Sunday, October 16, 2011

The 181 Market

Sorry I haven't posted in a while, but I've been a busy girl!  I rented a space at The 181 Market and I have been trying to get things ready to stock my space.  For those of you who are not familiar with The 181 Market it is a set of storage buildings where the owner has rented out the units in the first couple of buildings to people to open "shops."  It is a big flea market and I thought I'd rent a space and give it a try.  So far I've done pretty well!  As you can imagine its a storage unit so its not very pretty and you know I want it to be all cute!.  So how does a girl cutsify a storage building?  Well I'll show ya.

You start with this:


Here's the outside.  I made some big mesh bows and put them outside.  Not only does it dress it up, it also gets people's attention and hopefully draws them in.


Here's a little peek inside.  See those pom poms in the middle?  I made those out of tissue paper.


So y'all come on in.  I found this old suitcase in the trash when I went to a yard sale.  I dug it out and cleaned it up, then I put a coat of wax on it.  Pretty cute with all my stuff in it, huh?  And my friend laughed at me when I dug it out of the trash, so who's laughing now, huh???  lol!


The ceiling was pretty yucky so I draped some tulle across it.  Not only does it help camoflouge some of the ugly, it also adds a little bit of color and interest.  



See that garland across the top?  Got that idea from Pinterest. Have you discovered Pinterest yet?  Fair warning if you haven't, it's like crack for craftaholics, it just takes once and you are hooked - lol!  So on the garland, all you do is take a string of Christmas lights and tie ribbon on it all the way down.  (yes I said ALL the way down - very easy, but VERY time consuming! but it sure looks cute up there!)  I get lots of comments on the light garland.

And I LUV this chalkboard I made out of a frame I picked up at an estate sale. see that chalk holder?  Its a drawer pull turned upside down.  Another idea from Pinterest.  I LUV Pinterest!



We aren't allowed to drill holes into the walls and magnets don't always hold the heavier items so I hung burlap from floor to ceiling and hang things on.

Here's one of the frames I made.  I cut a cross from a piece of burlap and put on there.

I lucked out when the girl who had this space before me didn't know you couldn't drill holes in the wall.  She had put up these cute shelves before she found out.  Its a great place to display my frames!


Here's another piece of burlap on the other side of the shelves.


This is a cute chalkboard I made out of tray I picked up at Goodwill.


Remember Bob, the little red chair?






Isn't this the coolest hat box?  My friend got it at Goodwill for me.  I had other plans for it, but It looks awfully cute displaying all my stuff don't ya think?


I got that ladder at an estate sale that was being held at a rally cool building in the town where I live.  Everyone always thought the building was empty, but it wasn't.  The man who lived there finally had to move to an assisted living facility so his family sold the building.  When they had the estate sale I got this ladder along with several other cool things.


I thought this was a cool frame.  I picked it up at an estate sale and painted it this neat green color.  


Here's a look at the other side.


I decorated this screen door in a fall theme.  I'm happy to report that I've had to decorate it three times because I keep selling the decorations!  yaaayyy!


This is the wreath wall.  I got lucky again because the girl before me had hung this chicken wire.  It's great for hanging my wreaths.



Not sure why, but the rest of the pics didn't post.  I'll pick up with them in the next post.

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