Our FALL SHOW is coming soon!

Not that we want to chase away summer (I like all the yard time, walks, visits with friends and family), but from a crafter’s perspective, it is time to think fall. We want to have fall things created for you to see before the season starts. Our fall show traditionally starts Labor Day weekend, so opening day this year is the last day of August. Hope to see you, and don’t forget, fall show means Pie on the Porch!

Friday and Saturday, August 31 and September 1

Friday and Saturday, September 7 and 8

Hours: 9:00 to 5:00

Don’t miss PIE ON THE PORCH, first weekend only!

Save the Date: Next Event–Pie on the Porch, Labor Day Weekend

Wishing everyone an enjoyable summer. Our next event is the ever popular Pie on the Porch returning Labor Day weekend. Friends of the Library host two days of delicious pie served on our Victorian porch and in the shaded, landscaped area surrounding our home. The shop will be filled to the brim with fall decor and creations from our talented artisans. While pie is available for just one weekend, the shop will be open for a second weekend in September.

We finish out 2018 with our Holiday Show, when we will be open every weekend in November!

Picket Fence Welcomes Spring!

Winter has been especially cold, and we are ready for some sunshine and invigorating spring colors! Trips have been made to cash and carry markets, orders are unpacked,  and crafters are bringing their wares. We are embracing both the farm theme and the industrial/galvanized metal look. Our spring arrangements include some softer neutral tones but also traditional yellows, purples, and reds. Hydrangeas in a myriad of colors arranged in metal containers are all around the shop. Unique hanging pieces with metal, twigs or wood are ready to adorn your door or walls. Contemporary hand painted signs, fabric crafts, a generously stocked candle display, pillows and tea towels, and hand crafted soaps round out the inventory. The shop is full and ready for your visit!

Our spring show weekends are:

Friday and Saturday, April 6 and 7

Friday and Saturday, April 13 and 14

Friday and Saturday, April 20 and 21

407 E. Franklin in Lanark, IL. — Hours: 9:00 to 5:00

Like us at www.facebook.com/pages/Picket-Fence where you will find additional posts throughout the three weeks of our event and as well as notice of our fall and holiday shows.

And now, some preview pics:

Picket Fence Christmas

We have again expanded the shop space for our holiday show. All of our crafters are returning and we have two new ones as well! Decorated trees, snowmen, new lighted decor from the Minneapolis wholesale show, beautiful winter door swags, fabric and wood crafts and so much more await your visit. We are open 9:00 to 5:00 all of the following days:

Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, November 3, 4 and 5

Friday and Saturday, November 10 and 11

Friday and Saturday, November 17 and 18

Saturday, November 25

New this year: Carroll County Country Christmas/Shop Hop is one weekend only but we have added Sunday hours. Visit shops, winery and restaurants, all coinciding with the first weekend of our holiday show. Details at http://visitcarrollcountyil.com/shopping/carroll-county-shop-hop/

And now for some preview pictures!

Picket Fence Celebrates Fall

Cool weather has everyone thinking fall. Our shop is filling with warm autumn colors and the spicy scent of harvest candles. Friends of the Library have a new decorating theme for the porch. Soon pie baking will be underway. Be sure to come on our first weekend if you are looking to enjoy homemade pie on the Victorian porch.

Friday and Saturday, September 1 and 2

Friday and Saturday, September 8 and 9

Hours: 9:00 am to 5:00 pm

(Enjoy Pie on the Porch Friday and Saturday, September 1 and 2)

Join us in the shop to see fun new Halloween and harvest decor as well as a sneak peak of Christmas items ordered at the Minneapolis trade show. Metal containers are a new trend and we have them in all shapes and sizes. Some have arrangements like beautiful sprayed hydrangeas or burlap sunflowers. Some are offered just as we got them for accent in your decor or to hold your own creations. Guest crafters offer wood signs, crocheted hats and fabric crafts. We just received a big shipment of freshly made candles in Harvest Thyme, Pumpkin Pie, Cinnamon Butter and winter scents too. The weather forecast looks great. Just bring a sweater or jacket if you are a morning porch guest. It truly may feel like fall this year!

Picket Fence Welcomes Spring!

Show time is almost here! Several displays are show ready. More will be added this upcoming week as 6 additional artisans bring their creations to add to the mix. We will be open three weekends. For anyone reading about us for the first time, we are not a shop with regular hours but rather a group of talented artisans who gather three times each year to stage seasonal shopping events. You will find gorgeous florals, both seasonal and year round, contemporary hand painted signs, primitive wall pieces, framed photos, metal containers and decor, fabric crafts and more. Our spring show weekends are:

Friday and Saturday, April 7 and 8

Friday and Saturday, April 14 and 15

Friday and Saturday, April 21 and 22

We are at 407 E. Franklin in Lanark, IL. You will see signs directing you to our Carriage House shop. Hours are 9:00 to 5:00. We invite you to like our Facebook page www.facebook.com/pages/Picket-Fence where you will find additional posts throughout the three weeks of our event and as well as notice of our fall and holiday shows. We also use Facebook to tell friends about any special sale items or discounts.

Below are some preview pictures. Enjoy and come see us in April!

Order Writing at Minneapolis Mart

It was a big weekend with a drive to Minneapolis to visit son Andrei and attend the January show at the Minneapolis Mart. Andrei attends college in St. Paul and is great at getting around in the Twin Cities. He remains my Picket Fence Employee of the Month (only employee I have ever had, so he does not have to relinquish the title.) So he gets an employee ID badge to attend the wholesale show with me, and he spends the day helping me choose things to order for the shop.

This year we focused on metal containers for spring arrangements and accent pieces for Holiday 2017. Hard to think about next Christmas when I have not yet put everything away from this past holiday, but I find it is best to place some orders early, as product might not be available later. We learned, too, that some wholesalers order their product based on pre-orders at the large trade shows. If we are interested, it helps the wholesalers if we let them know now, so they know what items and how many of each to order for their inventory. So order we did, and I look forward to receiving our new picks.

While visiting, I also got to see great photos from Andrei’s study abroad that he had just finished. Then of course there were wonderful meals out, and we went to nearby Stillwater (kind of like Galena) to tour antique shops and book stores. I am not one to do much traveling. These weekend trips are perfect–my kind of vacation.

Visit our Facebook page to see more of our show finds, and please give our page a like if you have not already. www.facebook.com/pages/Picket-Fence

Thank you for following Picket Fence, and we look forward to seeing everyone at our spring show in April.

It’s a Picket Fence Christmas!

We have expanded the shop space and moved in decorated trees, more snowmen than we can count, fantastic wood crafts from two new artisans, shimmering LED branches, beautiful winter door swags, and much more. We will be open Fridays and Saturdays in November, except for Friday after Thanksgiving. Hours: 9:00 to 5:00.

Friday and Saturday, November 4 and 5

Friday and Saturday, November 11 and 12

Friday and Saturday, November 18 and 19

Saturday, November 26

The first two weekends of our show coincide with Carroll County Country Christmas (formerly Shop Hop) that goes from Lanark through Mt. Carroll and Savanna. Find maps and descriptions at http://lanarkil.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/ShopHop-Maps-2016-lanarkil.pdf

Picket Fence Holiday Show!

Our 2016 Holiday Show is just around the corner when the calendar flips to November! We will be open every Friday and Saturday in November (except Friday after Thanksgiving.) If a different weekday or Sunday works better for you, just give us a call at 815-297-3576, and we will be happy to open the shop for you.

Picket Fence Celebrates Fall!

We are busy preparing the shop for our fall show. There are many new seasonal items and lots being delivered by our talented crafters. Pie baking is planned with more than 50 homemade pies coming for Pie on the Porch weekend!

Friday, Saturday, Sunday, September 2, 3 and 4

Friday and Saturday, September 9 and 10

Hours: 9:00 am to 5:00 pm

 Enjoy Pie on the Porch Friday and Saturday, September 2 and 3

Join us in the shop to see  Halloween and harvest decor, including many sizes orange and silver steel pumpkins, large variety of door swags, wood and fabric crafts for fall and year round, inspirational wood signs, repurposed items and more!