Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Ladies, Start Your Engines

Curious Sofa's French Market at the Kansas City Junior League Holiday Mart 2008

On Tuesday the Sofa team started again to fine tune our booth and by 2:00 (2:00 in the afternoon!!!) we were finished. Some final tweaking was done today but I returned especially to shoot these photos. As I watched the rest of the vendors frantically setting up, I was so glad this event did not get the best of me. Now, if I can keep this pace for our Christmas Open House, I might be able to actually enjoy myself this season! I might even decorate my own house for the first time in 8 years.

As you can see the booth is jammed packed with smalls but it does not seem nearly as frantic in person as these pictures indicate. Many onlookers stopped us today and praised the booth. One said, "This is perfect Christmas shopping"- which is good. We have a different location this year and I am anticipating it to be so much better. Booth #517 in the NW corner of the only major intersection in the hall. At the end of this post, you'll see what else is there. (Just so you can see how different we are!)

Vintage rhinestone jewelry

Brown and ivory zebra print Bergere chairs with whitewash wood trim.

A rare find in Texas, German boudoir doll BED LAMP! (SOLD)

The hay wagon, centerpiece to our wares.

Paris sign (SOLD) (and other glass glitter ornaments) from Wendy Addison.

Grain sacks, tablecloths, French settee (SOLD), marble scales, etc.

We brought lots of grab-bag crystal jewelry too. Rare white ostrich feathers sit in my favorite old pitcher.


Sheep print (SOLD) Vintage quilt (SOLD) and English eiderdown comforter.

One of our top sellers, monogram towels $10.00

Pin cushion doll (SOLD) ribbon watch (SOLD)

This lovely etching of Queen Elizabeth (SOLD), Moroccan tea glasses and manuscript bound books.

Tiny original oil paintings (2 x 3") in large frames. $55

Naughty ruffled panties, black with blush lace (SOLD OUT)

Rose inlaid card table, crown glass bottles (SOLD OUT) and Paris metal letters.

Metal sacred heart locket ornaments $58

Assorted vintage lingerie $30-$58

Tufted French settee (SOLD), Magnolia Pearl book $24.95, Victorian pillow (SOLD)

Assorted Paris cards and tags from $8.95 and day books (SOLD OUT)

Feather fan, vintage toe shoes (SOLD), Florentine table (SOLD), embossed tea set (SOLD)

New watches with antique style ribbon bands.

Assorted boudoir items, brass and crystal star ornaments

Vintage jewelry, pearl chokers and beaded clutch.

Manuscript flowers

Vintage Florentine card box, amber crystal chokers

Monogrammed antique grain sacks, authentic $175

Paris, French, Latin CD's $16.95, painted violin prop with case, $65

Beaded ornament chandeliers (SOLD OUT))

Paris sign SOLD, anchor $31.00

Champagne lamp and shade (SOLD), small metal lamp with French shade $95

Gold plaster elephant bookends $58 pair

On right, French tassel shade and wood base (SOLD)

Curious Sofa burlap bags $10.95

Eye mask (SOLD)

Below, some items I designed just for the show:

Another midnight project, adding glitter accessories to some vintage photo

This harlequin board I bought at Round Top and had our logo printed over it.

My favorite project: These Curious Sofa pennants I designed and printed on canvas fabric paper and glued on a rope.

Vintage sign holders I also found in Texas with signs I made to point people to our booth.

Our wardrobe is important to me too, so I designed new art for the front of our aprons.
(Most say: Village Merchant/Purveyors of Oddities/Oldstuffologists

I bought this original French Postcard on Etsy to use for our Christmas Open House invitation. I had these printed with general info about the store to handout to new customers.

Here is a sampling of typical vendors showing at market:

Show hours: Thursday 9-9, Friday 10-10, Saturday 10-6, Sunday 11-5. Hope to see you!!