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It’s Fall Ya’ll

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I hope you enjoyed the weeks of Vendor Profiles and stories we shared on the blog over the last few weeks. I learned a lot and I hope you did too. We have some very special Dream Teams members and it was my privileged to feature them. If you missed any, please scroll back through the blog to catch up.

While we were busy learning about our Vendor Team, the season changed. It’s Fall, Y’all! It may not feel like it when you look at the thermometer outside and we may not be “ready” for summer to pass us by again, but the calendar doesn’t lie and we are headed right into pumpkins and spice and everything nice.

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LTD 7.1 and 7.2, along with Grandma’s Bait are in full Fall mode!

Our stores are decorated in colorful fall colors and we have wonderful new items and outfits for the children, and adults, alike.

We hope you will begin thinking also about what you might need for your fallscape-be it the front door, front porch, table or entry way and foyer. Candles, pumpkins, Halloween decorations, place settings, and the like.

We have a You tube video that you might enjoy, featuring LTD 7.1. It’s a little long at 8 plus minutes, but a wonderful way to do some shopping at home. You can find it here. If you don’t have time today to watch it, maybe bookmark it to watch at a later time.

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Our Facebook Sales are still in full swing, Alexis is live online each Thursday evening. It’s a great way to see NEW merchandise and shop from the comfort of home. Plan to shop with us! Facebook Sale

Grandma’s Bait “Sales” are in full swing online as well. Have you seen the sales we have been having on summer merchandise? Tons of “steals and deals!”  LTD 7 kids Sales

One of the other B.I.G. events on tap is LTD 7’s Annual Fall Market. It is scheduled for October 29th, 2016. Please mark your calendars and look for more information in the weeks to come. Event page

The bi-annual Outdoor Market at LTD 7! Tons of old fashion Fun, Quality Vendors, Food, & Music for the entire family! No direct sellers-we only accept vendors who run a small business with high quality handmade, vintage, antiques, repurposed, or upcycled goods. One Non-Profit, Ride with Pride, will be awarded 10% of Net Proceeds from our market! An event you don’t want to miss!

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Have you seen our new App? Don’t miss it! It’s available on Android and Apple and it will keep you abreast of all of our happenings in one place! We can all appreciate an App that does that, right? Download the new LTD7 App, today!           Android

That’s about all I can think of right now. Whew! That is a lot of news! As always, if you have any questions, or need any assistance with your shopping needs, Clarisse, Alyssa and Ann, along with our other very capable staff members are always willing to help!

Happy Fall Y’all!

Living the Dream,

 

Lynne

 

 

 

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JACK-O-LANTERNS AND LORE

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No matter how busy we are, the fact remains that Halloween is just around the corner. There are costumes to make or purchase; there are treats to buy and the porch needs attention. Whether or not you celebrate Halloween, the pumpkin is a fall favorite in homes and I have put together some ravishing ideas for you to see and perhaps make with your Jack-O-Lantern.

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Interspersed between the wonderful and relatively simple picture ideas, I have also copied some incredible facts about the pumpkin. You will definitely be “in the know” at the dinner table if you share some of the ideas and facts found here.

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Got a snake bite or a few freckles? Pumpkin will clear that right up! Or at least that’s what people thought in the 18th century when pumpkin was often prescribed as a cure-all.

Pumpkin pie dates back to the colonial period, when colonists filled a pumpkin’s interior with milk, spices and honey. The concoction was then baked in hot ashes. Thank goodness the recipe has changed since then.

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Even though pumpkin carving is an iconic American tradition, turnips, potatoes, or beets were the original Jack-O-Lanterns. When immigrants from Ireland, England, and Scotland arrived in North America, they began using pumpkins instead. Native to the Americas, not only were pumpkins much larger, making it easier to carve, they were also readily available.

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A pumpkin is a pumpkin is a pumpkin, right? Not so! Pumpkins come in more than 50 varieties.

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While most recognize the classic Howden Field variety, you may not have heard of the Atlantic Giant—which grows to more than 100 pounds—the precious Little Boo, or the miniature Munchkin varieties.

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Think your Jack-O-Lantern is huge? You’ve got nothing on Scott Cully. In 2010, this determined farmer carved a pumpkin that weighed 1,810 pounds—over 500 pounds more than the average weight of an American Saddle Breed Horse!

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Though this tough fruit originated in Central America, today it grows on almost every continent, including super cold climates like Alaska. The only place you won’t find pumpkins? Antarctica.

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Pumpkins might seem substantial, but they’re actually 90 percent water. The world’s largest pumpkin on record weighs more than 2,000 pounds. That’s about 10 times more than the world’s largest watermelon, which weighs a measly 268 pounds.

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The oldest evidence, pumpkin-related seeds dating between 7000 and 5500 BC, was found in Mexico.

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The color of pumpkins is derived from the orange pigments abundant in them. The main nutrients are lutein and both alpha and beta carotene, the latter of which generates vitamin A in the body.

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The word pumpkin originates from the word pepon (πέπων), which is Greek for “large melon”, something round and large. The French adapted this word to pompon, which the British changed to pumpion and later American colonists changed that to the word that is used today, pumpkin.

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Pumpkin chunking is a competitive activity in which teams build various mechanical devices designed to throw a pumpkin as far as possible. Catapults, trebuchets, ballistas and air cannons are the most common mechanisms. Some pumpkin chunkers breed and grow special varieties of pumpkin under specialized conditions to improve the pumpkin’s chances of surviving a throw.

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In the Harry Potter novels, pumpkin juice, a favorite drink of the students of Hogwart’s School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, is a recurring element.

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Starbucks turned this association into a marketing success with its pumpkin spice latte, introduced in 2003…and aren’t we glad?

Happy Pumpkin Hunting Everyone! Stop in LTD 7 soon and let us know which ideas you have tried.

Also, if you have any costume makeup you would like, my daughter, Erika, is booking appointments and there are still a few openings left.

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Living the Dream,

Lynne

Cloudy With A Chance of Pumpkins

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Hello September!

Here’s your forecast for Fall: cooler with a 100% chance of pumpkins!

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How many of you can’t wait for your yearly allotment of Starbucks pumpkin spice latte? It returns this week and sales will likely top the 200 million cups already sold. New this year: real pumpkin and no more caramel coloring.

CNN reports that one of the newest pumpkin products to hit the market is cereal.

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We already know that Kellogg’s pumpkin spice Pop-Tarts will be back; but did you know that Keebler is now showcasing pumpkin Fudge Stripes cookies?

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Dunkin’ Donuts got into the pumpkin game about eight years ago and hasn’t stopped. In September, Dunkin’ announced new pumpkin-flavored K-Cups, for brewing coffee, alongside pumpkin muffins, donuts and cream cheese.

Annually, the company uses about 100 million pounds of pumpkin puree — with good reason.

“[Customers are] saying ‘more pumpkin, more pumpkin, more pumpkin,'” Frankenthaler said.

More pumpkin is one of the most frequent customer requests, through sites like Facebook, he said. “And we’re saying to ourselves, ‘Wow, they love pumpkin that much. What else can we do?'”

It helps that pumpkin has its roots in fall festivities. Both Sredl and Frankenthaler said celebration is a major hook for ritual-making, whether it’s celebrating the last day of Christmas or the first day of spring. One reinforces the other.

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And how about M&M’s pumpkin spice latte candies? Pumpkin spice Pringles, anyone? There are donuts, bagels, spreads and ice cream? There are pumpkin spice beers, at least one pumpkin spice rum and even a pumpkin spice vodka.

I have read that there are pumpkin spice protein powders, pumpkin spice yogurt and dog shampoo. I am not joking. And in restaurants, “pumpkiny” offerings on the regular menu — everything from drinks to appetizers to pizzas to dessert — are up 36% since 2011, with limited time offerings up by 188%, according to Datassential Menu Trends.

Why do we crave pumpkin flavors in the fall?

The answer is simple.

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“We need rituals,” said Katherine Sredl, assistant professor in the Department of Marketing at the University of Notre Dame.

Sredl, who studies consumer consumption and seasonality, said that it’s no surprise when big-name items, like a spiced latte in October or brand of shoe during back-to-school shopping season, become inextricably linked with the season in which they appear.

Buying becomes its own ritual, which can be a powerful marketing tool.

“Rituals, when they go well, give you a good emotional feeling, that’s what people want,” Sredl said. “They want to feel like there’s something they can rely on.”

But breaking a ritual brings a similar impact, and that’s what happened with Starbucks. People come to rely on these products, Sredl said, and enjoy the feeling of reliance they provide.

This pattern of behavior isn’t unusual. During the back-to-school shopping season, which Sredl has studied specifically, shoe-buying often dominates and parents have been known to panic if the shoe or size or price they’re hunting is suddenly unavailable.

Consider Christmas. “Usually in marketing when we think about seasonality, we think about Christmas because it’s such a huge retail season. But it’s not the retail really — in this case, the pumpkin spice — that created the phenomena,” Sredl said. “It’s the change of seasons.”

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What are you planning for Fall? I know that it is hard to pack away those bathing suits and summer shorts, but soon enough you will likely jump on the bandwagon. Can’t you just smell the pumpkin spice candle now?

Have a spicy week everyone!

Living the Dream,

Lynne

 

Fall In Love…

Fall In Love…

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Have I got a cornucopia of ideas for you today! It took me a week or two to make the transition to Fall, because, as you know, I have “summer and beach and waves and sand” coursing through my veins, but now that we are seeing the leaves turn and feeling the nip in the air and pulling out our sweaters and scarves, I am starting to get into the spirit of things and approaching the Halloween and Thanksgiving holidays with thankfulness and anticipation.

Just Six More Days until Fall Market!

Speaking of thankful…can I just say I am delighted to see and hear from so many of you have who have said you are looking forward to LTD7’s Fall Market and making plans to come. The Fall Market is next weekend, folks, and preparations are really underway!

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 We have a TON of surprises in store for you at the Market…literally! How’s that for whetting your curiosity? We also have ALL of our vendors planning to be there for a meet and greet and lots of great outside visiting vendors for your shopping, too. It promises to be a grand day! Please plan to join us at LTD 7 anytime between the hours of 10:00 and 4:00 on Saturday October 25th. You won’t be disappointed!

 

Pumpkin Hacks, 101

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Have you purchased your pumpkin(s) for Halloween? If not we have plenty to choose from at the store. As I was rearranging our supply of them this week, I got to thinking about what to do with the ones we don’t plan to carve. You know me; I can’t throw anything away if there is another way to use it!

 I got to thinking: How could I repurpose my Halloween decor pumpkins to make them last through Thanksgiving? What “hacks” could I come up with by doing a search for reusing pumpkins or in other ways changing them up to move right into Thanksgiving?

Check out the amazing ideas I found. And remember, as you look at these ideas, you can get the pumpkins, the ribbons and the bows, along with assorted tea towels to match your festive décor, from LTD 7. Let’s “Fall in love…” with pumpkins this week!
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The first set of ideas make great gifts for teachers and those inside offices as they await the holidays. I have made many of these flower pot pumpkins and candle holders over the years and they are a huge hit! The best part of all, so easy to make!

For the Table

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What about serving pieces? Have you ever thought about using your pumpkins for a soup tureen? Or a dip bowl? Or what about with a platter of veggies? Shoot, why not just make the soup in the pumpkin?

Just think of the delicious aroma in the house. I can smell it now. You can also use a pumpkin as an ice decanter. Make sure to put plastic inside the pumpkin as they are porous.

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Paint, Anyone?

Another favorite idea for me is to paint my pumpkins. They last and last! We have to showcase a Chevron one, now don’t we? And porches can easily be transformed from early Fall or Halloween by using some of the ideas below.

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Maybe a scripture speaks to you. How about painting it or chiseling it or using a wood burning tool to showcase it on a pumpkin for Thanksgiving?

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No Carve Ideas

There are lots of ideas for a no carve pumpkin that take us into Thanksgiving. Look at the adorable buttons placed likely with a hot glue gun on the pumpkin above. Can’t you just see a beautiful buffet table with colorful tea towels and napkins and pumpkin serving bowls alongside it? What a gorgeous theme. Or how about a beautiful painted pumpkin with chandelier baubles sparking on your dinner table? I love this idea! We delight our family and guests and get to keep the glass once the season turns. What could be better?

Freshen Up the Porch

How about outside? Longing for a change on the porch or back deck for Thanksgiving? How about cement pumpkins? Or painted three tiered pumpkins with a family initial or a verse? Stack them high to really make a statement!

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Never mind thinking that all your pumpkins will have to be tossed after Halloween. There are countless ways to expand your use of them right into the end of November!

 See You Saturday, October 25!

I’ll see everyone next Saturday at the Market! I’m so excited!

Make sure to find me and say hello!

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Living the Dream,
Lynne