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.

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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!

Burlap and Lace for a Lovely Summer Wedding!

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!

Wedding at the Beach!

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!

Spring Show Wrap Up

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.

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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!

 

Picket Fence Welcomes 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

Follow us on Facebook or check back here for additional open days we hope to be adding later in April/May.

Save the Date: Spring Show 2016

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!

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