Archives for : March 2014

Spring? Spring? Are you there?

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Well, maybe not quite. But I saw my first robin today. Actually 3 of them – not worried a bit about the rain pouring and dripping through my plum tree.

Here at the shop spring seems to be well underway. We’ve been wading through the stacks of boxes being delivered every day. Who ordered all this stuff anyway?  Oh… guess it was me. Pat’s doing her best making new displays and trying to fit in the new goods. But just as one area is finished, a new shipment arrives and she has to find somewhere to house even more. For us, this barrage of products happens twice each year, spring and fall. But spring is my favorite. The days are getting longer and warmer. Soon we’ll be able to turn off the heat and open the door! More sun is sure to arrive soon. Spring bulbs are up and the Daffodil Festival is happening.  And the robins are here again.

Las Vegas Gift Show

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January 2014, Las Vegas Gift Show

The Las Vegas Gift Show in January of 2014 was successful and worth the trip. My right hand employee, Pat, and I spent three days scoping out new and exciting merchandise. We found a great line of affordable jewelry, called Embellish, felted wool birdhouses, good for t he environment and birds too, and fabulous outdoor candles for summertime. The Las Vegas show offered more than Seattle. I have also been to the San Francisco show in the past, but last time I visited, there simply wasn’t as much available and many vendors mentioned that the Vegas show was growing in size.  There wasn’t much time for any of the typical Las Vegas pastimes, but I didn’t mind. By the end of the third day, we were exhausted, but quite sure that we would return next year or visit Dallas–I’ve heard their show is worth the trip as well.