Saturday, January 17, 2015

Obsession Confession: The Spinster Store

On Main Street of Sumter, SC there are several blocks peppered with fabulously empty retail spaces that haven't been occupied for at least ten years. They have sprawling display windows and incredible  tile and moldings. Some even have second floors. For years I've filled my idle mind with thoughts of what I could do with just such a space. Today, just for fun,  I've got an imagining of what I could do with one little corner of one of those shops. I've filled it with a mixture of spinsterly apparel as well as some items from the Zazzle Spinster Store. Thanks to photoshop, it looks almost real. So let's discuss!

First, let's talk about the base of the place. I've added an acid washed cement floor because I think they're nice and easy to maintain. On top of that there's a rug I made out of this image I found online. I've got white walls with white baseboards. I don't want to take away from the merchandise. The shelves are floating reclaimed wood shelves, and I added pipe rods underneath that I found on West Elm.

Next I've added a Barcelona Chair and ottoman which I actually just colored in Photoshop. I don't know that this color exists, but I love a good Barcelona chair. They're super comfortable and clean-looking. In the center is a white lacquered chest I found on the Well Appointed House. Atop that are two Cat Statues I found on Etsy from Fabulous Mess and recolored to be light pink. Hanging on the wall is the Spinster's portrait in a gilt frame I recolored to be pink just to go with the decor. I think it could have stayed gold, too, though.

Now, let's talk about the merchandise. On the left hanging rack we have an assortment of Spinsterwear, also known as sweatpants. I added some prints and patterns to keep them fun. If you open the image in a new tab, you can get a better look at the prints. On the right hanging rack are bathrobes in assorted colors. This seems like obvious merchandise. If this were a restaurant, the waitresses would be dressed in bathrobes and sweatpants. It's just the way would be.

On top of the left hand shelf is a pyramid of mugs from the Zazzle Spinster Store. Next to that is a small, framed version of the Scribble Doodle print (on Zazzle, you can pretty much choose any size you want), and in front of that is a picture of my puppy, Miranda.

On the right hand shelf, we start with three notebooks: floral, lipstick, and ballet flats. In the back is actually a print that I created for some wrapping paper and just put in a frame. Next to that is just the same pyramid of mugs.

Obviously, this is just a tiny section of one of those huge shops, but it's so fun to think about. So, if anyone wants to buy me one of those storefronts and then pay me until the Spinster Store breaks even, please be my guest! Be forewarned, though, that Miranda absolutely must be in the shop with me all day.

Happy Saturday!

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