A blank slate, the ranch store is being prepared

04-07-08 Ranch Store preparation 008 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. 

04-07-08 Ranch Store preparation 004 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.

04-07-08 Ranch Store preparation 001 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 staining04-07-08 Ranch Store preparation 013 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? 

04-07-08 Ranch Store preparation 012 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. 

04-07-08 Ranch Store preparation 011 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.

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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.

About David

Making manifest the change I want to see in the world through the hospitality of a humble little homestead campground with yurts and alpacas.
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4 Responses to A blank slate, the ranch store is being prepared

  1. Deborah says:

    It has been far too long since my last visit, you have been very busy.  Looks like it is getting close to visiting in the real world.
    Blessed be

  2. Charlotte M Simonsen says:

    Thanks for stopping by my blog.  Looks like you have quite a wonderful adventure.  Here\’s to a great rest of the week. hugs, lottemae

  3. Yours Truly says:

    Hi David,
    Thanks for your visit and nice comment.  I guess you are so interested in my drawing journey because you are on a journey of your own.  What wonderful woodwork you have found.  This store will be a nice place to visit.  Wool is the only thing that really keeps you warm in the winter, that and down feathers.  I hope your day is going well.

  4. swamp says:

    Splashing by to catch up on your progress. Wow!! You have been busy. You really deserve the greatest success with all this. Some great pictures to go with the words too.
    Enjoy the rest of the week  🙂

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