Halloween is hip to be square!

In the retail world, the changing of seasons is a really big deal in the US. In the fall, it means the marking down of anything “summery”, unless the store is located in a coastal area. While unpacking and pricing Christmas products, Labor Day comes and goes and retailers must decide how to merchandise for Fall, Halloween, Thanksgiving, Hanukkah and Christmas at the same time! Retail_Details_blog_ABC_Simplicity_store_window_halloween_2015-1

Sometimes Halloween gets lost in the mix, but not at Simplicity ABC in Kirkland, Washington. The store windows are filled with fun!Retail_Details_blog_ABC_Simplicity_store_window_halloween_2015-4Big, bold, square Halloween icons are the feature of each window, with some spiders and ghosts strategically placed for good measure.Retail_Details_blog_ABC_Simplicity_store_window_halloween_2015-2Have you ever noticed that Jack-o-lanterns can be in any shape? The triangle eyes are the key. If you put triangle-shaped eye holes on a ghost sheet, you would expect to see a pumpkin when you pulled the sheet off, right?Retail_Details_blog_ABC_Simplicity_store_window_halloween_2015-3Paper plates as googly eyes on the mummy. Simple. Superb. Kudos, Simplicity ABC staff! Thanks for making us smile. And, extra thanks to our friends at Crystal Media for turning us on to these fun windows!

Happy Halloween, retail friends. It is no longer just about costumes and candy. It’s the second-biggest decorating holiday of the year — right behind Christmas. But ,don’t skip Thanksgiving, as those are some of our favorite displays to see!

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Display Trends: Pinwheels & Paper Props

A quick poll on Facebook revealed that our readers want more do-it-yourself display ideas. We are happy to oblige. Pinwheels are one of my favorite DIY display items. They represent whimsy, fun and a party atmosphere. Typically, we think of them for Spring or Summer, but pinwheels are fun display components for Halloween, Valentine’s Day, Back-To-School and December Holidays, too. Interesting paper choices make all the difference.


Just Be is a store in North Carolina that celebrates things handmade, fair trade and American made gifts in two locations, Burlington and Greensboro. Stocking jewelry, journals, candles and clothing, the gift stores truly have something unique for everyone on a gift-givers list. The shops are beautifully merchandised and they have fun windows. Here are a few pictures of their recent pinwheel displays and a couple of bonus store shots just for fun. Enjoy!


And in the store window…


We owe a shout-out of thanks to our friends at Crystal Media for telling us about the lovely Just Be shops and the fun displays!

Retail_Details_blog_visual_merchandising_Just_Be_4Just Be’s sign for a “window in progress” is cute and serves as a teaser to bring customers back to see the results.


Want to make some pinwheels for displays in your store? Do an internet search for “pinwheel tutorial” and you will find many templates, videos and step-by-step instructions. We’d love to see your results and consider your displays for inclusion in this blog or our social media (links in the sidebar). Thanks and, as always…

Stay Display Inspired!


Construction Zone Retail Windows

A little road construction won’t get them down at Simplicity ABC! Open during construction on Park Lane in Kirkland WA, the retail staff decided to have some fun with a new themed window.

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The business is located on Park Lane, currently undergoing a massive expansion project to increase the walkability of Downtown Kirkland, making it difficult for customers to reach the businesses, even though they are open during construction. A Suraphong Liengboonlertchai, owner of Simplicity ABC, thought it would be fun to create a window display that matched the street outside.

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The pictures were posted on social media and linked to detour customers to the website, too.

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A is very involved in the community and also owns Simplicity Décor. a home decor store on the same street. 

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Thanks to the staff at Crystal Media for sharing these fun store windows. Stay display inspired!

Store displays & holiday retail ideas

Every year, I look for holiday display ideas that are easy-to-implement but eye-catching and effective. This one is no exception. I have used this concept in various forms and it is one of the easiest displays ever:

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All you need is a mannequin (or at least the bottom half of one). Gift wrap some boxes and use gift bags with your store name or store brands on them and stack them as high as possible. Don’t have a mannequin? Get a bicycle and create the same effect with boxes rising out of the basket. Prop variations: red wagon, toy box, sleigh, big red Santa’s bag, sled, hammock (for our warm winter location fans)… you get the idea. This particular image, above, is a window at Moschino.



Retail Details blog store display ideas Lux Boutique NaplesIn response to several requests for examples of how to cross-merchandise apparel and fashion accessories in a wall display, here’s a well-executed display at Lux Boutique in Naples, FL.  This layout works for slatwall or any perimeter system that accepts hangrods and shelves. If you don’t have a system, you can purchase wall-mount hooks and brackets to achieve a similar merchandise pattern. Note the apparel facing forward for exposure and on the bar for selection. Adjustable height display hooks on stands are versatile, shown displaying handbags and apparel. Every store can use a few of these, as they are idea for countertop and table displays, as well.  Consistent jewelry display forms complete the wall display collage.

Retail Details blog store display ideas camp hollyhockBird cages — new and vintage —  are all the rage for store display these days. You have undoubtedly seen them as jewelry display fixtures, for which they are ideal. This fun idea at Camp Hollyhock in Portland Oregon uses a bird cage to display an infant onesie giving it quite a feature presentation.


Stay display inspired!

Retail Details blog, Becky Tyre, Swirl Marketing~Becky

As always, thanks for spending a few minutes celebrating displays with the Retail Details blog. We invite you to submit images of your displays to be considered for inclusion the blog. See contact information in the sidebar of this blog.