Our annual Lucketts Spring Market is right around the corner and we wanted to fill you in on everything that you need to know. Here are all the details!!!!
Friday May 20th 10am-5pm : VIP Early Buyers Day. Pre-purchase of ticket was required and needed for gate entry.
Saturday May 21st 8am- 5pm: $10 ticket entry that can be purchased at our gate.
Sunday May 22nd 10am-5pm: $10 ticket entry that can be purchased at our gate.
Bring cash, check and credit. Not all of our dealers take credit cards and having a back up plan at the market is a must. We will have two ATMs on-site, but they do run out quickly.
Be ready to take your purchases with you. We will have plenty of guys on hand in pink shirts that will be located at our Information Booth to help load with bigger items. Take note of the dealer name and location of your purchase. Also, feel free to bring little carts, wagons, etc. for all your smaller goodies. All items must be picked up by Sunday at 5pm.
Bring a measuring tape with you and have measurements of your space on hand.
We will have maps located at the entrance gates and information booth listing all our dealers and their whereabouts.
Sunscreen. No matter how hot or cold, sunscreen.
Pets: unfortunately no pets are allowed at the Spring Market, unless it is a service animal.
Dress for the weather. If it is wet and raining, bring boots and get ready to get a little dirty!!! Also wear comfortable shoes that are good for lots of walking.
Food: We will have several food trucks and drink stands at the Spring Market. We will also have a BEER GARDEN this year!!! Be ready to eat and hang out!!
Most importantly, have fun!
One aspect that is really fun about renting out the Retreat at Cool Spring, is getting to see all the wonderful gatherings, retreats and seminars that come through the doors.
On April 13th, Alyssa, from Parris Chic Boutique will be hosting a calligraphy seminar and we thought we would share the information:
“Save the date for April 13th at 6:30pm because excited doesn’t even begin to express how we are feeling about teaching a beginner’s modern calligraphy class at the Retreat at Cool Springs! April cannot come soon enough.
Are you local to the area and have always wanted to learn modern calligraphy? Trust me when I say you won’t want to miss this one! We’ll gather around the gorgeous dining room table at the beautiful Retreat for a relaxing, unique, and cozy little Parris Chic Boutique calligraphy workshop. This beginner’s calligraphy class will walk you through all the basic steps and techniques to get you writing with a calligraphy pen like a pro. A full kit is included in the cost. You will walk away with all the tools you need to practice your skill and finally get those pretty hand written letters out!
The setting is absolute perfection and it will be one of my favorite classes yet! We’ll have light refreshments and some pretty décor to make this a fabulous girls night out. So what are you waiting for? There are only 12 seats available to give plenty of time for one-on-one questions and practice so that you will no doubt walk away with a mastered skill. Interested? Sign up fast as spots will quickly fill up! And if Bluemont, VA happens to be just a little out of the way for you we guarantee it’s worth the drive. After all, we are traveling in from NJ for this event!
Use code LUCKETTS15 for $15 off ticket price!
Can’t wait to teach you there, in what is sure to be my happy place! See you in the spring!
Last year around this time, I wrote about a 1799 manor house I was in the process of restoring, then as usual, the combo of me not being a great blogger and the insanity called my life got in the way and I never let you know how it ended up.
Well, it ended up pretty great. I officially started renting it out as a vacation rental and small wedding venue last spring. Since then we have hosted several weddings, family reunions,womens retreats, we have been photographed by countless wedding stylists, we have been the site fun girlfriends getaways, and even on the cover of a European mystery novel! I am also excited to say it is being shown in the February issue of Washingtonian Magazine! That truly is an honor.
We’ve come a long way from an abandoned house!
To say it has been a learning experience would be an understatement, but all absolutely worth it. Nothing makes me happier than knowing this beautiful home, that had been left for so long is now filled with so many happy memories.
Here are a few pics, you can also check out retreatatcoolspring.com or #retreatatcoolspring on instagram to see a lot more photos, and check out February Washingtonian…WOW I cant believe I’m saying that!
I have always been optimistic that I can continually take on projects …. a farm…a business..(My Wits End)…..another business(Lucketts) an event( Spring Market) another business( the Design House) I could have a family……(three boys) ….I could make distant customers happy with an online store (ShopLucketts)… We could start classes and teach people how to paint their own furniture…(Amy Howard Paint classes) we could have a monthly Flea market…
I could re do a 1799 manor house and turn it into a vacation rental and wedding venue…(the Retreat)……
and I did…
Until one day I woke up and realized while I truly love what I do…. I work 7 days a week, and am moderately stressed out all of the time. So this is the year I am going to be a little more focused on doing what I love most….finding killer stuff for Lucketts…and making Lucketts Store the best possible place to shop, and ramp up our love for refinishing furniture.
In order to do this, I need to cut some things off of my list. So I’ve decided, that while I really did want to make our long distance customers happy, it really is not in my best interest to continue on with the online store. I learned that selling online truly is a completely different business model from having a physical store. I am a very tangible person….I need to see, feel touch everything I am doing……so sitting in front of a computer screen is not really aligned with my strengths.
I would like to thank Emily for being a genius with amazing magical powers ….my son Wyatt for setting the whole thing up…learning the process, being a great photographer, and getting the whole thing going in the first place, and Molly for doing a fantastic job over the last six months with only half hearted support from me.
It has been a great learning experience, and I’m happy to have given it a whirl, but I’m also happy to say Buh Bye online store…
Thanks everybody for supporting it, and I hope, if your a long distance shopper, you’ll find your way to Lucketts someday!
Your’s in having a happy life,
Well…..it is that time of year again, our incredible Holiday Open House planning and design are in full swing. The Design House has been emptied out, painted, and the stage has been set for thousands (what sometimes feels like millions) of gorgeous ornaments. Last year Amy and I were lucky enough to be flown to Europe by the largest producer of holiday ornaments in all of Europe to purchase hand blown glass, the very best untanglable unbreakable Christmas lights, invented by the ingenious Dutch and a breathtaking palette of classic and elegant Christmas…..as always we will feature whimsical, classic, and elegant Christmas settings.
NOVEMBER 6.7.8 FROM 10-5 DAILY
P.S. We will be hosting our annual charity shopping event November 4th from 6-9pm…..
Beat the crowds, be the first to shop the Holiday Design House, drink some wine and give to a charity near to our hearts….The Special Olympics. Tickets are $100, all of which are donated directly to the Special Olympics. Tickets are very limited to make for a truly special evening for those who come. Please call the shop at 703-779-0268 for more information and to purchase tickets.
We’ve learned over the years that it is insanely hard to give ourselves just a few short weeks to pull together the Holiday Open House. It is so incredibly layered and intricately displayed that I can say in earnest, many nervous breakdowns have been had in the pursuit of pulling that house together.
So last year after it was all said and done, we all agreed we needed to give ourselves a little more breathing room and maybe not have an October Design House. So as soon as the September House was over, we started breaking the house down, emptying it out, painting and as we say in the biz….”setting the bones” for the Holiday House.