The ongoing evolution of our 'shopfront'

It's been NEARLY (but not quite) a year of Frilly Industries - and we've been super busy of late, looking to ramp things up even moreso as we count down to the inevitable xmas frenzy.  This weekend we've been at our first Nottingham market - organised by Bird in Borrowed Feathers, and it was FAB!  Amazingly friendly lovely diverse range of sellers, fab organisation with very clear instructions and requirements, awesome central city location (yes, I popped into Primark to nab a cheap cardi when I started to get a bit chilly!) and a great two days spent hanging out in Nottingham.  We created new merchandising displays for this particular market which we're slightly obsessed with, and so it seemed timely to have a quick look over the various iterations of REAL LIFE FRILLY.

1. Our first outing - December 2014, at the Made By.. market in a disused hangar in Aldridge

 Photo courtesy of Wayne Fox Photography 

Photo courtesy of Wayne Fox Photography 

 Photo courtesy of Wayne Fox Photography

Photo courtesy of Wayne Fox Photography

It was cold.  So cold.  And we'd only JUST got to grips with Bertha, who was still playing up and being stubborn.  We'd had a run of insanely late nights in the studio prepping everything, with no clue how we were going to display things, and having only really just started thinking about pricing.  Consequently, everything was pretty much on one level, and our prices were WAY TOO LOW! (steep learning curve here we come..)  Our entire layout consisted of brightly coloured Duck tape to 'zone' areas of the display, some quickly layered pegboard, and a lovely light up sign.  The light up sign is pretty much the only thing we thought was a brilliant idea.

2. The Bust Craftacular look - which has lasted up until last weekend..

Photo courtesy of Lee Allen Photography

Photo courtesy of Lee Allen Photography

Photo courtesy of Lee Allen Photography

We quickly realised our Walsall pricing error, and worked hard to figure out everything from our overheads to profit margins and beyond.  By the time Bust Craftacular came around in May 2015 we'd ironed those niggly bits out, and spent time figuring out how we wanted to present ourselves.  We kept the light up sign, but made it bigger and better and more colourful.  Even though most of our work is wood - we do this because we love bright colourful clothing and hair, and wooden jewellery matches everything!  So we opted to go BRIGHT and bold with our display items, and added extra height levels using different risers and trays.  We still weren't completely happy with this arrangement though..

3. Nottingham and beyond!

Photos courtesy of our iPhones!

Photos courtesy of our iPhones!

Photos courtesy of our iPhones!

Photos courtesy of our iPhones!

We've upgraded the Frilly light up sign (with plans to add to this over time) making it more portable - either hanging or 'floating' (good old Velcro!), kept our coloured boxes and trays and added some fun heads as displays!  We feel like maybe sometimes people don't know who an item is for - and we feel like all our stuff could be for ANYONE - from Iris Apfel (Kirsty's personal style guru) through to a bearded hipster dude to a small child.  By having these heads, we can show how our pieces might work on a range of imaginary (and fun!) people.  We think there's still probably some work to do on levels, but this is definitely my favourite Frilly stall so far!  Fun and colourful, but with a bombardment of characters and ideas and words and THINGS!

Now: to revamp all our online presences to match!