Displaying merchandise is super important.
Clothing racks made out of galvanized pipe are a great way to establish an indie or bohemian aesthetic for your store. They are growing in popularity and some of our favorite retail supply stores have offerings of racks that have the galvanized pipe look without having to assemble them yourself. Ironically, some of these pre-made fixtures are cheaper than if you were to buy the components yourself from your local hardware store.
Store Supply is a good source for general retail supplies and is also a NARTS (The National Association of Resale Professionals) affiliate member and responsive on the NARTS Facebook Group.
Their collection is called the Pipeline Rack Collection, and includes outriggers and maple-topped nesting tables:
Their line is called Industrial Pipe, and has a similar assortment to Store Supply’s. Their nesting tables have a whiter grey ‘birch’ style top:
Firefly Store Solutions
My favorite of the three options, Firefly’s Hanson collection of fixtures is a bit more expensive than the other two, but includes sharp sign holders and wall hooks, as well as a sharp freestanding showcase. Their nesting tables have an ‘aged wood’ look.
Of course, there’s always a DIY option. This is what we did when we first started, and our 8′ single-rail racks probably cost about $100 each. The blog A Beautiful Mess has a great tutorial and lots of other inspiring posts besides.
Note: because all the pipes are threaded in the same direction, you can’t make a rectangle without one of the following compromises: counter-threading one of the ends of one of the pipes, using a Union somewhere along the line, or what the tutorial does – leaving one of the pipes just barely screwed in on one side. This might work at home, but it may present a challenge under the rigorous interaction of the general public.