collection we shared at the fair. Can you see where our focus was?
A huge thanks to all who attended and popped by our booth, and a special thank you to Sarah Rempel for all her hard work and the vision to make this happen. We literally couldn't do this without you!
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