|Renee's Consignment Shop
(now closed) had 2 locations in this strip center, the
main shop shown here, and Renee's Too, their discount shop a few
doors down (that's where the staffer is headed with her little red
wagon!) Consigned goods stay in the main shop for the first 30 days;
after this, they're moved to Renee's Too to sell at half-price for
the remaining 30 days. Finally, out-of-dates are moved to a $1-$3-$5
back room and income from these items is sent to charities.
Renee's "foyer" is defined by several
small tables which are for sale, and a display of clothing and decor
items. What you can't see in this picture: fresh
coffee and cookies put out every few hours. Notice the category
signs hanging from the ceiling:
just had to show you Renee's dressing rooms. Each is a little unique
oasis. One dressing room has a TV and doubles as a play area if
I didn't get this shot just right, so use your
imagination. What I wanted
to show you was how Renee took a batch of for-sale small pieces
(luggage rack, end table, cupboard) and combined them to make a
walk-around island of a variety of goods. SO much better than one's
first instinct, which might be to line the furniture up against a
wall (probably under the menswear rack, which is what you see in the
Leaving Renee's, a fun touch on the push bar of
the door, right where you look down to put your hand: a Thanks
for shopping Renee's message!
Lina Beth's Fine
Consignments is in a small strip of shops across
from a major mall on a major road. Lina Beth, member of NARTS
and workshop presenter at their annual conferences, specializes in
the upper quality of womenswear, and adds accessories purchased
wholesale to round out her shop's offerings.
Beth's foyer is defined by the rattan table you can see just half of
here, backing up to one of several merchandise areas that
function as mini-swing shops. These groupings are a great way
to cope with interior columns in your shop, if you have some.
Next, a shot across the front of Lina Beth's as you step in, looking parallel to the display windows.
simple and elegant solution to full-wall windows: sheers, hung
from cafe rods held to the ceiling with cup hooks. Notice that they
are of varying depths, and that the furthest drape starts at
the window and is caught up deeper within the shop. Notice, too, the
crystal "chandeliers" hanging within the display space. No
shot of Lina Beth's dressing rooms, but they did have that infamous
suggestion of Kate's: Fresh clean robes for customers to use to come
back out on the floor and shop some more!
attractive solution: Lina Beth has broken up the long wall runs so
many shops have with a breathing space of a display.
seasons, this area can be filled with a rod. Note the incandescent
lamp, too, adding warmth and charm.
Visit Lina Beth's on the Web
one more photo and I'll let you go: notice Thank you for
shopping Lina Beth above the door as you leave (and notice,
too, how the little archipelago of islands adds class and dimension
to the shop...)