I'm a huge fan of Downton Abbey and I can't wait to see The Great Gatsby next week.
How will the popularity of these 1920's shows affect what we sell?
I was excited last week to read an article in my local newspaper The "Orlando Sentinel" entitled
"Buying a bit of Downton"
The article said Gareth Neame, Executive Producer of Downton Abbey told CNBC that the show is about to put out a large line of merchandise. "We'll be working across an entire range of products coming out this year. From fashion, apparel and home ware and furniture to wallpapers, beauty products and stationary".
The June 2013 issue of Romantic Homes has a drool worthy article entitled "A Downton Abbey Tea"
So, this brings me to the question, how will this affect what we sell in antique malls and other selling venues?
I am not the expert here so, I researched some decorating sites and asked a friend who is a decorator and another friend who is a decorator/antiques dealer. Last year at a design conference my friend went to, Downton Abbey was a huge topic and everyone was in agreement that we are going to see new trends in decorating. Home furnishings that have become very casual over the last decade will be trending to a more formal look inspired by Downton Abbey.
Here is some of the items that will be gaining in popularity...... Should we be looking for them as we treasure hunt to stock our booths and selling venues?
Silver plate trays, tea sets, utensils, fancy spoons, forks, and serving pieces...Many of the contributors to my "What sells and what doesn't" series are already seeing increased sales of these items
Carved ornate frames with a gold finish
Vintage Portrait pictures
Richly upholstered furniture and gilded finishes
I guess I had a jump on the gilded trend when I painted my entrance cabinet
For the dining room- Fancy china, tea cups, formal and monogramed napkins and table cloths. For about 3 years I was not able to sell tea cups, but recently they are selling again. I find they have to be priced between $10-$12
Formal center pieces, candle holders, and ornate gold light fixtures.
Now, the fun part......... Apparel
Hats, hats, and more hats..Yea! I am already seeing this, I recently did a post on Altering vintage hats and I am thrilled that all but two have sold. I would love if wearing hats came back into vogue
by Marty White Designs on Etsy
And gorgeous clothes from the 1920's
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I love Downton Abbey and I admit I'm seeing an increase in sales of some of the items listed above. I have started incorporating silver into my home, but I would hate to see the "Shabby Look" trend out in favor of a more formal decor!
So.....Let me throw this out to you...Whether you are a Seller, Decorator, or just an Avid shopper...I would love to know what you are hearing and Seeing. Is formal trending in? Is shabby trending out?