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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Sunday, November 12, 2017

More Late Fall 2017 Vintage Finds

If you missed my last post of vintage finds published just a couple days ago, I mentioned Panoply pickin' for 2017 would come to a halt by this time of year, unless something really good comes along. Well, some really good things came along, and here's my latest haul.
A nice old quilt, all hand-stitched, in the bowtie pattern. There are but two bowties in a red fabric, one of which was threadbare. That only makes it more endearing to me, and will need to be so for the potential buyer. I do not repair vintage and antique quilts I buy, I only launder them for resale.
A pair of hand-thrown pottery wine goblets, signed RUM 11. I had a pair of these back in the 70s, in browns. These coordinate with my Hannah Pottery items I've collected, one being a mug in the last group of items from this same estate.
A great, vintage 1965 Jim Beam fox decanter. I just think he's super handsome.
Doesn't he look quite dapper on my hutch as it's styled for fall? I'll soon be changing this for the Christmas holiday, but I may need to foster this guy for another year to enjoy his company. 
This item below is quite collectable. It's an antique Dietz Sport ice skater's lantern, unused, with original foil label and store price tag (Kanawha Supply Co.). Patent dates on the cap are dated 1904, 1908, 1914, which means its manufacture was sometime afterward.
Two 1924-25 catalogs: The "National" Money-Saving Style Book, spring and winter issues. My inner flapper girl adores these, and I can't to see if any of my collected purses or other vanity items are included in the catalogs.
Black Americana, primitive-style shelf sitter and forest of pine trees. These are only vintage, but certainly cute.
A home-sewn doll tent, complete with sleeping bags, roll-up door and screened vent (back side, circle). This is not my typical type of purchase, but I loved the workmanship detail on it. This lady was a multi-talented artist - quilter, painter, potter, needle artisan - as evidenced by her personal effects and collections. The fabric looks like 1980s Cabbage Rose pattern - maybe Waverly?
I picked up another old, tin bundt pan, with a nicely fluted design interior.
Some hardware: the door handles are old glass and brass; the faucet spigot is newer, solid brass (Flora & Fauna).
As always, I will keep some of these items, at least for a while, and some will go straight into our booths for resale.
Okay, that's it for me. I MUST stop vintage shopping and get on with thoughts of the holidays! Have you started your shopping or holiday decorating?

Rita C. at Panoply
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Friday, November 10, 2017

Panoply Late Fall 2017 Vintage Finds

October and November vintage finds were sourced primarily from a couple different estate sales. One estate sale, particularly, had some great collections. Without further ado, I'll share photos and try to keep descriptions to a minimum.
A Gorham turkey platter with original box. I had one of these a few years ago and sold it. I'll hold this until next year to try and sell.
Another, more common turkey platter, no label, but likely Japan; vintage bakelite flatware; a cast iron doorstop in the shape of a cottage house. Again, I'll hold the turkey platter for next year's inventory.
Bakelite flatware and utensils - 51 pieces in total. I love how the color gets richer with age.
A domed cake pedestal. The dome has the original foil label (Princess House France), and is embossed with 'France' also near the handle.
Five Longchamps champagne glasses. I didn't realize until I was home that these match a set of wine glasses that were Mr. P's from the 1970s. They're already in one of my glass cabinets. :)
A Hannah Pottery mug (recent, not old), that matches tableware used here and here (a keeper). The guilloche cigarette case and lighter are vintage Evans.
A framed 1921 print advertisement for Jell-O ("The King and Queen Might Eat Thereof and Noblemen Besides"), solid wooden rolling pin and masher, Swans advertising spring-form bundt pan ("Swans Down Cake Flour Makes Better Cakes"). The Jell-O ad has a hand-written note on back, indicating this ad was on the inside cover of the April, 1922 Country Life magazine.
Various original and antique, wooden crate graphics as signs: Minute Tapioca, Gold Medal, Niagara Gloss Starch.
Two sets of asparagus salt & pepper shakers. Those on the right have the foil label (Lefton). They coordinate with another vintage find - majolica asparagus butter dish - mentioned in this post. The glass fishing float may be Blenko, but I am not certain.
If three is the magic number for a collection, then I bought a collection of honey pots! From L to R, they are marked: Black Forest Art Pottery Erphila Germany; Made in Western Germany, and Ceramic Art Studios, Madison, Wisc.
A felted mountain goat. The owner's husband was in the Army, and they picked up souvenirs from each place they were stationed around the world.
A spaghetti ceramic sheep, marked Blarney Woolen Mills, 18 Euros (Ireland).
A pair of ceramic sheep - salt and pepper shakers - on a brown transferware bread plate (Meller Taylor & Co, England). A pair of cast iron corner brackets are behind the sheep.
A lidded, ironstone sugar bowl (JM Pankhurst & Co, Hanley England), and a brown transferware lidded serving dish (SF&J - Smith, Ford & Jones - England).
A set of four hot chocolate cups and saucers (Double Phoenix, Japan), and an unmarked red transferware bread plate. The picnic basket was used as a tote while shopping, not intended for purchase, but the host practically gave it to me. :)
Here's a preview of what I did with the cups & saucers, which are already in our booth at the antique mall.
A framed, vintage watercolor of a red barn and snow, mud. With all those animals I bought, I figured they needed a place to stay. ;)
As the year comes to a close, my Panoply sisters and I will halt picking for a while (unless something really good comes along), and each of us will focus on our homes for the holidays. Several of these items have already made their way into our booths, which are now stocked for the holiday sale season. I'll have a post of our booth spaces coming soon, and will share all those details in a separate photo tour.
As always, thanks for your visit! If you have any questions or comments on any of my finds, I'll try to answer them. I tried to keep this brief. Your readership and interest is appreciated!

Rita C. at Panoply
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