Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Fresh Produce

When we stumbled upon this candle line at market, we were drawn in by the amazing packaging and unique fragrances.  Once we discovered it was the newest creation from the makers of our popular Rewined candles, we knew it would be a perfect fit for the store!  And after weeks of waiting, the candles have finally arrived!

We love the cute canning jar-style containers with great graphic prints.  Once the candle is gone, these would be perfect for keeping items contained in the kitchen.

They are available in a variety of fragrances drawn from the garden, including kale and radish!

All natural soy wax means a long, clean burn with no sooty mess.

We were equally excited to discover our other new garden-themed arrivals.  These great plant markers are made from vintage silverware that has been hammered flat.  Stick one in a potted plant for an extra special hostess or housewarming gift.

Also available in a set of four herb markers.

Perhaps our favorite new item in this collection is the herb kit.  Available in dill, oregano, basil and parsley these are the perfect gift for the gardener in your life!  Each kit contains a seed paper for one of the herbs and a matching silverware marker.  Simply plant the paper, stick your marker in and wait for fresh herbs to bloom!


We hope you can stop by soon to see these and all our other new arrivals for Spring!

Friday, January 31, 2014

To Market To Market To Buy...

Great new merchandise for you!  As many of you know, earlier this month we made our annual trip to the Atlanta Gift Market and many of our fabulous finds are finally starting to arrive!  Here's a peek at a few of our newest arrivals...

Great new spring bags and accessories from Maruca and Flipped Bird.  We love the fabrics both companies have in their new collections and as always both are made in the USA.  A great way to brighten up any outfit!

As seen on Shark Tank, the Lollacup is an innovative sippy cup for babies 9 months and older.  The weighted straw anchors in the liquid so children can drink effectively even when the cup is tilted.  Also made in America.

This new bath line from You Smell just arrived today!  We love the classic design of the bottles and with four amazing fragrances it's hard to choose a favorite.

Add some "spring" to your wardrobe with one of our bright new scarves!  Stripes, chevrons, patterns and solids in fun spring colors.

Not new to the store, but definitely a customer favorite.  We've restocked our supply of these non-skid rugs - great for kitchens and entryways!

And although the calender still says winter, we're brightening the store with a few hints of spring.  Beautiful faux greenery and flowers to tide us through these cold winter months!

More new products are arriving daily - hope you can stop by soon!

Monday, December 16, 2013

Holiday Gift Guide

There are only 9 shopping days left before Christmas - have you crossed everyone off your list?  If the answer is no, you're definitely not alone!  We're here to help with a handy guide of gift ideas that are sure to please!

For the cook - The chef on your list is sure to love our silicone lids.  Available in several different sizes and created to seal any smooth surface, these lids can be used in the oven, microwave, freezer and more. $9-18.

For the tech-obsessed - Our new Mighty Purse is the perfect gift for the gadget-addicted person on your list.  With a built-in rechargeable battery, this handy purse can charge your phone or other device up to two times on the go.  The interior compartments and wrist strap also make it a great alternative when you don't want to carry your big purse.  $99

For the sentimental - We just received a new shipment of our wood wall signs.  After selling out quickly the first time, we're glad this reorder arrived in time for the holidays!  All handmade in Wisconsin and available in a wide variety of sizes and sayings, these wall signs make a great addition to any home.  $26-115

For the VA Tech fan - This beautiful cookbook, written by a Tech alum, is full of great recipes from the dining halls at Tech and restaurants in Blacksburg.  A unique gift for the VA Tech lover!  $29.95

For the wine lover -  Our hand-painted wine glasses are all done by a local artist in a variety of motifs.  Add some of our wine chocolates or a fun stopper to that bottle of wine you've already bought.  Looking for something a little different?  Try one of our soy candles made in recycled wine bottles.  $8-28.50

For the artsy - We love these small art plaques that are all handmade in North Carolina.  With a wide variety of messages, there's one for every occasion!  Available in three sizes.  $14.50-37

For the reader - We think these letters carved from old Reader's Digest books make the perfect unique gift for the reader on your list!  A fun way to repurpose those old books and save them from just being discarded.  Numbers are also available.  $17

All this and much more is available now at the store, so stop by soon and we'll help you cross everyone off the list!

Monday, December 2, 2013

Thank You!

We'd like to say a great big THANK YOU to everyone who came out and shopped small this weekend!  Once again we were blown away by your support and it was a wonderful way to kick off the holiday shopping season.  We are truly thankful for each and every one of our customers.  It's because of you that The Picket Fence is a success, so thank you.

And thank you to everyone who brought books for our INOVA Children's Hospital book drive.  In fact, we had several requests to extend the collection period, so we will now be accepting donations of new children's books until Sunday, December 15.  Although the gift certificate has already been awarded (congratulations to Kathy M!), we will continue our pledge to donate $1 for each book received.  We hope you will join us in making the holidays a little brighter for some deserving children!

We wish you all the merriest of holiday seasons and look forward to seeing you in the store soon!

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Giving Thanks & Small Business Saturday

At this time of year when we gather with friends and family to count our blessings, we wanted to take a moment to give thanks for all our wonderful customers!  We are truly blessed to be able to do what we love everyday and it's all because of you.  So thank you for helping make The Picket Fence a success!  We hope you all have a very Happy Thanksgiving!

After the turkey has been eaten and you've hit the malls for Black Friday, remember to "shop small" on the fourth annual Small Business Saturday on November 30.  Created to promote small businesses during the holiday shopping season, Small Business Saturday is all about supporting your local community.  In that spirit, we'd like to use the day as an opportunity to give back.  This year we've partnered with INOVA Children's Hospital to collect books for children who may need their services.  Simply bring in or purchase new children's books on Small Business Saturday and for each book received we will donate $1 to INOVA.  To thank you for helping us pay it forward, everyone who makes a book donation will be entered to win a $50 gift certificate to our store!

Whether you shop with us or another local small business, we hope you'll join us in shopping small on Saturday!

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Holiday Open House

The holiday season is upon us and that means it's time for our annual Holiday Open House.  We hope you can join us Friday, November 15 - Sunday, November 17 as we ring in the holiday season.  Enjoy some refreshments while shopping our latest holiday arrivals, register to win a festive holiday door prize and receive a free gift with any purchase!  And to get you in the holiday mood, here are some pictures of just a small sample of our holiday goodies...

Hope to see you this weekend!