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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!

 

Guest Seminar At the Retreat At Cool Spring

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! 


Find out all the details and sign up here. Check out some of our past workshops here and here.

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!

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September Design House….Fall Just Got Very Cool

Can you believe that it is already September?!?!  It is almost fall and we couldn’t be more excited to share with everyone the September Design House that the ladies have been working so hard on.

It is such a cool vibe to be putting a little chic glam into the Design House and fun for us to depart a little from the neutral Restoration Hardware look and pull some color and glamour into the mix.

Our finds from our Atlanta shopping sprees have arrived and we have filled the house with loads of new art, textiles, and beautiful French tableware.

We will be open Friday September 4th through Monday September 7th (Labor Day). Our monthly Flea dealers will also be outside of Luckett’s thru Sunday with loads of furniture and accessories.  This will be our last Design House until the November Holiday Open House….Christmas madness!  We have so much coming for the Holiday Open House that we nee d a whole extra month to prepare and price!

We hope you’ll join us this weekend….the Design House is off the hook, and looks absolutely fabulous.

Hours:

September 4th-7th, 10am-5pm daily.

Here is a sneak peak:

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Spring Market…..Delta Girl Frames

If you have been following our Facebook page, you can already see how excited we are for this year’s Spring Market!  We are just a few weeks out and working around the clock to make this year awesome!

We briefly mentioned a new dealer, Delta Girl Frames….but today we want to show you a few more pictures!  She will be hauling a ton of awesome hand made wood frames all the way from Nashville.  Continue reading

April Design House & Flea

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How many times can we reimagine this house?

How many times can we be enthusiastic about painting walls, finding more stuff, lugging it, shuffling it around? How many?

Don’t we get sick of it?

We have redesigned this house almost once a month for the last eleven years…it’s like moving every single month. My three children have gone through high school and college, Amy’s son has gone from a little rug rat to a grown man….and we chug on. We shop, find paint colors, pray our orders come in, lean on our extraordinary staff .. Diana, Kim and Henry….

We almost don’t make it……a lot

We work weekends and holidays… Amy and I had Easter dinner at the kitchen table at the design house just last weekend.SONY DSC

The truth is nothing floats our boat more than furniture. Nothing floats Amy’s boat more than color. We are infinitely excited to find new inspiration and to find interesting pieces for our customers’ homes.SONY DSC

We don’t want your house to be cookie cutter. We want to curate a look for you. We want to inspire you by seeing things in the context of a home.

We want to be the embodiment of so many of the things that inspire us all…..HGTV…Pinterest….all of the can do, how-to media. They are all a fantastic resource to get us excited about our homes.

SONY DSCBut we want to be the one you can not just see on a screen, we want to be the one you can be a part of.

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The truth is, we love it all, the colors, the stuff, and you, our awesome customers.

 

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The Design House will be open again this coming weekend, April 10, 11 & 12.  We’re also super-excited since this our first Lucketts Flea of 2015!  We’ll have additional vendors set up on our grounds, selling cool finds for the weekend (10am-5pm all three days!)

GROUNDHOG RULES!

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(NO REALLY, THESE ARE THE GROUNDHOG RULES)

After doing the Groundhog sale for all these years, you could say we’re kinda Groundhog Experts. We learned that to keep all our customers happiest and hooked up with the best stuff, there are a few rules that everyone needs to follow

RULE #1: Pull both the sale tag AND the original! The reason for this is some stuff is not on sale and will only be marked with original tag. So if Sally only pulls the sale tag and Johnny then pulls the original tag, we’d have to have a Groundhog Throwdown in the parking lot, and come on people, we’ll be much to busy to have more than a few of those a day!

RULE #2: Changed your mind? Please put the tag back on the item! If someone wants something awesome, but it doesn’t have a tag, the girls have to assume that someone has already pulled the tag and is still shopping before they checkout. But if you pull a tag and change your mind, that item will sit all day, with us thinking it’s going to a new home, and no one else will be able to buy it.  So please reattach pulled tags.

RULE # 3: 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).

RULE # 4: 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!

RULE # 5: 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 to your fellow shoppers.

Rule # 6: No whining, crying, kicking, or biting. Self-Explanatory.

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

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ghog luckettsIt is hard to imagine that we have been doing this for 19 years….
I mean we haven’t aged a day, So what the heck…

19 years ago, when it was quite a bit more chill out here in Lucketts,
when the winters, were nothing more than trying to keep the 70 year old boiler going…we decided to do something out of the box and have a crazy blow out, get all of the unfinished projects out of the barn…sale.

I remember the first few years, after people realized we weren’t playing around…this was a real deal, honest to john sale… the line would go all the way to our mailboxes by the photo(4)firehouse. It would be 7 degrees outside, and people would have their cold little faces pressed up to the glass on the front doors, trying to get a handle on what tags they would grab first… people would spend the week before scoping out exactly where they wanted to run when the doors finally opened.

It was chaotic…but fun..

Back then it was only Saturday and Sunday, but it was getting a little crazy on Saturday, so we added Friday to smooth out the crowd, and that worked wonderfully.

We would sit around in the weeks before with our glue stick and tack together the art for the postcard.

We would all drink beer and eat pizza and stay here til all hours of the nite, getting ready, putting sale tags on almost every single item in the shop…

Oh we still so that…

Except the beer has turned to margaritas!

We look forward to seeing y’all this groundhog weekend…dress warm and wear your wellies!

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Retreat at Cool Spring History

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The Retreat at Cool Spring has a history that spans more than 200 years.  I think it’s important to share the background so you get a good sense of the land and historic setting.

Thomas Parker, a soldier of the revolution, came to the valley and purchased 1,120 acres from John Wormsley.  In 1799, Thomas Parker built his home and called it  “The Retreat.”

War interrupted their peaceful farm life and in 1799, Parker was commissioned Lt. Col. of the Eighth Infantry of Virginia. He commanded the forces encamped at nearby Harpers Ferry. He became a Colonel in 1812 and a year later was promoted to Brigadier General. After fighting at Lundy’s Lane in Canada, he came home and lived at the Retreat until his death in 1820.

When his widow died, The Retreat became the property of their nephew Richard Elliot Parker. He had commanded a regiment of troops in the War of 1812, and was appointed judge of the General Court in 1817. He was the first United States Senator from Clark County, but resigned to accept a seat on the bench of the Supreme Court of Appeals. He served on the jury at the trial of Aaron Burr for treason, and was offered a place in the cabinet of President Martin Van Buren, but refused. He died at The Retreat in 1840. His only son to live to manhood, Richard E. Parker, inherited the property.

The new owner was admitted to the bar in 1836, and was elected to the United States House of Representatives. The next year he was appointed judge of the 15th judicial Court of Virginia.  Judge Parker presided over the trial of John Brown in Harpers Ferry. It is rumored John Brown’s death warrant was signed on the front lawn of The Retreat.

War came close to the Retreat on July 18th, 1864 when The Battle of Cool Spring was fought in front of and across the river from the mansion. The troops of Joseph Thoburns division advanced down the hill to the rear of the mansion as they moved toward the Shenendoah.

In 1872 Judge Parker sold the retreat to Volney Purcell for $11,000. During the next 80 years the Retreat changed hands six times, but the 1120 acres were never divided. One of those inhabitants was William Wilson, one time postmaster general, who inaugurated the first rural free delivery.

The Retreat was changed from a farm to a golf and country club when a promoter named Dr. Freeman bought it in 1952. He divided the property into many small lots which they sold at great profit. They installed a nine hole golf course, remodeled the barn and tenant house into an office, snack bar, shower and locker rooms. He made some changes to the large original house and called it The Manor House. They lived there through the 1960’s.

cool spring 3 luckettsMy understanding is that the house sat empty for almost 20 years before Roberta and Stanley Kerns purchased the Retreat in the early 1980’s. I had the pleasure of meeting the Kerns this past summer. When Roberta saw the house she fell in love with it, sold her house in Herndon, and moved her family there to live throughout the 80’s. She recalled living there was like living in paradise 9 months of the year, but the winter months were difficult as the house, with its one foot thick brick and plaster walls, with massive single paned windows..and high ceilings was extremely difficult to keep warm.

Speaking to them gave me great insight to what it must have looked like for the early inhabitants.  The Kerns sold the property to Cliff Boyd who was developing the golf course into what would become the Virginia National. Plans were made to turn the manor house into a restaurant and clubhouse. Trials and tribulations ensued and the property changed hands several times with the golf couse going into bankruptcy.

The Civil War Society of America purchased the golf course and donated it to Shenandoah University.

cool spring 1 luckettsThe manor house fortunately fell into the hands of a restorationist, Scott Lessler, without whose great work, we probably would not have been able to take on such a big project.

Today, the stunning beauty of the golf course is being returned back to its natural state, with its 5 mile paved path meandering along the river which was once used for golf carts, is now used for bicycling, and nature hikes.

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My husband and I purchased the manor last Febuary and are still in the process of restoring it . I’m excited to share with you the work we’ve done and how it’s coming along. We are not quite finished,  but we’re getting closer every day.

Stay tuned as we show the transformation of this beautiful property.

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