Sunday, July 24, 2016

The Road to Our Vintage Shop Part 3: Signage

New Vintage Shop opening in Downtown Leominster this fall? Sign me up!

This weekend up here in New England has been super hot--it hit 90 degrees yesterday! Seems like the perfect weather for going up on a hot tar roof to do some sign hanging, doesn't it?

Well, that's what my husband did yesterday.

There's a window on the second floor of our new shop that you can see from the street, so it seemed like the best place to put our Offbeat Avenue signage.

Me and the hub hanging the sign. Believe it or not I got sunburned just from hanging out the window!

My hub Steve got up on the roof and got to work, while Michelle stood on the street level to let us know if it was centered correctly.

Steve used screws with washers to hold down the grommets on the vinyl sign.

Once it was all set our sign was up! Hooray! It made it seem much more real now. And we're psyched people will be able to see our sign as they drive by.

The sign looks great!
The warm weather also seemed like the perfect opportunity to get wiggy--that is, shampoo some vintage wigs to list. We got a couple of these at an estate sale about a year ago and they needed some serious TLC. I won't show a pic of what they looked like before (let's just say they took on the shape of the round box and looked like a Frankenstein hairdo).

Post shampoo, getting dry in the warm air.
One is a pretty auburn short shag wig by Abbott Tresses in its original box. The other is what we used to call a "fall," also known as a wiglet, which you put on top of your existing hair to give it some height. Both of these wigs are human hair so they're very natural looking and can be styled just like your real hair. That's why they tend to be more expensive than synthetic. I must say I work with synthetic wigs on our mannequin for photo shoots and these natural hair wigs are easier to work with.
After shampoo and set: ready for her new owner!
Other listings I'm working on are some fabulous vintage shoes from the 60s and some vintage lingerie. Here's a pic of me with the shoe on but I won't model the lingerie!

They don't quite fit! But look how cute!
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See you next time!

Sunday, July 17, 2016

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

The Road to Our New Vintage Shop: Part 2

Michelle hand painted the dressing room sign---perfect!Dressing room is done!

Dressing Room: Idea to Reality

Since my last post I'm happy to report that the dressing room is done!

Dressing rooms can be tricky to set up because we needed it to be big enough to move around in and the curtain had to be tall enough for people of average height to get some privacy.

We secured the wall which is actually two doors that are braced perpendicularly to the wall, screwed in the fixtures to hold the curtain rod, and hammered in our sign. Don't you love Michelle's hand painted Dressing Room sign?

The pictures here show the panes in the doors, which we plan to cover with some graphics for privacy (no peeking as Bertrand says!).

Something's missing in our dressing room--oh yeah privacy!

Dressing Up a Paneled Wall

The other challenge we had was what to do with the paneled back wall? Our back wall is the first thing you see when you walk in and unfinished paneled wood was not the look we wanted.

Our back wall covered in pink fabric and Audrey Hepburn!
Michelle and I went back to the store and got a bolt of bright pink fabric to hang over the paneling, to give the wall a soft texture and to brighten up and add a burst of color to the room.

The effect is amazing! We hung our black and white canvas print of Audrey Hepburn from the movie, "Breakfast at Tiffany's" and voila! It's starting to really take shape!

Bringing a Glass Display Case Back to Life

Our landlord was kind enough to offer us an old glass case from his basement that was very dirty, dusty, and missing the back sliding doors.

Glass case that will hold lots of goodies like hats, purses, and jewelry
Of course we happily accepted it! The first challenge was to get it up a narrow flight of stairs, which Michelle's son in law and fiance managed without issues.

They didn't think it would fit against the back wall but Michelle assured them, "we measured---it will fit!"

It did fit in perfectly. But once it was there it required serious cleaning. Michelle shop-vacuumed the inside and ruts where the sliding doors were. She then got some black and white floral patterned shelf paper and covered the brown paneling style paper on the bottom of it. We gently lowered the large glass top to the case and wiped it down with Windex.

Years ago me and Michelle went to an auction and bought a bunch of old suitcases--we knew we'd have a shop someday to showcase them! They will need to be aired out, cleaned, repaired, and possibly relined. The pic below shows them before I loaded them up in the car before I took them to the shop. I'll post when they're ready for their closeup!

Old suitcases waiting to be on display at Offbeat Avenue Boutique!
Tune into our next post on getting the shop ready for our opening in the fall 2016.

We have miles to go before we sleep...

Sunday, July 10, 2016

The Road to Our New Vintage Shop: Part 1

Great news vintage fans! Me and Michelle are opening up Offbeat Avenue shop here in Leominster MA in the fall!

We're so excited to have a brick and mortar shop in addition to our online presence on Etsy and Ebay.

This weekend we've been working on the space and getting it all set up in time for the grand opening.

Michelle painted an arrow to
use on our dressing room
Dressing Room 101

Yesterday our challenge was to set up a dressing room in a room that didn't have one. The space itself has many windows, so we didn't want to block any of them with a dressing room, so originally we were going to set up a simple curtained dressing room near the cash and wrap.

But we decided instead to put two free standing doors next to each other and place a curtain between them. Easy right? Not if the doors are different heights. So we had to find a finial to make the doors the same height so we could hang the curtain rod. We finally found a wooden arrow at the craft store and Michelle was tasked to painting it to fit in with our decor.

Double dragon!

It's harder to find the right fabric than we thought. Michelle went all over to find something funky and cool and couldn't find curtain fabric that would be opaque enough to serve as the door for our dressing room, and cool enough to belong in Offbeat Avenue.
Then I remembered I already had curtains on my closet door in my study that would be perfect. I bought them years ago at a little shop in Gardner MA called Terrapin Traders. They're long purple and black tie dyed fabric curtains with dragons on them.

Today we're going to attempt to nail the arrow to the shorter door and hang up the curtains. Tune in to see how we do!