Thursday, December 2, 2021

HOLIDAZE

 

Much like interior design, when I fell into the world of visual display and merchandising, it recently came back to me again over the black Friday shopping, why I enjoy doing this. Being in a small shop is new for me, but I have to say, one of the best parts has been getting reacquainted with the downtown residents, seeing old faces I hadn't in years,  and making new friends, not to mention some of the nice-looking guys who frequent the shop weekly.  It's nice to see the feeling of community is still intact downtown. But the best part has been the feeling I get when people walk in and enjoy the feel of the shop, and the feeling and smiles it provokes. For me much like interior design that is reward enough. Some days I run with the shop when the Dame is off on installs or an event, when he's out. And I must admit it is rewarding working for a small business. the pressures of certain aspects, bigger, corporate stores have isn't there, huge visits, deadlines and the long tedious hours. The shop is also getting me in the mood for Christmas, even though I still won't decorate the Casa just yet, to the dismay of the Dame.

People have been very pleased to see the amount of Christmas items, locally sourced new and vintage items, botanical adornments, foraged arrangements, and unique local made pieces. We can't keep bottle brush trees of any kind in.
These tree doors are already the second shipment. A friend of the Dames' makes these from old architectural salvages from old homes' interior doors. He also made the wood craved snowflakes.
The same guy made these huge snowflakes also made from salvaged pieces from homes. I don't think they will be in the shop long either.

Our windows were just installed, and I'll feature them in another post! They have already been a huge hit. If you get to Harrisburg, come see us at Paper Moon Flowers. It's also been heartwarming to see how many people are saying they are reverting back to small and local shopping. And look, over there on the on the side bar.... remember to shop small and local this season. To think, if we supported, shopped, and had more being made, grown, and sold locally, just maybe we wouldn't be feeling those shipping pipeline delays and shortages. I can't believe how empty some big boxes and department stores look already, this early in the season. So, support your neighbor who sells online, a local craftsperson, the local florists' shop, a local artist or jewelry maker, the local baker who so cakes, buns or chocolates, the guys that run a cafe or salon. Those at the farmer's market. Support real people and keep the local economy jumping...not draining.

42 comments:

  1. I heartedly support the pledge to shop local at small retail owners. Wherever one lives, whatever the items they are looking for, there's visit boutiques is a pleasurable experience that no big retailer - or worse online shopping - will ever be able to compete against.
    Congrats for your boutique! I am looking forward to seeing what displays you'll come up with in your windows.
    Cheers to you and Dame Courtney!

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    1. It does warm me to hear how many or shopping local and small again. I agree too...the service is so much more personal and genuine.

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  2. *visiting boutiques*
    (and one slap on my cheek, one :-)

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  3. "Tree doors" ... what a clever idea. I'd buy 'em.

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    1. I had a feeling you may dig them Shirley.

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  4. On small business Saturday, I went to a pop up store and bought 85% of my xmas presents from local artisans. It was a gas. Just - boom, boom, boom, boom - and I dropped a large sum in moments. The cool part was when they all gathered my purchases and followed me out to my mini to help me load it up. It was like a little parade. Adore all your photos, dear. Everything looks like candy this year... all those Xmas trees. It's my fave time of year (other than summer) and I am really loving it this year. Kizzes.

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    1. I can't tell you how that warm my heart and cockles.

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  5. Buying local is the way to go. Especially during the holidays. Yes!
    I love your store! I don't usually decorate (by default I hung the blue lights for Hanukkah, but that was more a reaction to the cheery lies of the Repug neighbours than anything else) but I would hang those snowflakes and add some bottle brush trees to my house in a heartbeat.

    XOXO

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    1. I could think of several things you'd like in the shop. The blue lights, Bwahahahahahahaha!

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  6. Small shops are great! This is coming from someone who works for a retail behemoth.

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    1. I think for me small shops always give such nice service. We don't let anyone leave unhappy.

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  7. Especially now, in the Age of Covid, we need to support our small businesses.

    That said ... how could you NOT mile entering that shop and seeing all those amazing treasures. That giant snowflake is stunning and I see so many things I call must-haves!

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  8. How i wished I was closer...Id be in all the time. I love little places like this and 80 of my shopping is small and local. The shop looks magical I dare say.

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  9. Who DOESN'T love bottle brush trees! I'd love to come browse in your shop!

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  10. I love shopping online, but, I always want to stay as local as I can - and I do, thanks to Etsy.
    Forgive me, I am miles from the 'local' shops!
    Sx

    Love the trees!

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    1. Which reminds me...I must email you!!!!!

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  11. Whatta lotta fun stuff!

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  12. If only our local town had shops like yours; we've got coffee shops, charity shops, nail bars, barbers and mobile phone shops galore; all with the appeal of a dead rat maxxed out on heroin.

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    1. Maybe we can open a satellite shop there!!!!

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  13. Your Christmas displays are both enchanting and enticing! Love the huge white snowflakes, "door trees" and the bright pompom tree... and the many bowlfuls of shiny, brightly-coloured glass tree ornaments! Shopping should be a pleasant feast for the senses that leaves one with the feeling of time well-spent, and THAT is something that big box stores and on-line retailers can never offer, IMHO!

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    1. I agree Tundra....and you comment about biofuels of shiny and bright colored could have been my jewelry bowls back when doing drag!!!

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  14. Beautiful set of images!!!
    In the Chanukah mode here…meant to comment on your great post…but did celebrate with a gin-and-tonica!!!

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  15. Agreed! I shop in local smaller shops as much as possible, and I really hope that small stores will make a comeback here, I miss them very much. Your store is yummy! I would love to shop there, and leave with some of the beautiful things you have. The friend who makes the wood ornaments is very talented, it looks modern, unique and lovely. What a great job you have. :)

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    1. The man that made many of the wood adornments...also did many of the shops elements like the back counter and cashwrap.

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  16. From the looks of it, I would break the bank shopping there. Great stuff. look forward to seeing the windows.

    Sassybear
    www.idleeyesandadormy.com

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    1. There are some cool things to be found there. I have gotten several things as hostess gifts already.

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  17. It all looks so wonderful!
    I have just visited via Facebook. It is a beautiful shop. I bet the atmosphere is edifying to say the least. I may surprise you one day and get a flight.......

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    1. Oh...we'd have to close the shop for sure if you showed up...and break out the gin.

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  18. What wonderfully festive photos! I like all the items (the trees and snowflakes) - - but I'm particularly smitten by the angel in the first photo.

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    1. That came from a vintage salvage the dame was out. He hasn't sold yet....I think we'd miss him.

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  19. For a half second, I thought that statue in the first photo was you. You would make for a rather nice Pan or Hermes I think. Beautiful shop and good to hear you doing so well.

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  20. Oooooh! I want. Everything. These are the kinds of shops I get into trouble in. And I bet that fountain must be heavenly to hear, calming.

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    1. It is rather calming. It was peaceful today while listening to the Carpenters.

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  21. I love that place! Philly could use another nice floral shop like that. And the tree with the pom-poms I think I must have. I love me some color. I can't wait to see what the windows are.

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  22. I love all of this. If I had a place to hang it, I'd get that snowflake right now. It looks modern yet appropriately seasonal.

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    1. Snowflakes and anything tree related seems to be the most popular this year.

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  23. Yes, yes, yes! Small is best! Well, except in one particular form.
    XX

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    1. Now I know why I love the way you think.

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  24. Classy, festive, whimsical, inspiring!

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  25. Once again I am bedazzled by the brilliance of your decorating. Lovely.

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Go ahead darling, tell me something fabulous!