Sunday, November 13, 2016

Panoply Booths: 2016 Holiday Ready

Panoply is holiday ready! No, not at home, but in our spaces where we style and sell our vintage and antique wares locally. 
Intending to highlight the furniture pieces, the above space has only a few subtle touches hinting toward the holidays,  A turkey platter, tree skirt, and various Christmas-themed smalls are scattered throughout.
The space above is the transitional area just to the left of the space shown in the leading photo. We have a sort of "I'll be home for Christmas" theme with the vintage luggage on the aisle, moving on to the casual linens, with holiday-themed textiles added for the season.
Just around the textiles rack in the transitional space is this little "Christmas kitchen" area, with seasonal items sprinkled around. The angels perched on the high shelves are clothed in Pierre Deux fabrics, really pretty.
The "Mantiques" area has only a few holiday-themed items, but consistently displays things guys often gravitate towards.
The space we call our "main booth" is where we mostly decked the halls for holiday staging. We brought back Miss Chrissy - our holiday mannequin tree - and situated vintage children's toys throughout the floor space. 
The back center now holds a sideboard table (the leaded glass fireplace screen sold!), and beneath it are several toys, some of which are Amish-made.
 Near the tree we have a child's antique doll bed, Chatty Cathy, and a child's rocker.
In front of the display case, we've set a winter wonderland scene with an antique wooden sled (unsold from 2015), a primitive lantern, vintage skates, sleigh bells, and textiles to warm the scene.

We are just three dealers among approximately 75 in an 18,000 square foot building, so having vintage holiday items ready early is important. Since we will be having a store-wide open house the first weekend of December, and the fact that we are all busy with our own schedules at home in this season, we generally try to stage our holiday look in early November.

A first for me happened in the antique mall on the day we were staging our holiday items. A customer asked if I was Rita, and I assumed we had met somewhere before. Nope. She was a blog reader from a town about 40 minutes west! She recognized me from my picture and our spaces. What fun it was to have a conversation with her and, in talking, found we have a mutual friend from the dance world. The reader I met was also a dancer, and we enjoyed that connection. If you're in the neighborhood, come see us at the South Charleston Antique Mall, 617 D Street, South Charleston, WV. If you ever are, I'd love for you to contact me ahead of time - I may very well be free to come and meet you, too!

Rita C. at Panoply
(A special thanks to Kathy at A Delightsome Life Home and Garden Thursday and to Jillian at Vintage and Co's Let's Talk Vintage for featuring this post!)