Amanda Greeley of Tink + Tiger has gathered the best of Charleston, SC’s artisans in a 1870’s carriage house in Charleston, SC for Charleston’s “least visible but most exciting” place to holiday shop. Even if you can’t get to the Smith Street Pop Up in person, we’ve got the full tour here. Plus, check out the list of vendors below.
Amanda, the holiday season is already so busy for someone in the retail business. What inspired the pop up shop?
The idea to do a holiday pop-up shop didn’t come to me until the very last minute. In a matter of two or so weeks, the pop-up shop went from an idea to an operating store. As someone without a retail space, I wanted to find a way to cater to local holiday shoppers and thought that if a few local artists and designers joined forces we might be able to put something really fun and different together. It also helps that Charleston has incredibly charming architecture; there aren’t many cities in the U.S. where you can find a carriage house that was built in 1870 to rent for a month at the last minute.
You didn’t let on only a few weeks ago when we toured your studio for our Holiday Issue! When did you start working on the pop up shop?
I decided to try and do it the week before Thanksgiving and days before the long weekend, found the perfect space. So – again, it was about 15 days or so from idea to ‘open’. There were a lot of jam-packed days and late nights.
You have quite the mix of businesses and artists involved- how did you go about finding collaborators?
There are so many talented good people in Charleston with truly unique small businesses that the list made itself in a way. Local designers and artists without retail spaces in town were the first people I reached out to. After that, did some searching around the country or through local antiques dealers to fill in some gaps. It came together almost magically and I love the way everything looks together.
So, Santa told us to inquire- which item from the shop are you hoping to open on Dec 25?
I’ve quickly fallen in love with the black and white San Marcos Wrap from Harper Poe’s line, called Proud Mary. I might be gifting that to myself, if I’m being honest. There’s also a giant antique spotlight from a 1950s French movie set, and it is simply awesome. It might not fit so well under a tree though.
The Smith Street Pop Up is open through December 24 but you can find the designers involved year-round. Shops involved include: Tink + Tiger // Proud Mary // Christina Jervey // Plum Collective // Curiosity Shop // Arsenal Designed // Lee Lachiocotte // Alex Waggoner // 42 Pressed // Flower Shop Charleston // Radar NY // Druthers Boxers // Jenna Snyder Phillips // NG Collective Studio // Show and Tell Art and Design