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November 2012

Skinny Jeans – A Story for Small Biz Saturday

By Blog, Inspiration, Products, Shops One Comment

Here’s the best ‘bethan Black Friday story in honor of Small Business Saturday (give or take a day or two)
This is Betty here—not Miss Kitty— I was in the MALL on Black Friday, partly because I wanted to see what all of the hullabaloo was about and partly because I have worn holes in the seats of TWO pairs of pants in the past week.  

Turns out Anthropologie is one of the only places you can buy pants other than skinny jeans (I don’t wear skinny jeans).  So I was shopping in Anthropologie and a woman asked me where I got my skirt (I was wearing an Elisabethan Vintage Applique Skirt).  She said she was hoping I got it there, because she wanted one.  

I said, why no, I make them!

Wow, she said, do you have a card?  Then as I turned fully around and she took a second look, she said, wait a minute—-do you sell them in Steamboat (Springs, CO)?!

I said, yep, at EMBELLISHMENTS.  She said, omigosh, I HAVE one—-but it doesn’t have polka dots. (Why shouldn’t the designer get first choice?!)

Now I wish I could say what happened next was that everyone within earshot started ooh-ing and aah-ing and the manager of the store came over and promptly got on the the phone to corporate and next thing I knew I had an order from Anthropologie for 50,000 Vintage Applique Skirts, but that’s not what happened.

I DID at least have a business card on me which I handed over—-it is SUCH a treat to meet someone who owns Elisabethan items, and I think it was a treat for that woman to meet the maker of her skirt. (If I were petty, I’d say that that’s probably never going to happen with an Anthropologie skirt —- good thing I’m not petty.)

And I DID get a new pair of pants, with no holes in them, that AREN’T skinny jeans!


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We hit the road tomorrow, bound for SALINA, KS, for a truly terrific TRUNK SHOW at ON THE POT, a paint-your-own-pottery studio owned by Julie & Robin Cates.  And while at first glance that may not seem like an obvious location for a ‘bethan trunk show, we know it will be fabulous.  The Cates sisters run a first-class, lively, innovative, FUN studio, and any event they put on is sure to be a grand time!  We usually only get to see them once a year at the SMOKY HILL RIVERFEST in Salina, where, as volunteer coordinators, they keep the craft vendors (including yours truly) in line.  So twice in a year? — lucky, lucky us!  And if THAT weren’t enough, ELISABETHAN is sharing billing on the TRUNK SHOW with MELINDA HUTTON, the artist & attitude behind CLOSURES and REMNANTS, her lines of jewelry created from vintage & antique buttons & costume jewelry.  GRAND TIME, indeed!

WHERE:  ON THE POT, 111 North Santa Fe Avenue, Salina, KS

WHEN:  THURS, November 15 5-9pm; FRI, November 16 2-8pm; SAT, November 17 10am-2pm