Thursday, July 11, 2019

Panoply Booth Displays: Purging Household Items

One of the first things in downsizing I did was offer my Panoply sisters to come shopping my vintage wares, both those items stored and used throughout my home. Dividing many of my things allowed us each to share in the potential sales versus me solely taking over the booth spaces for which we all share rent expense for. The sisters came in mid-February. The purged wares became the basis of most of our antique mall shared booth displays so far in 2019. I haven't shown any Panoply booth updates since Christmas 2018 (which you can view in this post and see I was already beginning to purge some of my holiday decor then). Today I'm sharing some of my personal vintage items that have sold in our booths since that mid-February purge.

My four seasons garden statues sold within 24 hours of being placed in the booth.
Almost all of the garden items shown in the photo below also sold: the redwood stools and table, the cherub concrete flower pots (and the reclining cherub statue), the white metal lantern, watering cans on the right, and the concrete squirrels.
Additionally, my concrete birdbath and numerous vintage garden tools from my personal collection sold.
Big ticket items which sold included my stepback cabinet I had in my sunroom and displayed seasonal dishes on. The clock and 1920s boudoir flapper doll also sold. The gorgeous transferware platter was an item I insisted my sister take after not selling in one month. She insisted I try to sell it first.
The chest of drawers below was in my basement, full of vintage linens. It sold (and most of the linens within were given to my sisters). 
The harp girl polychrome bronze statue was previously in my living room, and it also sold.
The desk and windsor chair pictured below were in my guest room. The desk has sold, along with the glass figurine vase. The chair is still available.
The large platter pictured below, which was used in a tablescape here sold, as did the large ceramic rooster and jardin sign on the wall.
After the rooster platter sold (but before the large rooster was bought), I brought in several European grain sacks, all of which sold. The mug rack on the table was also purchased, as were the baled mason jars (Hazel Atlas).
More smalls which sold through my purge included a couple of mirrors I used in my decor: an antique plateau mirror and a beveled dresser mirror with cherubs
The perfume atomizer (Irice) also found a new home.
Several more smalls sold, from things as small as a cork sphere pencil caddy and locally commemorative high school football (Mr. P.'s), to a vintage handbag of mine and a couple of French pastoral prints.

The following photos show more items still available, currently in our booths, from my vintage wares purged. I had five mannequins at one time in my home (three in vignettes, two stored in my basement), but only took one with me in the downsize. It was a hard choice, but I ultimately decided to purge four of the five, the last of which is pictured below. The transport scroll of famous French metro stops (replica) on the wall was also purged.
More items which were hard to give up for sale are shown in the next photo. The Hollywood Regency period (1940s-50s) crystal chandelier, Art Deco period (mid 1920s - 1930s) beveled wall mirror, 'St. Marguerite' statue and framed print (from the legendary German folklore, ballet, opera and ballads, Faust) are some of my treasures now available for someone else to enjoy.
There was a glimpse of a primitive bench in the photo above. We've since created a new display with it, shown below. It was on the landing of the second floor of our former home.
There are a mix of other items in this display. The left side shows a bathing sculpture next to a recycled mirror with the graphic "Salle de Bains" (French for bathroom), and a small French clock, both purged. The right side is a graduated set of primitive measures. Other smalls are on and beneath the bench.
The bench is placed on top of a wallpaper hanger's table, a very utilitarian item for our displays. The table allows for separate displays beneath it. Currently there's an antique wicker bench which was in my sunroom, and a concrete poodle statue (a tribute to our pet poodle, 1994-2006).
More of my purged items currently available in our booths include my apple orchard ladder, the Herbs de Provence and Jardin de Fleurs graphic wall pieces, the wooden floral painted tray, and the French framed oil painting of the rooster.
Picnic baskets and yard games also came from my purge.
Needless to say, it's been rewarding to see the things I purged sell so quickly. For those remaining to be sold, well, there eventually may be a promotional sale to move them also. We are celebrating 11 years in our rented spaces this month, and the mall will be celebrating 13 years since opening in August.

Panoply booths are located on the first floor of the South Charleston Antique Mall, 617 D Street, South Charleston, WV. It's an easy on/off of WV I-64, Exit 56. We hope you'll stop in if you're traveling anytime this summer via Charleston, WV on I-64, I-77 or I-79.

Thanks so much for your visit today!

Rita C. at Panoply

40 comments:

  1. Wow...you certainly have purged a lot, but how lucky that you have a place to sell your treasures!! I adore that gold swivel mirror and I think I had a similar one in white when I was young. You have a flair for displaying your items, too - that's what makes them sell so quickly!! You go girl!!

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    1. It was great having a place to take things, the only problem was timing. We had to wait until space cleared to take things in, but it worked out ok. Thanks for the compliment on styling. That and buying are what we love doing most.

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  2. Even though it was probably hard to let go I bet it feels good!

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    1. Feels great, Liz, and I don't resent letting any of it go.

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  3. I am not shocked those four season statues sold so quickly. I'd have knocked an old man down to get to those! You have gotten rid of a lot, it is amazing. This is something I was wondering when you moved. If you were going to keep up on the booth or turn it over too.

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    1. Definitely wanted to keep the booths, but my sisters were also concerned I'd want to stop. That's definitely an outlet for me, both in shopping therapy and creativity.

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  4. I love always seeing your booth and the gorgeous treasures. That mirror is absolutely gorgeous. I can see why the statures for all the seasons sold quickly. How awesome and unique. I don’t think I have ever seen a set like those. That is a great find for the buyer. Happy Friday.

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  5. If you hadn't already sold the season statues I'd already bee in my car heading your way! They are fabulous! Did someone buy the set or did they sell individually? So many wonderful items collected over the years! As always, I had a great time taking the virtual tour. Hope the rest sells soon.

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    1. Someone bought the entire set (glad!), but they were priced separately (risky).

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  6. Rita, you really had amassed quite a collection of beautiful pieces. I am sure it was difficult, but I bet it was also freeing! I know you are enjoying your smaller and less upkeep home!

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    1. Very freeing, Pam! And yes, definitely enjoying the less upkeep.

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  7. Good thing I wasn't shopping there or your sister MIGHT not have ended up with that gorgeous transferware platter. It's a beauty! I can see why your things have sold so well. They are beautiful and well cared for and beautifully displayed. Hats off to the Panoply sisters for maintaining such an inviting booth -- one I would love to visit. Thanks for the tour! (Love the roosters!)

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    1. Thank you, Jeanie. Yes, that transferware platter was a real beauty, and my sister uses a lot of blue throughout her home, a good fit. THanks for your virtual browsing the booths!

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  8. Rita, you have sold much recently! That's good for your business, but mostly must feel satisfying in your purge and downsize stage. It's nice you have an established business to sell your beautiful things. I've been donating boxes of household things to a local charity and feel good about that. It's a process!
    I know you are enjoying the new highrise living. Your views are incredible! Have a great weekend!

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    1. Sarah, honestly, this was a relatively small portion of things compared to overall pie of purge, where large amounts went to various family, donation and auction house too. Actually very little came with us in the overall scheme. It most definitely is a process!

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  9. You had beautiful things. If I was going your way I would certainly purchase some items you have now! Glad you don't regret selling anything....I have a hard time letting go of stuff. I've sold stuff I wished I had kept. And I downsized 7yrs. ago! Lol

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    1. Nancy, I think I was just so overwhelmed with the quantity of things I had, I was especially happy to be rid of big items, and big ticket items that I knew wouldn't work in our new space. Dividing the vintage things was the hardest, but knowing my sisters were in on it made it much, much easier to let go.

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  10. I love all of the items in the booth. You ladies do a fabulous job of placing items where they can best be seen and with picking the items so there is a great mix of all eras...great shopping! Love and hugs!

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  11. Oh wow, Rita, So many lovely things all in one place! I would have been in heaven if I had been there. Most of all, I agree with the statement Christine wrote above, but I would have knocked over two old ladies plus a little old man, getting to those statues first. Beautiful, beautiful collections of your life...

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    1. Too funny, Bonnie! I was just glad one person bought them all. And what a nice thing to say about my collections, thank you!

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  12. you had some absolutely gorgeous pieces, Rita. the bronzes alone are amazing. I'm totally in love with the dress form pictured here. Did you do the decoupage? I'd love to see the one you kept! It's all wonderful and I'm so glad you had a way to sell your lovely pieces, my stuff was just vintage "junk", yours are classic antiques!

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    1. Debra, the mannequin was bought from Susie Holt (you may remember her features in Romantic Homes and her stores, 'Cat's Meow' and now 'Posh on Palm' in FL). She did the decoupage and dressing of the mannequin.

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  13. Rita, seeing that old clock on your cabinet shelf made me think of my grandparents home. I loved that clock so much as it sat on her buffet always. I admire your purging efforts and know that you have a better feeling about all your beautiful things. A new start is always a good feeling. Hugs dear friend.

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    1. Kari, I love it when readers remember a connection with vintage items I share, as with your grandparents' clock. Yes, moving the things gives me a good feeling. I just wonder why I didn't take some of them in sooner?!

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  14. Wow, Rita. You really purged. My hat is off to you - but I know when a move is pressing it does give one the motivation. You had many lovely things and I am sure they have all found a good home where they will be enjoyed. Have a great weekend!

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    1. Sandra, you're absolutely correct in that the pressing move was the ultimate motivator!

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  15. I really admire your ability to purge and sell your things, that had to be so hard...but the fact that so many things sold quickly must make you feel like they will be treasured once more by their new owner! I also love that you and your sisters have the booth business together, that is really special! I hope you are enjoying your new home!
    Jenna

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    1. Purging sure gets easier when you have limits on time and space!

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  16. I was thinking about you yesterday. I didn't check email yesterday or today until late afternoon so I just saw you had a new post.
    You are a great example I need to follow. I actually did take some pictures to a consignment shop and need to take more things there. Two of them have sold and I was glad.
    I reposted a picture of a garden tablescape using the vintage cloth you gifted me in your purge on instagram and received the most likes I've received except for a few videos. I hope to do a this and that blog post soon and will include that picture. Thank you again. I love that cloth and matching napkins.
    Congratulations on all your things that sold so quickly. Good to hear from you.

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  17. Wow, lots of purging. The statues are lovely. So many things have new owners. They will be loved.
    Congrats Rita. I hope you are getting settled. Thanks for sharing at Love your Creativity.

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  18. Wow--if these are the things you didn't keep, your remaining collection must be AWESOME"! I have a hard time letting go of my (much simpler) treasures. I just need to take a deep breath and do it!

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    1. Kathy, it became a little easier to purge my things just simply because of the volume of things I had to eliminate and the timeframe in which I set my goal!

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  19. Wow -- this has been quite a lot of work for you, especially knowing this is only a portion of what you have let go of. Hard and kind of poignant/sad, and yet so freeing too! Glad you've been so successful selling. xo

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    1. Deborah, you know firsthand the amount of work. You were one of the ones I watched do this before me. It is everything you say - poignant, sad and freeing!

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  20. It must be so freeing to have purged and sold so many wonderful items that someone else can live, Rita! It’s also do great that you have this lovely booth to display and sell your things. Have you ever regretted getting rid of something? I hope you’re enjoying your new home!

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    1. No regrets, Kitty! Love that others are loving my things too!

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  21. Rita,
    WoW!
    Amazing display of your booth spaces!
    Although it's not often easy to part with such treasures,
    I know it can be a comfort knowing others find joy in them.
    Pat

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    1. Thank you, Pat! Honestly, I am thrilled to see others loving my things. It makes shopping for the booth something I really look forward to!

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  22. Your displays never fail to bring a smile to my face. The placement of the poodle on the luggage is such fun!

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  23. I always enjoy your booth displays, Rita. Congrats on 11 years and thanks for sharing at Vintage Charm!

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