First Market Days

This weekend was my first ever Market Days!  I had no idea what to expect, and I was extremely nervous. 
The day before the event I was so overwhelmed.  We had so much to do!!  I had to price and label all my items for sale, finish a door I had started (see below), finish rustic signs I wanted to sell, and make the structure that would hold all these extremely heavy windows! 
While hubby got to work on the wooden structure, I got busy painting, pricing, and shopping for supplies.
Hubby did a great job on the structure that would hold all my windows.  He made it just right so that our tent could be fastened inside and not blow away.  This turned out to be perfect because a cold front blew in the afternoon of our show and the windows and our tent stayed in place!
Here is a picture of us setting it up in the driveway….

As Hubby continued to work to get it just right, I started pulling out all of the windows I had made that were in the guest bedroom.  After they were all out, I just had to take a picture!   There were windows EVERYWHERE!!   

After getting them all out of the house, the next task was to get them to all fit in my Expedition!  Luckily, they all fit! 

By 11pm, we were finally in bed and exhausted! 

I could hardly sleep.  I was so excited to get up and get started! 

We rolled out of the driveway at 7:50am and made it to the event space by 8:10am. 

Hubby worked to get the tent set up and I got busy unloading the windows.

Here we are.. all set up and ready to make some money!! 

We had several people ask where our store was located.

Our response every time was.. “Right here!”

We had a great day and met some amazing people!! 

In the end, almost all of my rustic wooden signs sold.  The Mod Podged Owl window and one of the large chalkboard/dry erase windows sold as well.  The little Fall Pumpkin chalkboard and the large blue door sold, too. 

The event wasn’t widely advertised, so we didn’t have quite the crowd I was hoping for.  Either way, we made some good money for our first show, so I was a happy girl!

In the end, I learned a few things about being in a craft show…
1.  Almost everyone brings their dogs to these events, so you get to meet a lot of neat dogs.  You also get to see some pretty strange dogs too! 

2.  Have plenty of lower priced items to sell along with your higher priced items.  This gives people of every budget something to buy.

3.  Kettle Corn is gooooooddd!!!!

4.  Make sure your sign is high enough so that people don’t hit their head.  While no one was injured because of this, Hubby and I held our breath with each tall person that entered the tent.

5.  Bring sunscreen.  Just because it’s fall and 70 degrees outside, doesn’t mean you can’t get sunburned.  Ouch!

6.  Kettle Corn is gooooooooooooddddd!!!!!  In case you missed #3.

7.  Husbands of wives that work craft shows are a blessing.  I watched husbands help their wives set up and take down.  They sat there with them and helped take orders.  They brought them lunch and drinks.  They were supportive.  I’m thankful for my husband who did all of these things as well.  It made my heart smile.

8.  I REALLY need an enclosed trailer!  Moving these windows in and out of the car and house is NOT fun!!

Before I end this post, I wanted to share the door I worked on this Friday…..

We picked up this old door in Austin.  Someone was remodeling an old home and was giving it away.  The neat thing about this was that the house next door was a house I recognized from House Hunters.  It made my day.  I wish houses could give autographs.

I lightly sanded the door and painted it a light tan-ish color.

Next, I wiped on a dark walnut stain and then wiped it off.  I love how it got in all the little crevices and made the finish on the door absolutely gorgeous!

Next, I painted the inside part of the door with chalkboard paint and I added a sweet little hook for coats or purses.

Here is the finished door…

On Sunday, my hubby was tired of seeing me sit on the floor to work on my crafts, so he built me a really neat workbench out of some old wood we picked up from a friend’s house.  I love it!  I added some burlap around the base to hide our tools and the larger cans of paint.  I can’t wait to use it!!

Thanks so much to everyone who sent me encouraging words, prayers and love through our facebook page.  I am so blessed to be able to do what I love and am even more blessed to have such supportive friends and family!  Love to you all!!!




My name is Claire and I am behind the blog... The Rustic Pig. I am a wife, a mother to 2 boys, and I just might be addicted to Craigslist. I love to buy antiques, paint them, and give them a chance to be loved again! Please feel free to pull up a chair and stay for a while. If you ask a question or leave a comment, I will be sure to get back to you as soon as possible!


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Texas gal, wife, mother to 2 boys, author behind the blog The Rustic Pig, business owner, antique lover, and Christ follower!

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  1. Claire, that is so exciting! congratulations! Glad you had a successful first show. I’m in the Austin area and the weather was great this weekend! now following you. 🙂

  2. Forgot to say how much I like the door! it looks wonderful!

    • Hi Cecilia!! You’re right! The weather was great!! It didn’t start to get windy until the front started coming in around 5, and by that time, we were loading up! Thanks so much for your sweet comments and for following! I love my followers! 🙂 Hugs!!!

  3. Congrats on your first Market Day, sounds like it was a great success! Your windows are amazing, you are a talented lady. Thank you for linking up to {Im}Perfect Sundays!

  4. Great looking set-up. Congratulations on the success of your first show! you do some great work and I’m sure you’re going to be very successful. I just found you through Debbiedoo’s. I’m your newest follower and a recent newbie graduate. I’m hoping you’ll follow me back at http://www.crazythriftycrafts.blogspot.com.

  5. Well, you have the sweetest husband to be so supportive! I am so happy you did so well for your first show and I hope you continue to have lots of success! The chalkboard windows and doors are so cute! Thanks for sharing at Gettin’ Krafty!

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