Old Made New: Tips for Displaying your Handmade Goods

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Hi all! This week Stephanie of Teal Annie continues her guest post collab with us, and we couldn’t be more impressed by her constant creativity. Also, don’t forget to check out her etsy shop for some great Christmas gift ideas if you haven’t already! 

 

This past weekend my husband and I participated in our first Arts Festival. It was a festival in our town that featured local artists and their work. I sold my repurposed jewelry as well as my collection of vintage clothes and purses. This festival gave us the opportunity to meet and talk with the locals about our work.

Here are 3 tips to setting up and selling your own goods to the public:

1. Select display racks/stands/containers that will showcase your goods clearly and organized. 

You want your goods to be displayed in a way where customers can easily touch, pick up, look at, and put back your goods. The items should be shown in a way that is visibly nice to the eye and as the actual item will look when in use. For example, I have the necklaces hanging and laid out on the table as they would look when worn, instead of tangled in a bowl. I also included a mannequin bodice wearing a dress and necklace to help the customer visualize what the items will look like when worn.

I used a wire basket for small clutch purses, an old metal rack for larger purses, and a metal clothing rack for hanging the vintage clothes.

2. Clearly price all of your items, and display your shop name. 

You can include a label/tag on each item, or if all of your items are the same price, you can just make one sign that says “All items = $$.” This is probably the most important tip because we all know it is sometimes awkward when asking the price of an item. ;) You should also have your shop name/brand displayed in an area that is easy to see.

My husband hand-painted this awesome sign for us to set up on the sidewalk for passerby’s before they came in to see each of our separate display spaces.

3. Have your business cards easily accessible to customers. 

Have your cards located on your main table where customers can take one if they want. You can also include a card with the purchased item.

If you have never participated in an arts festival and want to, I encourage you to go and check out some of your local festivals and start planning your festival debut! It is a lot of fun and is a great way to meet artists/crafters/bakers and other locals.

If you are familiar with festivals, I hope this has provided some inspiration! And if you just attend festivals, then continue supporting your local artists; they love sharing their goods with you!

- Stephanie

Frilling Friday: Winner of the Teal Annie Giveaway

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Happy Friday everyone! Using a true random number generator AND including the extra entries of those who followed Teal Annie on instagram, I’m excited to announce that the winner of this week’s giveaway – a $50 gift certificate to the Teal Annie Etsy Shop – is…

Heather Hall Hanzelka! Congrats Heather! Email us at youfrillme (at) gmail (dot) com to claim your prize! As for the rest of us, Stephanie’s baubles are totally affordable, so I hope you’ll treat yourself to something very soon!

November 9, 2012 9:00 AM | Comments | Categories: Design, Fashion, Frilling Friday | Tags: , , , ,

Frilling Fashionista: Stephanie Combines her Love of Vintage and Thrift

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Hi all! Today marks the first guest post of many to come from Stephanie of Teal Annie, and we thought we’d start things off right with a Frilling Fashionista post! What I love about Stephanie is that she knows who she is, and she owns it and rocks it! Her personality comes out through her style, and we just can’t get enough! Get ready to be totally FRILLED by her creativity. Also, don’t forget that it’s not too late to enter the Teal Annie giveaway

 

Hello! My name is Stephanie Dugard, and I’m here to tell you a little bit about myself, my love for finding old/vintage items, and how I’ve learned about my personal style.

Fringe Harvest Moon Tee: LuneVintage / Boots: Urban Outfitters

Dress: Motelrocks.com

Finding my own unique sense of style has been a creative process. I can see how it has developed and changed over the years. While in middle school and high school, I began venturing out and wearing crazy outfits and pretty much anything that was different and would distinguish me from someone else. I then became very interested in vintage clothes and thrift shopping.

I have a few go-to pieces that I wear every day or every other day. I will literally wear something until it is unable to be worn…until it rips or falls apart.

My go-to item at the moment are these jean shorts and band tee. I wore the shorts all summer and now can pair them with black, grey, or wine colored tights for the fall/winter. I CAN’T STOP WEARING THEM. They will one day soon fall apart, and then I will have a new go-to piece..and that’s the way I like it! ;)

Vintage Band tee: thrifted / necklace: crystal moon from Teal Annie / Shorts: American Eagle / Tights: Target

I mostly shop for clothes at thrift stores or my sister’s closet. I tend to make 2-3 more expensive, quality purchases a season on staple items I really, really want. For the fall, I splurged on these boots from Urban, a screen printed pullover from Blackbirdtees on Etsy, and some tights from Gap.

Horse graphic top: H&M / skirt: F21 / bag: thrifted / shoes: Keds / Jewelry: Teal Annie

bags: thrifted

I’ve been able to blend my love of vintage and thrifted items, my learnings from experiments with repurposing old clothing, and what I’ve seen in fashion through the years into my own unique individual style. At this time, I would describe my style as Vintage Fun with a flare of Boho Rocker. 

dress: upcycled from thrifted “school teacher” dress / shoes: Keds / Necklace: Teal Annie

dress: Vintage 70s / Necklace: Teal Annie / Record: my fave – Johnny Cash

Win a $50 gift certificate to the Teal Annie Etsy shop!

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Happy Friday everyone! Today we are FRILLED to introduce you all to Stephanie Dugard, creator of Teal Annie, a vintage clothing and accessories brand. Teal Annie originated from Stephanie’s desire to create and produce things with a unique story.

We are excited to announce our collaboration with Teal Annie over the next two months through a series of regular guest posts by Stephanie. We cannot wait for her to share her creativity with us! Stephanie, you FRILL us!!

To celebrate, we are kicking things off with a super fab giveaway! Enter for a chance to win a $50 gift certificate to the Teal Annie Etsy shop! For the giveaway, all you have to do is:

1: Visit the Teal Annie Etsy shop and take a look around.

2: Leave a comment below telling us your favorite piece from the shop.

3: “Like” the Youfrillme Facebook page.

And for an extra entry: 

4: Follow @Tealannie on Instagram!

That’s it! The giveaway will be open until next Thursday, November 8th at 10 pm CST. Check back next Friday to see if you are the winner! And don’t forget to keep an eye out for Stephanie’s first guest post! Also, follow her on twitter (@StephanieDugard)!

November 2, 2012 9:00 AM | Comments | Categories: Design, Fashion, Handmade, Stuff We Love | Tags: , , , ,

Frilling Friday: Found (Vintage?) Objects

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My mother was recently unpacking some boxes and found some items of interest.

a) A plastic director’s chair owned by toddler me.

(someone really likes it)

 

b) My tooth fairy pillow.  Insert gross dead tooth, out pops shiny money magic in the morning.

c) This framed cross-stitch, which is going into B’s room just as soon as she gets one.

This raises a question with me: how old does something have to be before it’s considered vintage?  Is my childhood paraphernalia now vintage?  hmmm.

In other news, this is my new favorite design blog. For three reasons:
1) She lives in Monroe, Louisiana; which means that she is practically my homegirl.
2) Her style is completely killer*, and so is her sense of humor. I wish she could come decorate my house when I get one.
3) She says Y’ALL.  Like, all over the internets.  She’s legit, y’all.*

 

*Except that I disagree with her on the subject of monograms.  I don’t love monograms.
*Don’t try to use this word on the internet unless you are a bona fide southerner and you actually use it in your daily vernacular.  If you aren’t, and you do, people will know you for a fraud.  This would be like me trying to say “eh”, eh?  or “ootside”.  or “yes I bloody well am”. *  It’s not bloody good, eh y’all.
*No, bloody is not a swear word cause Ron says it all the time in Harry Potter.

March 30, 2012 8:00 AM | Comments | Categories: Baby, Frilling Friday | Tags:

Renegade Craft Fair 2011: Austin

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Last weekend, the Renegade Craft Fair came to Austin, and it was tons o’ fun! I felt like I was walking around Etsy. Frills. Frilling. LOVE. There was so much eye candy, I just had to buy a few prizes for myself – more on that in a later post. I left with some ideas of my own, too.

For now, check out some of my favorite designers I discovered at the Fair:

Check out these frilling Ipad carriers I found by Craft Chi. You can find her blog here

Hair pieces were all the fad at the Fair this year, but these flower crowns stood out above the rest. They are just the fringes of Molly Gee’s collection. Seriously, I think I stayed in her booth the longest. She had ALL KINDS of frilling goodies. Check out her website to see what I mean. 

I could not get enough of this fabric wall art by Tefi Designs. My favorite is the Embroidery Ring Decor. I am also in LOVE with her fabric necklaces and rings. So frilling! Check out her site for everything from wreathes to jewelry to stationery!

These button bouquets by the Button Florist were amazing to behold! She even had bouquets made from felt and ceramic. It would be really neat to see her creations as a wedding decor. Her site is currently under construction, but you really ought to bookmark it for later!

Sublime Stitching had a super fun booth. There were all kinds of embroidering patterns available that iron on up to eight times! They also had napkins and dish towels for sale, as well as lots of metallic threads. I bought a Christmas pattern and some dishtowels. Someone will be getting a lovely present very soon. =)

I fell in LOVE with these Baby Pill Box Hats. Seriously. LOVE. They are so cute; I just HAD to have one. You can find these at Black Gardenia Design along with many other super frilling hair pieces. 

Well, there you have it. My faves from the Renegade Craft Fair in Austin. Ours was the first city they hit this summer, so check out their site for a city near you! 

- Aurelia

fran & aurelia

Fran likes knitting, cooking, reading design blogs, curating her home, and wearing chunky jewelry.

Aurelia likes baking, fashion, hosting lovely dinner parties, and laughing at clever and witty things.

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