Saturday, November 8, 2008

Supporting Local Businesses. Craft Show Tiverton Middle School

Do you support your local and community businesses. I try to make a point of supporting them. They contribute greatly to our towns and cities. I do most of my business in Tiverton and Warren. I live in Tiverton and our Antique Store and my office are located in Warren.

I like when I go to Bank Newport and they know who I am. I try to share my transactions between Tiverton and Warren branches. My insurance company is Allstate located in Tiverton. Colleen Desrosier and her staff do a great job. When I call for an insurance binder within fifteen minutes it is on my fax machine.

I gas up at the local Gas Station "George's Gas". They pump it for you-really important to me. Heating fuel comes from Phil's Propane. Septic System pumped by A&D Sanitation. Anyway you get my point.

So this year for Christmas I was thinking I would try to purchase my gifts from local businesses. There are many great gift ideas, lots of local artists, potters, woodworkers, jewelry makers, ect. Sorry big retail stores I might not make it to you this year. Trust me I don't want to think about Christmas yet but there is a lot of ground to cover to make this happen.
So today I started at the Craft Fair being held at the Tiverton Middle School.

There were some pretty talented people there. Here are few.

Furniture Parts-Finials-Bowls
Phone (401) 816-0365
Cell Phone - (401) 235-4511

It was pretty cool to watch them at work. They offered wood turned bowls, pens, wine stoppers, desk sets, to mention a few.

When attending an Open House at Christmans the platters would be great for crackers and cheese. You could fill the bowls with nuts. Then you can leave the item with your host as an extra gift. I'm sure you are more creative than I am and can come up with some great ideas. I thought the desk set was nice as well as the pens.

The bottle stoppers were very nice and would be even better accompanied by a bottle of your choice of fine spirits. This team does some fine work.

Another Artisan at the show was this man with his amazing pottery. I am so disappointed in myself for not getting his name. He only sells his pottery at shows. You will find him at the 18th Annual Holiday Crafts Festival at CCRI Knight Campus, Warwick RI on Friday November 28th 10:00 am - 5:00 pm and Saturday November 29th 9:00 am - 4:00 pm. Admission is $2.00 if you bring a non-perishable food item admission is $1.00.
He will also be at Durfee High School in Fall River, MA on December 6th & 7th.

His workmanship is wonderful. The painted flowers are delicate and beautiful. He had sponge holders, plates, bowls, baskets, and shrimp cocktail plate. How nice a present that would be- shrimp cocktail proudly served on this fine hand made stoneware. By the way he told me the CCRI Show is a really good show it has 80 Artisans & Crafters. He also told me there is a lot of quality merchandise at that show.

I love these. They are Plant Pals to keep your plants company. They are so whimsical and fun. Ever try to find a gift with a price limit or need a gift for your child's teacher. For $6.00 or 2 for $10.00 you would be hard pressed to find anything close to these Plant Pals. I'm wondering why I didn't buy some. Probably because I didn't get this gentleman's name and I will see him at the Durfee High School Show.

Here are some great gift for our fine four legged friends.
Offered by:
PET SITTERS in Tiverton, RI.
CARE GIVERS: Tanya & Joe Beaulieu
(401) 624-4184 or 297-6030

Tanya is a little camera shy. Look at these tasty treats bake from pure love. There are black & white cookies, cup cakes, fortune cookies that are finer than any human bakery. I bought some for Isabel and had a hard time not eating them myself they looked so delicious.

Don't plan on giving your dog treats right away. Buy some Buddy Biscuits Bake at Home Dog Treats. What a good idea. I want to come back as Tanya's dog in my next life. Their logo says it all "ONE FAMILY AT A TIME".
Tanya & Joe offer day care and they assure "Your pet(s) will be in a caring and fun loving environment".

Being in the Antique Business I have done many of these shows. These people work hard. So go find your local business people and give them the support they deserve. It would be sad to them go away.
Next I am off to find Mr. John Dixon. Mr. Dixon is an Artificial Tree Manufacturer of Bonsai trees. I saw them displayed at Bank Newport and they were very good. I had to touch one to be sure they were Manufactured and not real. He will be opening in Tiverton, RI on November 20th. His web site will be I keep looking for it but haven't seen it yet so I am off to find him. These could be really nice gifts also.


Claudia East said...

Nice blog about your town, feelings, etc. Have you shared your nice blog with everyone you know? I always put my blog address in my emails... even when forwarding stupid jokes (which I rarely do...) one never knows when someone will click! I too am a big supporter of local business. Sometimes it is hard when things cost more... but I try! Nice to read your blog. Come visit mine if you have time I am on the other side of the country!

Real Estate RI & MA said...

Hi Claudia,
Thanks. I am happy to have met you.I am trying to figure out how to find more people here on blogger. Going to view your blog.