It’s been a while since we’ve seen much change with the store space we’re planning. Actually, it’s more a question of when we could roll out and when to invest in inventory and when we can start making sales. So, as we pursue how and when to launch, we also look at some of the retail display options and start thinking about paint and stain colors.
In order to save money, we are trying to work out some rustic displays that we can make ourselves. So instead of sitting around twiddling my thumbs waiting for good weather for working outside, I am focusing on some woodworking projects. You may recall that we have tons of reclaimed wood shelving from when a department store closed, only need a little creativity.
My first project was creating a wall-mounted display for yarns, socks, and other items. I wanted to keep the log wall as visible as possible. Glenn and I just completed staining it and mounting it to the wall this past week. All of it was made from reclaimed wood! Go Team Green! How do you think it looks?
We did double duty with staining and cleaned up one of the shelving units to add to the store, complete with a wardrobe rack. It will be bracketed to the wall once we paint it. Of course, all painting projects are waiting for some good weather so we can ventilate the air. It’s easy to sneak these staining projects outside in between the rains, but painting walls is a whole other story for now.
Another score from the department store closure was this display case. I’ll be working on it soon, adding some birch paneling to the end and insides to brighten it up a bit. It has drawers on the back side for storage and I’ll be trying to add some lighting to the inside. The machine you see on the stool is a drum carder for preparing llama and alpaca fiber for spinning.
I’ll be sanding this log railing section down and hanging it from the ceiling to display alpaca blankets and throws. It’ll go behind the display case above, and have the log wall as a background. Keeping it rustic and basic, but hopefully a nice comfortable place to browse and learn about the wonderful qualities of alpaca and llama fiber, and perhaps leave with a special purchase.