Saturday, October 31, 2009

HiHo's Holiday Open House

What will be inside these doors, come November 14th & 15th? Magic!
A full year in the making, the beginning of the 2009 Holiday Season. Inspiring displays, created by the HiHo family and staff. An amazing assortment of old and new merchandise gathered all in one big wonderland. Join us for refreshments, and be engulfed in the celebration of the season.

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

HiHo Hunting Inspiration

Look what I found in my hunt for Christmas display inspiration.Vintage displays that bring me back to my childhood.
Isn't that what Christmas is all about?? The recollections of holidays of the past, the nostalgia and the smile it puts on your face, even when know one is looking.
Each year I attempt to top the displays from the year before in hopes of HiHo becoming part of someone Christmas past memories of the future. A trip to down town Buffalo at Christmas time was a huge outing, we put on special clothes and had to hold hands, while we walked by the windows. I even recall referring to certain stores not by name but as Christmas stores.
This last picture is of a grocery store, the trees are stacked cans of can't beat the inspiration!!!

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Happy Halloween

I'm sure the rest of the world is planning for the Halloween weekend, taking in the views, with all there colors, maybe even carving pumpkins. I continue my relentless preparations for the HiHo Holiday Season ( you know I love it). My kids are a little older now, they will wait until the evening of and then throw something together....Mom really won't be included, unless they need something,( money, safety pins, a ride). I am writing this post to assure my readers I do stop and smell the pumpkins....once in a while. Mr. HiHo and I stepped out last week as the Phantom and Phyllis Diller. Enjoy the pictures, and........Happy Halloween!

Monday, October 26, 2009

Real or HiHo Real?

I don't know if I live within the real world of retail, but certainly have created my own world of retail. The Fall Season is in full swing, tourists finding us for the first time and locals checking in for honey and cards, the pace is quickening as we cross our fingers for a huge fourth quarter. It's count down time, two weeks until we put up holiday trees and magic. Only days later our open house. Flash forward to the famous Black Friday and our only fears are weather and keeping up stock levels. I've been drawing and plotting, changing plans as things sell and my ideas grow. Today and tonight I struggle with big decisions, like how many Candy Canes are enough, what brand of Peppermint Bark and how many ounces of Ribbon Candy make a nice gift box? The bottom line, this time of year whether its in the real retail world or in the HiHo retail world we are focused on the bottom line. Tonight it is fun and Sweet!!!

Friday, October 23, 2009

Previously Loved,

not vintage and not new, but waiting to be loved again.
This large platter has whimsical deer enjoying the land scape. A powerful accent piece for a mantle or hutch.

This pair of ginger jars match the platter.

A bit more traditional this pair of vases are a good size and nice weight.

This sweet small dresser has gold painted Asian inspired designs. It would make a great side table and is the perfect size for keeping your lingerie or jewelry organized.

No matter what your decor , I'm sure HiHo has something for your home.

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Rich Dark Woods

Often themes or trends in HiHo are dictated by what we find at auction. In the course of the last two weeks darker pieces of furniture seem to filling the HiHo truck late in the evening. The rich deep tones have added to the autumnal flavor of the shop. This caned back chair has a needle point seat.
This small and charming two tiered table, SOLD has inlaided details just below it's square top.
I couldn't resist this magazine rack, SOLD with sorted slots up top and a stacking shelf on the bottom.
A campy dark wicker plant stand, would help with moving the plants inside this time of year.

This is a good size with storage below, a china closet, not too big, not too small....just right and in time for Thanksgiving.

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Homey and Warm

There is just something about quilted textiles. Like corduroy and flannel make you feel cozy, these quilted table top and throws will make your house homey and warm.

These new color patterns have a vintage flare and are some of the best quilted textiles HiHo has ever offered.

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

outside in, why not?

This fabulous shabby bench is at least five and a half feet long. It has only been in the shop for a week. I love using furniture traditionally used for outside, inside.With the chill in the air, it's time to start pulling things inside. Don't put it in the shed. Why not use some of that outdoor furniture inside??

A pillow here, a throw over the top or even a cushion, warms them up and wahla!! We have lots of textiles to choose from at the moment , so get moving....your furniture, and run over.

Saturday, October 17, 2009

Save the Dates!

Before you order those custom Christmas cards, before you force the kids to get haircuts for the 2009 photo, before you update your mailing list or start hunting for new recipes to use at your holiday gathering, you need to mark your calendar.
You need to mark your calendar with
HiHo's Holiday Open House Weekend.....November 14th &15th

Why settle for the same old shopping experience? You deserve more than a tree and shots of the kids. Break away from the ordinary, go from black and white to technicolor. HiHo can help you make your home a holiday spectacular, and it all begins on our open house weekend, so be sure to save the dates.

Friday, October 16, 2009

Fall Windows

The first of the Fall leaves. The banner was put up.
The view from across the street....the blue chairs didn't last the weekend . People are still inquiring about them, go figure???The days of the open door may be over for this year soon, so be sure to take a drive through the valley and enjoy the colors before they are gone....

Hudson Valley's Best Party

In July we were notified that HiHo was readers pick for BEST GIFT SHOP. This very exciting news was hard to keep as a secret. The publication posting the winners is the Oct. issue of Hudson Valley Magazine and last night was the showcase celebration at the Poughkeepsie Grand Hotel. The challenge: represent HiHo in a 8x10 space. We decided to just use Fall as the theme and bring more new gift items than vintage. We also worked on a slide show video with my friend Gia from Ness Learning Center and used the vintage Hoffman television to disguise the flat screen monitor.
This photo of me was taken just after finishing the set up and when my nerves were starting to get the best of me....1500 people on their way.

This is a shot of Susan after a good drink at the bar, as she said "much easier to smile after a drink".

See I'm a lot more relaxed now. We handed out HiHo buttons that say, HiHo HiHo it's off to shop I go and Salt Water Taffy, spoke with hundreds of people and gave them HiHo business cards.

The HiHo men wore their new shirts and drank and ate all evening. They look like HiHo security, but they really did have a good time.

I was interviewed by cable 6 the local station and Everett was asked to assist, by holding the microphone.

To watch our new slide show video that we premiered at the show just click on this link. All in all we had a great time, and look forward to sharing the shop with all the new customers we met at the show.

Friday, October 2, 2009

The Pressure is On...

...or is it lack of focus and my head is just spinning? I have spoke of my list before, you know, the general everyday one, husband, kids, bathroom, laundry, give the dog a bath, however that one never goes away. Right now I have lists of lists....
The first list I'm referring to is the list that gets me excited this time every year. The be prepare for the Fall Shoppers List, better known as the "peepers". Keeping the shop together refreshed and just plain stocked is a challenge. The second list has me dropping the peepers list on a regular's the Get Ready For Christmas List. Shipment is fast and furious, arriving nearly everyday, making piles of cardboard boxes, undermining the efforts of the peepers list. The third list has me throwing all other lists out the's the Holy Cow We Are Going To Be A Part Of Hudson Valley Magazine's Best Of Event List. The fourth list gets dropped a lot, my list of things I should be doing as President of our town's business association, ( it's actually a pile at this point). This blog is on my fifth list....know wonder it's been weeks since my last real post, sorry, this list is called , The I Can Get To It Tomorrow List. It's not surprising that many items from other lists default to this list....

Sooo, yes I'm good, spinning, but good. The shop is put together, the kids are doing well, Mr. HiHo is always by my side, Humphrey on my lap and I do my best work under pressure, so be sure to stop by and take a gander.....leave your lists behind.