by Gloria Sprague.
Just starting out selling my jewelry publicly, I didn’t want to spend too much on display items and I wanted something different as well.
So off I go to Goodwill I and found several items I could use.
I loved the tall white cat and use him to drape necklaces or put bracelets around his neck. Folks seem to be drawn to him and actually ask if he is for sale too!
When I saw the African style women candle holders I wasn’t sure how I would use them, but soon found they are great for displaying a set of earrings and a bracelet and or necklace.
The wire vase works well for draping necklaces and hanging earrings.
From Goodwill to Good Displays
What great finds, Gloria! You obviously have an excellent “radar” for seeing the potential in items other people might pass by.
The cat is an especially intriguing and unusual display – it’s a gracefully vertical element that gives your setup an original flair and I’m sure makes it easy for people to remember you.
The African lady candle holders are great find too – lots ways to hang jewelry from them.
You could crumple a piece of fabric – such as black silk (or whatever color works best with your display) to fill the inside of the wire vase, for an interesting, changeable background behind the jewelry hanging on it.
Love these finds and what you’ve done with them, Gloria! And I’m so impressed with the “cause” aspect of your BeadCause jewelry business – you’re an inspiring example of using your jewelry to make the world a better place!
Keep up the wonderful work.
Forgot to ask . . .
Have you named the cat in your display? Customers are often tickled when mannequins and other human or creature displays have names and “personalities”! :o)
by: Gloria Sprague
Thanks Rena, I like the idea of fabric in the vase, it will add a new demention.
No real name for the Kitty other than Kitty…I’ll have to think about that one!
Thanks again for your wonderful ideas here.
Very smart ideas and great findings!
As Rena said you have good eyes to spot the right things and put them to good use. I like innovative displays like these.
Your idea of the wire vase is wonderful. It is also so perfect for hanging earrings!
Now I am heading to goodwill and Salvation Army stores. So inspired by you:) Dita.
by: Gloria Sprague
You’d be suprised at all the good stuff you can find! I also found a couple of CD holders that work well for hanging earrings. Good luck!
Goodwill ,Great Finds
by: Jennie Murphy(Cincy Vintage Trader)
I loved the post about the Goodwill.
I love our local Goodwill stores.I have transformed many vintage finds into fabulous pieces of jewelry.
I almost always find a little something to work with and I don’t have to spend a lot of money.
It is so much fun to go Treasure hunting. You never know what you may find.:):)
I also used the Goodwill to fill my booth with items I could use to display my jewellery recently. My most exciting find was a Christmas treetop angel with a silver dress and holding 2 small candles. I put necklaces on her and also use her wings and the candles to hang jewellery from. I would like to collect angels in different colors to fill my display. They’re beautiful!
I love your ideas for displaying. It got me thinking a lot more laterally about what I could use. Well, I’m quite excited about some ideas that I’ll be putting to use later in October.
Last year my son (then aged 11) made a rather large coffee cup holder in his woodwork class. His design was based on lego. It currently has a couple of plastic cups hanging off it and I suddenly thought how cool it would look with bracelets hanging off it! It should be an interesting experiment at my market table.
The second item that caught my eye was, going into a department store yesterday and finding small sized black wire mesh fire guards for (NZ)$5.00, and a small black wrought iron stand in a ‘goodwill’ type store for $3.00. (It has three prongs going up and curling under. They are meant to be hanging something but whatever it was meant to be was missing – so now 3 necklaces are draped over it) This item and the fireguard together are so far looking very promising to show off my jewelery at an art exhibition.
Thanks for the inspiration!