Sunday, March 8, 2009

Using Funky Old Candy Racks As Fixtures in Antique Shops

Old candy and bakery racks make great colorful displays in all types of stores, especially in an antique shop. While many antique dealers are accustomed to buying or acquiring used glass showcases and shelving from other dealers, here is another option which may liven up your dealer space. Look for funky metal advertising racks to use as store fixtures.

I have found that vintage candy racks seem to show up in spurts. It’s an all or none kind of experience.....sometimes you look high and low for these nostalgic gems and when you finally find one the price is up there. But at other times the owner can’t wait to get rid of these metal racks and you may pay peanuts, walking away with a real bargain.
Using vintage advertising racks can be very charming, adding a sense of nostalgia and whimsy to your shop or antique mall. You can use larger standing racks or the table top variety. At Chelsea’s Closet in Hastings on the Hudson, New York, visitors step back in time, finding all sorts of goodies cleverly displayed in lots of nooks and crannies.
Baby Boomers are especially delighted to stroll into Chelsea's Closet where they get chance to see all the old candy racks they remember fondly. Suddenly you are pulled back to the times when Chicklets and Lifesavers were better than Ipods and cell phones.
While the owner has given up her antique shop in the same town a few years back, she still loves to decorate her current children’s boutique and toy store with quirky metal racks and vintage displays. Often these displays had many compartments and shelves making them ideal cabinets for both small and larger items.

C. Dianne Zweig is the author of Hot Kitchen & Home Collectibles of the 30s, 40s, 50s and Hot Cottage Collectibles for Vintage Style Homes. She is also the Editor of an actively growing internet based resource community for people who buy, sell or collect antiques, collectibles and art. You can find Dianne’s fabulous retro and vintage kitchen, home and cottage collectibles at The Collinsville Antiques Company of New Hartford, CT, a 22,000 feet antique emporium with an in-house retro cafĂ©.

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