Friday, November 17, 2017

Panoply Holiday Booth Displays 2017

The Panoply antique mall retail booths were set for the holidays by November 7. As you can imagine, much work goes into how displays will be created for cohesive themes in our various spaces. Our rented space totals approximately 350 square feet, but we have it divided into what really looks like four separate booths. Let's pan the Panoply 2017 holiday booth spaces, shall we? I've added plenty of photos for you to do some armchair shopping.

There are two main front doors to our antique mall, with corresponding main floor aisles. Our first booth space is our Christmas cottage corner, situated at the junction of one of the mall's main aisles and stairway, which leads to the other two floors and a mezzanine with more booths.
We set the scene of a child's room, complete with small tree and hanging [Fenton] lamp. The tree is decorated with crystals marked for individual sale. An antique rug anchors the space with an iron bed (repurposed daybed perhaps?), vintage toy chest, needlepoint rocker, doll baby buggy and various toys.
Children's chairs hang on the wall, with vintage roller and ice skates seated on them.
Various quilts are folded and placed in this space to cozy it up, all vintage.
The cottage kitchen cabinet seques into our second space, our cottage kitchen. The shutter and shelf divider behind the cabinet can serve either direction of two spaces, allowing versatility for us.
The cottage cabinet is currently stocked with various Christmas glassware and other utilitarian items. 
From this view (below), you see the back side of the cottage kitchen cabinet, and the shutter/shelf divider currently serves as display for the opposite side, which is our second space (the cottage kitchen).
The wall shown below butts up against the shutter/shelf divider. Here, we store all our casual linens, now bursting with holiday textiles, and have filled the remaining wall space with lots of Christmas items.
At the front edge of this cottage kitchen, we have this washstand holding items that still inspire Thanksgiving and harvest season. These will be changed out right after Thanksgiving. Just over the left edge of the washstand, you catch a glimpse of the casual linen rack.
Across the from the cottage kitchen is our third space, the Mantiques displays. The aisle which separates these two spaces of ours is the other main aisle of the mall's first floor entry, which I mentioned earlier.
This space is a small, ponytail area situated between the service elevator (behind the main pegboard wall), and the employees'  stockroom (behind the mahogany curio case). We keep smalls locked in both the mahogany curio and in the wooden case beneath the shelves on the wall. 
Equestrian and field operations are on display at the desk.
Shelves behind the desk are set with vintage militaria.
We tend to make our nod toward the holidays somewhat inconspicuous, as we are not full-fledged dealers of vintage Christmas items. Our goal is to create holiday gift ideas for the varied customer.
The billiards are stacked upon a very old iron lockbox, with a late 1800s Yale Towne padlock. Keys for an item like this are kept separately, at the front desk. The billiards are contained, not only in the basket, but inside a mesh bag, too. The price tag is attached to both the mesh bag and basket.These extra steps, we've found, allow touching yet avoid temptation for theft, simultaneously.
Lastly, just across from the Mantiques booth and on the mall's other main aisle is what we've always called our main booth. It was our first rented space. The corner is anchored with another rack of vintage linens, these a little dressier than the casual ones. We use room dividers and tall furniture to distinguish our spaces from others'.
Just when we think we cannot get another piece in, we manage to do just that. It's a bit overstocked now, but it's how we roll. The blue upholstered chair on the left (below, just beyond the barrel table with lamp) sold the day we styled this, so that will allow a bit of space to spread things out.
We've displayed ideas for holiday decorating, whether it be an entire scene such as this sleigh ride suggestion....
...a vintage nativity set....
...or ideas for hostess gifts. Note the hot chocolate cups and saucers previewed in this post.
Just beyond the front case of locked smalls and sleigh scene...we have more furniture, and many more smalls for both decorating and/or entertaining, such as with this cake pedestal and dome, angels....
...or these convertible candelabras....
...or the preacher and the punch bowl. ;)
We also stock a good variety of vintage ladies' accessories, such as seasonal hats and gloves.
That, my friends, is a tour of our booth spaces dressed for the holiday season. Generally speaking, we try to do an average of four big moves each year, to keep inventory looking fresh. If a large item sells, we naturally move more frequently. This is a mostly a hobby for us (three sisters), making enough money to keep shopping. We consider ourselves lucky enough to be able to have fun doing this, knowing we could quit at any time, if necessary. For now, antique and vintage shopping, and being pickers for others is our fun. We also love styling spaces - it's our creative outlet.

Panoply is located in the South Charleston Antique Mall at 617 D Street, South Charleston, WV.  It is an easy on/off from I-64 at Exit 56. Small Business Saturday is November 25 this year, and we are stocked and ready. We will also be having an open house at the antique mall November 28 through December 3, with refreshments and a few other incentives for our shoppers.

If you'd like to see more of how we style our spaces, you can see more posts like this by starting right here. There's also a tab on the main menu (if on a handheld device, go to bottom of page and click on 'view web version' to see main menu). Thank you for armchair shopping our booth spaces today. Your readership and comments are always appreciated!

Rita C. at Panoply
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