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Rustic and Creative Retail Display

One thing about the Nada Farm sale is all of the rustic and creative retail display. There were so many things that not only delighted customers, but added to the ambiance and vibe of the entire market. From using tree branches as a way to display clothing to creating a wall treatment that added to the aesthetics, it was awesome to see creative ideas and hands at work! I wanted to share a few of those market display ideas with you and a little bit about the market itself.

Garden arbor used as an entry way into a market

One thing that I loved about this market, is they such a scene from the beginning. These old balusters from a porch were used to make an arbor, with the burlap, welcome sign, and the vintage fencing, it created a welcoming entrance for shoppers to come in and immediately feel like they entered a new space. To read more about the seven secrets of  retail display and merchandising, check out this post.

A gardens style scene set up in a barn for a barn sale
When you immediately enter the barn, you’re met with a vintage table, covered in all kinds of plants and greenery. This may the entire entrance feel so alive and green! When you look back past, and it actually created a nice pathway where you were kind of forced to go to the right as a shopper. It allows you to take in everything, I love how height is built on the front able with the terrrium greenhouse made out of old windows. It enables an entire shopping experience to be able to shop high and low off the front table. As you can see straight to the back, your eye is drawn upward by not only the art on the wall, which is hand drawn images on craft paper. But you can see the clothing in the back.
Front table display with art at vintage items

I love how the greenery is intermixed with all kinds of art. With Santos art dolls, small, art, canvases, decoupage, pods, and all kinds of greenery and other items. It makes it feel very eclectic, but very artsy at the same time. With the Dolls to the back and the lower items to the front, it makes it very shoppable.

Religious inspired retail display with a statue of Mary, rosaries and candles.

I love how on the other side of the terrarium, there is some religious imagery, including a statue of Mary and she is draped with vintage rosaries. There are all kinds of numbered candles, and then the wrought iron piece. Just makes the scene very interesting. Again, tallest item to the back and shortest item to the front to make it very very shoppable.

Hand made jewelry displayed on a vintage painted frame with pearl headed push pins

The way the jewelry is so cleverly displayed by Beth Quinn! I love how they’ve taken an old frame and wrap the insert and linen and a little bit of batting, and possibly cork behind it to get the pens to stick. They’ve painted the frame and a white chalky style paint, and then all of the necklaces hanging really beautifully. It really keeps them from tangling. Next to it is a small mannequin with a base it’s been wrapped in a white linen ruffle, and then also has necklace is hanging off of it. I just think it’s so clever and clean-looking.

Hand-painted mixed media chair with handmade purses

I love that items themselves can also be not only for sale, but display pieces as well. This hand-painted mixed media chair is an art piece for sale, but it also serves as display for handmade and hand sewn bags by Jeanne Oliver. It doubles the duty for both items and saves on floor space.

Jeanne Oliver designs dresses hanging on a branch for clothing display


I absolutely love the way this clothing is displayed. These hand-sewn original dresses by Jeanne Oliver designs are cleverly hung on an old branch. They are just above a bench area which serves as another way to add the flowers, and then above them is a beautiful art piece with paper butterflies and moths. A vintage parasol that makes the wall above seems so much more interesting. It also allows for floor display space underneath the bench as well
Vintage silver platter made into mirrors

All doors with their original paint can also create an interesting backdrop. One thing I loved about this rustic retail display at this farm sale is the way items were cleverly repurposed to be used. I love how these vintage silver platters were re-purposed into becoming useful mirrors, but displaying them on this vintage door, made them so much more interesting with the contrast.

Hand stamped spoon bracelets
repurposed books for retail display

Repurposed books are also art pieces for sale and serve to create a vignette for other items for sale as well. It upsells the other items as customers know they can buy everything together to create something beautiful in their own home.

Vintage bed with pillows



The visual interest in this space is off the charts created by Traci at Whimsy! I love the mannequin covered in. book pages. and the entire display creates a scene that makes you want to linger and shop. Notice how there are clipped branches in the background and everything is layered with peacock feathers and the elegant chandelier for lighting.

And these stamped spoons displayed in candy wafers in a vintage urn is sweet and clever, and certainly eye-catching. It creates the best little ‘moment’.
stamped spoon displayed in candy
There were so many great ideas with rustic and creative retail display at the Nada Farm show! See 2010’s show for more ideas!

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  1. lovin all the photos. fun to see the different perspectives of all the loveliness. hope you recovered from yesterday. thanks for letting me be a part of it. xo!!

  2. oh my goodness…is that YOUR car???
    holy cow!!

    the first image is so lovely. honestly, i wish i could have been there so bad.
    the picture of you on traci’s blog is gorgeous!!
    i’ll try to be patient for the rest 🙂

  3. Thanks for taking the time to share such great pics.I just love it. Have a sunny day and relax,rest up after all the work you done… Chickie

  4. What a treasure trove of lovely things. Wish I could’ve been there. Thanks for sharing your great photos.

  5. Looks like the amazing event that I knew it would be. Hopefully next year I will get to come. Can’t wait to hear who was at your home yesterday! Get some rest sweetie.

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