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« on: April 12, 2004 09:37:13 PM »

Help!  I'm new here and ya'll (can you tell I'm from the south) have such great ideas!  Anyway, I handknit and felt handbags and sell them at "open houses" with a few other crafty girls several times a year.  I usually just display them on a fabric covered banquet table.  I make scarves too.  I was thinking about a better way to display them would be to hang them up on a folding screen or something like that.  Anyone have any ideas?
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« Reply #1 on: April 12, 2004 09:40:47 PM »

hey, you could always get a small rack (or build one from pipe)  and put shower hooks on it.



sort of like i have my closet organized. Smiley
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« Reply #2 on: April 12, 2004 09:43:00 PM »

You could make a variation (larger) of the paper mache tree to use (http://www.craftster.org/yabbse/index.php?board=42;action=display;threadid=4669;start=msg35893#msg35893) and/or make the DIY taylor's dummies to display them on...
(http://www.craftster.org/yabbse/index.php?board=42;action=display;threadid=3735)

Just a thought...
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« Reply #3 on: April 12, 2004 10:04:01 PM »

Thanks so much!  Great ideas.
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« Reply #4 on: April 12, 2004 10:16:41 PM »

If you've got time between now and your next open house, start frequenting thrift stores and buying up all those hand-shaped ceramic jewelry holders.  Some of them may be too small to put bags on, but those could hold scarves.  When it comes time to set up your display, lay a nifty tablecloth (in a color neutral or complimentary to ALL your wares), then set those hand things up all over it and start draping your scarves and hanging your bags.

Things like these:
http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&category=599&item=2237917784&rd=1
http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&category=599&item=2238306424&rd=1
http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&category=505&item=4105044468&rd=1

(Trust me, there's almost always one or two of these at the thrift stores here, and they aren't priced more than a couple dollars apiece.)

If you wanted to get really snazzy, and were worried about them standing up while the bags hung from them, you could build a wall or screen, paint it some pretty colors and figure out a way to fix the hands to the wall so they could be used more like hooks.  If you did it this way, you would want to make sure the hands could be removed from the wall for transportation.
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« Reply #5 on: April 12, 2004 10:20:14 PM »

Lothruin, an even easier technique with similar effects would be to get a board and some of these:


hehehe. CREEPY.
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« Reply #6 on: April 12, 2004 10:24:44 PM »

missy, those are awesome!   Shocked

I'd say that the bags may be better left on a table so that they can be easily looking at, in, and picked up.  but have you thought about creating tiers?  it would look very cool if you built a little thing of steps that the bags could sit on, then covered in fabric.  then all the bags could be seen, but you could pick them up and look at them easily to see if you want to buy or not.
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« Reply #7 on: April 13, 2004 07:21:44 AM »

Do you model your own work?  I know one woman who always wears one of the scarves she is trying to sell.  It's a small thing, because you can only really wear one at a time, but it does make the scarf more eye-catching.
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« Reply #8 on: April 13, 2004 08:26:51 AM »

hellokitty...i do model my scarves and i have 3 or 4 friends (the other craftygirls) at the open houses with me modeling scarves or even wearing one as a belt!  We will all wear eachothers items to show them off.
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« Reply #9 on: April 17, 2004 10:25:41 PM »

What about making your screen out of two vintage doors..or even old screen doors. They can be easily painted and then you can even hang your things off hooks and it wouldn't look cluttered. Or maybe two pieces of peg board attachedto make A frame..like a sandwich board. One last suggestion is a Wine display rack they are usually wood and have like 4 open shelves/drawers  but doesn't weigh alot...


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