Sunday, November 15, 2009

Crazy Busy

Is that how time flies? You just get crazy busy and "whoosh" it's Thanksgiving! Crazy busy can be a good thing...a very good thing in the retail world. A Vintage Christmas last weekend was wonderful! OK... the 70 degree weather was a little weird for the first weekend in November in Iowa. But on the inside... the mix of hot cider, french vanilla coffee, almond & Christmas sugar soap and homemade goodies was enticing. Christmas and vintage was being brought out all weekend during the festivities. As quickly as one item sold another was there to replace it. And this is only the beginning of what JB Knacker will be offering in vintage and vintage inspired goodness for the season. Our next big event is the day after Thanksgiving. We will be open with extended hours from 10 am - 5pm that day and our door busters will be something to behold. In this creative world of JB Knacker, where new old stuff is brought in daily and fun "marriages of old pieces & parts happens spontaneously, hard to know exactly what those door busters might be...maybe doors - that's kind of funny. We will also have a $50.00 drawing for a JB Knacker gift certificate!

You won't find this stuff at any mall or big discount really won't find much of it anywhere but right here at the shop. I encourage every one of you to look at decorating for Christmas w/ a different "eye." Use old sleds, metal & wire fence gates, chippy old chunks of fence, mesh wire wreaths, wood crates & painted trunks, mossy statuary and bird baths ~ all very organic and reusable choices as well as unique. JB Knacker will even lend a helping hand to fill those organic vessels ~ pine cones, twigs, branches, evergreen boughs and assorted nature will be in abundance in our shop and side yard.

Our gift line is all locally hand made ~ fingerless knit mittens, apple jackets, coffee sleeves and mug huggers have all had a bit of kitschy bling added to them. Sarcastically charming soldered charms, junk embellishment charms and typewriter key charms ready for one of our new or vintage chains or add them to your own existing chain or bracelet or key chain or use as a gift topper or ornament or sun catcher or bookmark... How about a very yummy chunk of hand-cut soap in the scents of Christmas Sugar, Almond, Twigs & Berries, Lemon Verbena, Georgia Peach or Cotton Breeze. Pair our soap w/ one of our chunky ironstone dishes or a delicate floral cottage dish (free w/ purchase of soap) and you have a really great gift for just $5! A grain sack numbered pillow or window sash letter are really fun gifts that you can personalize to your recipient w/ their favorite letter or number (as long as it is 2, 3 , 22, 23 or 33)!

And you have to check out our growing paper and trinket room: ledger pages, old music pages, old postcards and Christmas cards, vintage and antique photos, maps, flashcards of #'s, words and letters, BINGO cards, buttons, lace, old seam binding and ribbon and our very newest item...silver German glass glitter!

Suffice it to say, you need to check us out! Can't wait to see you at the shop!

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

A Vintage Christmas at JB Knacker

Rekindle the excitement and anticipation that was Christmas as a kid: Santa & sleds, snowmen & skates, music & midnight service and food & family! Join us at JB Knacker on Saturday, Nov. 7th from 9am - 6pm and again on Sunday, Nov. 8th from 12pm - 4pm. Twinkly lights and fresh evergreen will be plentiful and festive bites and beverages will be served.

Now, if you remember last year's ad, you may be thinking, "isn't this the same ad?" "Is Brenda really that strapped for time and imagination?" Yes, it is a really similar ad and uses the same picture of me and my siblings circa 1968. And yes, I am always strapped for time which can sometimes lower my creativity or at least what gets accomplished (but the old gears never stop turning). Truth be told, I love this picture and the feeling it gives me. So what's wrong w/ using something more than once...absolutely nothing and that is so what we are all about at JB Knacker! Go back and try to recall your favorite memory from your childhood Christmas...mine is all 6 of us kids piling into my big sister Mary's bed to await the visit from Santa. Anticipation, excitement and fun as well as cozy and inviting...that's what I strive for in my own home at this time of the year as well as at the shop. And this is the feeling I want each and every one of you to leave with from A Vintage Christmas at JB Knacker!