Kids And Store Displays

It's surprising how well we cope with things that happen in our own lives, but fail miserably when traumatic things happen to our kids. Something happened to me a few days ago that made me remember my son's (accidental) attempt in blinding himself. 

Retail store fixtures can look fantastic and appealing. So appealing in fact, that some kids find it hard to resist the beautiful displays that look so simple, yet obviously take so much time to prepare and create. When my son, Gabs was about 2 years old I took him to the shoe store to get some walking shoes for myself. I had him in a push-chair, his older sister on the buggy board attached to the push chair, and what turned out to be his younger sister, in my tummy somewhere.

There was a beautiful, glass display shelf filled with expensive shoes right at his arms reach. (This was not what I was looking at). Right next to the glass shelf was a collection of store fixtures sporting shoes in the medium range bracket. This was more up my street.

I don't have to tell you what women are like while shopping for shoes. My mind was a total blank, focused solely on the shoes I was hoping to try on (and I'm not even one of those crazy shoe-ladies; honest). Before I knew it, Gabs had eased out of his buggy and had well and truly attached himself to a perfectly lined, well anchored, immaculate glass shelf.  Sadly, it wasn't as well-anchored as it should have been and the shelf, including the shoes, came tumbling down on top of his little blonde head. (His hair's all turned dark brown now, probably because of the shock of the whole incident :-)

He had a cut on his eye from the glass on the shelf, and as far as I could see, it had also cut the inside of his eye.

My doctor's surgery, was - thankfully - a block away, so I dumped my screaming toddler back into his push-chair, put his sister onto her buggy board and ran my heavily pregnant self all the way to the surgery. Turns out he didn't have a cut in his eye. It was only blood shot. It was the last time I took the kids shopping for shoes for myself.

So if you're reading this and you're thinking about getting retail store fixtures and supplies, make sure you get them from a reputable company like Fixtures and Display for Retail Sign Holders. Shop displays should look good, but when mums are shopping with their kids they need to be strong and safe as well. After all, we lose a bit of our minds when we go shopping, don't we? :-)

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Anne Lyken-Garner is a published, author, editor and freelance writer. Her specialities include relationships and confidence building. You can find her inspirational memoir here
Anne Lyken-Garner is a published author, editor and freelance writer. Her specialities include relationships and confidence building. You can find her inspirational memoir here.
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