Battery Operated Candles

Battery Operated Candles — everybody loves ‘em.  In our almost 12 years in business, we’ve watched the evolution of BOCs.  We first carried small, white, plastic, flickering LED ‘flame’, tealight size BOCs that used a flat disk shaped battery and came 50 pieces in a display box.  We tentatively purchased one box and extra batteries, thinking it was a great idea, but not sure anyone else would think the same.  We turned one on and sat it on the counter and sold out in about a week – with many customers buying 4 or five and more at a time!

Within a couple months, one of our vendors made available small, wax covered tealights and tapers in a very country/primitive look that our customers loved.  The tapers needed only 1 or 2 AA batteries and were a really big hit.  They still are, but the next step was putting a timer right into those little BOCs so they turn themselves off and on — and that made them an even bigger hit!

Currently, many different companies produce many different kinds of BOCs – most are wax covered to resemble (as close as possible) a real candle —  some are made of resin and can be used outdoors with some water resistance — some are manufactured right in the candle holder and even lanterns, all as one piece.

One of the latest versions is the BOC with a moving flame.  From across a room or even closer, it appears that you are looking at a real candle burning, complete with a flickering flame.  It probably won’t be long before even these are improved on!  In fact, two of our candle vendors have begun adding on layers of candle wax to give these flickering flame pillar candles a more country/primitive look!

Take a look at these videos of our newest BOCs displayed in the shop – made of wax, needing 2 AA batteries (120 hour operating time), 5 hour timer option, 5″, 7″ 9″ pillars and 7″, 9″ tapers!!  A tiny LED shines on the ‘flame’ and makes it dance and flicker as a real flame would.

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New Arrivals

Later this week, we are expecting our next shipment of new lighted canvas prints.  Over the next weeks and months we will be receiving new lighted canvas prints as they are available to ship.  Stay in touch here, or on our Facebook page to see up-to-date info on our new arrivals!  Check these three out right now . . .

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We also now have beautiful made-in-Pennsylvania dried wreaths made of Pepper Grass, Dock and Penny Cress.  Bunches of each of the dried materials are available for under $10.00 a bunch!  These are great for your country and primitive home decorating!

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New product – rugs, curtains, gifts, word blocks and more coming in each week!

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Foodie Creations

It’s summertime, and we all enjoy picnics and other get togethers this time of year.  We have a selection of dip mixes from Country Home Creations including this great tasting, always popular Caramelized Onion & Garlic Mix.

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Each package, with various recipes, uses simple, often on-hand  ingredients to make delicious additions to your meal, appetizer or snack.  Jalepeno Pepper Dip Mix is a good example with recipes for Jalepeno Corn Bread, Jalepeno Corn Dip and Jalepeno Chip Dip and Taco Topper. “Feeling Hot, Hot, Hot?” Your taste buds will go crazy if you crave “hot stuff.” This dip is great on tortilla chips, crackers and vegetables. This product contains No MSG, No Added Sugar, No Wheat or Gluten.

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You can even alter the recipe a bit to suit what you need.  With the Almond Poppy Seed Dip Mix, we used vanilla flavored Greek yogurt instead of sour cream and blended with soften cream cheese and the mix.  This makes a great topping to use with fresh summertime fruit.  Yummy!

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We have many more mixes in the shop, both savory and sweet, that will make gourmet-like additions to your meals!  Check in with us for more information!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Mothers’ Day – don’t forget

This is such a busy time of year – with some spring holidays already passed – and the very important Mothers’ Day and Graduations coming quickly.  Lawns are getting mowed for the first time this spring and folks are trying to get gardens cleaned up for the new growing season.

Many of us are checking our shrubs and perennials to see if they even made it thru the harsh winter and taking those night time frost warnings seriously!  The weeds are sprouting up in the vegetable garden, but the few seeds planted are waiting for the ground to warm up, even in the full mid-day sun, before venturing out of the ground.  It is encouraging to see forsythia, redbuds and flowering pears and the tulips and daffodils blooming. Spring is an amazing time of year!

For those of you looking for a gift for Mom or the significant women in your life, we have a nice assortment of gifts available.   Sentimental signs, framed prints, wax warmers and wax melts in lots of great scents.  We do have something for everyone.  You can check out our facebook page to see more photos of the store!  CIMG3178CIMG3175 CIMG3179 CIMG3173CIMG3181 CIMG3174CIMG3182CIMG3183

 

 

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Spring – really?

Sorry it’s been a while since we have posted here on this blog.  We’ve been trying to keep up-to-date on our shop’s Facebook page . . . and all this ‘social networking’ has become very time consuming.  Add this to our customer contacts that we’ve been doing for years (our birthday club and rewards program) – it’s turned into a full time job!

We did want to let you all know that while the winter storms rolled thru and the spring winds and snow showers have blown thru, we celebrated eleven years in business here in the North Hanover Mall!  And many of our regular customers came by to celebrate with us this past weekend.  We had delicious cake (from the local Giant grocery) and Door County Coffee as well as some other munchies.

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When we look at the calendar, we know it is spring – and the forecast over the next couple days shows a warming trend.  For most of us in this area, 60 degrees would be heavenly compared to the cold we have been having!  But it is spring, with Easter only a few weeks away and we have tried to make if feel warm and springy inside here at the shop.

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Yep, spring – really.  Gotta love it!

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Freezin’ Season

We’ve written before about how busy the month of January is in the shop.  This year we started out by delivering your donations to the Red Cross and New Hope Ministries.  Donations totaled $828 thanks to all of you who stopped by and purchased ornaments for a donation of $2.00 (or more).  A Bit of Country added to that amount so we could give $500 to each of those organizations.  What a great group of customers we have!!

January is also inventory month – and that was taken care of early on.  This year we did not move whole areas of the shop around like we did last year – but we cleaned, had clearance sales and recently packed up our winter merchandise and began restocking with new product.

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Daylight lasts a bit longer each day – and even though our weather has been blustery cold – the sunshine (when we see it) is warmer.  Our store displays are in transition.  It’s still winter, so we will have some wintery things out for a while longer.  The snowman family is photobombing this Valentine display!

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Our Christmas trees have been transformed into Valentine trees.

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And even the bears have a Valentine message to deliver.

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Stop by the shop or visit here to see all the new product showing up.  It’s warm and cozy inside, a great distraction from the snowy weather outside!

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Christmas Greetings 2013

Christmas is two days away.  You have been keeping us very busy at the store this last month, and we’re looking at lots of empty spots on the walls and shelves.  We want to report that your ornament donations (from the last post) today comes to $800+ :)  Great job!  We knew that our customers are generous, and it shows!  There are still some ornaments on the display, and we will continue to accept donations thru the end of December.  It would be great to surpass $1,000!  Donations will be divided between the Hanover Red Cross and New Hope Ministries.  We close early tomorrow – Christmas Eve – but open at 7:00 Thursday morning!

Merry Christmas!

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