Sunday, April 7, 2013

"The trouble with "A place for everything

and everything in its place' is that there's always more everything than places."  ~ Robert Brault
When we changed the heating system to the new ductless heat/AC, I had to move stuff that had been stashed and neglected.  My design maven and BFF been helping me put the shop back together, and we are making progress.  So, to give you a look at what we are doing behind that closed door...a peek at the displays and merchandise...
Unlike a big box store where the inventory is just lined up on the shelves, the independent shop owner tries to create a world where a customer can escape.  Many shopkeepers try to present unique displays...we bought this giant ladder on a lark...and now it is the focal point for vintage crystals on one side...


and some new quilts and pillows on the other side...
 

We try to combine the old and the new...here are antique cake stands blended with new florals and candles.  Many of the antique shops who understand this market has evolved over the past few years know that it is not enough just to line up things on shelves and hope for the best!  The collector market is so different...the antique shops that have survived are those that have combined old and new...it is not enough to be 100 years old...what can that old thing do...recycle...repurpose...reuse!
We have all kinds of new wonderful garden accents.... 

For those who love the dramatic...we have black and white...we have some wonderful Oriental touches... 



 
 

Many people do not understand how much work goes into a little brick and mortar shop.  It takes time, and whether it is a small shop or a booth in a co-op, when you are enchanted by the displays, you know someone has worked to give you an experience not just a point and click purchase.   

Hopefully, we hope to welcome you back into our little shop soon...we miss you all!
“When I shop, the world gets better, and the world is better, but then it's not, and I need to do it again." ~Sophie Kinsella      (Confessions of a Shopaholic-the movie)”  


2 comments:

Victorian1885 said...

Wow I would love to visit your shop! What allot of treasures! Have a great weekend.
Wanda

Just a bed of roses said...

All your efforts will be enjoyed so much this summer and I hope your "stuff" will be purchased so you can continue the process.

You two have really been busy and its makes it exciting to open the doors again to shoppers.

cheers to a new season!