Display ideas from AmericasMart

Retailers: I hope you take notes when you see interesting display ideas at trade shows. I know you are focused on the search for unique products to sell in your stores, but the same merchandising that attracted you to the booth or showroom may be ideal for displaying the products in your shop. Part one features display inspirations from my recent trip to AmericasMart in Atlanta:

I love a good story — visual and otherwise — so a “cause map” always catches my eye.

Sips Drinkware booth at AmericasMart

Sips Drinkware booth at AmericasMart

In Uganda alone, over 8 million people lack access to safe water, equivalent to the population of New York City. SIPS is out to change that by delivering a clean, sustainable sip that promotes access to potable water for communities in Uganda. With every purchase, buyers are helping them drill a well for a village in need.

Candle wick spools as display lifts

Candle wick spools as display lifts

Candle wick spools and small pots of greenery create a natural feel to the visual merchandising in the SIPS wholesale booth. The continuity of color theme, as shown throughout the booth, translates well to a retail environment by defining an area. Note the use of “multiples” in the props as it creates visual interest and impact.

Hint: You could use inexpensive spools of twine to create a similar effect. They come in many sizes and colors.

TIP: Ask vendors if their images are available for promotional use.

Sips Drinkware graphics

At times, vendors have marketing materials available for retailers to use in-store. Marketing post cards make great display signs and some vendors will provide product photography that you can use in your social media to promote the line when it arrives in your store.

Stay tuned for more coverage from the summer gift shows. Stay display inspired!

 

 

Ladder Displays Step It Up

A recent retail roadtrip took us to South/Central Texas and some amazing store visits. Two small towns stood out with charming main streets filled with local, independent shops: Gruene and Boerne. Instagram played a big role in planning the Texas trip. I’m so thankful for the retailers, sales reps and gift industry friends that so generously shared suggestions for stores to visit. That’s how I found the Red Rooster in Boerne, TX.

Filled with lovely fixtures and beautifully displayed products, I’ll be sharing some of our pictures from Red Rooster in future posts and magazine articles, but here’s a simple ladder display they use to display different seasonal products throughout the year. I love versatile, simple fixtures and ladders are an all-time favorite.

Red Rooster Boerne felt birdhouses display ladder

Ideal for felted birdhouses and lanterns, the display changes with each season.

Red Rooster Boerne TX lanterns display ladder

For the holidays each year, the Red Rooster completely transforms into a Christmas store. Known for the annual Dickens on Main event, Boerne residents and visitors love the holidays!

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Ornament display at The Red Rooster in Boerne, Texas

Step ladders are available in many sizes and styles. Aluminum styles are more industrial and modern, fiberglass styles come in various colors and the traditional wooden ones with the classic paint shelf have a special charm. Mini step ladders are ideal for placing on top of display tables to add height and create additional display space. Step ladders are also popular for trade shows and craft booths as they fold flat for storage and travel and can be used as anchors for larger shelf units by using the rungs as shelf supports.

What else could we display on ladders? Leave us a comment!

Stay display inspired!

 

 

 

 

 

Keeping an Eye on Retail. Literally.

A recent visit to a local eyeglasses studio reminded me of a conversation about Warby Parker and their beautiful retail concepts. I thought you might enjoy seeing a few of the stores and how the retail designers celebrate each geographic location while staying true to the brand. Stay display inspired!

Warby Parker store retail visual merchandising

Warby Parker Scottsdale, Arizona

Warby Parker celebrates a love of books in most of their locations and this Scottsdale store is no exception. The attention to lighting is superb and I’m a big fan of the terrazzo tile floor in this location.

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Warby Parker Scottsdale, AZ

 

Warby Parker store retail visual merchandising

Warby Parker Miami, Florida

The Miami location is a tribute to Florida colors and the “pool” references are truly on-point!

Warby Parker store retail visual merchandising

Warby Parker Miami, FL

 

Warby Parker store retail visual merchandising

Warby Parker San Francisco, California

Known for the use of murals, the exterior design of Warby Parker on Hayes Street in San Francisco is iconic in the area. This location features a cozy reading nook and stocks periodicals sourced from independent presses.

Warby Parker store retail visual merchandising

Warby Parker San Francisco, CA

Keeping a 👀 eye 👓 on retail and sharing ideas when we can. Stay display inspired!

~Becky

Retail Road Trips & Display Recap part 1

As the year comes to an end, it’s a good time to reflect on some of the lovely stores we visited and celebrate all the independent retailers we met along the way. Enjoy this recap and as always… Stay display inspired!

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A speaking engagement in Ohio gave me the opportunity to take a side trip to visit some retail stores in Pittsburgh, PA. Located in a former run down old bar, No. 14 Boutique was a true gem of a find with lovely displays. Owners Michelle and Brianne turned the space into the most chic 1000 square feet in Lawrenceville.

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No. 14 Boutique – Pittsburgh, PA

When a writing assignment in Nashville coincided with an event I have wanted to attend for quite some time, the stars aligned and we finally attended one of the City Farmhouse Pop-up Fairs in Franklin, TN.

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The vendor booths are truly a lesson in merchandise styling.

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One of my favorite themes was how many of the vendors incorporated flowers and plants in the styling of their booths.

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Kim Leggett, the organizer of the City Farmhouse pop-up fairs, has a book coming out in 2017 and I’m told she shares some of her styling secrets, so I’ll be watching for the book release and keep you posted.

Speaking of books…

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In the Company of Women by Grace Bonney, pictured here at Oxford Exchange in Tampa, FL., is one of my favorite books this year. Featuring insights from over 100 makers, artists, and entrepreneurs, it is an unprecedented collection of empowering advice and inspiration.

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Soapology, New York, NY

Gift industry trade shows take me to Atlanta and New York at least twice per year, so I enjoy exploring neighborhoods and finding fun stores like Soapology NYC, (above) and Boogaloos Boutique (below) in Ponce City Market in Atlanta.

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The creativity in retail stores never ceases to amaze me. I hope you find inspiration in following the visual merchandising examples that I post throughout the year. Want to see more? Follow Retail Details blog on social media, too. Links in the sidebar.

Stay display inspired!

~Becky Tyre