Where do you get barn wood? I am extremely lucky to have a friend who is a wood worker who gave me several loads of his leftovers. Many of these pieces are warped and would not work for the beautiful pieces he creates. I won't always have this source. Luckily I find that old fence boards and pallet wood give a lovely patina with paint layers and stain. I do know that people have seen barns falling down and have asked if they can take them apart and the owners have allowed it. It is good to offer to pay for the wood, although many people have gotten it for free or at least for the work of removing the dilapidated building.
Where and what "shows" do you do? I do shows that are in Montana, my home state. The farthest I go as of now for a show is a 3 hour drive. Currently I do about 5 shows a year plus I sell at our local Farmer's Market, which is much more than just produce. I would love to do 6-8 shows a year. No shows in your area? Consider putting one on!
From the recent show pictures, what percentage of the merchandise did you sell? I usually almost sell out. At the April show I did I brought home 8 items, only 1 being a large piece of furniture. Typically I sell 90+% of my merchandise. The show this past weekend had a little bit lower attendance rate than typical, I still sold 85% of what I took.
Hope this helps a bit!
You may have seen the little blanket chest in my pictures from the show. Here is a closer look. I did make this from the barn wood.
I started with a nice 3x3 piece of wood. I knew it would make great legs for a piece. I cut it into 4 equal lengths and went from there in deciding what to build. After attaching 4 sides I decided on a blanket chest or trunk or coffee table or whatever you want to call it.
I pieced the top together.
Here is a peek at the inside:
I rusted the hinges,
painted and stained it all for a great storage piece.