The homemade bunting did look good outside the shop - sadly most of it has now been blown into the gutters, waiting for a man with a ladder to retrieve it for us. Great weather for ducks though!
Inside the shop was decorated with more bunting and balloons. Getting ready was quite a rush as the shop was open until 12.30, giving us 1 ½ hours to get everything set up. I tried to do as much as I could during the morning but with customers coming in all the time this was quite difficult.
Beforehand I had created some collages to display around the shop - this one showing labels from household products...
...and assorted kitchenalia.
In the gift room I made bunting from vintage greetings cards - simply pegged onto a length of ribbon - you can see it hanging above the window..
In one corner a display of sewing items and magazines.
We had planned to have a flea market with a couple of tables outside - again put paid to by the weather, so I just set up one table in our garden room. I had lots more stock which didn't see the light of day.
On the Post Office windows I hung some old photographs of the village and our shop. In its time it has been a fire station, an undertakers, a tannery and a stonemasons.
Our beautiful vintage-style cake - made by my sister-in-law/business partner. Post Office red but softened with lovely pink roses and blue forget-me-nots. It tasted delicious too.
Behind the cake you can see another collage - this one of vintage wallpapers.
So, it was a lovely afternoon - everyone seemed to enjoy themselves. (p.s. I took the photos before the start) It was a lot of hard work and lots more I would have liked to have done but simply ran out of time. Now I have the weekend off - I'm hoping to get to a car boot sale on Sunday, let's hope the weather is better this time!