15 Stories #9 The Roof Tile Display

#9 Roof Tile Displays

Money was tight when opening the Practice. The budget I had approved from the bank didn’t really leave anything to chance. Unfortunately this was the first time I had opened a business and there were a few things I had forgotten about.

One of the things I didn’t really budget for was frame displays. These are the racks used to display glasses. It’s important that they look good because they are displaying your product to your customer. They are a specialist item and I didn’t realise how expensive they were. I couldn’t really afford them.

I came up with what I thought was a brilliant idea – I would make my own frame displays.

I went off to a certain DIY shop and spent about an hour walking round trying to come up with an idea for something that would look vaguely like a frame display.

I saw some ridge roof tiles and decided they looked quite good. (These are the felt underlay tiles used at the top of a pitched roof. They smell faintly of bitumen.) They have a ridge down the center that looked the perfect size to fit a pair of glasses to.

I bought 10 of them and took them home.

I sprayed them all silver (just to make them look a bit more classy) and intended on drilling holes down the center and attaching hooks to fix the frames to.

Luckily, before the paint dried I came to my senses. Even someone with decent DIY skills could not have made these tiles look like frame displays, and I have no DIY skills.

Whilst they may not look as bad on the photo, let me assure you they were very, very bad. I don’t know what I was thinking.

I managed to borrow a bit more money and get some proper frame displays.