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)!