Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Main Street Christmas

Join us this Saturday, Dec. 4th in Gilbert...a town just 4 miles north of Ames.  A small town known for great schools, pride in community, a darn good tractor club, and a handful of dedicated businesses.  We are hard workers and it shows.

Now this little Christmas celebration on Main Street isn't all fussy and fancy...but it will be good hometown fun!  JB Knacker and The Left Bank Studio open our doors at 9 am sharp.  We'll be cozy and welcoming and brimming over with Christmas fluff and gifts galore.  There will be hot cider & coffee, gourmet cocoa and tasty Mimosas to quench your thirst and warm your souls.  Nibble on quiche, fruit and baked goods while you shop.  The Left Bank Studio will artistically wrap any gift purchased inside their brick 'n mortar shop.  The Gilbert Historical Society will set up camp inside JB Knacker's doors and will be spinning folklore as well as selling their ever popular Gilbert school slates throughout the day.

Down the street at Open Flame, enjoy wine & beer tasting w/ appetizers from 2:30-4:30 pm.  The old fashioned small town Christmas celebration will conclude w/ carols and tree lighting at 5:15 pm while we wait for Santa to arrive via the firetruck at the fire station at 5:30 pm.  Plenty of popcorn and fellowship for everyone as the little ones share their Christmas wishes w/ Santa 'til 6:30 pm.

And as a nice ending to a perfect small town day, a drawing for a workshop (for up to 5 people) presented by both JB Knacker and The Left Bank Studio plus a $20 gift certificate to The Open Flame! 

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Black Friday at JB Knacker

Here's the scoop on Black Friday at JB Knacker...we open at 9am.  Everything in the shop is 20% off!  Our door busters are JB custom pillow covers (eye chart and number) $20 each, vintage typewriter keys $5 each and our chunky hand-cut soaps $2.50 each!  A drawing for a $50 JB Knacker gift card at the end of the day.  Hot cider, coffee and homemade gingersnap cookies all day...we'll break out the wine at 3ish.  Make-and-take craft from 1-4pm w/ local artist, Lara Gustafson... Believe Santa gift tags (only $1) and mini tag booklets (only $2)... really great gifts or decorations for your home!  An abundance of "nature" out in the side yard...bundles of twigs, funky branches, fresh evergreen...and inside, a full shop of new old stuff awaits!!  We close at 6pm to restock and "fluff" for Saturday (10am - 3pm). Can't wait to see you and Happy Thanksgiving!!
Vintage Typewriter Keys $5 each...disregard the date...don't know how to use a camera@#!

Chunky Hand-cut Soap in orange clove, mulled cider and pumpkin cheesecake $2.50 each...again, disregard the date@#@%!
Eye Chart Pillows (these w/ feather inserts)...remember, these pillows also come w/ a fun vintage typewriter key attached to the little tab on each pillow $20 each (feather insert not included, but fits a 18" x 18" - 20" x 20" pillow insert)

Friday, November 19, 2010

Hope this shop update finds you all healthy and looking forward to Thanksgiving.  We're possibly looking at our first 1-2 inches of the white stuff the day before and that makes the kids at my house really happy!

Boy, I miss that old orange truck for hauling

Since our Vintage Christmas celebration on the 5th, 6th and 7th, we have helped haul some big pieces out the old shop doors ...big metal locker units, sturdy farm primitive chairs, spoon-carved beds, 7 ft. bookshelves, oak mantles and a whole lot of smaller pretties that will grace homes for this season and beyond!  Can you tell these pieces are missing?  Not even!  The shop is full and as one item leaves a new old piece takes its place...mind you, there is no warehouse, just crazy me on a mission to find the best stuff to keep the shop full, exciting and fun!
 So come check out JB Knacker this Saturday.  I'll bake up a big batch of ginger cookies and have hot coffee & cider waiting.  There will be new old ornaments in all the fun colors for this season, primitive wire baskets in all shapes and sizes, old wood sleds w/ metal runners, chippy green park benches just waiting to grace your porch, sweet crunchy leather kid boot displays, vintage snowshoes, lasso "wreaths" and a whole lot more!
we first introduced these little guys 5 years ago and have brought them back in a big way  

And if you're thinking a gift card might be the way to go for your special someone...no plastic here...way better...vintage photos altered for the season.  You could even nestle one into one of our shimmery vintage Santa Baby heels (vintage high heel glittered w/ a vintage jewel embellishment).  If you're a little more country...we'll slide the gift card into a burlap sleeve.  Either way...a super thoughtful gift.

Our German silver glass glitter for all of your Christmas projects will be stocked any day now, and we will even have complete kits w/ said glitter for you to give to that special someone who can't get enough of creating.

Next week, JB Knacker will be open regular hours on Tuesday and Wednesday (1-6pm), closed on Thanksgiving and open extended hours the day after Thanksgiving (9am - 6pm).  Be ready for for a fun day at the shop on Black Friday...more treats, $50 gift card give-away, make-and-takes from 1-6pm (really fun Believe tags & mini journals) and great specials just for that day!  More on those specials next week...

Friday, November 12, 2010

And We're Off...

  Last weekend's A Vintage Christmas at JB Knacker was just spectacular!  All twinkly and cozy with heavenly live violin music playing and wine flowing and well...thank you to all who came out...not only on Friday night, but all weekend long!

Next on the platter at JB Knacker...we are hosting our "Junkdown to Christmas" tonight at the shop from 6:30-8 ish ~ looking forward to creating w/ several of our fun customers (Colleen, Monica, Kristen & friend, Mary & daughters, Lauren and Jenna)!  We do have room for a few more...so if you can, give us a call at the shop today (233-2600) and we'll get you signed up!

Black Friday at JB will be fun!  We will open at 9am and stay open 'til 6pm.  As always, a drawing for a $50.00 gift card (you will love this year's gift cards from the shop) will happen at the end of day, and a really good sale (door busters) will be happening...stay tuned for the specifics on that.  It will be warm, cozy and festive at JB Knacker on the day after Thanksgiving so be sure to stop by the old place!!

More to come as this beautiful season progresses...slow down and take it all in.  I can't wait for that first snowfall...can you (be nice w/ your answers!)?