Friday, June 28, 2013

Vintage Displays in Retail

I love it when I walk into a store and see a display that creatively uses vintage items to enhance their products.  Those of us in the Vintage world have been using our own items to display other items for years, but it seems the world of retail has caught on to the visual impact a vintage item can bring to their new products.

Anthropologie Was one of the early adopters of this trend, and regularly uses common discarded items for their window displays.   from Books to Clothes pins, To a  plethera of Christmas Ornaments as seen below.

Ornaments. Credit

One of the favorite ones I ran across in my searches was one made with Chair parts.
Chair and table pieces. Credit

To me that is a work of art.

They also use vintage items for their indoor displays

Orla Kiely recently used vintage office furniture and accessories for her runway show.

And in her window displays for Uniqlo as well

Fossil jumped on the band wagon, but uses reproduction old pieces. I'm not sure how I feel about that.

Reproduction letterpress Letters, and trunks for their Key Per Bags.


I have a favorite Local shop in town and the owner often brings in vintage items for her jewelry displays.  

Fabulous Shop, Sterling Grace, Tyler Texas

Besides the bicycle, there are vintage coke crates for her various charms.

Bachman's of Minnesota, under the guidance of our very own Ki Nassauer not only uses vintage to display their items, but will also sell them to you.
It's always nice to see what we love going mainstream and I'm seeing it used more and more and in unique ways.  Vintage displays are sometimes less expensive, and more appealing and attention getting than standard store fixtures.  Kudos to all the retailers who are using these fabulous pieces in their displays.

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Addicted to Acquisitoin

While watching the show hoarders the other night I heard a phrase that hit home.  "Addicted to Acquisition"

Oh boy can I relate.  There is a rush that I think most women know and understand when you find that perfect thing whether you've been looking for it or not.  The difference between collectors and hoarders is obvious to most people.  As I tell most people, "almost everything I have is eventually for sale".

I thought I'd share some of my latest acquisitions, just for fun.
 This lovely cathrineholm bowl was brought to my attention by a reader who was in the selling mood. Of course I snatched it up as quickly as possible. It is right at home in my ever changing hutch.  With other cathrineholm bowls, some orla kiely prints, and Fiesta vases. After all, it is summer and time for color right.
 I was also on the look out for some mid century pieces in mustard yellow, and found this nice set of coffee pitcher, creamer, and what you can't see is a sugar bowl and S&P. I like the clean lines, and I can use the pitcher and coffee pot as flower vases if I want.

Lately some of my favorite things have found me instead of the other way round.  This very unique scale came to my attention on a friends facebook page.
  It's unique in that you have to view in the mirror to see the weight. I'm guessing there was a specific use for it to be designed that way. I just love it. The platform is cast iron, and the whole thing is quite heavy. And oh so shabby white, with a perfect patina.
 It goes great with my accidental scale collection. I say accidental in that I never aggressively seek scales, they just jump out at me.  The one below called to me because of it's label. :)
 I like the dial on this one
 and I found this one in Paris, but it is English made.
 All at home in my kitchen hutch.    There is everything from retro to rusty in there.

And now to things that are currently finds for sale soon.  I'm giddy over this retro yellow ball lamp. It adjusts its angle and would be a great accent or up-light.  Look for it on Etsy soon, or feel free to mail me.

2 more weeks to catch items on sale in my booth at Winnie & Tulula's, Athens Texas. See post below.

Thursday, June 6, 2013

End of an Era, I'm moving out of Winnie & Tulula's end of June Deep discounts throughout space

 It's been 4 wonderful years of fabulous items both sold and purchased, but the time has come for me to move out of Winnie & Tulula's in Athens Texas. 
 Today I cleared out many of my smalls, but there is still a lot left, all at 50% off.  Everything from rusty metal pieces to display pieces like this white piece below.
 Crates and trunks too
 And this lovely yellow armoir would make a fabulous tv or media cabinet.  Or storage and display in your cottage room. Yes it's 50% off too.  Local pickup only, cash or check only. Credit cards are 45% off.
I'm moving it all out at the end of June so get it while you can. 

The 27th and 28th is First Monday weekend and the last days of the sale. so travel just 20 mins down the highway 19 and you'll be at Winnie & Tulula's.  I'll be moving out on the 28th.
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