Local designer hosts Halloween pop-up - Oct. 12, 2017
BY DENNY SCOTT
Jennifer Triemstra-Johnston, a costume designer, professor and former Blyth Festival employee is again putting her skills to use in Blyth.
Triemstra-Johnston’s business, Pick a Posie Costume Company, will be hosting a Halloween-themed pop-up store at the former home of Sharon’s Cars and Miniatures across the road from Blyth Memorial Hall on the village’s main street.
Triemstra-Johnston explained that, through the company, she can find costume stock from theatre companies and end up with some fairly high-quality items. The pop-up shop will allow people to come in and put together a costume for Halloween.
The main business for Pick a Posie, which she founded earlier this year after designing costumes for 25 years, is to be able to deliver parties on demand. She said she can rent out suites of costumes to facilitate themed-parties.
“If you want to do a pirate party, we can do that,” she said. “We can have 25 costumes delivered or picked up, you play with them for the weekend, and then they can be returned.”
The pop-up aspect of the new business isn’t focused on rentals however and, until Oct. 29, the location will be offering costumes through the store.
“We’re not a traditional Halloween store,” she said. “We’re more like a tickle trunk of costumes. You can come in and pick a costume, a hat and accessories and tailor it to your design and tastes.”
That’s where the name for the company came from, Triemstra-Johnston said.
“A posie is a collection of flowers that are put together and the idea behind the pop-up store is to have people put together their costumes,” she said.
Some of the costumes that will be available are Triemstra-Johnston’s designs while others have come from theatre companies.
Selling the costumes, which she doesn’t necessarily have a use for at the moment, is part of having a sustainably-sourced business, she said. Second-hand costumes are sold and even her own creations are made from fabric that she described as ‘deadstock’, or fabric that would not have been used otherwise that she gets from various sources.
“I can either dye it or figure out a way to use it,” she said.
She also explained that some of the items do have a “buy back” option on them where, if they are returned in good condition, she will offer to purchase them back to sell again.
Triemstra-Johnston now lives in Blyth, having moved here after starting work with the Canadian Centre for Rural Creativity. She is running fashion and textiles classes this fall including a fascinator class that is set for Oct. 20. Fascinators are formal hats for women that have found a resurgence in popularity within the past 10 years.
For more information, Triemstra-Johnston can be reached at email@example.com.