Friday, September 9, 2022

Recent Panoply Booth Displays

I don't even know how long it's been since I've taken readers on a tour of our booth displays at the antique mall where my Panoply sisters & I have rented space since 2008. That's about to change right now. We cleaned and reset most of our entire 500 sq feet of rented space on August 31, so let me take you through our current vignettes now. (Photo heavy, deserves beverage and possible snack while viewing).
Whenever we have the opportunity to gather items reflecting school days of old, we like to recreate that kind of scene. Keep in mind as we set these vignettes, the items for sale are a mix of three individuals'  purchases, synergistically assembled in scenes for attracting customers.
Right behind the school days vignette, we assembled a vintage library corner. Two years ago we acquired one person's entire collection of Nancy Drew readers dating from the 1930s to early 1970s. We bundled these for sale in groups of (mostly) three each.
Other classic young adult readers were also included in that estate purchase and bundled for sale. 
You may recognize some of your own readership from days gone by.
As for Halloween, we typically don't go big on our displays, but this year was a little different, simply because of the items we had on hand. 

We put this cheeky witch's legs and cauldron together, along with her little minion guard dogs. The mannequin feet beneath are just weird attractions. We figured if we were attracted to them, someone else might be too, lol. 
Another shelf display in this area lends itself to both fall and Thanksgiving. We acquired a rafter of turkeys!
I know I would be tempted to arrange these in a tablescape or fall decor, so we placed our bets that someone else might also. Or, perhaps we have those who collect barware and want to add to theirs.
Another current theme for fall which we played out was vintage campfire scenes. Wooden / canvas camp stools, lanterns, picnic baskets, throws and cookware (even Girl Scout canteen and song books) were arranged in a scene.


Autumn is the season for apple butter churning, so we set the scene with ladderback chairs, a primitive apple butter paddle, a couple of cast iron molds, and an old coal shovel (behind the left chair). On the chairs are a vintage set of stoneware nesting bowls and an antique foot warmer that would hold heated coal.
A mix of some primitive crocks and grain measures, along with some Native American items are available now.
A late addition to the Native American display on the right was a pair of Northeast Adirondack moccasins I had accidentally left in my car. The printer's tray of curiosities was a very cool acquisition from a local collector. 
We also have a few pieces of vintage furniture and home decor accessories available currently. Generally, we have gotten away from large furniture items, simply due to hauling, storing and the retail space they command. 
From left to right....
A solid maple end table with Roseville Magnolia vase (hat suitcase on shelf).
Pictured below, a Crescent brand solid cherry cocktail table with Japanese silkscreen resting on it. You may have recognized the silkscreen. It was an auction purchase I made several years ago and had hanging in our condo. 
Lastly in this booth, a Crescent solid cherry end table with drawer (portable vintage Singer sewing machine with case beneath). Vintage hats - a staple in our booth - has been changed out for fall also.
We always keep a nice stock of vintage linens, both dressy and casual - hankies, collars, doilies, runners, table toppers, pillowcases, napkins, tablecloths, aprons, feed sacks, grain sacks, quilts - you name it, we pretty much stock it.
We have a few cases of smalls that we also keep stocked with a variety of items.
Other areas of our booth spaces will be tweaked in the next week or two, but here are a few more photos that give you an idea of our overall space sizes.
Little did I know when I was in the antique mall on the 7th and took the item below in, would I, less than twenty-four hours later, hear of the passing of the Queen. God Bless Queen Elizabeth. RIP, Queen.
If ever you're traveling through West Virginia, whether it's via I-64, I-77 or I-79, and you find yourself coming anywhere near the capital city of Charleston where the three interstates intersect, be sure to check out the South Charleston Antique Mall. It will be worth your stop. We are conveniently located off of I-64 at Exit 56 (easy on/off), at 617 D Street, South Charleston, WV 25303. We are open every day except Easter, Thanksgiving, and Christmas, M-F 10am - 6pm; Sundays Noon - 5pm.

My Panoply sisters and I are located on the first floor of the antique mall, which has three floors and a mezzanine of nearly 70 dealers in all. Travelers and locals love stopping by. Thanks for your virtual visit today!



31 comments:

  1. What a nice array of goodies! I don't know when we'll be coming up that way again...probably next year.

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  2. I would love to be there shopping in your space. Such a great collection of diverse items. There seems to be something for everyone. If I am ever out your way, I will definitely stop by. Thanks for the great virtual visit.

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  3. I would love shopping on your booth, Rita. Everything is exquisitely styled. It was such a nice tour of how you and your sisters make your pieces into attractive vignettes.

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  4. Wow your booth is full of all kinds of cool treasures. I love the Turkey collection and the witch legs with her heels too fun. The queen plate will probably sell quickly now as a collectors item since the sad news of the queens passing. All your vignettes are so nice through out the booth. Happy Friday. Have a good weekend. xoxo. Kris

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  5. I love your little corner of the world, Rita. You have some great stuff. My eyes zeroed in on those Nancy Drew books. How I loved those stories. Have a wonderful weekend!

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  6. Totally organized and staged Rita. How nice you and your sister share this. The witch's legs are a hoot! Lovely treasures to attract buyers.

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  7. OMGoodness...so many fun things. The most important is COLOR...sadly the way decorating has gone, I'm sick of looking at all white, all gray homes with barely any imagination or color. Yay! for the old goodies!

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  8. Rita, You and your sisters have very similar tastes and it's amazing how all 3 of you meld such lovely items into beautiful vignettes! We inherited the same fanned out wild turkey ceramic from my husband's family. I put foliage around it in the fall and use it in vignettes around Thanksgiving. If we're ever in the area, we'll be sure to visit the antique mall. Happy Friday! Clara

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  9. Rita, I hope I will one day be passing thru Charleston and can stop by the antique mall. I could shop in your space all day. I love the the school days of old display. I could park there and look at every book. I also have a love for vintage linens. Each space is neatly organized and styled wonderfully. Thanks for sharing all of these fabulous finds that you and sisters run across!

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  10. Now even after a sixteen hour day, I wanna go antique shopping now….😂 the books are bringing back such memories!

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  11. I enjoyed touring your booth. You are so organized and have everything displayed neatly and it pulled me in. Great styling!

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  12. Rita, I am always inspired by your both displays! The Trixie Belden books definitely caught my eye. My sister and I were big fans! My own daughters didn't appreciate them, but my niece collects them. I'll let her know you have some available in case she wants to contact you.

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  13. I enjoyed the tour around your booth! I noticed a few Trixie Belden books with the Little Women....and I do love Nancy Drew. She was my favorite! I also like the fall camping vignette. :D

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  14. Wowza, what a fantastic looking booth! I see so many wonderful displays and those linens and book bundles stole my heart right away. If ever I am near Charleston WV, you bet your sweet bippy I'll be there!

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  15. Good morning, Rita. Goodness you have some treasures. I have a set of blue crockery mixing bowls like the ones you show, except mine are a little deeper blue and belonged to my grandmother. I spy so many things that could jump in the car with me - but I am having a hard enough time sorting through my books - so I will just admire the goodies in your booth. Have a great week and hope you see good weather!

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  16. Rita, what a sweet little booth you have there! You and your sisters must have so much funning collecting for it. Love the Nancy Drew and Trixie Belden books from old, and the printers tray of curiosities is delightful. Thanks for the tour and have a lovely week!

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    1. Thanks, Kim! The tray sold right away, as did the top shelf (the oldest) Nancy Drew books.

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    2. Always love looking at your antiques. I wish I lived closer. I would definitely spend my time browsing. I am sure to find a lot of goodies. I love old school items too. And always looking for something with the right "feel" for tablescaping.

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    3. "fun", not "funning" in my previous comment lol.

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  17. Rita, how many days each week do you work in the store? I had no idea you were open all week long. I loved my Northeast Adirondack moccasins growing up, mine were similar to the ones you showed except dark brown. Our camp is near former stores that sold the moccasins.

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  18. Your organizational skills are evident as your vignettes are top notch and display these wonderful items beautifully. I adore the school vignette and would be going through each of those books on display. I hope anyone in the area stops by and sees all the exciting items you and your sisters have so lovingly on display. If I were there, I would make it a must see. Have a Blessed day.

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  19. So many fun and fabulous displays Rita! I know you and your sisters must have a ball setting things up~ years ago when I was painting glassware, I had a gift shop space in a beauty salon and my partner and I would have so much fun arranging and styling everything! The Nancy Drew books are quite a find, and I bet you've already sold the Queen Elizabeth plate. Thanks for sharing, and happy sales and good homes to everything~
    Jenna

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  20. This is SO impressive, Rita! You and your sisters have a real talent for how to showcase your items in such an attractive way. I would definitely stop by if I were in the vicinity.

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  21. Thanks for my virtual shopping trip Rita! I can so relate to all the time spent cataloguing, pricing and tidying up your space from my retail days. Those linens and tags…egads…all it takes is one shopper rifling through your stacks and it’s a mess…it would drive me to drink. 😉 I noticed your bee smoker right away, I would snap it up if I didn’t have one already and those clock faces would be fun for a NYE table. I love the heels on the witch legs. If I’m ever in the area, I would love to pop in. ♥

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  22. I just LOVE everything and someday I will visit! Being an antique dealer myself, I would die for your hat rack! Also your linens look so nice....I have a problem keeping them folded nicely...pillowcases especially (I even tie them together with ribbon etc). I envy you having this with your sister's....what a nice bond and I'm sure a lot of fun. Beautiful booth!

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  23. Thank you for the virtual shopping spree, Rita! This reminds me of my days of re-arranging my little antique space that began my antique career. Oh how I loved my space! Spending time making changes to each corner was such fun! I can only imagine what a great time you and your sisters have there. xo Lidy

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  24. Oh, what a lovely booth! I would love shopping there! So many things that I really enjoy. May the Lord bless you and your business! It was so much fun to virtual-window-shop with you today!

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