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