Wednesday, July 13

Vintage Display Shelves

My daughter Alexis at our farm market booth
My daughter Alexis and I decided to try our hand at running a booth a the local farm market. We wanted to sell eggs, produce, and vintage kitchen gadgets, while also advertising our farm and showcase Alexis's beautiful Champagne D Argent rabbits she breeds.

We decided right off to go with a “farm vintage” look and had plenty of time to come up with ideas for displays and gather together needed items like chalkboard signs, vintage tablecloths, a journal, baskets, etc. 

And I made really inexpensive homemade price tags from brown paper grocery bags and twine. We also each wore a flowery skirt/dress and vintage apron.

Tags made from grocery bags and twine

For display shelves, I used old solid wood kitchen cabinet drawers I salvaged from a neighbors kitchen remodel. (Yea, I trash picked).
These drawers are probably from the 1930's or 40's and have many layers of paint. The last paint color of grayish blue is peeling and aged which is perfect for our vintage look.

Old kitchen cabinet drawer

I have four drawers, two of which I added shelves to using aged weathered barn wood.

To add the shelves, I just cut two small strips of wood for shelf brackets, predrilled the screw holes so the wood wouldn't split and then attached them to the inside of the drawer. These don't have to be perfect but should be pretty level. 

Use scrap wood to cut strips for shelf brackets

I then cut a small square piece of wood for the shelf.
Here they are after adding a shelf to two of them.

Old kitchen cabinet drawers with shelves added

Old kitchen cabinet drawers used as display shelves

And here are photos of the shelves being used at our farm market booth.
Besides the old vintage look, the best part is the shelves cost the price of a few screws and my time, that's it. 

Getting everything set up at the farmer's market

I am just finishing up my large Chalkboard Display Signs also made using pieces of the old kitchen cabinets and they are turning out great!

We had a great time at the farm market, met some really nice people, sold most of our wares, and I got to spend the day with my daughter. So yes, we will have a farm market booth again.


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Anonymous said...

I have a ton of drawers waiting to be turned into these! Tina Valentine

Elizabeth Ohiothoughts said...

Tina: I was also considering mounting some in my sewing room for fabric storage. Lots of uses and low cost!

Anonymous said...

"Hi, I'm Elizabeth M. Lynch and according to family, I'm kind of a big deal. I make jam and relish. What's your superpower?" Sarah Claeysen

Elizabeth Ohiothoughts said...


Anonymous said...

Looks like lots of fun! Beverly Seymour

Elizabeth Ohiothoughts said...

Beverly, we really enjoyed ourselves

Anonymous said...

Looks so fun! Are you doing Grove City Farm Market on Saturdays from 8 to 12? Julie Buskirk

Elizabeth Ohiothoughts said...

I will have to check but most of them want you to live in the county where the farm market is located. Grove City is Franklin County, I'm in Madison County

Anonymous said...

Elizabeth, You wore your apron! ❤️🚜❤️🚜 Jami Speakman

Elizabeth Ohiothoughts said...

Why yesJami, I wore my bestest apron you gave me!

Anonymous said...

Hard at work but you are enjoying it look nice too. Carrie Meyer

Elizabeth Ohiothoughts said...

Thanks Carrie!