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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Another June wedding, this one with the burlap and lace theme, accented by a very soft pink and a bit of gold. A florist prepared fresh flowers in milk glass vases, and Picket Fence contributed burlap and lace runners and enhanced the reception with lots of lights, burlap, lace and lighted trees. My favorite was the head table with many soft lights and big burlap swag with bows. Wonderful people to work with once again. Set up and tear down went well with lots of help from both families. A truly enjoyable experience!
This past weekend was great fun as I headed to Lake Somerset to decorate the lodge for a beach themed wedding. Lovely bride Jacquelyn wed her best friend, Drew, and I had the privilege of creating the wedding party flowers as well as decorating for the reception. Jackie was in my junior high small group at church way back when, and I worked alongside Drew’s wonderful mom while volunteering in the church office. The wedding was a reunion for me with many friends, old and new.
Bride, groom and both families worked on various components to prepare for the wedding and invited me to come alongside to put it all together. A great experience–delighted to have been a part of this couple’s special day!
A big thanks to all who came out in cold, wind and rain to support our Spring Show! We will be wrapping up this week with an additional shopping day and some special discounts. We will be open Thursday, Friday and Saturday, April 14-16, 9:00 am to 5:00 pm.
We are once again offering two for one on all of our lighted canvases and lighted burlap.
And we are putting together a sale section of $5.00 to $10.00 items, all being offered at deep discounts from original prices.
The weather looks much nicer for this final weekend of our show. Looking forward to putting together some new designs for spring and assembling our special sales area. I may even be mowing lawn before Friday–it is indeed time to celebrate spring!
Spring Show 2016
Great new designs for spring with natural flowers and foliage, accented with twigs, nests, and burlap. Handcrafted items by local artisans. Soaps, candles, lighted canvases, lighted twig trees, word signs and more!
Friday and Saturday, April 1 and 2
Friday and Saturday, April 8 and 9
Friday and Saturday, April 15 and 16
Hours: 9:00 am to 5:00 pm
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We are ordering and designing in preparation for this year’s first event, our Spring Show beginning April 1. In January, I attended Madison’s Market Square show and last weekend made my first buying trip to the Minneapolis Mart. It was great fun seeing new ideas for spring and I am excited to get the orders unpacked and let the creativity begin!