FIVE WAYS TO DIY

  1. SCHEDULED WORKSHOPS (See Calendar)

  2. PRIVATE PARTIES (Book a Private Party)

  3. BY APPOINTMENT (Small Groups or Individuals)

  4. SIGN KITS (Host your own Party @ Home)

SCHEDULED WORKSHOPS are listed on our calendar page. Anyone, including groups, can attend these workshops. These workshops have no minimum number of people required. You can come by yourself or with a group.

  1. Select a workshop and a date/time from our CALENDAR.

  2. Go to the WORKSHOPS tab and select your project.

  3. When prompted, select your desired workshop date/time.

  4. Make sure to provide all the required info for your project (name, monogram, etc) on the checkout form and follow the prompts to complete the registration process.

PRIVATE PARTIES are for groupsof 8 or more that want to reserve the whole studio, rather than attend with other groups or individuals. (This includes any evening or afternoon Sun-Sat). Private Parties have a minimum of 8 people and require a $50 deposit, which is credited toward the project of whoever pays it.

  1. First you will need to BOOK A PRIVATE PARTY. Once that is done you can proceed to #2

  2. Go to PROJECTS & REGISTRATION and select your project.

  3. When prompted, select “Private Party” as your workshop date/time.

  4. In the space provided for “PRIVATE PARTY INFO” enter the date/time of the event and the organizer’s name.

  5. Make sure to provide all the required info for your project (name, monogram, etc) on the checkout form and follow the prompts to complete the registration process.

BY APPOINTMENT is for individuals or small groups who want to come in during daytime business hours Wednesday-Saturday, OR during any other workshop if there is room. Appointments need to be made and confirmed at least three business days in advance.

  1. Use the BOOK NOW form to schedule your appointment. Once we confirm your appointment you can proceed to #2.

  2. Go to PROJECTS & REGISTRATION and select your project.

  3. When prompted, select “BY APPOINTMENT” as your workshop date/time.

  4. Make sure to provide all the required info for your project (name, monogram, etc) on the checkout form and follow the prompts to complete the registration process.

TAKE HOME SIGN KITS include boards and stencils only. Host your own Sign Painting Party at Home! There is no minimum for ordering and they can usually be ready in two business days. You will need to provide everything but the boards and stencils. For all the details and to order visit our SIGN KITS page.

  1. Go to PROJECTS & REGISTRATION on the main menu, choose SIGNS, then select a design.

  2. Go to the SIGN KITS page and select a size. (Note: some designs will need to be altered to fit on different sizes/shapes)

  3. Make sure to provide all the required info for your project (name, monogram, etc) on the checkout form and follow the prompts to complete the registration process. Click here to download a list of supplies you will need to complete your sign kits.

 

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

WHAT ARE YOUR RETAIL SHOP HOURS? Our retail hours are Tues/Fri 12-5 and Sat 10-2. Workshop hours can be found here or by appointment.

ARE THE DATES ON THE CALENDAR PAGE THE ONLY DATES AVAILABLE? No. If you would like to make a reservation on a different date see PRIVATE PARTIES OR BY APPOINTMENT above.

DO MY FRIENDS AND I ALL HAVE TO MAKE THE SAME PROJECT? Absolutely not! You each get to choose your own project, colors, finishes, etc. We have almost 300 projects on our Projects & Registration Page and almost all of them have custom options as well! (see below for info on CUSTOM SIGNS)

CAN I DESIGN MY OWN SIGN OR DO I HAVE TO CHOOSE FROM THE OPTIONS ON THE WEBSITE? We love to do custom signs! On the CUSTOM SIGNS PAGE you’ll find instructions for ordering any custom sign you can think of!

WHAT IS THE MINIMUM & MAXIMUM NUMBER OF PEOPLE FOR A WORKSHOP? We have hosted up to 30 people and could make room for more if necessary, just let us know and we’ll see what we can do! There are no minimums for scheduled workshops, however if you want to reserve the entire studio for a private party there is a minimum of 8 people.

DO YOU HAVE ANY DISCOUNTS FOR “HOSTESSES”? We offer a Punch Card that earns you a free project (up to $50).

CAN I CHOOSE MY PROJECT WHEN I ARRIVE AT THE WORKSHOP? No, open workshop registrations must be recieved at least 48 hours in advance, and Big Builds require one week advance registration (or longer for larger groups). We cut all stencils and lumber to order.

WHAT IF I CHANGE MY MIND WHEN I ARRIVE AT THE WORKSHOP AND WANT TO CHANGE OR ADD SOMETHING TO MY STENCIL? We are not able to change or cut any additional stencils at the workshop, unless it is to fix a mistake that we made.

HOW LONG DO YOUR WORKSHOPS LAST? Most of our workshops last between 1.5-2 hours. Occassionally a group might be here over two hours, but we do our best to respect your time!

CAN WE BRING DRINKS AND SNACKS? Yes, BYOB and snacks are welcome. But please keep in mind they will need to fit within your space on the workshop table. It works best to bring small snacks that can be eaten while you are working. Once you paint your background you will have time while your paint dries to get snacks and drinks. We provide paper goods, wine glasses and a bottle opener.

CAN I BRING A FRIEND THAT IS NOT MAKING A PROJECT? Yes, as long as the workshop is not full. We normally allow space for one person per project (for Big Builds we allow for two people per project).

HOW CAN I MAKE SURE THAT I AM SITTING NEXT TO MY FRIENDS AT A WORKSHOP? During the registration process there is space marked “Workshop Seating”. You can use that space to let us know who you are coming with so we can seat you together. Our workshop tables accommodate 4 people. (Some oversized signs may take up two spaces - porch signs & rulers)

WHERE DO WE PARK? There is plenty of free street parking and a free parking garage 1/2 block north of the studio.

WHAT ARE YOUR SIGNS MADE OF? Our signs are made on wood so there will naturally be variations in grain and texture with knot holes, etc. Our wood frames are made with rustic furring strips. There WILL be knot holes in these boards and the texture is very rough. Ask to see a sample of ours to see the finished product. ALL of our projects are made with softwoods, ie: pine, birch, etc. No board or piece of wood will be flawless and/or free of knots and irregularities. Our Barn Quilts are made with cabinet grade birch plywood.

CAN I CHOOSE MY OWN COLORS AND FINISHES? Of course! You decide all the colors and finishes. There is no skill required and we are happy to help you create any look you want. (Sample signs that you see on our website or Facebook page may have been made by previous workshop attendees. We cannot guarantee we will have any color shown as our guests commonly mix their own custom colors using multiple colors of paint.)

CAN WE REALLY BUILD A FARMHOUSE DINING TABLE IN ONE OF YOUR WORKSHOPS? Yes, even our Big Build Workshops take about 2 hours. We have everything pre-cut (and in some cases pre-drilled) for you. Big Build workshops are BUILDS ONLY. You will not paint or stain these during the workshop.  For Big Build attendees we offer 20% off any Fusion Mineral Paint at the workshop.

WHAT IF I CAN’T ATTEND A WORKSHOP THAT I HAVE ALREADY PAID FOR? Refunds are given only up until one week prior to the event. Boards and stencils are cut several days in advance. However, if you miss a workshop for any reason, you are able to come in any time during business hours or a future workshop to complete your project. Just let us know at least 48 hours in advance so we can make sure we have room and have your project set up for you.

CONTACT INFO: You can email us anytime at mary@vintageandhandmademarket.com or message us through our Facebook Page. Everything you need to know can be found here on the website, but if you still have questions feel free to email or message us anytime and we’ll get right back to you!

LOCATION INFO: We are located at 306 N Center St. in downtown Bloomington, IL