This was our first year celebrating the holiday season as store owners. It was a learning experience to say the very least. As an individual I have always been fundamentally opposed to decorating for Christmas before Thanksgiving. I've always felt that Thanksgiving is it's own holiday meant to celebrate the blessings that we have in our lives and to be thankful for the things that we have. The Friday after Thanksgiving - Christmas game on!
However, two days before Halloween I had a customer call the shop to find out if we had started to display our Christmas inventory in the shop. I told her that we hadn't gotten it set out yet and that it more than likely wouldn't happen until after Holloween at the earliest. I got off the phone and turned to Mike and said, "I think I might need to reconsider my position on Christmas."
As soon as Halloween was over our Vendors were invited to keep fall, autumn, and Thanksgiving decor but were encouraged to bring in Christmas items. We wanted to give our customers what they wanted and if they were ready for Christmas we would be too! Our next door neighbor, The Flower Loft, puts on a wonderful event called Christmas in the Loft. They do a fantastic job of making the store look like a winter wonderland. We knew that as a new business we wouldn't be able to compete with their event and in no way wanted to. However, we wanted to be prepared to welcome their guests in the spirit of Christmas as well. We spent an antire evening working late to get the store ready for Christmas.
From floor to ceiling Two Hounds Antiques was ready for the season. Not only did we want to show our Christmas spirit in the store we wanted to show it within the community. We decided to participate in the Wilmington's Christmas Parade with our friend from from the Will County Board, Ragan Frietag. We needed to create a fantastic Christmas Float but didn't have any clue how to go about doing that. We figured that after we successfully decorated a store we could manage a parade float. With a bit of trial and error we were able to craft an awe worthy float that made those young and old smile.
Even Annie & Cooper participated in the parade. We can not wait to go about doing all of this again next year!!