Last week I put together a vintage display in my local Oxfam shop. I wanted to tell a story with these wonderful objects that are loaded with history and have a story of their own to tell. I had the following items: pieces of old luggage (including an amazing 1930s Abercrombie and Fitch suitcase!), a pink Stetson, an old Reader’s Digest atlas, a 1980s Roberts radio, an old sewing machine, an exotic ashtray, a steel glasses case, an Hawaiian-inspired men’s shirt and a beautiful embroidered folk-style linen jacket. This is what I came up with, and I had a lot of fun putting it together!
It’s inspired by the Vintage Traveller, evoking an era where travel was much more about exploration of a beautiful world that held many mysteries, of the days of the glory and luxury of train travel and the Orient Express, where perhaps you could enjoy a martini before dinner, and where you dressed up to fly by plane.
For me, the best shop displays are those that tell a story, and on the same day I came across this one by Vans, depicting a burger van. The display complements the launch of Vans’ Late Night Collection of fast food-inspired prints.