Guess what everyone, I got ANOTHER FREE poster! This time I was at an outlet mall nearby and saw this beauty hanging in one of the store windows. I fell in love immediately.
- I love anything nautical/beachy (okay, it has to be classy too)
- Who doesn’t love a little ombre in your house
- It is gray, turquoise and navy, three of my favorite colors
- It had no branding for the store I found it in!
So, as I shopped the shop and was purchasing a cute nautical navy and white boat neck sweater and a pair of fresh new pink flip-flops, I asked to be “put on the list” of people who were interested in having it when they rotated out their window display. The clerk obliged even though she didn’t know such a list existed. She jotted down my name and number and we left figuring I’d never hear from her. Well we right, she never called. NO ONE called. A month or so later I happened to find myself up at the same outlet mall. As I turned the corner past this shop the anchor poster was gone. It had been replaced by a 70% off sign. Summer clearance had arrived and the poster was nowhere in sight. At my sisters suggestion I walked in and asked the clerk that was working the register (not the same one I had spoken to previously) if she knew what had become of the anchor poster that had once graced their store window. I explained that I had been on “The List” of people who wanted the poster when they were finished with it. She called her manager and I listened intently as she nodded, said “uh huh, I see, okay” etc. Then she informed me that they don’t usually do this, but that she would go and grab it for me. It was rolled up in the back and I thanked her profusely as she handed me my new FREE treasure. I skipped and beamed as I left the mall, happier than if I had purchased ANYTHING that was available for sale.
So, the moral of the story is (or the tips to getting your own FREE art are):
- Always keep your eyes out for store displays and think how and where they may fit in your home.
- Don’t be afraid to ASK. The worst that could happen is they could say no.
- Remember that EVERY store changes out displays regularly and most throw their old ones away.
- Know that some stores give employees first shot at store displays (ie. The Gap)
- Ask with confidence, say “I’d like to be put on a list for _________ poster. Here is my name and phone #” Act as if there IS a list, even if there isn’t.
- Ask often, if the sales rep is different on a different trip into the shop, ask them too, they may have a different policy than the previous person.
- If the display has changed, don’t assume you have lost it, ASK again.
- Don’t be worried if they say they have to check with their manager. EVERY time this has happened to me, the manager gave them the green light.
So this actually fit perfect at the bottom of my stair way into my basement. Can you believe it? And, the top of the poster is light gray and matches my stairway hall perfect.
I’m singing “Look at that ombre” ”Look at that ombre”:
This is the view leaving the basement to go upstairs.
This poster is made from very heavy-duty vinyl. I tacked it up using a few silver thumb tacks along the top and bottom for easy removal. I had wanted to make this a fabulous accent wall but wasn’t ready to commit to a wallpaper, trim, or my craziest idea…graffiti. This poster was the perfect solution. Still dramatic without the commitment.
I absolutely love the faux grommets that make up the anchor. YES, these are FAUX! Each one is a photograph of an actual grommet and then a hole was punched through the center it. You really have to slide your hand over it to tell if they are real or not.
Well, now you know how to get giant FREE art for YOUR home. Just follow the steps above and ask for displays from your local retail shops!
Check out other free posters that I have in my house by clicking on the links below:
Have you ever used a store display in your home decor? Tell me about it or link up in the comments!