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Looking Ahead . . .

thru the next couple weeks.  Here we are in the third week of October – with the busiest season of the year just ahead of us.  If you are still looking, we have some great fall products in the store – including flags, mats and mailbox covers – perfect colors and designs for this time of year!

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A small number of beautiful fall wreaths, garlands and candle rings – florals, berries, twiggy – are also still available.

Our  Columbus Day Clearance Sale is still in progress – we’ve placed final markdowns on our sale product.  Before the end of the month anything left on the shelves will be packed up to make room for new product we will be putting out.

To keep up-to-date with what’s going on at our shop, check out the link to our Facebook page at the bottom of the sidebar on this page.

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‘FOMO’

I don’t text.  Once in awhile a text arrives on my cell phone, I read it, but I don’t text back.  My phone doesn’t take pictures either.  Some day when my phone dies,  I may have to go to something more technologically advanced than my old ‘flip phone’.  But for now, it does exactly what I want to do with it — make and receive phone calls.  Something else my phone doesn’t do — call someone by accident while being bumped around in the bottom of my handbag.

Because I don’t text, I don’t understand most of the texting lingo.  However, it’s fun to guess the meaning of groups of letters — language shortcuts — kinda like reading personalized license plates – the ones without vowels.

I read this (part of a longer article) in a recent online newsletter from John Tesh’s Intelligence for Life:

“Psychologists say, that it’s almost become culturally acceptable to text people at the dinner table – or check out the score of the game on an app while we’re with other people. They call that “FOMO” – fear of missing out. We feel compelled to keep checking our phones so we don’t miss out on anything.”

We all have various opinions about cell phone usage in public – talking, texting or checking an app – but, we know for sure that we don’t want our customers to worry about or fear missing out on great stuff that we have going on right here at A Bit of Country!  For example, right now we have to make room for new product coming in next month, so we have some really great prices on things we are clearing off our shelves!  Now that you know, don’t delay – you will miss out!

“Christmas in July” – snowmen and more from Blossom Bucket are priced at unheard of clearance prices.  And the best part . . . 50% of the sale of these pieces will go to the local Red Cross.  Make sure you come in before the end of July so there is no FOMO!

2014 wall calendars are soon arriving – Lang, Legacy, Crossroads and Kay Dee cloth calendars – and as always, if you purchase before the end of August, you get a discount.  Get your wall calendars (and wooden frames) early so you have peace of mind and no FOMO!

Fall Open House – second weekend in September from 12 thru 15. It’s become a tradition – bobbing for apples, give aways with purchase, sign up for other give away items.  Remember to bring some non-perishable food items for a discount on your purchase.  Come by one of these four days so you can relax with no FOMO!

If you’ve been traveling this summer, we’ve missed you.  But we have met lots of folks who end up here in Hanover from some pretty far away places . . . Maine, Florida, Arizona, California, Germany, England, Denmark, Australia and more that we might not even know about!  We hear all the time, ‘We don’t have any stores like this where we come from’.   We’re always glad to have visitors from out-of-town, close by or far away.

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Hello May!

Most folks we talk with have a hard time with the fact that we’ve already finished the first 4 months of this year 2013.  When you work in retail, the time goes especially fast, mostly because you are always thinking ahead — up to six months or more.  It is a constant balance for us to look for new product that you all will love (like our lighted stretched canvas prints that we have trouble keeping in stock!); buying just the right amount of that product – not too much but not too little; and keeping everyone’s favorite items in stock.

For example, we sell lots of curtains and braided jute rugs from several companies and it is nearly impossible to keep all the different styles and sizes in-store at all times.  We restock almost weekly for our most popular items, but we also accept many special orders.  Fortunately, most of the time, we can order curtains and rugs from our suppliers and have those items within a short amount of time.  We can also ship, or drop ship curtains, rugs, quilted bedding and other soft items if you don’t live nearby.

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Our newest new-for-us product comes from Camille Beckman.  We’ve handled their card inserts for quite some time – a bit of lotion in a foil packet inside a small folder that easily slips into a card.  It makes that card you are mailing just a little more special.  After a bit of research and reading lots of customer reviews, we decided that our customers would really enjoy Camille Beckman Glycerine Hand Therapy.  We recently brought in 3 of the company’s most popular fragrances (Camille, French Vanilla, Tuscan Honey) in a variety of items.  In addition, we still have the card inserts and purse size Hand Therapy fragrances.  If you want to check out the huge variety of items and fragrances the company has developed, look here.                                                                                CIMG2712

Mothers’ Day is coming quickly and we are stocked up on many gifts all those women in your life will love . . . music boxes, Willow Tree, gourmet coffees, embroidered lace, candles, wax melts and wax melters, nightlights, battery operated candles and lanterns, soaps & lotions, gift certificates and lots more.  We can help you make up a gift bag or basket with several goodies.

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Have you joined our rewards program and birthday club?  Every day, people are benefitting from signing up. 

Looking forward to seeing you soon!

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HAPPY NEW YEAR 2013

Only a couple days late with this New Year’s wish! 

Many folks may think that January brings alot of downtime when you have a small retail store.  Let me tell you that this is not so!  We might take a couple days after Christmas to recover from all the hustle and bustle of the previous weeks, and this year we had to take time to recover from whatever illness everyone seemed to be passing around.   But, the after-Christmas clearance time brings a different kind of busyness to our store.

Besides helping customers, we also use this time to reorganize and thoroughly clean everything front to back and top to bottom.  And, of course – there’s the inevitable inventory – probably our least favorite activity of the year . . . but it has to be done.  This really is the best time of the year to count product — because much of it has left the store!  Looking around at remaining inventory shows many empty spots . . . framed prints (many gone) . . . lighted stretched canvas prints (a couple left) . . . Lang, Legacy and Crossroads wall calendars (at last look – 3 left if you still need one) . . . boxed Legacy Christmas cards (very few boxes left – still on sale) . . . Willow Tree, Blossom Bucket, curtains and rugs (gone, gone, gone).

This year, besides doing all the above (and more), we’ve decided to move complete areas around – the first we’ve done this in several years.  What were we thinking?  We all know that you can’t move just one thing – even at home – you decide to move the TV and the recliner has to move, too. The floor lamp has to go next to the couch which no longer can stay along that wall . . . you know the routine.  Next thing – you’re buying new curtains to go with the new rug to go with the new coffee table!  It just never ends!

For those of you familiar with our store, you will immediately see what we have done – Boyds Bears have temporarily moved out so we could move our curtains and textiles to the front of the store.  Cards and other paper product have moved slightly  to the back to give them their own not-so-crowded space.  And, in that same area, we have more room to show off the magnetic Embellish Your Story by Roeda collection that we have.

Maybe some photos will help

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It’s definitely a work-in-progress.  Those empty spots?  We’ll get them filled in just as soon as we can!  You’ll have to stop by and see what a difference it makes!

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Fall Open House #3

It’s a beautiful day here in South Central Pennsylvania for all the activities going on – including our Fall Open House.  This is the last weekend for the York Fair – and they have had a great week weatherwise to showcase all the things that go on there!

At our Fall Open House this morning, we have a representative from Embellish Your Story by Roeda™ to host a hands on demonstration of the magnetic embellishments this company is known for.  Stop by to check out the product and register for a gift certificate to use for your purchase of EYS by Roeda!

A reminder to bring along non-perishable food items to receive $5.00 off any purchase over $20.00.  The food will be donated to the Hanover Red Cross Food Bank.

Today’s special 30% off sale is Blossom Bucket!  We have some great fall pieces including all sorts of mini pumpkins, scarecrows, turkeys and more, and the special is only for today!

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FOURTH day

On this FOURTH day of Christmas  you will find BLOSSOM BUCKET PIECES on sale @ 40% off the regular price!

This one day sale includes figures, mini ornaments and holiday pins by Blossom Bucket.

We are open 9 am – 10 pm this week — and open at 8 am on Friday (the FIFTH day of Christmas).

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FALL OPEN HOUSE

Last year was our first ever Fall Open House and we had such a great response from everyone who stopped in — we decided to do it again!  If you already didn’t know, this Thursday (September 15) thru Sunday (September 18) we have lots going on.  Special sales . . . *Cake Candles $4.00 off our everyday pricing —  *selected WEBKINZ @ $9.99 and HAMSTERS @ $4.99 — *CROSSROADS DIFFUSERS and metal holders $9.99 – $12.99!

We still have some CHEERFUL GIVER 32oz jar candles for an unheard of price of $14.99!  Our cute, cute, cute Blossom Bucket fall pieces are 20% off the everyday price thru the weekend.  There are many other items on sale too numerous to list!

Our store handout says to ‘Stop by and enjoy our fall decor, new candle scents, coffee and dip mix samplings.  Bring along non-perishable food items [to be donated to Hanover Red Cross] and receive $5.00 off any purchase over $25.00.  Sign up for special giveaways [quilted throw, Boyds Bears, handbag, subscription to Country Sampler, Billy Jacobs book, and more].  Add your name to our Birthday Club to get a card and receive a discount during your birthday month.  AND Friday and Saturday when you make a purchase you, get a chance to Bob-for-Apples and win a prize [discount coupons, gift certificates, candles, and more]!

Thursday morning, Brad will be here to take some video of our fall displays to put into a tv commercial.  Later this fall you will be able to see our commercial on local Comcast Hallmark Channel and Food Network.  We’ll update you on this the end of September!

Thanks for visiting with us here.  Plan to stop by this weekend and visit us at the store!

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