Last week, I sold a cabinet that had been the main display piece at my mall space so it was the perfect time to plan a complete overhaul. After sketching out some ideas, I finally completed the refresh yesterday…And I must say, I’m thrilled with how it turned out! I usually stick with a restraint color palette. This helps make my space feel less overwhelming because it’s filled with smalls that can easily look like a jumbled mess, making it hard for my customers to really ‘see’ any of the items.
Overall, my colors are red, white, blue, aqua, brown and cream and I try to vary the combinations in such a way that when I do a refresh, I don’t use the same color combos. This time I was only partially successful – last month was a blue and white theme and I kept those colors but added red for a little pop of excitement. This is not only a patriotic palette here in the US but also represents both the French and Dutch flag colors so it’s quite apropos for my booth since I sell so many European treasures from those countries.
When I first started selling in this particular booth location, I used an old farm table with various cabinets, tables or crates on top. So I decided to bring it back in along with a heavy wide shelf that was passed along to me by a neighbor who was moving. I’m not sure she knows exactly how much I’ve used this shelf at various shows and now in my booth – thanks again, Michelle!
I have amassed a nice collection of transferware plates but they’re hard to showcase so I decided to hang a few on the wall as well as use this old dish rack I came across a few weeks ago. Much easier for customers to see now!
A week or so ago, I received a huge shipment of rubber stamps from France, all used in elementary school at one point. The depictions are perfect for spring and summer so I packaged them all up and sprinkled them throughout the display.
Vintage kitchen towels from Europe are another favorite with my customers so I made sure to stock up on those as well. I love having multiples of the same design – they look fabulous neatly stacked on a shelf.
And as always, I filled the rest of the space with lots and lots of enamelware from France, Belgium and the Netherlands. You can never have too much enamelware! Pitchers for flowers, coffee pots to hold kitchen utensils, buckets as planters or trash pails, and canisters as catch-alls in the kitchen, bathroom and office.
If you live in the Pacific Northwest, I hope you have a chance to swing by Monticello Antiques to see my display – and while you’re there, don’t forget to pick up a postcard for Euro Vintage Market, a fun event I’m organizing later this summer (August 20) where a group of European vendors will gather under one roof to present their very best treasures for sale. Stay tuned for vendor features in the next few months!