Family memories … for many, Christmas trees are like family scrapbooks. Each year as you bring out the totes and boxes, you unwrap remembrances of special moments, special friends, departed loved ones, and Christmases past. Perhaps your family tradition involves listening to a favorite Christmas album, drinking hot cocoa … maybe even placing a pickle on the tree for little ones to find.
Think about each decoration and the memories it evokes. Start you own tradition … give a gift that tugs the heartstrings, always “fits” perfectly, and evokes memories for years to come.
One of the perks of being a retired Spanish teacher is avoiding Ohio’s frigid winter. For the fifth time, my husband and I are heading south to the Progreso – Chicxulub coast of Yucatan, Mexico. This year, we will be spending seven weeks enjoying sunshine, sand and hammocks!
Mother Nature seems to be having a little laugh at our expense this morning though. Seems our 6:30 AM flight from Dayton to Detroit was delayed. Delta has re-booked us later this morning through Atlanta and we are scheduled to arrive in Merida, the regional capital, just before midnight. Keep your fingers crossed on our behalf!
This year, I have opted to leave the store open for browsing and pre-ordering. BUT, be aware … the products are in Ohio while I’m on the beach in Mexico. I will not be able to ship any orders until my return in mid-March.
I’m a one-woman online shop. Disability retirement in January 2000 (severe fibromyalgia) gradually led me to open the Celebrate365.com online holiday shop. It”s been a fulfilling way to engage my brain and my creativity while acknowledging my inability to continue a high energy career.
I published Celebrate365 … a journal for the ornament enthusiast through 2011. Then another health flare forced me into a less demanding schedule. Now, I share my passion for holidays, decorating and ornaments throughout the year but on my own rather erratic timetable.
I can’t possibly compete with big box stores or huge online mega-sites.
But, I can guarantee personal attention to your collecting needs. I offer a curated selection of artisan-crafted designs. I enjoy reporting background stories about designers and their collections.
I seek out unique designs and auctions on eBay, Etsy and the world-wide-web. I share my finds on the Glass Links email list, the Celebrate365.com blog, Facebook and Pinterest. I confess. I am a holiday-enabler! From antique to contemporary, I love the holidays and the sentiments they evoke.
Fabrege Santa Finial
Heart of Christmas
Winter Landscape Finial
When David Strand hosted me last January at the Kurt Adler showroom in Atlanta, I was enchanted with his new line. The designs are meticulous in the detail and imaginative in design. What makes these ornaments more expensive than others? Every stroke of the paintbrush and each application of glitter increase not only the artistry of a piece but its price! Skilled artisans deservedly command commensurate wages be it in Poland or the USA.
I was so impressed with these sparkling decorations that I wanted to offer a few select styles on the Celebrate365.com web site. When you visit the David Strand Collection, you find 15 styles available. Each is truly stunning in its own way!
Imagine my dismay not long ago while browsing an Internet mega-site that I love. I found the entire David Strand for Kurt Adler collection there … most as dramatically reduced prices. In fact, several styles were priced well below my wholesale price!
Fabrege Lily of the Valley Santa
Fabrege Lily of the Valley Santa
To be fair, there are many good things about the Kurt Adler Company. They offer the small retailer a very low opening order along with a modest reorder amount. The company also offers “scaled” pricing. The greater per-style quantity you purchase, the greater the discount. That’s how this online mega-store is able to offer such low pricing. And, that is absolutely their choice. It’s one of the reasons that even I love them. I shop there regularly, in fact.
I can’t possibly compete in pricing with big box stores or huge online mega-sites. However, I can guarantee personal attention to your collecting needs. But on this Small Business Saturday and Cyber Monday, I’m doing my best to compete with the Goliaths of the Internet. I’ve drastically reduced my prices on the entire David Strand for Kurt Adler Collection. As a passionate ornament collector myself, that’s what I feel I must do. It should be fun and entertaining to shop for holiday glass ornaments. While I hope that shoppers will continue to support small business, I hate to see anyone penalized dollar-wise for doing so.
David versus Goliath? As the David in this one-employee business, I don’t have to consult with an office of advisors before making a management decision. The reduced pricing I’m now offering on the David Strand Collection is here to stay until all stock is sold!
Happy Holidays from the entire staff!
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Acrylic finial stand from Joy to the World Collectibles
One of the very best available on the market today! It’s stable, non-reactive and nearly invisible. It’s just what you need to create a fabulous visual display of your favorite tree toppers and finials.