Monday, January 24, 2011


Old Store Displays. . .



I have had a fascination with old store displays for as long as I can remember. Most likely it began with my search for creative storage solutions for all of my bits and baubles. Over the years I have accumulated quite a collection, large and small.

The Bowlin family farm was primarily sustained by their tobacco crops, as were many family farms in that part of Virginia (and where I grew up in Southern Maryland). It is part of our heritage and I have become equally obsessed with collecting tobacco memorabilia, particularly boxes and tins with great graphics.

So this piece was extra special to me. It is an early metal tobacco display. The top flips up and held two cigar boxes (I'm assuming customers flipped up the top and pulled out a cigar). I've had it sitting empty for the past month but plan to fill it up with our new goodies when I get back from show!

I'm hoping to get a few projects done for the booth tomorrow and will share them the rest of this week (hoping the inspiration fairy visits me tonight)!

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4 comments:

nonnie said...

good to know someone else hopes for an inspiration fairy from time to time....where is she when you are on deadline?!! nice cigar case by the way...

Mary said...

Have you ever been to Thomas Drugs & Soda shop up in Cross Plains, TN? Most of what they sell is new, but I think you would enjoy the wonderful old store and display cases. Good tobacco country up there too. :)

Scrappy Do said...

I hear ya about the old displays! I have several in my home, including an aspirin one, Vicks and a candy one, I am especially fond of medical and food ones.

Anonymous said...

Cool place to put all those new Jenni creations! Can't wait to see them. Safe travels, we are having great weather out West, so enjoy!!! LenaS