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.
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.
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.
Have you joined our rewards program and birthday club? Every day, people are benefitting from signing up.
Looking forward to seeing you soon!
Filed under battery operated candles, Blossom Bucket, braided jute rugs, Camille Beckman Hand Therapy, candle warmers, Candles, Cheerful Giver Candles, CrossRoads Candles, Embellish Your Story, Garden Flags, Goose Creek Candles, lighted stretched canvas prints, Mothers' Day, Natural soaps, Park Designs, shea butter lotion, SHOP SMALL, Soy Candles, Swan Creek Candles, timer battery candles, Wax warmers, Willow Tree
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
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!
Filed under after Christmas sales, Blossom Bucket, Boyds Bears, braided jute rugs, calendars, Christmas Cards, Embellish Your Story, framed prints, inventory, lighted stretched canvas prints, Willow Tree
Thanks to all who participated in our Fall Open House last weekend! We enjoyed seeing all of you, and it seemed all of you enjoyed yourselves also!
Saturday, Dale, our Embellish Your Story by Roeda™ company representative, shared information about the product, had a hands on demonstration and gave away magnetic embellishments. She brought along a video loop showing a multitude of ways to use this magnetic product. We have given away a $25.00 gift certificate for EYS by Roeda to one of the participants who signed up on Saturday! Congratulations!
In this last photo, the magnetic Nativity on the black board is new, and is available to purchase as separate pieces or as a whole collection. Stop by the store or give us a call if you want more information about any of this product.
We’ve transported several boxes of non-perishable food items to the Red Cross Food Bank here in Hanover. Thanks for your generosity – many of you brought in more than one item, and a few of you brought a bag full! They will weigh your contributions and let us know how many pounds we had!
Customers who bobbed for apples won a free gift . . . candles, mini notepads, scented tea-lights, dip mixes, weekly memo pads!
We had many of you sign up for our giveaways. We gave away a Bella Taylor quilted handbag, a Victorian Heart woven throw, a 1 year subscription to Country Sampler, a Cookbook full of Pennsylvania recipes, a 2013 calendar, a lighted canvas print (more detail on this in the next blog), a store gift certificate, and a gift bag of soy candle products! Whew . . . congratulations!
Other shots of the store on Saturday:
Check here to see our Fall Commercial which has aired on our local Comcast stations.
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!
Thanks to everyone who stopped by yesterday for the first day of our Fall Open House.
Today’s featured on-sale item is Button Wax Melts. Our regular cost is 99¢ thru $1.29 . . . but today we have them on sale for 89¢ each! A really great price . . . but for today only!
Don’t forget, tomorrow morning, Dale will be here for a hands-on demonstration of Embellish Your Story by Roeda™. Get familiar with the product, and sign up to win a gift certificate to use towards the purchase of Embellish Your Story product! Dale is also bringing along the magnetic embellishments for the new Nativity Scene. Orders can be taken for any product we do not have in stock!
See you soon!
One of the new products we’ve expanded on this summer is Embellish Your Story by Roeda™. Magnetic scrapbooking is a good way to describe this great product. Take a look here!
You can see that different bases are mixed and matched with magnetic embellishments to create a story and enhance your memories. And what’s great is these can be changed out easily to celebrate different events and seasons!
Here are photos of a few of our store displays. Easy and quick for a great look – anywhere!
Stop by the store during our Fall Open House on Saturday morning, September 15 to see the product and have fun with a hands on demonstration of Embellish Your Story by Roeda™. Also, enter to win a gift certificate to use for EYS by Roeda product!
Take a sneek peek into our Fall Open House next week . . . September 13 – 16
You will love our ‘tastes’ of the season. Tomato salsa . . . zucchini bread . . . pumpkin spice dip mix . . . gingerbread . . . apple bread . . . caramel apple coffee . . . mulled apple cider . . . and more great and easy food ideas for at-home-everyday, tailgating and other fall get-togethers!
Everyone loves give-aways! Sign up for several of them, including a quilted Bella Taylor handbag, a one year subscription to Country Sampler Magazine and a woven throw. With your purchase, you can Bob For Apples (our own version) – and win some great prizes!
Each day will feature a different group of items on sale in addition to our regular sale ‘corner’. Stop by all four days to check out the special feature!
Stop by Saturday morning to see one of our newest collections – Embellish Your Story by Roeda”™ and learn how to take scrapbooking and personalization to a whole new level. See how to mix and match multiple formats with magnetic personal embellishments to enhance and celebrate your story.
And, the tradition continues with our annual fall food drive. Bring along non-perishable food items and receive $5.00 off your purchase over $20.00. Your donation will benefit the Food Pantry at the Hanover Red Cross. Be generous . . . each year we’ve done this, we’ve ‘weighed in’ with more food than the year before!
See you soon!