In this month's newsletter . . . .
The three areas of our barn that we've kept warm in the winter months - our office, showroom, and workshop - each contain a direct-vent kerosene heater. These efficient devices have kept us warm during the past dozen or so winters. This year, when the cost of kerosene threatened to exceed five dollars a gallon, we made the decision to close for the winter and move our office inside, heating only our workshop, where we store liquids and chemicals. This is the fourth newsletter written in the comfort of our second-floor den. It's nice to be warm and snug.
Although our shop hasn't been open, our business certainly has. We've done only two away-from-home shows in 2013; our third will be Rhinebeck, which won't happen until late May. Nonetheless, we've been doing business online, saving a great deal on gasoline, as well as kerosene.
February saw our first exclusively online event, our Presidents' Week Online Sale, which was even more successful than we had hoped. Planning the event and designing the vehicle for its presentation presented an engaging challenge which, with minor bugs, was very gratifying. We thank all of our readers who had a look at what was on offer and especially to those of you who contributed to its fiscal success. You'll find a link to a story about the sale later in this newsletter.
You'll also find New Stock Listings, including several additions to our Paintings and Jewelry Galleries. Our new feature, A Look Back, offers a reprise of two stories about a great piece of oak furniture we sold (three times!) a few years ago. And, of course, Pippin's Page and The Back Page will be down near the bottom.
We hope you'll have a look.