Christmas Tree Alternatives for Small Retail Spaces and Store Windows

Welcome November! Online voting has closed for the store display contest with Paddywax Candles and Gifts & Decorative Accessories magazine. The submissions were amazing and the top three moved on to the judges to determine the grand prize winner, which will be announced in the December issue of the magazine. You can still view the stores that entered in an album on the Retail Details blog Facebook page.

Meanwhile, we get so many requests for ideas for Christmas tree alternatives to use in small retail spaces and store windows, so we are sharing some of our favorites. Looking for more? Check out the Retail Details pinterest boards and @RetailDetails on Instagram, too!










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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:

Retail Details blog store display ideas moschino store window

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!

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Store display ideas and visual merchandising solutions

Looking for display ideas for the holidays?

Snowmen make cute store window props. Accessorized accordingly, they can even be left up after Christmas. Make your own snowmen out of anything round that can be altered and stacked in various sizes.  Image courtesy of Beehive Co-op.

Candelabras and candle sticks are ideal for featuring small round items, like ornaments during the holidays. This also makes a cute Easter display with eggs. I got this idea from French Nest, a lovely shop in Orlando, FL and also located inside one of our newer favorite stores, Adjectives Market in Altamonte Springs.

On our recent trip through NY, CT and MA, it was exciting to find many small towns that had at least 5 independent retailers to visit. One of the larger towns on our New England tour, New Canaan CT was having a chamber-of-commerce sponsored retail & restaurant event on the day we visited. Sadly, many of the retailers were not open after 7pm even though the event was scheduled until 9pm. However, we found several nice shops with displays worthy of notice.

Barely open a year, The Summer House is a lovely home decor store with furnishings, gifts and art. It is one of those stores where everything has a place and looks like it belongs there. You can imagine each item in your home — a tribute to good merchandising. A favorite display piece is the drum pictured above.

We fell in love with their long credenza display, too. Next door to The Summer House is a stationery and gift store, M Milestones. One of the busier stores on our stroll through town, M Milestones had a clever hanging cell phone display, but unfortunately the picture did not come out well.

One of the most frequent display topic requests are ideas for jewelry displays. While in New Canaan, we saw this bracelet display made from paint rollers at the upstairs shop, Caren Forbes. We have to admit that although we have created entire stores full of displays using items found in home improvement stores, it never occurred to us to use spare paint rollers for bracelet displays. Bravo, Caren Forbes!

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Holiday store display ideas 2011

In fashion, you hear about wardrobe staples or must-haves in your closet. In retail, there are a number of such visual merchandising essentials. I’d like to add red and white striped ANYTHING to the list. Case in point: this holiday display at Little Paper Lane in Mona Vale, Australia.

The red and white striped bowls fit nicely into this Christmas display, but can also be used for Valentine’s Day, Mother’s Day, nautical displays and whimsical displays with a cartoon or circus theme. In the US, they would be brought out for 4th of July, Memorial Day and various other patriotic celebrations. Can you think of other versatile display staples?

Holiday gift idea windows for…

…girls (above) and for boys (below). Both pictures are from Fiddlesticks in San Francisco, CA, and are fun examples of December store windows without traditional holiday color schemes.

Music for your eyes!

My favorite part of this display are the music books used as place mats, but if you look closely you will see a number of unique display element examples. HiHo Home Market in Gardiner, NY has been featured in the blog before and we always look forward to what the HiHo elves come up with for the holidays!

Where do you get your display inspirations?

Many of the display ideas that I share on the blog and on the Retail Details blog facebook page, come from catalogs and websites of vendors. This charming display idea comes from the Kringle Candle Company. Staged for a photo shoot, a few simple props set the tone for a cozy display.

Bold shapes and letters catch the attention of the passersby at Roost in Salem, MA. Good lighting adds to the effectiveness of displays. I recommend checking your window lighting during the day and at night.

Planning ahead: If you are attending the gift show in Atlanta in January 2012 and would like to schedule a consultation or display tour, please email Becky at

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