The beginning of a new year is the perfect time to recharge your retail batteries and reflect on what worked and didn’t work in the previous year. It’s also a great time to search out inspiration for the upcoming year, particularly in terms of store displays.
we felt a burst of inspiration and creativity. We reached out to the owner, Lindsay Woodruff, and asked if she could share more of her store on our blog – starting with those fabulous wooden boxes and her accessory department.
From Lindsay: This is my favorite spot in the whole store. Most folks don’t know that your local lumber yard or hardware store has all of the “end pieces” for really, really cheap because they are irregular shapes and sizes or still have the bark on them. I just glued some clothes pins on and screwed them into the wall- ta da! Perfect scarf displays!
Simple and stunning – what an easy and visually effective way to showcase scarves and maximize a smaller footprint by going vertical with the display.
Up next – clothing. What can often feel like a jumbled mess of prints and colors, we love the way Pachamama Market stays true to the natural wood texture and feel with these handcrafted shelving pieces.
From Lindsay: This is one of the easiest and most eye-catching fixtures in my store. There is a great little salvage shop in my hometown, Iron Dog Salvage (www.irondogsalvage.com) where I found the wood for the shelves. They are actually barn rafters from a 19th century barn here in Ohio. The pipes are just basic 3/4” pipes from my local hardware store. My parents, my husband, and I built them in a single afternoon. (And I got a C in shop class!) These really are easy, so it kills me whenever I see “reclaimed wood and industrial pipe shelves” online for hundreds of dollars.
Another great display handcrafted from reclaimed wood, Pachamama Market’s Jewelry Spinner:
From Lindsay: This was a really easy piece, too. I was trying to figure out how to create a floor display for my jewelry that was easy to move around. Thankfully my father was visiting his brother who just so happened to have some scraps of antique mahogany lying around. I love that it lets the light hit the jewelry from all sides.
Handcrafted jewelry on a handcrafted spinner – what great synergy! But what about those jewelry tags?!
From Lindsay: Our tags are printed on wood veneer so we can remove them at checkout and reuse them (if the customer agrees!). The tags were designed and printed by a local designer, Jess Nielsen of the Olivine Design Studio (www.theolivinedesignstudio.com).
And what about food? Often one of the hardest items to display, we love Lindsay’s create your own outlook to building fixtures!
From Lindsay: My uncle who had the mahogany scraps lying around also had some antique walnut he was looking to get rid of. My father was kind enough to custom build these shelves that sit near the register as a beautiful display.
Another great display that takes up a small footprint in the store but also maximizes the space.
Many thanks to Lindsay for taking the time to share these displays and hopefully offer a bit of inspiration.
Now if we could all just get Lindsay’s Dad to come visit us for a few weeks! 🙂
Need more inspiration?
We’re updating our inventory daily with NEW items for Spring from the artisans we partner with in Guatemala, Ghana, Thailand, and South Africa.
Check out What’s New on our website.
And be sure to follow Unique Batik on Instagram for even more visual inspiration!
Unique Batik is a Fair Trade wholesaler and online retailer based in Raleigh, NC. In business since1991, Unique Batik now partners with artisans (individuals, families, and co-ops) in Guatemala, Ghana, Thailand, South Africa, and Chile. A proud member of the Fair Trade Federation, Unique Batik guarantees its artisans fair wages, long-term relationships, and safe working conditions that are free from discrimination and forced child labor. This allows the artists to make a living, stay in their home communities and carry on cultural traditions.