Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Preparing for the Fall Season

This is the time of year when I start making decisions about the Fall colors and themes for the shop. The New York gift show is just around the corner and if I'm not careful the show will dictate the look of the store rather than me. The New York trade show presents thousands of vendors selling their goods to retailers. For years I have been making the trip to N.Y. in the middle of August and in late January to buy for HiHo. I have learned from these biyearly pilgrimages that just because a color is featured throughout the show does not mean it's a match for us. A perfect example of this was the year everything at the show was light blue and brown...we had done those colors the season before. The show can easily overwhelm me if I don't prepare with lists of items we are hunting and possible themes for each room. This past Fall season we had apples for the theme throughout the main room, "Headliner". The center hutch is always fun to set furniture in, here is a shot featuring some great red quilted throws. The Hudson Valley and Gardiner have a relaxed feel that we try to reinforce in the home decor chosen for the shop. We try not to give away the upcoming color themes, so your sure to stop in. However the bedroom and kitchen area already have new featured colors for Fall. Orange and turquoise make a fun pair in this April Cornell quilt, our inspiration piece for the room. Notice Humphrey in the vintage basin on the bed, his coloring matches perfectly.

This picture was taken a week and a half ago, so additional textiles have been added to the room over the past few days.

If you have an idea for a themed room at HiHo we would love to hear about it. The staff and I brain storm ideas all the time, it might be fun to pool ideas from our customers...drop me a email, who knows we might just use your idea! Remember I need ideas before the middle of August so I can add your idea to my lists for the show. Look forward to hearing from you.

Tuesday, July 22, 2008


HIHO HAS ONLY ONE SALE EACH YEAR, OUR "CHRISTMAS IN JULY SALE". Many items throughout the shop are discounted, to make room for incoming fall merchandise. We look forward to touring the shop with you and highlighting the bargains on furniture, textiles and just plain good stuff. Sale starts Saturday at 10:00, see you then!!

Monday, July 21, 2008

New Goods

We have been very busy here at HiHo, purchasing new items to fill the shop. This dresser, dressing table set even has a matching mirror. In wonderful condition!
This pair of cream chairs are like new...the orange chair is one of a pair also.

This pretty mirrored dressing table and bench have been painted cream. They have been rubbed for a vintage "shabby" look, perfect for a cottage decor. The little table would be a great addition to any room.

Dressing table SOLD Floral arrangment SOLD

We enjoy finding treasures for you and hope you enjoy finding treasures here at HiHo. Stop in and see us, remember... the furniture sells fast!!

Saturday, July 5, 2008

Little Treats

The pictures on the post are all items for sale at HiHo at this time, give us a call if you would like information on any of the pieces. Anyone that spends time Antiquing knows the "stuff" is endless, china, glassware, jewelry, hankies, books, tools, on, and on. These things are all referred to as "smalls"in the trade. It's the shopper that ranks the level of importance to the clutter they prefer. I love Hull pottery and I could part with half of my collection and still have too many pieces. I enjoy living with the collection and continuing the hunt for new additions to the collection. Very often when customers arrive at the shop we approach and inquire if they are "hunting for anything in particular". More often than not they reply, "just looking". The store is full of treasures, not really things you have to have, things you want to have. A couple was in the store the first year we were open and his wife told him she really needed an item we had for sale and his response was, " this is not an I need store, it's a I want store". That stayed with me all this time because it's so true, at least it made since when he said it. Two days later the wife came back and bought what she referred to as a "little treat". HiHo is filled with lots of little treats, some even come home with me from time to time. Treats make us feel good, help to refresh a room, even add some of our own personality to our homes. Seems to me that purchasing little treats for ourselves and our homes qualify as a necessity, when thought of in this way. Maybe when we ask if you're hunting, the real reply should be "I'm looking for a little treat". I know the news keeps telling us to save for a long winter of rising fuel costs, but what about the small pleasure one gets from the hunt and the treat. I will be holding back on long trips, new clothes, dining out and movies at the theater, but my hunting trips even if I only do it locally, will not be cut from my budget. Whatever your prefer, golfing, tennis, dining, theater, don't let the fear of unknown fuel costs deny you of your right for a "little treat". flamingos- SOLD

Thursday, July 3, 2008

Red, White And Blue

The shop has out the colors, it's the 4th of July. Town was buzzing with activity today as people were arriving for the holiday weekend. I enjoy the town filled with weekenders, tourist and locals the mix is fun. Chatting with customers today I realized I'm not the only one who noticed the number of people walking about. A gentleman mentioned that he never remembered so many people being in town on a week day. For what ever reason I was very happy to have the business and would like to believe the red, white and blue buntings on the building had some small part in attracting visitors to linger. To celebrate the holiday all red ,white and blue textiles will be an extra 10% off this weekend. Happy Fourth!!