- See more at: http://blogtimenow.com/blogging/automatically-redirect-blogger-blog-another-blog-website/#sthash.p5VL3RkF.dpuf The Old Lucketts Store Blog: February 2011

Monday, February 28, 2011

February in Review

Since February is almost over, we thought we'd take a quick look at everything accomplished this past month. Here are few of the highlights.

We executed an amazing Groundhog Day sale on February 4th, 5th, and 6th, with record sales each day!  A big thank you to our staff,  the Mover Dudes, our loyal customers, and all of the new friends we made!

Speaking of new friends, in February, we added 125 new friends on our Facebook page.  If you know someone who would make a good friend, be sure to send them to our Facebook page and friend us.

After taking January off, we reopened our Design House.   The Design House is a once a month showcase full of inspiration and interesting finds.  The next Design House will be March 4, 5 & 6.

We started posting new items for our Fresh off the Wagon page each week.  Now you can get the scoop about some of the unique items that arrive at the store each week.  While we're on the topic of arrivals at the store, in February, Heather brought in a 40 foot trailer load of springtime goodies for her portion of the shop.  Anne had her own unique find - "Nelly the zebra" has made quite a stir lately.

Since we are never short on ambition, we cleared the main room out and sanded the floors for a new weathered look.  The day after our biggest sale of the year, Groundhog's Day, no less.

In February, we continued preparations for our 12th annual Spring Market.  The market will take place on our property this year and we're expecting more than 120 vendors.  Be sure to mark your calendar and save-the-date for May 21st & 22nd.  This is gonna be good!

Thursday, February 17, 2011

The Royal Treatment

Reproductions of the Keep Calm and Carry On posters have been on the market and quite popular for the last year or two. Here is my own version for the shop!

The original poster was produced by the British government in 1939 to help raise morale under the threat of invasion at the start of World War II. The Keep Calm message was one image in a series, all with similar messages; the posters were never used. In 2000, the poster was rediscovered and since this government image is now copyright free, it's been re-issued by a number of private companies. There are only two known surviving examples of the poster outside of government archives.

Maybe it's because there is a royal wedding around the corner, but my interest in icons from across the pond has recently been rekindled. We still see a lot of customers looking for Parisian accents and items with a British flair for their homes. When I was at the shop today, I decided to snap a few photos of two of my favorite icons --- crowns and the fleur de lis. Enjoy!


Items and pictures featured (l to r): 1) crown pillow (vnk), 2) crown & fleur de lis hooks (jdh), 3) mini tea set (sm), 4) concrete remnant with fleur de lis (cns), 5) Union Jack dresser (msi), 6) British phone booth photo (poster revolution), 7) iron crown (vnk),  8) crown sconce (vnk), 9) Norton cycling sign (poster revolution), 10) fleur de lis bird bath (cns).

Keep Calm poster history information courtesy of BBC News.

Friday, February 11, 2011

These Dudes Deliver

The Old Lucketts Store would like to thank the Mover Dudes for all of their help last weekend at our 16th Annual Groundhog Sale!  The guys were on hand all weekend, rain or shine, to help us direct traffic and load furniture for our customers.
Customers often ask if we can ship furniture or if the store delivers in Northern Virginia.  While The Old Lucketts Store doesn’t deliver at this time, we are affiliated with a local business that can help, the Mover Dudes.  The Mover Dudes are a great group of local guys who are punctual, professional, and extremely helpful.  Our customers have been very pleased with their service and prices.  The Old Lucketts Store is happy to recommend Mover Dudes to any of our customers who need a hand moving.

 We’re often asked how much it costs to deliver a piece of furniture.  Though that seems like simple question, there are several variables that go in to moving a piece.  For example, you need to take into account the size of the piece, where it is located in our store, the distance to the delivery location, and how many flights up the piece needs to be delivered.  If you need delivery services, we always recommend that you call Mover Dudes directly at 540-450-0770 for a free estimate.

Thank you Mover Dudes for your great customer service and support last weekend!  And yes, we have thrown around the idea of sponsoring a Mover Dudes calendar at the shop.  We’ll keep you posted…

 * Please note that if you purchase an item at the store and have a large vehicle with you, we can help you load up your purchase Thursdays, Saturdays, and Sundays.

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Happy Groundhog Day!

It's here, it's here!  Happy Groundhog Day!   It doesn't matter to us whether or not Punxsutawney Phil sees his shadow today.  Either way, our 16th Annual Groundhog Day Sale will be in full swing this Friday, February 4th, starting at 10am.

We've been busy at the shop preparing for the big sale later this week. The official Groundhog Day sale tags were sent off to the printer.  We found and dusted off our groundhog t-shirts from last year (we were snowed out last year and didn't get to use them!).   Anne was out buying extra pens and calculators so we can quickly process your order and get you back home to enjoy your treasures.

If you saw the post a few days ago, you already know that I snuck in to the Design House last weekend.  The artwork that was lining the halls over the weekend is now hanging throughout the house.  The rooms that look like they're inhabited by a world traveler are coming together.  (Oops, did I just give something else away?)  Truckloads of merchandise were loaded in to both our main building and the Design House over the last few days. (Truckloads?  Yes, I'm serious. I saw truckloads.  I had to weave my car around them in the parking lot when I was leaving the shop).

The sale starts this Friday, February 4th and continues through the weekend.  The Design House is open all weekend.  Both buildings will be open 10am - 5pm each day.

We are at 42350 Lucketts Road in Leesburg, Virginia.  We are the big green building on the corner at the stoplight in Lucketts.

We look forward to seeing you!