Cool Things Overload!

We’re not the only cool thing in town!

One of the things that blew my mind when I was restoring the manor house, was the incredible views when I crested the mountain in Bluemont. Each time, I felt like I was going on vacation, and that was every day, so I was a lucky girl. I am happy to be able to share this beautiful view with everyone coming out to Spring Market from the east. Along with the incredible view, there are a few things along the way I think you would love to know.

First of all, before you actually crest the mountain and get a glimpse of the big view, you will pass Blueridge Mountain Road. This road rides the crest of the mountain and has many beautiful homes down long driveways behind mysterious gates….that makes me really really wanna get in and see whats in there! Many of the homes are historic and have views that will blow your mind, and generally cannot be seen unless you’re lucky enough to get an invite to a fancy party.

But….. fortunately on Saturday, May 20th , yep, the same day as our market, and on the way to our market,  there will be a homes tour to benefit Boulder Crest Retreat, which is also on the mountain. Boulder Crest  Retreat is a nonprofit rural retreat and support services for Americas seriously wounded warriors and their families to reconnect and recover. It is an honor for Lucketts Spring Market to be a sponsor for this charitable event.

The Blue Ridge Mountain Home Tour encompasses a remarkable collection of sophisticated homes, never before open to the public. This is an amazing opportunity to see these properties, for a very worthy cause and its on your way to Spring Market!  How can this weekend get any better???

All New Design House!!!! And by all new, I mean ALL NEW!

It’s always exciting to see how the Design House is going to evolve, what new inventory will be here, and how exactly are we going to pull it off….. but this time …ohhhhh this time…. Oh My lordy lord lord…

We can’t even believe it….the boys can’t believe it, Henry can’t believe it….. it is by far the biggest transformation yet….after about a hundred makeovers, this is by far the most different the house has ever looked!

And…it’s SPECTACULAR and quite possibly my favorite design house ever….

Spring Market VIP Early Buying Ticket

Ok everybody, here’s the scoop on our Spring Market VIP Early Buying Ticket.

This year, VIP early buyers will be able to shop from 8:30 am until 12 noon on Friday, May 19th before we open the market to general admission tickets at 12 noon. The VIP Early Buying Tickets will be good for all three days, and will include the always popular super cute Lucketts tote bag. VIP tickets are $40, available online only at luckettstore.com (go to the spring market button located on our website) and will be mailed out the first week in May.

Why the change?  It is always a delicate balance between making sure everyone is happy while also building a big event. We need happy vendors who do well at our market. Our Vendors are the core of what makes for a wonderful experience for our customers. Then we need to be sure our customers love the vendors we curated for them, and have a super fun day to boot. In previous years, once the early birds were done with their shopping, the vendors were left the remainder of the day without new customers being allowed to come in and shop. We had many vendors approach us and ask us to consider structuring early buying the way many other shows do…. for just a few hours in the morning. That leaves plenty of time for first dibs on the great stuff, and happy vendors who get to sell all day.  YAY! So that’s what is happening.

SOME OTHER EXCITING NEWS!  Amy and Diana spent this past Sunday at the Fairgrounds mapping out spaces….let’s just say, they were so happy and excited when they got back, they could hardly contain themselves. It’s only February, and already the grounds are already full of exciting, cool vendors. IT IS GOING TO BE AWESOME! 

Go to luckettstore.com to purchase your VIP Early Buying Ticket today!

What’s this I hear Spring Market is Moving?

What’s this I hear Spring Market is Moving?

Yep, it’s happening. Cue the questions! Here’s a little more about our decision to move and why it’s setting us up for the best spring market ever. 

Why?

Well, truth be told, we’ve been thinking about a new location for a while.  

The fair has been such a phenomenal success year after year because of our amazing vendors. Unfortunately with our limited space, we have to turn away many great vendors every year.  

The other critical element is parking. We have been operating for the last 18 years using approximately 20 acres of fields for parking, ten of which were generously provided by our neighbor across the street. That land has since been sold to the county for a new firehouse, so we will be losing more than half of our parking…uh-oh.

Why not ask another neighbor you say?

Great Idea!   After asking every neighboring farmer in a four mile radius, we realized duh! These people are farmers that are actually farming their land and the month of May is primetime for hay and other crops. Asking them if we could park 5,000 cars on top of those crops is just straight up silly.   

So while it seems like there would be loads of alternatives for parking, there just isn’t.

Why not use a shuttle?

Great idea! 

We thought the same thing, however, finding parking further away did not change the fact that we would need around 20 acres of available space that wouldn’t become equally mucky in the event of inclement weather. And how does that work when customers buy furniture? This solution quickly became a different version of the same problem. 

What now?

Ok, enough dogging on Mother Nature, she’s doing her best. The insurmountable issue is the loss of half of our parking, rain or shine, that’s a big one. So we have two options left, move the fair or swallow our pride, and end it. I couldn’t even toy with the idea of ending it. The Spring Market is just too good. It just doesn’t make sense to give up now. So, I did the only thing I could do and loaded my 93-year-old dad into the car the Monday right after this past years  muddy Sunday and started looking for new digs.

What’s wrong with Loudoun County?

Another great question!

The answer is nothing. As I mentioned before we started considering the possibility of relocating a few years ago and looked extensively at Loudoun County’s options.

If we were going to consider moving, the very first criteria was character. We are the Lucketts Store for crying out loud and we won’t settle for any old generic package. We needed it to be charming and cool. We needed it to be us.  Also, let’s not forget why we’re moving in the first place, we needed a minimum of 18-20 acres to park cars. Next, since we truly wanted this move to improve the quality of the event, we need some areas to be under a roof, that way, if the weather wasn’t so…dry, it wouldn’t put a damper on the entire event. 

We looked at Loudoun County Fairgrounds and we loved it. It was perfect in every way and we knew we could host a killer fair there. It was about this time we learned that the fields they use for parking are privately owned by a farmer who only allows traffic for the County Fair to park there. He understandably did not want to put added stress on the fields, cause we all know what happens when you do that…back to the drawing board!

My dad and I then headed up to Frederick Fairgrounds in Frederick MD, it was nice, definitely had plenty of parking and covered areas but it just wasn’t screaming Lucketts, so the search continued. 

Where else is there? Well, thanks to the historic manor house I restored a few years ago, I spent a bit of time in Clarke County. I love Clarke County because it reminds me of Loudoun County when my family first moved here 27 years ago. Its very beautiful, charming, and is just a little “old school”. So my dad and I headed out to the Clarke County Fairgrounds in Berryville. The minute we arrived I knew I was in exactly the right place. I felt like if Lucketts were a fairground, this would be it. I’m talking loads of parking, towering oak trees, charming buildings, and easy access off of Route 7.

It’s owned by the Clarke County Ruritans, some of the nicest people I’ve ever met. Each time I go there, whether I’m showing it off to new vendors or ironing out details of the upcoming Spring Market, I feel right at home. Once we get over the scary aspects of planning an event in a new place, I don’t think we’ll ever look back.  I truly feel like we have made the best decision for us, our vendors, and our customers, and I’m beyond excited to show you all what amazing potential this new venue has. Soon enough we’re going to be wondering why we didn’t do this a long time ago…

Groundhog!!!

Groundhog Sale!!  Very exciting y’all!
THIS IS THE WEEK, AND HERE ARE THE DEETS!

This week will be our 21st annual Groundhog Sale…It all began when we were all alone out here 21 years ago and we had a lot of extra stuff in our barns that needed to be cleaned out.

In order to get shoppers to come visit us in the dead of winter, we decided to just go nuts and let loads of our “projects” go and just mark stuff down like crazy people to give us a fresh start in the new year. So of course it got pretty epic pretty fast, and now 21 years later, we’re gearing up to do it all again.

What you need to know:

There is no rhyme or reason to our markdowns. Our Lucketts vendors do whatever inspires them in the moment, that’s what makes it fun…. You seriously have no idea what might happen.

Yes the Design House will be open! There is a ton of markdowns at the Design house as well as a ton of new inventory as we start to get ready for spring.

Yes, there will be some hearty souls set up outside.

VERY IMPORTANT: WHEN YOU SEE SOMETHING YOU WANT, PULL BOTH THE ORIGINAL TAG AND THE SALE TAG. Not every item is on sale so if a tag gets left on, someone else can come behind you and pull the other tag, then what happens? Mass confusion! No Bueno! Pull both tags please!

IF YOU CHANGE YOUR MIND PLEASE PLEASE PUT THE TAGS BACK. It’s a huge bummer for vendors when shoppers hoard a bunch of tags and don’t put them back…hence no one can buy the item. SAD FACE.

CAN’T TAKE IT HOME TODAY? After you’ve paid for your treasures, make sure they are marked with a SOLD tag (And that it’s firmly attached with your name, #, and a description of the item).

ALL SALES ARE FINAL. Groundhog Sale prices are only good from 10 AM Friday, to 5 PM Sunday.  No further discounts will be given; we’re going to be too swamped to haggle anyways!

BE KIND TO YOUR FELLOW SHOPPERS. Have you ever noticed that anybody driving slower than you is an idiot, and anyone going faster than you is a maniac? Think that, in terms of Groundhog shopping and remember, be kind.

NO WHINING, CRYING, KICKING, OR BITING. Self-Explanatory.

WHAT ELSE?

The yummy donut guy will be here, some great food trucks, Cowbell kitchen will be fired up, and of course our famous handsome pink shirt gentlemen will be here to help you with your treasures.

So when you come out next weekend remember to follow ‘DA rules, but don’t forget to HAVE FUN…. We love you!

 

Lucketts Spring Market…..Tips and Tricks

website-front-spring-market2

The weekend is upon us and we cannot wait!!

Yesterday was hot and it got us thinking……here are a few things that we find handy for everyone that will be spending long hours at our Lucketts Spring Market:

Sunscreen.  No matter how hot or cold, sunscreen.

Wear comfortable shoes that are good for lots of walking!

Bring cash and check!  There are dealers that accept credit cards, but not all of them.  We will have two ATM’s on site, but we can only have so much cash with us and they do run out quickly!

Carpool if you can!

If you are looking for something specific, taking measurements from your space is helpful.  Bring a measuring tape with you!

Water! We will have plenty of food trucks and drink stands available, but it is super helpful to have some handy in your bag.

Bags!  Feel free to bring any totes, radio flyers, or pull carts to help haul or your small finds.  We do not provide rental carts for shopping.

Maps:  This year our talented “Lil A” drew up a handy map that will be available for customers that will show a list and location of our dealers.

Furniture Loading and Pick Up: We will have several guys on hand to help load your furniture purchases.  Take note of the dealer name and location and head to the information booth.  We will assist you from there!  Furniture purchases must be picked up by Sunday at 5pm.

Pets:  Unfortunately pets are not allowed into the Spring Market

You can find more details on our website and here!

See everyone this weekend!!