I have an opportunity to cheer people up. Please hit me with your ideas...

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VestaTilly Sat 09-Jan-21 21:49:52

I have use of a shop window in a prominent location in our town for a few weeks. There’s nothing I want to promote or sell, I just want to use it for something really cheery, positive and hopefully witty, and to put a smile on some passer by’s faces.

Only problem is, I’m completely devoid of inspiration. Any ideas?

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VestaTilly Sat 09-Jan-21 21:50:51

That sounds wrong. Should it be passers by? 🤔

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PenelopeStern Sat 09-Jan-21 21:52:46

A cheesy “dad” joke. Different one every day.

Soutiner Sat 09-Jan-21 21:53:05

Can you recreate Bagpuss/Emily’s shop window?

maturinsslothe Sat 09-Jan-21 21:53:40

A party.

Gncq Sat 09-Jan-21 21:53:53

How about something connected to the location?
I always love this old photos of the town/village you live in with horses instead of cars, those old style shop fronts etc. You could print some up big?

Others might find that dreadfully dull though, sorry!

Gncq Sat 09-Jan-21 21:54:43

^ those not this


Clymene Sat 09-Jan-21 21:56:48

Different tableaux every day using Lego/ toys. They don't even have to be very good but I can promise you they'll enchant children

VestaTilly Sat 09-Jan-21 21:58:23

Love the idea of Bagpuss!

But I was thinking more of a “keep going, we’ll be out the other side soon” kind of message... but funny and lighthearted.

Also, there’s a limited budget 😔

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FusionChefGeoff Sat 09-Jan-21 21:59:38

A friend of mine did something in her village like this. She had 2 life size teddies and dresses
them up doing stuff really human every day eg ironing / watching TV / mowing the lawn.

Then people got into it and started donating fancy dress etc and it got more and more outlandish every day.

Can you set up a collection box nearby to encourage community participation??

VestaTilly Sat 09-Jan-21 22:00:00

It’s a Tourist Information Centre, so ye olde photos are quite often in the windows. But I do love them.

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VestaTilly Sat 09-Jan-21 22:02:44

I would LOVE to change it every day, but I also work full time (at home, always have done, I’m very lucky) and have a child, so it’s not feasible

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spaceghetto Sat 09-Jan-21 22:05:46

My ds and I would love a lego scene. If there was a particular item you had to spot... even better!

Standrewsschool Sat 09-Jan-21 22:05:52

Can you invite children to draw pictures which can be displayed in the window? Maybe have different themes each week - animals, local area, rainbows etc, or different age-groups. Maybe get people to vote on their favourite each week for a prize?

VestaTilly Sat 09-Jan-21 22:08:10

Both excellent ideas... I’m starting to think I need to delegate to some kids

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Randomrebel Sat 09-Jan-21 22:17:14

I like that poem about a smile 😊 being infectious. Could you do that and also ask children to do some drawings of people smiling. I was going to say ask people to write about what makes them smile or happy but that might encourage them to linger too long. So you could maybe just put one verse of the poem on and some pictures which are visible without being/going too close. Or maybe ask people to send things to a community facebook page to cheer people up who aren’t getting out and aren’t walking past your window or seeing people.

Randomrebel Sat 09-Jan-21 22:19:56

This poem you could write it on a blackboard or print it off large.

VestaTilly Sun 10-Jan-21 07:45:16

I like that Randomrebel

I think I’m going to go for something like this, with either the poem or some other positive message written on the glass

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