Yesterday was the Vintage Clothing Sale at the Chateau Laurier Hotel in downtown Ottawa, Ontario. The sale is once a year in this castle-like hotel. Each vendor has 150 square feet of space (about 10 feet by 15 feet) so it is quite a large area to fill. I learned a lot about what sells and what doesn't locally. Most of my vintage sales are online so it is good to keep a pulse on the local market too. I did well at the sale, but was still surprised by what did not sell.
Not a single purse sold. I don't really understand why. I did reduce the price when asked, so I don't think that cost was the issue. Any thoughts?
Vintage hats are very popular with the University and College crowd.
Gloves and scarves were also a big hit. I pretty much sold out of these.
Vintage 1950s Prom Dresses are back in style . . . and you need to be a graduating grade 8 girl to fit into most of the size 0 to size 2 gowns, LOL. They were certainly small in the 50s. Luckily for me there were several girls and their moms at the sale doing some early shopping for the June Prom.
And the real test of the day . . . was not losing my cool when a 22 year old male backed into my parked car in the loading area of the underground garage at 7:15am on the morning of the show. Setup was between 7:00 and 9:00am. Just what a gal needs to begin her first big show. . . . yikes. He really wasn't going fast at all . . . just backing up . . . but look at the size of that dent! I think cars are made of tinfoil these days. Insurance has said I will not have to pay a thing, as my car was parked at the time. Hopefully my vehicle will be as good as new in a few days.
I can certainly say my first show started with a BANG, LOL.
Thanks to my husband and good friend Deb Burnham for helping me all day long and for getting my mind back to the happy place : ) xoxoxox