Thursday, 21 September 2017

In The Window

At the shop I've got into the routine of doing one window each week, only in my mind, I haven't mentioned it to anyone! When I arrived on Tuesday the manager pointed out that the window was a bit bare as he'd sold some items. I told hi, it was my plan to redo it and he was heartily relieved - I literally got a pat on the back!

This window certainly hit the right notes with the people of the town, by the time I took the photographs I'd already sold a few things and by the end of my shift on Wednesday I'd sold even more. 

Without further ado


As you can see, it's quite a narrow space, I always think I'm going to knock out a pane of glass!






You may have noticed to the left of one of the pictures we now have a donation bin, I can confirm that people are not paying any attention to the "no rubbish" request printed on the side. Apparently it's going to be opened next week, I think the manager might be on his own going through that, I hope he has some very heavy duty gloves. 

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  1. It looks very stylish. I used to put displays together sometimes in a clothes shop I worked in years ago and was always amazed at how it drew people's attention and increased sales.
    Arilx

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    1. Thank you, we try to attract people that wouldn't necessarily visit a charity shop by making the place look as nice as possible. You're right, it's amazing how much attention an attractive display gains.

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  2. its all the autumn colours. Some on will snap up those stripped cushions. Have you been trained in window dressing?

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    1. I'll be very surprised if those cushions are still there next time I visit the shop, I found them shoved in a bag in with the records for some strange reason - £3.99 for two can't go wrong!

      I haven't been trained in window dressing but I think it must be a really fun job.

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    2. Well you are fab without training!

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    3. Thanks! It would be nice to have more time to devote to it, I still have to serve customers while I do it as there's only me on the shop floor when I'm in, but I get there in the end!

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  3. It looks lovely and you've done a fabulous job as always. You obviously get donated some very nice items. X

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    1. Thank you so much. People are still exceptionally generous, there are a lot of charity shops in town but we have some very loyal donors.

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  4. Another great display. I wouldn't fancy going through a donation box either. I loved the reflections in the photographs, made for some very arty pictures.

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    1. Thank you. The reflections make us look very green and leafy!

      The donation box is going to be grim, I've seen rubbish sticking out of it - empty bottles and a takeaway wrapper, so anything of quality runs the risk of being damaged or soiled. We shall see.

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  5. Another fantastic window display! Loving the gold and purple, proper opulent!
    What a daft place to put a donation bin, it's just asking for trouble. xxx

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    1. Thank you!

      I seriously think we were given the bin just because we have the alley to the side of the shop and the charity didn't know where else to put it.

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  6. Another customer catching window display. I'm always delighted to see good displays in charity shops as I feel it shows respect for the things that people have donated. Catriona

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    1. Thank you. I agree, although we do try hard to keep our prices at a reasonable level, it is our duty to make the most of donations.

      Obviously certain things need to be thrown away, but we rotate stock to other shops, recycle, sell books clothing, belts, bags and shoes to a rag merchant, and in the case of furniture if we get something too bashed to sell but that someone might be able to fix up we sell it super cheap or even set it out for free on very rare occasions.

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  7. What a lovely window. The grey, fuchsia/pinkish purple, white and black flowered blanket struck my fancy immediately.

    God bless.

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    1. Thank you. The blanket is super soft and would look great as a chair throw or a bed cover. I just hope that no-one sells the box it's sat on as it holds some of my window dressing props!

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  8. I wouldn't want to go through that bin either, knowing what the bins near us look like from time to time. Another great window. I love the purple theme, although it's not my colour. You should post these on Pinterest to inspire other interested CS volunteers and employees.

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    1. I know! We get enough very grotty things donated over the door, I dread to think what people will use the bin to dispose of when they don't have to hand it over to another person.

      I'm not actually on Pinterest, but that is a good idea.

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  9. Beautiful display window! I feel for your shop, having to go through rubbish. It's been on the news here lately - workers and volunteers sorting through items that have been ruined because they were mixed with garbage.

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    1. Thank you.

      Sorting stock has never been pleasant, there are always bags with all manner of dirty things in, whether it be the donation itself or rubbish put into the bag, but I think having this out on the street is only going to make things worse.

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  10. That is an excellent display! Well done!
    Why are people such muppets? Grrr, re the rubbish!

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    1. Thank you so much.

      I know, it's very frustrating, some people just don't care at all. It's clearly not a bin but when they think no-one can see them so there are no consequences then it just doesn't matter.

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