If you’re doing a market or antique booth and your main focus is furniture, it’s always a good idea to also offer some small and medium sized home decor items at different price points. Some examples are painted or decoupage crates, framed cork boards, and drawer shelves.
Just be sure to stay within your general style or design niche. After doing several markets now, I think I’ve settled on a pretty good mix of home decor items to upcycle and sell for profit.
(The trick is to offer what pretty much no one else is selling, and do it well and for a reasonable price.) Here are a few of my favorites…
Decoupage Crates with Napkins
I first tried this project back in December (read the full tutorial Here) and I’ve since made many more! It’s become one of my favorite projects to create and sell.
This post contains some affiliate links (at no extra cost to you) so you can easily find the products that I use and like.
I won’t rewrite the entire tutorial for How to Decoupage Crates with Napkins again since it’s posted Here, but I will say that I don’t sand over the napkins nearly as rough as I did that first time. Now I mostly just sand around the edges of the wood to make clean, straight lines.
Here are links where you can buy the above napkins:
Top crate: Colorful watercolor print
Second crate: Pink, white, green floral
Third crate: Black and white paisley
Bottom crate: Colorful floral print
Left crate: Blue and white birds and flowers
It’s a bit of a messy project with the Mod Podge and the little scraps of napkins falling down after sanding, but I think the result is worth it. And so far I haven’t seen anyone else selling anything like these in my area.
You could also paint and stencil wood crates like these for a less messy option:
Bonus: I do a lot of neutral furniture makeovers so these add a needed boost of color to my space!
Repurposed Framed Cork Boards
(Read the original full tutorial Here.) I started making these framed cork boards about a year ago and I’ll keep making them as long as I can find pretty frames. 🙂
Here are two of the thrifted art pieces I found:
Remove the art, paint the frames, then cut and super glue cork boards in place. And here are the finished cork boards:
I try to find frames that have really pretty details and would look beautiful with lightly dry brushed paint.
The goal is to highlight the details and even let some of the original finish peek through.
You can click here to read the tutorial for the below framed cork boards.
Repurposed Drawer Shelves
You just need old drawers that are in good shape (with or without pulls), Mod Podge, paper of choice, and then we like to add a shelf or two if there’s enough room.
Read the full tutorial for the above repurposed drawer shelves here.
Pin or share this image to easily find this post later:
Do you have any products you make consistently for selling at markets or in a booth? I’d love to hear your thoughts in a comment below. Also, please share this post so it can inspire others too!
**One last note…. I love creating epic info just for you guys who want to learn more about running an antique booth or a vintage market space – be sure to sign up so you’ll be notified when the posts are available! —> Click here to be notified when I have new content available about selling upcycled furniture and decor for profit.
Join the GITG Community
When you join this thriving online community of 90,000 creative souls, you'll be inspired to discover hidden artistic talents and learn skills to boldly face DIY projects with confidence.
You'll also receive my free guide "Just Paint It: 7 Tips for Transforming Furniture with Confidence."