Tuesday, November 6, 2012

One of a Kind Show Preparation!

I'd heard a lot about the One of Kind Show from various designer friends and colleagues but shyed away from applying due to the massive amount of preparation and committment.  But 3 years ago due to the insistend encouragement of my colleague, Frederica Tomas of Utility Grade, I finally applied and have been a vendor at the show ever since.

The show is an 11 day holiday shopping extravaganza.  Featuring everything from Christmas ornaments to food to fashion and art, everything is handmade by Canadian and US artisans.  Being a juried show I was lucky to be accepted on my first application.  However jury selection ensures that the show has a vast and varied array of quality goods.

If you've attended the show in the past you'll note the amount of work vendors put into their booth displays.  It's as if you're being invited to shop 800 mini boutiques all under one roof.

For my first two appearances at the show I used various pieces of display equipment I'd aquired over the years but this time I decided to take things a step further.  As we speak Lucas Baker and Scott Sjoholm of Able Creates are working to bring my new mini boutique to life.

I spoke to Lucas on Monday and he emailed me this photo of my cash desk (work in progress).  So here's a little preview:

The cash desk is constructed from 4 modular stacking box units.  Lucas has used reclaimed barn board to create the boxes.  The top tier is accented with pieces from an old coffee table and the corners feature upcycled turned wood pieces.  

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