Friday, October 23, 2009

Store Update

We've been busy with Halloween at French Vanilla. The last of the vintage inspired Halloween decorations have come in and are now almost gone. So glad to see they have been such a big hit this year and judging by the number of people who have come into the store looking to add to their collection I'd say decorating for Halloween is definately on the rise. Christmas items have started to arrive as well. However setting up for Christmas must wait until after Halloween. I know some stores have already started putting out their Christmas items but I like to finish up with each seasonal event before moving on to the next. Last week also saw the arrival of the new "Marie Lifestyle Quilted Bag" collection. I was so excited to finally see this beautiful new line by Marie Osmond. The Marie quilted fashion bag & accessory collection features beautifully designed fabrics made from the highest quality cotton. The collection features a cross section of styles including: Backpacks, Coin Purses, Cosmetic Bags, Duffel Bags, Handbags, Laptop Cases, Messenger Bags, Totes, Wallets & Wristlet Cases in 7 different patterns (see examples below). To see the whole collection, drop by the store or soon will be on-line at http://www.frenchvanillahome.com/

Hello Bonjour....

Well this is my first attempt at blogging! It's been quite a year and a half for me. I retired from the Federal Government after 34 years and in October 2006, I started a new retail store called "French Vanilla Home and Garden". In July 2007 I launched my store's e-commerce website and now this....blogging! Who would have thought! Has it been challenging?....a bit, stressful?.... some days, rewarding?....most definitely! I love owning my own retail store, filling it with things I love and helping my customers find that perfect item or gift! I am enjoying this new phase of my life and look forward to learning new things, having new adventures and making new friends along the way!

Sheila
(established July/2008)