John and I spent the majority of the weekend sprucing up items to take into our little room at Brothers' Antique Mall. When we went in last week, we were informed that this weekend is a big open house at the shop and vendors were expected to have their booth chock full (no problem there) and at least a little bit decorated for the holidays. Maybe this would be a little problem.
When I married John, I gave all my Christmas decorations to my daughter. After all, they were decorations from a previous life and I was starting all over. I kept a few choice ones, of course like the ones that were handmade by friends and family who were dear to me. John and I have been adding just a couple of special things each year, but we are still a bit sparse to my eyes. My daughter was thrilled to have them and drags them all out each year in her own home. They are fond memories of her childhood.
So, what to do in our small space that would be, or at least look old, be inexpensive and not look too shabby. One of the things we did was take old brass stencils, line them with old music pages and mount them on wood.
Here is how our booth looked today: