Yesterday I was a vendor at this year’s second Clover Market event in Ardmore. This is my first year selling at events outside of Philadelphia, and I’m so glad I decided to sign up for this one one. It’s so well organized (thanks Janet!) and has such an interesting mix of sellers- the usual art, jewelry, photography, plus well-curated collections of interesting vintage/antiques. Plus Milkboy Coffee is right around the corner, and they have a lot of vegan food options so I automatically love them. Vegan scrapple! Vegan seitan cheesesteak wrap! I have yet to try their coffee since I keep getting lapsang souchong tea (most places don’t have that and it’s one of my favorites so I can’t resist).
This time I experimented with my setup a little bit- opening it up a little more and putting the jewelry table outside the tent. I probably won’t be able to do this at some shows due to space constrictions but I’ll definitely do this again if I have the space.
I’ve done a whole bunch of shows with my tent since I got it two years ago, but I still find it amusing to tinker with and improve my setup. This was also my first show with my super cool new jewelry display. The bottom part is an old printer’s type drawer I got from a vintage vendor at the April Clover Market (I’ve forgotten their name or I would post a link!). I attempted something like this last year. Bought a type drawer from Ebay, but then decided the spaces were too small to really work. I took out some of the dividers between spaces, but then I didn’t really have enough spaces for all my necklaces. I ended up propping it on my desk and using it as a display for random odds and ends (beach pebbles, seashells, broken glass things, old pocket watch, random found things that aren’t good for jewelry…)
The new type tray has the perfect size spaces for my optician lens necklaces. My super awesome dad added the lid, using these special hinges that keep it open at any angle. There are hooks in the lid for hanging other necklaces from, and he even perfectly matched the color of the original drawer and banged it up a bit with a hammer and chisel so it would look old.
This time I also brought one of the frames that came with the optician lens sets I use for making necklaces since I’ve gotten tired of trying to describe them. I got three inquiries about how much I was selling them for! Not ready to part with them quite yet…
Also, a big thanks to my mom, who filled in for my usual Designated Helper and Schlepper of Stuff, who was off kicking ass in the Broad St. Run. Looking forward to the next Clover Market in June!