Mad Maine Vintage Shop

This little blog will chronicle my ventures into selling vintage items in a local antique market.
My booth is called Mad Maine Vintage Shop - it features items inspired by a certain popular TV show,
and I am located in lovely Maine. Viva Vintage!

Friday, January 18, 2013

Booth Renovation

So, after a couple of weeks debating whether I should actually do something about my brown-paneled booth that acted as camouflage for all my brown and other dark items, I went ahead and bought the paint and set to work.  Let me tell you right now - if I had known what a time-consuming pain it is to paint old brown panel in an antique booth with your stuff still there, I would not have done it have procrastinated a couple of weeks more.  Anyway, I finished up today - meaning I still have more walls and shelves to paint if I choose to, but I am at an acceptable stopping point.  Also, I am almost out of paint (those walls were thirsty), and, oh, did I mention that I left my paint supplies in the car overnight and this morning when I set about to finish up, the paint was completely frozen?!?!.  Anyway, one wall and shelf is totally covered in new aqua paint, one wall is painted, but the shelves stayed natural wood, and one wall still has brown paneling and natural wood shelves.  Also, the owners of the place were totally cool with me spreading paint fumes across the store and hammering away.  I really am lucky with my store owners - always encouraging and nice.  Can't say that about all the antique malls.

Anyway, here are some pictures.  I love how much brighter the space is!  And still quite retro.

Previous owner's booth:

A recent photo of my booth.  Way too crowded with toys.

A few pictures of the freshly painted booth. 
(Should have shot one in the same angle for true comparison, but kept getting interrupted by browsing customers.  That is a good thing, of course. Of course.)

I have aqua walls. I have aqua walls! And yes, the (aqua) typewriter is still there.  I have purposely priced it too high just so it can stay put. I know, I know...
Everything stands out.  Even my brown items!

Yes, my browns are showing even in the corner.

New addition to the booth: hand-painted metal TV-trays.  The wall actually makes the aqua flowers in the trays stand out. I can just imagine how drab they would have looked against brown paneling.

My booth sign also looks good against the new wall.  The owners had to put a NFS sticker (Not for Sale) on the frame since several customers have tried to buy it.  Maybe I should make some for sale?

Top shelf kitsch prices.  Vintage poodle planters and a GE hairdryer in a round white case.

Rackets, fish knocker and a x-stitch picture on my new aqua wall.  This picture actually looks a bit too bright, must have hit auto-correct, ugh.

Even my previously very dark corner is brighter! 
So, should I paint the rest? Wait, don't answer that...


  1. It looks awesome! So much brighter and cleaner. I would definitely want to shop in your booth, it's so welcoming. Great job!

    1. Thanks, Cheryl. Come back and visit any time!

  2. Looks so much brighter and welcoming.

    Still digging those mushroom plaques.

    1. Thanks! Yes, I like those mushrooms too - first time I have ever found them in the *wild*...haha.

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