I was going through my napkin drawer and placemat container and realized that they are both bursting at the seams. It’s time for a purge! Before I do that, I am going to go through and use some things that I’ve not used in a while. Then I will decide if I haven’t used them because I just forget about them or if I just don’t want them any more.
I started with this lovely April Cornell runner in sunflowers, perfect for late summer. Why have I not used this in so long? It is so pretty! Normally, I keep my white tablecloth on the table and put my runner and placemats on top. I do this because the lighting in my dining room is dark and my table is dark wood, so the pictures seem to show up better on the white background. However, I really wanted my wood table to show through with these colors, and the tablecloth needed to be laundered anyway!
Sage green placemats (an old Fred’s purchase) and square taupe plates (an old Wal Mart purchase) are great with the colors in the runner.
Of course, I had to use the matching napkins with brass napkin rings. The small Friendly Village salad plates look good as the top layer of the stack.
Green Dollar General flatware seemed like the best choice for this place setting.
Of course, those Dollar Tree standby goblets are the perfect color for this table!
I wanted to keep the centerpiece simple, pulling in some yellow accents. Two of my Dollar General flowerpots have yellow and green, wonderful for this color scheme.
Do you remember my Dollar General lanterns from last week? One of them is yellow, and I chose to elevate it on a candlestick. Love the look!
A small votive and a variegated green pillar candle on my workhorse Dollar General clearance candle holder finish off the table.
I like how this looks and think I will keep everything. How could I get rid of these beautiful linens? I’ve just got to use them more often!
As for my business update, we are in the middle of what we term our “summer slowdown.” Despite that, my May and July checks were not too bad, although June was the pits. So far August isn’t starting out that great, but I’m just hoping for a little better business as the end of the month approaches. Last week I looked around at a lot of my merchandise that has been there for a while and decide to do a sale table with huge discounts, most of it 50%. Sometimes I don’t mind taking merchandise home and bringing it back out later, but these are some things that I am ready to be done with! A couple of sale items sold last week and so far one set of dishes has sold this week. I hope it will pick up.
Anyway, I guess the one thing that I just hate about having a booth at the flea market is the storage that is required. I do my very best to keep merchandise grouped by either when I will use it (such as holidays) or type of merchandise (such as sets of dishes or glassware). I have Sterilite and Rubbermaid containers and a labelmaker. Believe me, that labelmaker gets a lot of use! Because I take merchandise to the booth to sell, I then use the containers for more merchandise and have to make new labels. I am constantly organizing and reorganizing my storage, which is in the front bedroom…not an ideal place, but the best solution I have.
So what has been stressing me out more than usual about storage is that I’ve had all of the things that I brought home from the consignment shop in May when it closed (that story is here) in cardboard boxes just shoved into that room in whatever spot David and I could make room for them. In addition, the large Avon Cape Cod collection is there also in three large Sterilite tubs. Did I mention that room is also where I store some of my tablescaping supplies, such as placemats, runners, and holiday décor? Obviously, I’ve been needing to do something in there for a long time! Finally, yesterday I decided to tackle it.
First, I purchased a couple of more Sterilite tubs. Then I unloaded every single cardboard box and put all of the items on the dining table in order to make some decisions. That alone took quite a bit of time. I decided to store all of my high-end items in one of the tubs and labeled it accordingly. Then I tried to take a hard, honest look at what was left.
Finally I came to an honest and objective decision, although not a financially lucrative one. Storing the stuff is causing me lots of stress, so I need to get rid of it. I marked down about 90% of the stuff that had been in storage and will take it to the flea market to put on my discount table. The only problem is that there is just so much room that I can use, so I can only take a few things at a time. This morning I took up one set of glasses because that is all I had room for. I plan to check every day and take whatever I can fit up there as soon as room opens up.
Believe or not, once I started marking down, it wasn’t hard to do at all. Keeping the things here in storage makes $0, while putting them at the booth, even at a deep discount accomplishes two things. First, it gets the merchandise out of the house; second, I will get a few dollars as opposed to no dollars. I feel good about it and am only frustrated that I must have the things here for the next few weeks until room opens up.
So that’s what’s going on with me lately! Hope everyone has a great week of tablescaping, organizing, and purging!