Wednesday, 18 October 2017

In The Window - Hallowe'en

As I've mentioned before, I don't like theme windows, and I really don't like novelty ones, which is what we usually have for occasions such as Hallowe'en (although I haven't been in charge of doing the windows on previous occasions). Thankfully for me, the new manager isn't a fan either so we engineered a sightly more subtle approach. We neither have the stock nor the space to save outfits for the window, everything is put together from what we have in the shop on the day, which makes it more fun, even if we're not as professional as some charity shops you see these days. I'm not sure it's going to be popular with the other manager or volunteers but there you go. If someone wants to redo it then they can feel free!

The window we ended up with is not the one we started with, we had a black net bed canopy surrounding the bric a brac table but it was sold within minutes, even though we put a price on it that we thought no-one would pay, but they did so what do we know? I rescued some old books from the rag bag to add something to the display too. No pictures of the full window on this occasion as the glare from outside was just too much. Here we go - 


I allowed pumpkins and a witches hat!


Some decanters and glittery potions


Terrifying pumpkin activity


Enchanting outfits! I have been reading a book about magicians in the late 1800's, I think it may have influenced me. I imagine this lady to be a poisoner!


We were running low on purple items so I was pleased to find a little Primark 49p purple brooch to accessorise the furry coat! 

I'm quite interested to see if we receive any comments about it. 

18 comments:

  1. The window looks lovely. I like the sutlety. OOOHHH old books in the rag bag, I to see old books thrown out. They are part of history. There's a huge book shop in Carlisle that sells modern books but also has a section full of old and antique books.
    Carolx

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    1. Thank you.

      I know a lot of people feel very strongly about books, but in our case, they don't sell - other than the occasional pile used for props in a school play, and there is nowhere to keep them.

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  2. Well it made me smile, subtle but seasonal.

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  3. I do enjoy seeing your window displays. They look very inviting. Alas I live in Southern England so will have to make do with your photos. :)

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  4. The book you're reading sounds very familiar, I'm sure I've read it, too.
    Again, you've done a fab job of the window. One of our chazzas had a Hallowe'en display today with a couple of mannequins dressed as witches with a vintage black velvet dress to die for. Obviously I couldn't ask for them to disturb the window but the manager has very kindly stuck a SOLD sign on the dress so nobody else can have it! xxx

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    1. Thank you.

      So glad the manager is keeping the dress for you. Our new manager is very much an "if it's in the shop, sell it" type of a guy so nothing lingers if it doesn't have to!

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  5. I love the purple touches. As always I am in awe as to your creativity. I just don't have an eye for anything like that. X

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    1. Thank you. I really wanted to do white, black and orange, but we didn't have anything orange so purple was the clear winner!

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  6. I like the more subtle approach - Halloween is a bit in your face now and like Christmas you are fed up of seeing it before it actually arrives.

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    1. Thanks, I agree with you. As the manager said, it looks a bit different to all the other shops in the town which makes us stand out. Plus he wants the window to sell, not something full of props and things that are for decoration only. I agree with him, I think there is a point at which the amount of decoration doesn't increase footfall or sales.

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  7. Lovely idea. The project where I volunteer has a little Halloween with the gocus on autumn. Pumpkins are epidemic which makes me laugh-we had turnip lanterns as children and of course we ate the contents cooked tor our dinner! Catriona

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  8. very goth display ;-)

    if you run out of black, charcoal, and purple there is always devilish red

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    1. I think we have a couple of red dresses. I'm going in for a couple of hours tomorrow so if I need to replenish the models I'm going straight for them!

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