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This time last year I was packing up our house to prepare for our down-to-the-studs renovation in our kitchen, family room, and master bath as well as the addition of a screened porch. The family room wasn't originally part of the plan, but that's a post for another time. The kitchen was where I really had to plan and scheme, and, yes even fret, to stay in our footprint and budget and to get the function and look I wanted. I love a challenge like this, though, so despite some occasional frustration with my client (aka me! ), I enjoyed the process. A key "want" of mine was honed marble countertops. There are dozens--maybe hundreds--of blog posts, articles, and showroom sites that compare various types of countertop materials and their pros and cons. I read most of them and took notes from a lot of them in the months leading up to our start date. One of the most helpful things was visiting a sweet friend's kitchen, where I was able to ask questions about cleaning, a

So long, Swoozie’s

If there had been a club called “I Swoon for Swoozie’s,” I would have been a member.  Truthfully, I’ve fed most of my paper addiction (stationery, cocktail napkins, invitations, wrapping paper, ribbon) at a couple of little local shops or in fun places I’ve found while traveling.  And, of course, there’s the random score at TJ Maxx.  But Swoozie’s, well, Swoozie’s had it all.  It was light and bright; the merchandising was clever; and the music was such a great compilation of tunes that you couldn’t help thinking about planning  a party. But. For complicated reasons I’m sure, Swoozie’s 44 stores have been sold to a liquidator, and, apparently, everything must go, down to the bare walls.n101474348222_6775So, today, I headed over to see what was left.  It was a bit of a spur-of-the-moment decision.  Little was at her acting class, and I had 45 minutes, which only gave me about 25 minutes in the store!  Still, I was able to find a few things that will go into the future gift stash—or not.  First some Lilly P. labels and stickers for gifts or for shipping or for Little’s lunch bag.l00074_multibamboopatchstationery_plthumbThen some Lilly pencils because somebody will enjoy having these on her desk next year.l00087_multibamboopatchstationery_plthumb A Lilly pen for me because none of the men in my life will walk away with this one!

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Naturally, I found some cocktail napkins and some stationery and correspondence cards for Little, too.

Despite their difficult circumstances, the Swoozie’s girls were as cheerful and helpful as always.  One of the women tending the cash register told me that of the 44 stores, “our” store was 3rd in sales, making the loss especially painful for her.  She also told me that they still had 300 unopened boxes to put out and sell, so to stop back in soon.  I promised her that I would, and I will--  because I still swoon for Swoozie’s.

Comments

  1. What a shame - It's always so sad when a nice company goes out of business. But, you got some pretty things and more to come so it works out for you!

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  2. i have a complete addiction to pretty pencils!

    and stationery stores. so sorry you are losing
    your favorite.

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  3. That's sad to hear - this economy is taking down some great companies. Glad to hear you came away with some great finds, though!

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  4. How sad. But you did get some great things!

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