As I shared last week, thoughtful and careful design goes into being a vendor at any show. Be it the staging & inventory, marketing materials needed, creating natural flow for booth visitors, aesthetically pleasing elements and the structural design, all are important for a successful show. If booth spaces are paid for, the “real estate” space needs to pack a lot of punch. I quickly learned the importance of creating good walls; “wheely, wheely” good walls. Click here to read more about how my “wheely” good walls were constructed.
Another essential component of my vendor booth is my checkout area, a “wheely” good checkout area. (Ok, enough of the “wheely” puns, right?) My wish list for this piece included the following:
- Mobility. Like my booth walls, I needed my checkout area mobile.
- Customer-Friendly. I wanted my checkout area to have a place to comfortably work with customers.
- Functionality. I needed concealed places to store my necessities, shopping bags, and more.
This wish list was fine and dandy. I had researched ideas. Ok, you caught me….I spent hours on Pinterest. I found specs for building a checkout, only to come with a big price tag in materials. So, I decided to use my innate junking abilities to construct a checkout as cheap as possible. In the end, I actually turned (basically) free materials into the exact functional piece needed to be my checkout area.
Sander & Sand Paper Paint
Casters & Screws
Before | After
Pulled from a stinky old dumpster, this cabinet has undoubtedly seen it’s better days. It was obvious a furry family has made it’s home in the cabinet. The top was literally crumbling into pieces, and the wood was simply gross. It’s no wonder the cabinet was destined for a dumpster. Even as I rolled it out into the sunlight, the dingy piece still had me questioning if it was worth saving. As I re-played the price tag of building a new one in my mind, I came to terms with this dilapidated piece and got to work.
I began with a full bleach treatment and some sun-soaking time. From there I sanded the piece. I chipped the remaining crumbling top for a semi-smooth finish. Another soapy wash had the piece in paintable shape. I dug in my paint cabinet and found a neutral color in from the cheap “oops paint” collection I try to nab for next-to-nothing at my local hardware store. A couple quick coats had this junking old thing looking pretty good. Junk Hunk was kind enough to add some flair to the front with a piece of corrugated sheeting we had laying in our junk pile. He went to the scrap wood to finish the edges with a frame.
To fulfill my mobility wish list item, I knew sturdy casters on the bottom were a must. Sturdy casters also come with a big price tag. Another dumpster dive brought me the lucky fortune of scoring them for free instead.
So, with some creativity, elbow grease, and successful dumpster diving gigs, I had my mobile, customer-friendly, and functional checkout area.
I even rolled it in my yard for my annual fall sale.
Want to know the story behind that fabulous cash register? Check back later in January to read all about it.