The past 2 months have been a whirlwind. And that is saying it nicely...
I've done 4 markets in 7 weeks. 4!!! I also procrastinated this past winter getting things ready for market season so in the midst I've been getting product ready basically as it sells. And our last show at The Vintage Farmhouse's Summer Enchanted Market was a last minute addition to our schedule. An opportunity and invite I could NOT pass up!!!
The couple weeks before The Enchanted Market were the hardest. I was running on little sleep going to bed around 2 am EVERY night. My days consisted of working my day job, taking care of the girls, working on items after they went to bed, and trying to spend some time with The Mr.
After June's Kane County market I had very little product left of Bungalov's popular items. Mind you I also wiped out all my sources for getting frames and milk glass. So I had to go on a goose chase to find any pieces anywhere I could. Then I had a gazillion and one frames to paint (literally). Signs to make. Wood to stain. Etc. Etc. Etc.
I often get asked how do I do it all? I can't. And DON'T! So please don't be fooled. I'm human and not perfect. I get done what I can, when I can. But I'm a self admitted workaholic so somehow I got a lot done for this past market and was pleased with my progress.
The Enchanted Market was a ton of fun and I met so many nice people. Nicki with The Vintage Farmhouse did a great job organizing the market! I'm so grateful she invited Bungalov to take part! The venue was Wild Air Farms in Zionsville, Indiana. It was a horse farm and the land was breathtaking. The air smelled so fresh! The weather turned out to be hot and muggy but I was happy it did not rain all over us! Our booth was outside so that would of been a disaster...
Setting up the booth this market was tough for me. My sister could not join me this show (which had my stomach in knots...). I started this market journey solo but we are a team now and together we collaborate and partner so well. She is always a HUGE help! I'm basically the one who gets the product together and does most of the painting and upcycling pieces (with the help of The Mr.). My sister is our buyer and who searches endlessly for pieces to buy and gathers inspiration for our designs. She is great helping our customers and runs our space at markets. My sister has an amazing eye and sets up awesome displays! Luckily my mom agreed to join me for The Enchanted Market and help as much as she could. She self admits she is not much of a "decorator" and definitely does not have the vision me and my sister have but she was such a big help. Just loading and unloading is so much work and with her it went fast. Decorating I mainly did alone and it took me 8 very long hours. YES, 8 HOURS! Most people don't realize how much work goes into doing markets and how long it can take for set up. For our booth it takes longer than most since we have a lot of small detailed items and breakables. We are also very careful with how we pack to keep things organized and limit breakage. In the end, though, I had a great time with my mom and was happy with how I set up Bungalov's space.
Now that The Enchanted Market has come and gone I'm taking some time to rest up. I have 5 more weeks until my next market. I plan on spending every minute with my family and enjoying our summer together.
Here are some shots of the market and our space for you to enjoy!