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|Volume 11 Issue 5
In this issue
Letters From Ralph
San Diego Vacation Rental
Vender's Day at Orange City's Farmers' Market
Orange City is expanding their Farmers' Market this summer and making it into quite an event. They are going to open an hour later (10:00 a.m.) and stay open until 1:00 p.m. so that people can come down and eat lunch there. The main street of the city will be blocked off so that the Vendors' can show their wares and it is anticipated that several food vendors will be joining on Saturdays.
Three Saturdays this summer it will be open to more than just people who grow their own food and make their own crafts (people like us at Jubon Juweelen). So on June 29, July 20 and August 17 we plan on having a little booth downtown where we will be selling some of our normal products, i.e. Dutch items, including chocolate wooden shoes, books and discs for disc golf. Speaking of disc golf, in our next issue we will be telling about some more exciting things that Juliana will be doing in Budapest, Hungry later in the year.
Just In: New Discs
For you disc golfers we still carry as many discs as we had at the downtown store and we just received a new order. We received quite a few Innova Aviar X, the putter with Juliana's name on it, and we also have about ten new drivers, most of which are tie dyed. It is disc golf weather, come see our inventory.
25% off Clover Knitting Needles
Jubon Juweelen sold most of their notions at a large on-line auction last fall. However, I knew that it would be hard to sell a whole rack of nice Clover knitting needles, so we kept them to sell at our little home based business. You can find them at 204 Iowa Ave, NW and they are all 25% off. We have almost every size in single point, double point and circular needles. So come on over and check them or give me a call and I can send them to you (we still handle UPS). We also still carry a wide selection of Guttermann thread. It is not discounted, however, if you have a Chamber card we still give a 10% discount on all notions.
Orange City's 79th Tulip Festival is in the Books
The Tulip Festival is over. Thursday was very warm, hot even. Friday was cold, rainy and windy, but Saturday was perfect. And we could tell that by the crowds. Several times we had a line-up in the Straat Winkle that went all the way from our counter to the other end of the building. Thank heavens my daughter, Juliana, was here the whole time to not only sell during the festival, but also to help set everything up. We had a little discussion before we opened about how we were going to keep books. In the past, I always did everything by hand and in writing except for credit card charges. However, Juliana tried to convince me that we should keep everything on the computer, but I was worried that it wouldn't be accurate (not because the computer wasn't accurate, but that the operator - me - wouldn't have the knowledge or ability to make sure all transactions would be recorded). Juliana finally convinced me that it would be for the best and what a God send that was. Not only did I not have to spend hours each evening doing the books, it also gave us a great breakdown of everything we sold. For example, during the three days of Tulip Festival we sold 41 hats, 10 books, 8 pair of garden clogs, 124 pieces of Delft, 42 items of food (actually we could have sold a lot more of this, but we ran out of a couple of things - we'll have more on hand next year), 26 key chains, 37 magnets, 32 shirts, 23 pair of "wooden shoe" slippers and 83 pairs of wooden shoes. We also added a few vintage items similar to some of the items we used to carry when we had the downtown store open. We also had some old annuals for sale, but I believe we had more people saying they would sell us their old ones, than we had interested in buying them. All in all, it was a lot of fun and a good festival. The artists and authors' corner set up for both Friday and Saturday this year, however, Friday was so windy that I think a lot of them struggled just holding their tents down.
Former Jubon Juweelen Building at 107 3rd Street NE
Although we have had some recent interest in our former store, it hasn't sold yet. So on May 30th from 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. we are going to have an open house for people to see the building (unless it would be sold by then). It is finally all cleaned out. I believe I have a vacuum cleaner and two clocks there and then it is ready for someone to move into. Everyone exclaims how big it appears now that we have all of our stuff out of it.