Monday, January 28, 2013

Displaying Antiques And Collectibles In Your Booth Or Shop

How To Arrange And Display Antiques And Collectibles In Your Booth Or Antique Store

When you create displays for your antique and collectibles shop, it is important to keep in mind the importance of using  color, texture, shape, size in an engaging way. I always step back from my display and talk to myself. I ask myself questions like: "Is it exciting?", "Is it boring? "Is it eye catching?"

Organizing Your Antique Display Vignette  

I have written about this topic before and suggested that diplaying antiques and collectibles is like painting a picture. You look at the vignette as if it is a still like painting. In the picture shown above, the antique dealer has successfully mixed different shapes, sizes, colors and textures together. You don't always have to use objects that make sense either. While I prefer to keep the eras and styles similiar in the objects that I group together, April of "Queen Anne Antiques", is a master of combining all kinds of collectibles together. She can make great junk look AMAZING!

How To Arrange Antique And Collectible  Displays So They Look Like They Belong Together

In the top photo shown,  I love the way she added incense sticks to the blue pottery vase to help add height to her vignette. And notice how the color of  the sticks mirrors the colors in the Chinese game board which was a real eye catcher. Also do you see how the vintage orange tin is repeating the orange in the game borad cover as well. These deliberate display strategies help to organize the vignette and make the objects all look like they go together even whe they do not.

In the wooden box photos, April sticks to two main sets of colors, wood tones and silver. It's an interesting mix of color and textures.

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 I Antique Online 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©. To read more articles by C. Dianne Zweig click on this link: C. Dianne Zweig’s Blog Kitsch ‘n Stuff Email me at Visit my website, Dianne is a member of: The American Society of Journalists and Authors The Society of Professional Journalists


  1. I was in an antique shop just last weekend and found one dispaly in particular to be very much like a painting. If there had been a ribbon to be awarded, first place would have gone here.

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  2. What a wonderful attitude about this. Thanks for posting! The Dance