Less is More

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Have you bought your turkey? Have you figured out your table décor? Have you planned “who is sitting where?” Do you know when you will start cooking? How many pies will you need? Have you thought about all the things you are thankful for? I know I have.

Truth is, these are the questions that matter this week. What also matters (a whole lot) is how relaxed we are with the guests and the meal preparation. What matters, to me, most of all, is that the day and the season be one of thankfulness. It is a time of reflection. Thanksgiving is a day when we can stop, reflect back on the year and our many blessings and simply and completely give thanks.

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I am so incredibly thankful for the many blessings that you, our customer, have bestowed on LTD 7. I might have had the “dream”…but it would not have been possible without you. You are part and parcel of my vision and LTD 7’s growth in the community and I am blessed beyond belief for your support and patronage.

There is not a day that goes by that I do not count my blessings. I might be on the road buying for the store or planning the next Facebook sale, or attending a meeting, but at the end of the day, it all comes back to you, our customer. You start the wheel rolling and keep us on the path of bringing you the best in vintage goods, trendy new styles and eclectic mixes of gifts and jewelry and furniture—the goods that only LTD 7 can combine under one roof.

I am so thankful for my vendors. They are the touch of wonderful and wonderment that makes LTD 7 so unique. While some may think that I am opening doors for them, in fact, they have opened so many doors for me. Our combined talents have taken LTD 7 on such creative and unusual ventures and I would be lost without them. Thank you to the vendors of LTD 7, and the many visiting vendors we have hosted along the way.

I would be remiss if I did not mention how incredibly thankful I am for my awesome and wonderful TEAM. They are the most talented and creative and personable group of women I have ever worked with! I love each of them for their unique talents and the way they sprinkle their special blend of giving on LTD 7. The  team  at LTD 7 is truly one of a kind and I love them like family.

On this eve, eve, eve, eve before we sit down and break bread with family and friends, I want to especially extend a cornucopia of thanks to each of YOU for allowing me to Live the Dream.

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Happy Thanksgiving everyone! We will be closed on Thanksgiving to spend time with our families and friends and we will reopen bright and early on Friday. We will be getting ready for Small Business Saturday.

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It is our blend of “Black Friday,” minus the crowds and specials on televisions. We will have stupendous sales, special snacks and many unbelievable bargains. I would encourage you to stop in on Small Business Saturday, November 29th, to see LTD 7 in full bloom and stocked to the top of the rafters with holiday selections sure to please the most discriminating buyer.

We might be small, and “less large” than the box stores…but we are definitely “more.” Come in and see why Less IS More.

Small Business Saturday at LTD 7 is sure to kick off the season in grand fashion and we want to share it all with you. It’s a short buying season this year, with only a few weeks before the holidays. Come often and come soon to begin to cross off those names on your buying list. We are ready and waiting to see you.

When you walk in the door of LTD 7 or grace us with your online presence, rest assured you are the Customer of the Day at LTD 7 and we are glad to see you, grateful to know you and pleased to offer you our goods. We are thankful for you, each and every day!

Let me be real specific. I am thankful each time you “like” a Facebook post. I am grateful you follow us on Instagram. I am blessed when you pull in and park and stop by to say hello or buy a cupcake or two or three. I am thankful when you attend our classes and workshops. I am thankful for your “curb alerts” and thinking of us as you declutter your homes. I am thankful for the pictures you share wearing your LTD 7 purchases. I am thankful you bring your children with you. I am thankful when you tell your friends about us and bring them by. I am thankful when you come to our markets and attend our special events, and I am grateful when you share a great idea you see on Pinterest with us. I am just not kidding, folks…I am SO SO SO thankful for you!

Listen to us closely as you check out with your purchases. We always say “Thanks,” and we truly mean it. We are so thankful for you and how beautifully we have all come together in this small and special town. Thank you for your love and support of LTD 7 and for all of your many special friendships.

We are all chasing something and I love and marvel at the idea that we are all one big happy family at LTD 7. Our dreams are your dreams.

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Have a wonderful week and a Happy Thanksgiving Day, everyone! I will see you very soon.

Living the Dream,

Lynne

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A Vintage Thanksgiving

What did you do with your extra hour today? Did you enjoy sleeping in? Did you find a little quiet time?

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What did you do with your extra hour today? Did you enjoy sleeping in? Did you find a little quiet time? I got to spend a little extra time with Duane and I had an extra serving of warm coffee. It was way too nice.

The Weather Outside is Frightful!

Boy we sure did pick the right date for the Fall Market, didn’t we? I always get a little nervous with our “early winters” and seemingly topsy-turvy weather. I hope you had a chance to come and enjoy the day and the festivities. It was wonderful seeing so many of you, even though I was running around like a mad woman with my hair on fire most of the time. I still managed to thoroughly enjoy the day and I want to thank our visiting vendors, the amazing staff at LTD 7, our food truck, musicians and my dad and brother for the vintage cars. We made some money for a cause near and dear to my heart and everyone I spoke with had a blast. That’s what counts!

Don’t forget, when it rains, check our Facebook page for rainy day specials! We typically feature rain boots.

Is It Too Soon for a Holiday Blog?

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I had some friends comment on Facebook about Costco’s really very extra special early Christmas decorations, and that was weeks and weeks ago. Too soon, for most of you, and I have to agree, but…I have to share a secret…many of us in retail have our holiday items ordered in Januray and ready as early as July , so we get a little antsy as soon as Fall hits. Bear with us. We love the holiday season and sometimes it is hard to hold back. I have tried to be as patient as possible and I am not going to blog about the season—yet. But I am working on a post that I think you will like. I will share it in the weeks ahead.

What Can’t Wait!

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I just have to tell you about two great events I am working on so that you can at least add them to your calendar. On November 14, 2014, we are having our annual Sparkles and Sweets event. It was so much fun last year!  The event will be held from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm Friday, November 14, 2014. I am fast at work on that endearing event, and once again, would absolutely love to see you. You will find our store decorated and full of everything you might need for gift-giving, guest vendors, demos, many great discounts and the ever popular drawing for our MONEY TREE!

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Please mark your calendars for an evening of fun in the downtown area on November 14th.

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And, we all know what Thanksgiving means…in retail…it means the official start to the shopping season. I know…I know…the Halloween decorations are still up. But this ear Thanksgiving falls later than usual so we have to be ready! Please plan to come see us on November 29th for Small Business Saturday. There will be great sales and a day that honors all of us working in small, local businesses. I am sure many of you are going to be shopping on Black Friday (and I don’t blame you)…but don’t forget about us on Saturday, our fabulous specials and unique gifts for everyone on your list on the very next day.

A Vintage Thanksgiving!

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Now that we have the LTD 7 housekeeping out of the way, let’s talk turkey. Okay, not really “turkey,” but I wanted to share a sweet project that you can begin today and do all through the month. We are only one day late and we can make that day up if you start today.

Gratitude Lists: Make One Today

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Have everyone in your family start a sheet of things they are thankful for this month. Write down one thing every day. Keep them on the fridge with one of our strong bottle cap magnets. Leave a little room for cutting them out just before Thanksgiving. Don’t let anyone see what is being written. Fold them or store the sheets in envelopes.

On Thanksgiving Eve, cut them all out and place them in a bowl. Folded. As you sit around the table, have everyone take turns reading them aloud and sharing. See if your guests can name who wrote them. If you have people coming from out of town, have them fill out one or two or three papers too so they will be included.

I have done this before and it is a wonderful way to share our thankfulness. It reminds us of all the many blessings we have, big and small and it is a delightful way to share amongst our family and friends.

Walnuts, Anyone?

If you have plans to buy or shell walnuts this season, think about saving the ones you see that are slightly open on the top. You can have the kids spray paint them gold or green or whatever color matches your décor and make name cards for the table. While most of us don’t need place cards, it is a fun and inexpensive project. I have also seen walnuts spray painted and stacked into beautiful centerpieces, as pictured.

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Use What You Have

The nice thing about vintage and repurposing for the seasons is that we can “use what we have” in unique and unusual ways. Perhaps you want to use your blue and white china and want to find a way to make it look like a Thanksgiving table. The picture above does just that!

Maybe you have old metal buckets or vases that would decorate nicely with sprigs of yellow and orange marigolds or hold small pumpkin. Or perhaps you have some spare burlap that would make a table runner this season. Decorate a bit differently this season and watch your creativity soar. It always boosts my mood to do something a little different, even if it is adding leaves and string to my napkins.

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Changing things up doesn’t have to be expensive. Use what you have; then buy more if you need to.

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On the Road Again

I will be on the road again late this week to pick up MORE great items for the store. I know I sound like a broken record sometimes, but I want to remind you of the many ways LTD 7 can meet your shopping needs as we approach the “season of busy.”

Please plan to make LTD 7 a frequent stop in your travels for the holidays. Don’t forget to check out our booth at the Antique Mall, too, if you are over that way. There is always something new and unique there, too and items are updated weekly.

Stay tuned to Facebook, Instagram and this Blog as the holidays get closer for fresh new ideas for gift-giving, gift baskets and those small, unique and treasured gifts we all need to purchase. Don’t forget to check out our Online Store and our Facebook sales each week as you can shop from the comfort of your home and we have some amazing sales and deals twice weekly. You can pick up many of the same items you see in the store and many new and first run items online. If you miss one of our sales, you can still buy, the next morning  Items in our Facebook sale are online for one week while supplies lasst.

LTD 7 strives, as always, to make your shopping as stress-free and as pleasant as possible and we are always here to serve you.

I am so very thankful for YOU! You are what makes my dream possible!

Living the Dream,

Lynne