Hi everybody, I'm Rita C, and I am the voice of Panoply, the blog. Panoply started in 2008 as the business name for the team of myself, along with two of my six sisters, who love the hunt for, display and/or repurposing of, along with the ultimate sale of past finds. By definition, the word panoply means "a wide-ranging and impressive array", an expression we strive to epitomize in our dealings, our offerings, and life in general. Thank you, Linda, for inviting me to introduce myself to your readers today. I love widening my circle of friends everywhere, and sharing the fun my sisters and I share in our ventures.
Panoply has been situated in the South Charleston Antique Mall (in West Virginia) since July, 2008. We're easy to find, situated in spaces on the first of three floors of what was once McClung & Morgan Department Store (about 75 dealers). We're located on I-64 (West Virginia), exit 56.
Panoply's Romantic, cottage styling
Most local folks know us as the three sisters. We each have distinct tastes and styles, ranging from Victorian Romantic, Art Deco/Flapper to Primitive and Industrial collections.
Panoply Flapper & Art Deco accessories
We sell mostly antiques and vintage items, keeping reproduction or vintage-inspired items to a minimum, and always with full disclosure to our customers. We really enjoy sharing back stories and/or provenance with items we sell. We primarily shop auctions, estate sales, antique stores, and large, organized flea markets to source our finds.
Panoply industrial and some primitive display
One common thread we all have is our love of vintage linens! We keep a great stock of casual linens as well as dressier ones, showcasing the lost art of homemakers' handwork of the past. We purchase linens in large lots whenever possible.
Panoply's casual linen display
Panoply's dressier linen display
The art of display in our mall space is almost as exciting as the thrill of the hunt for the items we sell. We have great fun in anticipating and carrying out seasonal displays. Right now, we have summertime and military memorabilia showcased.
Panoply summertime vignette
Patriotic and militaria display
Coming up is Father's Day, so next week our focus will be on featuring what is referred to as "mantiques", or items to attract the guys who like to collect, or for the women buying for their guys.
Vintage and antique "mantique" items
Vintage and antique barber display
We've also created vignettes for other seasonal events, such as the Derby,
Back-to-school - "old school" style,
Panoply's "old school" back-to-school
Panoply fall harvest
We try to keep things fresh and attractive, and affordably priced, as it has proven to be the fastest track to the moderate success we enjoy with our hobby business.
Panoply reset from Christmas into New Year
Although having our own shop for regular sales events is a dream for the three of us, we each have busy lives separate from antiquing, so we are content with our circumstances of renting space. We operate independently in buying, tagging, and selling our items, but we often shop together and work together to create synergy in displays and styling our spaces.
Panoply Victorian bedroom
I hope you've enjoyed getting to know me and what Panoply is all about. The Panoply blogging journey has taken me from across many subjects, from sourcing vintage and antique finds for resale, as well as using my finds in my home and garden, all the while sharing personal and family events and milestones as we go. Come along on the journey, and we'll see where it takes us because, after all......Life is "A Wide-Ranging and Impressive Array" - a Panoply. Visiting my blog, you'll see the various modes of social media I participate in, and we can connect on any of those you prefer.
If you're traveling through any of the three interstates that intersect in our town of Charleston, West Virginia (I-64, I-77 or I-79), we'd love for you to stop by. There are billboards strategically pointing the way to our mall, or you can phone (304) 744-8975 for directions. Again, we're on I-64, Exit 56, easy on/off access from any of those three interstates.
Just another day in the life of Panoply