I love these crowns. I bought them when I visited Blair Athol in August for the horse trials. I've seen them in lots of photographs, mostly in French and Danish antique settings. When I saw them on a trade stand at Blair I just had to have them.
I always have an excuse for buying these sorts of things – what a great display prop! Now I have used this excuse for years now and have fairly amassed a batch of totally useless and unused items that never see the light of day far less the lens of a camera or the glories of a show/fair.
Such items that fall into this sorry category include an antique collapsible traveling baby cot, amazingly made in cream metal and string. Oh yes, I had an idea for this one (of course) to display cushions at fairs. Have I used it, alas no, it just takes up space in HQ.
There is also that ever-so-useful cream metal work (are you seeing a theme here) screen I bought four years ago, because I thought I could hang sale goodies cunningly along it's panels. Did it work, alas no. this one hasn't even made it to HQ to masquerade as anything else.
But the crowns, having been bought on the pretext of working props they have actually been used. Keen bloggers will recognise them from my Stirling trade stand last weekend. I used the smaller one to display my Leviche de Landes bathing salts. Wow the amount of comments I got on it. Pity I wasn't selling the damn crowns!
For once I have managed to find and use my own props to advantage. I always admire trade/display stands that are well propped. As you can imagine from this ramble post, I haven't always been successful in my prop purchasing/choices.
My biggest prop error was the flower sellers barrow I bought five years ago. Authentic, the real McCoy, looked great at Country Living fair etc. Alas I very soon discovered just why these things have been superseded by other display arrangements – storage has something to do with it, where on earth do you keep the damn thing, and weight, a tad difficult to move about. No wonder florists use collapsible shelving and plastic buckets. Antique flower cart now for sale!
This year I have changed my propping completely. At Harrogate I used my old folding painters table with red cloth over it, the console table from my living room and a simple shelf above. It was easy to move, looked effective and worked. I'm going to use the same set up for all the fairs this Christmas. Wow, after all those prop buying missions and trial and error, I have ended up back at square one with a folding table and coloured cloth.
Sometimes simple works best. Must resist those 'prop moments'. What's your failing?