Classic stove display

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  1. Steviebear

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    A little backstory first. I work at a small, independent camping and outdoor gear shop in Juneau, Alaska and have loved working there for the past six years or so. All of my coworkers know I’m a stove geek because every time I picked up another one I would bring it in to work and show it off. The store owner keeps telling me that I need to put a display together so our customers can see a little bit of camp stove history. This is the result.
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    The case is a window from my boss’s house that was replaced recently, we just added a support framework and some shelves with a string of tiny led lights. All of the stoves were found at yard sales and thrift stores here in Juneau, and the best part is a few people have said they have old stoves they will give to me for the display as soon as they can find them! The only stove I have been gifted due to the display so far is an unused U S Marines issued Coleman Peak 1 (not in the pictures).
    What does everyone think?
    Am I missing anything that should obviously be included? I haven’t included a Coleman two-burner because I’m pretty certain everyone already is familiar with those.
     
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    Very nice man, love it.
     
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    Bases are covered well, Svea, MSR, Coleman, Optimus.
    Duane
     
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    Splendid display indeed, with a very fine diversity of types and brands. Well done!
     
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    Very well done.
    Missing: A silent kero maybe.
     
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    Fantastic!

    ....Arch
     
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    The store owner was right about you displaying them and your display is really nice. You'll just have to figure out which pieces you will cycle out as customers bring you other stoves to display.

    Maybe you could put together a paragraph around each stove with pics, laminate the sheet, and tape it down in an area you want to draw people in your store. It may be a way off idea, but one that comes to mind.
     
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    Well done!
     
  9. Afterburner

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    Very nice display! I as a customer always like to see old/historical stuff in any shop(camping, cycling, tool, car...).

    Is there any Primus stoves...

    Maybe also on display cabinet for each stove small tag/sign with manufacturer, model and (estimated) production year would add interesting information, specially for younger generation.

    Some kind of sign on cabinet stating that customers can donate their old/un-used camping stoves for the shop(=you :lol:) will guarantee best care for stoves in loving hands. That would bring more interesting stoves for you. ;)
     
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    tag colours - for fuel type...
    about "classics" in hat place:
    for me - is missing storm cookers - trangia or meta 50
    and for small group "best from the bests" coleman 523
     
  11. Ian

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    I think you should have a Coleman suitcase in there. They have been a mainstay of American camping/outdoors since Noah was a lad and will be a familiar sight to many.
     
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    @Steviebear
    Brilliant.

    That display would certainly make me linger in the shop and feel that the business was ‘on my wavelength’.

    @Ian ’s reasoning about a Coleman suitcase is sound but they’re a bulky thing, even in transport mode. A ‘suitcase’ ad or poster on the back wall might do the job.

    John
     
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    Excellent!

    Cheers

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    Outstanding idea. :thumbup:

    Perhaps refresh every few months to keep up cutomer interest, or possibly a spot for a 'Stove of the Month' with additional details.
     
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    Well put!
     
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    I need something like that to display my stoves except twice the size.

    Ben
     
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    Very well done.
    Would definately catch my eye during a visit.

    Maybe add a small flag of origin and a possible year-period?

    - A small cookset as mentioned
    - A small regulated meth burner like the older Barthels/Normas and maybe the Turm Sport/Turm Touring.
    - a Comet 2-Cup percolator (or similar) on one of the stoves.
    - A small classic camping kettle/pot on another stove?

    - old classic petrol/gasoline lighters used for camping might also add a bit (IMCO, ZIPPO, RONSON etc. )?

    again - Great display! (If you get donations -maybe put name and date of donor on a small card attached to the stove as a token of appreciation?)
     
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    Thanks for all the kind words, everyone, it has been a lot of fun putting this together. As far as information on each stove; fuel, age, other unique features, that is in the works, just not finished yet. And as for signage asking for stoves, I thought that would be a bit much, but I do drop lots of hints when I’m talking to everyone about stoves!
    And the missing stove representatives? I’m still looking!
     
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    Many people normally throw away old stoves since they think that no one likes and wants them. So they would be quite happy to find some one who has use for them.
     
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    Very nice! A store that builds a display like that shows it's genuine interest in the field.