Displaying products on the street

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  1. glengraving

    glengraving UKBF Contributor Free Member

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    I've been googling 'ironmongers storefront' for some ye olde design inspo, and a common theme is stores having items out on the pavement - a stand with walking sticks, ladders, planters, brooms, buckets and garden equipment.
    In looks quaint, but I'd want to keep one eye out of the window on passers-by.

    Anyone here have experience working in/running a shop where some of the product is in such easy grasp of thieves? What's the product-loss rate like?
    Do you just judge it by your area - a leafy middle-class suburb should be fine, a grim inner city area, best keep everything under lock, key and watchful eye?
     
    Posted: Aug 11, 2019 By: glengraving Member since: Jan 24, 2019
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  2. AllUpHere

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    Biggest problem you'll have is the council on your back if you block the pavement or cause an obstruction.

    Your post immediately made me think of Arkwright's shop on Open all hours. Is that the look you are going for?
     
    Posted: Aug 11, 2019 By: AllUpHere Member since: Jun 30, 2014
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  3. glengraving

    glengraving UKBF Contributor Free Member

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    absolutely. I'm more of a fork handles man, though.

    for better or worse, the council doesn't really seem to give much of a damn about what the retailers in my area get up to.
     
    Posted: Aug 11, 2019 By: glengraving Member since: Jan 24, 2019
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  4. AllUpHere

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    Do you also stock candles?

    That's all very well until a poor unsuspecting visually impaired person crashes into your display and ends up in a heap on the floor.
     
    Posted: Aug 11, 2019 By: AllUpHere Member since: Jun 30, 2014
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  5. glengraving

    glengraving UKBF Contributor Free Member

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    of course
    We've had it happen, but it was a junkie falling on our A-board. He put a dent in it, the clumsy git.
     
    Posted: Aug 11, 2019 By: glengraving Member since: Jan 24, 2019
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  6. Darren_Ssc

    Darren_Ssc UKBF Ace Free Member

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    Couple of local examples that spring to mind have merchandise outside but not stuff you'd be able to walk away with such as garden benches, big heavy planters, etc.
     
    Posted: Aug 11, 2019 By: Darren_Ssc Member since: Mar 1, 2019
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  7. glengraving

    glengraving UKBF Contributor Free Member

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    Ladders is an obvious one for us - they take up a bit too much room inside, and if put on a rolling pallet and locked in place outside, that would make sense.

    Garden benches would also be a good way to advertise our engraving services for memorial plaques. Would need pidgeon spikes installed to poke the local lazy arses, though.
     
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    Posted: Aug 11, 2019 By: glengraving Member since: Jan 24, 2019
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  8. billmccallum1957

    billmccallum1957 UKBF Ace Free Member

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    We have clothing rails and furniture outside our shop. We get the occasional shoplifter, but not enough to deter us from doing it. But we have 10 feet of paved area in front of the shop, so we don't block a pavement.
     
    Posted: Aug 12, 2019 By: billmccallum1957 Member since: Feb 11, 2016
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  9. Chris Ashdown

    Chris Ashdown UKBF Legend Free Member

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    First thing would be to check your insurance

    Second thing check the council planning department, some charge quite a lot for using area outside your premises

    An A board could give far more information of what you want to sell than the hassle of putting it all outside, as well as a good window display, a collapsible ladder in the window with a note stating traditional ladders also available from 10 to xx foot gives the same message

    Goods outside are also getting soiled by weather etc and can look tatty
     
    Posted: Aug 12, 2019 By: Chris Ashdown Member since: Dec 7, 2003
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