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The pets are coming out to play!

Postby katze016 » Sun Mar 13, 2016 2:41 pm

Two years ago I had to pack up my collection when I sold my house and moved into a studio apartment. They've stayed packed away in the back of my closet ever since, except for the few times I pulled the boxes out to add in new finds. I didn't know when they would ever come out of storage again, as I have no plans to move to a bigger place anytime in the foreseeable future, but having some of my most prized possessions hidden away was bumming me out.
Well, I've decided enough is enough. I wasn't really utilizing the entirety of my bookcases, so I decided to turn the top half of them into display cases. This turned out to be a bit of a frustrating foray into DIYing since the new glass doors weren't designed to mount to my old IKEA bookcases. And since I live alone, it was also a fun challenge to hold/balance a glass door in one hand and screw it into place with the other.

But after a couple days work...success!!
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I am beyond excited to spend the next few days unwrapping every carefully packed piece and deciding how to display them. I'm working with a bit less space than when I had them displayed in my house, but I'm going to try to make them all fit anyhow. This also means that my book buying habits will have to change for the time being, but that was a trade I was willing to make.

I'll be sure to take lots of pictures once everyone is settled in their new home! :D
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Re: The pets are coming out to play!

Postby jillrose » Sun Mar 13, 2016 4:19 pm

I am excited to see your display progress! :)
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Postby Tosh » Mon Mar 14, 2016 9:55 am

Hooray!!! Have fun unpacking!! :D
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Re: The pets are coming out to play!

Postby katze016 » Tue Mar 15, 2016 11:55 pm

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Here's everything last night; out of their boxes and sorted into groups to be shelved together....
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Re: The pets are coming out to play!

Postby katze016 » Wed Mar 16, 2016 12:07 am

...and this afternoon's progress.

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The Pet Shop shelves are almost complete. I just need to mount hooks to hang the toucans and lovebirds from, as well as track down some risers in order to fit the aviary and second guppy fish bowl in.
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Re: The pets are coming out to play!

Postby Tosh » Wed Mar 16, 2016 11:01 am

Ahhhhh, it looks sooooo awesome!!!!! Can't wait to see more :D
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Postby jillrose » Wed Mar 16, 2016 11:22 am

:D
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Postby moonlightkitty » Wed Mar 16, 2016 7:43 pm

That looks amazing and the shelves are the perfect size!
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Postby loves toys » Thu Mar 17, 2016 4:53 pm

It looks great!!
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Postby Bonbon » Sat Mar 19, 2016 1:03 am

Waouuuu ! I love it ! It's a great idea...
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Re: The pets are coming out to play!

Postby katze016 » Wed Mar 23, 2016 3:59 pm

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Things are coming along with the displays. I chopped up some dollar store food containers to use as stands for the aviary and guppy fish. I also picked up the tiniest plastic containers I could find and inserted them under various sets to act as risers, so it's easier to see the sets at the back.
I need to get more of those to use in the zoo and country shelves, and I need to pick up another wire shelf for the top center display to put the deer, foxes, and woodsy friends on. I have to add in the last of the ponies and still need to hang hooks for the birds, but other than that I'm almost finished.

The shoe boxes in the center are my In My Pocket collection. I haven't decided on a way to display those, but I'm leaning toward putting them in old style candy canisters like this one. There are way too many of them to display side by side, so I thought either a fish bowl or some other glass container would be a cute option.
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Re: The pets are coming out to play!

Postby phoebemiller » Fri Mar 25, 2016 7:24 am

Oh wow, what a collection!!! I hope you don't have little kids around or else they'd be wanting to raid those shelves! I like how you still have the VHS movies! I think you should definitely display your In My Pocket colleciton. I think the glass containers are a great idea. Please show us the finished product! :D
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Re: The pets are coming out to play!

Postby TequilaMockingbird » Fri Mar 25, 2016 7:49 am

Your display is fantastic! I love it. Amazing job. Those shelves are perfect!
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Re: The pets are coming out to play!

Postby katze016 » Sat Mar 26, 2016 2:39 pm

Thanks, everybody!!

phoebemiller wrote:I hope you don't have little kids around or else they'd be wanting to raid those shelves!

Nope, no kids for me yet. My pets are safe for now. ;)

I've added some of my merchandise to the top left open cubbie. The board game, puzzles, lunch box, and tea set are now on display. I also had room to fit my beautiful custom Snow Angel Kitties that I received from jeapos a few years ago for Christmas.
I should have everything finished up in the next week. Then I'll be sure to take tons of detailed pictures.
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Re: The pets are coming out to play!

Postby Waylah » Sat Mar 26, 2016 6:12 pm

Looking great!
Must be great being able to walk past that every day, look and smile! :)
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Re: The pets are coming out to play!

Postby MoondancerMilkyWay » Tue Apr 05, 2016 9:44 am

it looks fantastic!! I have a couple things out, but nothing nearly this cool!
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Re: The pets are coming out to play!

Postby dIGITS » Sun Apr 10, 2016 4:27 am

Awesome! Can't wait for close ups! This is great!
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Re: The pets are coming out to play!

Postby katze016 » Mon Apr 11, 2016 3:34 am

Thanks, dIGITS! My close up pics are posted in the 'Your Collection' forum.
http://www.vintagelpsforum.com/viewtopic.php?f=35&t=5970
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