On the Road Again

Look for this little guy in our shop along with a lot of his friends from Yardbirds in a couple weeks.

Look for this little guy in our shop along with a lot of his friends from Yardbirds in a couple weeks.

We are way behind getting to our summer newsletter, but with just the two of us, a list of custom orders and on our annual trip across the country to stock up on new items, restock some best sellers and look for ideas to bring back home, we have just run out of time.

In stead, allow me to give a quick update about where we are right now. We are in Tennessee after a four day haul through the center of the country delivering a custom order in Salina, Kansas, picking up some new items in Louisville and picking the back roads of Kentucky along the way to our family homes in Appalachia to restock on more goodness our customers have grown accustomed to. We’ll be heading north along the Blue Ridge Mountains for the next couple days seeing what other goodies we can snag along the way before heading home later next week.

If you’ve been in the shop this week, you would have noticed our absence and our friends running the store for us while we are gone. The best news is, we have nearly filled the trailer with new stuff for the shop. The first night on the road, we stopped in Salina, Kansas to deliver a very substantial custom mantle piece ordered by a couple in Oklahoma City. It would have been nearly $200 to have the piece delivered, so we offered to deliver it in person as we traveled through Salina. Because we saved them a shipping bill nearly as substantial as the framed three-slate mantle piece, they thanked us with some delicious Oklahoma brews and wine for which we much appreciated.  Next we went through Louisville and stopped at the home of Yardbirds to bring back some of these whimsical metal characters to share. We went a little heavy on all the frogs of course, but we especially love the moose wine catty.

Das Jam Haus SignAfter leaving Louisville, we picked our way through the coal hills of Kentucky and struck gold at an indoor flea market in Corbin loading the trailer with vintage jars, some customer requested medicine bottles, old crates and much more goodies for recycling and upcycling once we get back to Colorado. The first day in Greene County, Tennessee, we went to visit our friends at Das Jam Haus to pick up our order of 25 cases of jams and jellies adding some new flavors like black currant, fig, and Christmas holiday to our shelves.

We still have a couple days in Virginia ahead of us and more of Kentucky before we start back west, so keep following to see what we find next.

See you soon.

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