Friday, November 21, 2008

giving Thanks

What would make customers swarm to a small rural town on the biggest retail shopping day of the year? To shop JB Knacker, of course! My husband, the disbeliever, thinks we ought not be open on Black Friday (he likes to give me a hard time but secretly he is my biggest fan). I believe we have a duty to be open on this day. Where would all the people who hate to shop the big box stores go? Where would they find their JB shred? Who would welcome them and ask how the kids are or let them know their new haircut is not too shabby? Where else could they make a snowman or throw a snowball and sip hot cocoa & coffee after coming in from the bitter cold? OK...JB Knacker, again. Yes, we will be open and proudly so! We will have extended hours from 10am - 6pm on the day after Thanksgiving. Our vintage goodies and unique gifts will be well-stocked and the shop will smell of hand-cut soap and french vanilla coffee. We will wrap your new found treasures in white butcher paper and tuck them into our ephemera tagged craft paper sacks. If you came all the way from DesMoines or Mason City or some other far away place, we'll make sure you have a bottle of water for the road or a cup of coffee to keep you alert. We are proud of our small town heritage and thankful for our loyal creative customers...thank you from the bottom of our hearts and see you on Friday!
There will be a drawing for a $50.00 JB Knacker gift certificate on Saturday, Nov. 29th at 3:00pm as we close up shop and wrap up a wonderful November at JB Knacker. All you have to do is visit us in Gilbert on Friday (10-6pm) or Saturday(10-3pm) and throw your name in the old galvanized bucket. Also if you see something on the blog that you Have to have just contact me and we'll work out the details...this will also get your name in the drawing for $50!

Brenda & Julie

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Best Day Ever!!

JB Knacker Handmade Journals...$16 each
JB Knacker soaps~they make shop smell heavenly...Goose-sold doll-sold...pillow-sold
galvanized sled-sold..."J" "O" "Y"-sold...2 of 3 concrete planters-sold...1 of 2 windows-sold

And I mean the best...well at least in a shop owner's terms. The crowd was steady for the Christmas Bash and the weather perfect...cold and just soft flurries of snow. We were as ready as we were going to be w/ fresh evergreen strewn about and a harvest table of homemade goodies w/ piping hot apple cider and coffee. Customers shopped and mingled and laughed and kids w/ rosy cheeks and winter sweaters were here and there. All things "organic" flew out the door...wire clam baskets, old hockey skates, sleds, letter window sashes, flour bins, statuary, painted firewood boxes and so much more. Indeed, it did seem that anything needed to make a statement in Christmas decorating was sold! It was great to see customers that we only get to see once or twice a year and always great to have our true, blue steadies come through the door. Thank you for a wonderful day!
Julie & Brenda