What makes a wonderful shopping experience for you?
What do you notice when you enter a retail shop?
I am so interested in knowing your ideas and opinions on this subject.
I have a very good reason for my nosiness as, you see, I have a new job as sorts.
I am in charge of styling and displaying much of the Antique Avenue,
the antique store where I have my booth.
Marianne, the owner, just bought another store that adjoins the original Antique Store.
She has torn down a section of wall and made an entry way for lots more shopping!!!
2 huge rooms that need staging.
She has 1 vendor in this space plus I have a space in return for the
staging and displaying that I am doing.
Fortunately I have a partner in crime for this endeavor and that is my friend, Gayle.
(Boy what a friend I am- this is the only picture I could find of sweet Gayle)
Together we are transforming Antique Avenue into a fun shopping experience for each one that will come through those doors.
So here's my question
Would you be interested in sharing ways that you have found to be helpful when setting up shop?
Would you like to see ideas that we have come up with?
I would love to have lots of brain storming sessions on this subject as many of us have booths or tiny retail spaces.
I did a search on Store Styling and not much came up- I typed all kinds of things but it doesn't seem like there is much out there. Any books on the subject? I haven't found one and when I have asked others they don't seem to know of any also.
USE WHAT YOU HAVE-
These are hard economic times especially in our little town and so we do not have a budget to go and buy all kinds of wonderful things for displaying. It is the use what you have way. It would be awesome to buy some lovely architectural pieces and lovely props and such but it just isn't happening. We are using only what Marianne has in the shop and my pile of
junk treasures I have accumulated over the years.
In the weeks to come I hope to share with you some of the ways Gayle and I have come up to show off the pieces Marianne has is a way that will, hopefully, attract buyers.
Thinking outside the box is our desire as we put some sparkle to the store.
This little peek shows you just the work we have ahead of us in the days to come-
This is the one narrow room - there is another whole section to the doorway on right.
This is what it looked like before- I am excited to show you some of the progress we have made - soon-!
I hope you will be excited about the results and about this little series I hope to continue if there is enough interest.
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