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Saturday, July 31, 2010

New Lower Shipping!

We are pleased to announce that we were able to lower our shipping charges for our customers! We have been working very hard behind the scenes over the last month or more on getting new rates. These are truly lower shipping rates....we don't inflate our product prices to offset the lower shipping. We are also happy to say that even with our lower shipping charges, insurance is always included!

We are hoping that sometime in the near future we can lower our shipping charges a bit more and we are keeping our fingers crossed. Here at Fine Country Living Primitives, we continually strive to bring our customers quality primitives at reasonable prices.

Feel free to visit our website at www.finecountrylivingprimtives.com and visit our Ordering Information page for details.

Many Blessings,
Mary Jo

A new month...

It's official...July is over. Where did the month go? It was a big one for us with our Christmas in July sale being a great success! I would like to thank everyone since this was our best month for our business ever!

I was happy that so many of you took advantage of the sale to get a head start on Christmas and Winter decorating! I already am looking forward to starting to decorate for Fall, and we are getting even more shipments in of Fall and Halloween primitives to make this Autumn the best ever.

We have sold out of many new items, but rest assured, there are more on their way, so stay tuned!

Thank you again for your continued patronage, we couldn't do it without you and we are blessed to have wonderful online customers!

Many Blessings,
Mary Jo

Friday, July 23, 2010

Christmas in July is winding down....

This has been a fabulous Christmas in July sale for us! The response was amazing, and despite the fact that most of the country is in a huge, hot, humid heat wave, you were all in the Christmas spirit!

There is still time if you have been thinking of planning ahead for the holiday season. The 25% off sale will end this Sunday, July 25, at midnight!

Allow me to offer just one more item for you to ponder during this sale.

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His name is Baba Changhaloo is he is a charming wooden Old World style Santa. He's holding his gathered branches in one hand and has his brown sack slung over the other shoulder. I love the olive green color of his coat which gives him a very primitive and country look, but also an earthy feel as well! The Christmas in July price is only $14.25!

Again, thanks to all of my loyal online customers! There's no better feeling than to see an order come through from a returning customer and many of you leave notes in the comments section. Thank you, it means so much to us!

Many blessings,
Mary Jo

Monday, July 19, 2010

Christmas in July Sale is in full swing!

Our Christmas in July sale is a big success! Everyone is taking advantage of the 25% savings and stocking up on basics such as silicone tipped tree lights and small Christmas trees for gatherings and purchasing Winter decor like our snowmen to have on hand all Winter long!

I would just like to remind folks that many of our items are in limited quantities and we can't guarantee that, once sold out, we will have them back for this season! If you love it, grab it before it's gone!

Our sale will continue through July 25, so there's still plenty of time to visit our website www.finecountrylivingprimitives.com!

Many Blessings,
Mary Jo

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Christmas in July Sale ~ 25% Off Winter and Christmas!

It's our first ever Christmas in July sale, and with a great discount of 25% off the entire Winter and Christmas category, it's the perfect time to stock up on favorites and think ahead for gifts!

Our best selling silicone tipped string lights are everyone's favorite each year. So many of you have more than one Christmas tree in your home to decorate, it's a great bargain if you plan on adding a new tree to your collection. So prim, they are also great all year long!



One of my new favorites is an adorable handcrafted gourd snowman. He's made right here in Pennsylvania, and his features are carved and burned into the gourd. Even his snowflake is so detailed, you will just fall in love with him (and want to keep him for yourself). He has a soft scarf and earmuffs, and here we show him nestled in one of our new pine wreaths for a great centerpiece for your table or stepback cupboard!




And we love Santas too! Here's a sweet Santa with a resin face that looks like carved wood. A knit hat and long beard make him irresistable!



And along with our 25% off sale, we will be sending along an early Christmas gift from us at Fine Country Living Primitives. Each order will receive a Christmas ornament or decoration for your home this holiday season. Season's Greetings, a bit early, from us, to you!

The sale will continue until the 25th of July, and the sale is valid for online orders only.

As always, thank you for our continued patronage and support! We love what we do and hope that you enjoy everything we offer to make your house a warm and inviting home!

Many Blessings,
Mary Jo

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Hidden Treasurers.....

On the July 4th holiday, we had nothing planned so we kinda worked a bit. I added tons of new products to my online shoppe and my husband, Russ, decided to remove the nasty carpeting on our back stairway leading from the kitchen to the two bedrooms above the kitchen and Keeping Room.

Once again he found a hidden treasure! Take a look at these steps which were painted in pumpkin colored paint!

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Oh, the joy in the little things! He also knows that the bedroom floor has the same painted plank floors, but that's a task for another day.

He also discovered a hidden door behind drywall. A grand-daughter of a previous owner had once told us that our kitchen counters and cupboards were different than they are now and that behind our kitchen cupboards was once the original doorway leading up to those bedrooms above. Well, Russ found the door still behind drywall, but again....that's a task for another day. He already has it planned to frame it out and leave it exposed. That makes a total of four hidden doors that we have found. One opened up to our foyer and the two in the Keeping Room (which you can see in the pictures of the Keeping Room in the virtual tour of our house on our website) lead to the outside, but were covered over with stucco.

We'll post pictures of that hidden door when we get the time to uncover it!

Many Blessings,
Mary Jo

Sunday, July 4, 2010

The internet revolution.....

First of all, Happy Independence Day! It's hot outside...too hot, so I'm indoors and watching the History channel's "America, the Story of Us" miniseries marathon. It's incredible, by the way.

Anyhow, the one segment is regarding modern technology and advancement. It explained how the internet revolution started. It shows how computers were once the size of a greyhound bus (I remember how they took up an entire room at my school) and how the personal computer, PC, was invented.

It began to explain how the internet has broadened our world. In fact, Soledad O'Brian from CNN explained us Americans as having an "entrepreneurial spirit" and how we used the internet to expand business and trade beyond our wildest dreams.

When I started my primitives business, I did it backwards. I started online with ebay for a very short time and quickly started my own website at the perfect time when primitives were just beginning to take off. After having my website for several years, I decided to also open a brick and mortar store next to our home.

Many local folks scoff at the fact that most of us retailers anymore have online businesses. So many customers even admit that they don't have a computer at home and never care to. I'm just fine and dandy with that and can understand that some folks just don't want one.

What I'm not fine with is being scoffed at. My online business is so much more successful than my brick and mortar store and is, in fact, more than a full time job at this point. Nearly every brick and mortar store has an online avenue for selling. What's the shame in that? Afterall, even many of the Amish have computers at their places of business and is allowed in certain church districts along with cell phones....just as long as they don't have them at home, it's fine and dandy. Heck, if the Amish see the upside of online retailing and moving forward (at least a little bit) with technology to make their businesses successful, I think more of us fancy folk should as well.

My online business was my first love and always will be. In fact, it may eventually be my only love since it's not making good business sense to keep a brick and mortar store anymore with the high overhead costs and slow foot traffic compared to my online business. With hundreds/thousands of hits per day on a website, the need for a brick and mortar store seems quite, well, old fashioned. Online sellers can reach customers all over the country, all over the world and interact with them in a very personal way through social networking sites and personal emails back and forth. That's something that many in our "modern" world don't realize and it's an untapped resource, in my opinion.

So I wish to say thank you to Steve Jobs, Bill Gates and even Al Gore for having the know how, the forsight to see into the future and have the internet revolution.....a different type of revolution for us to celebrate on this Independence Day!

Many Blessings,
Mary Jo