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Live with Lisa: Week 39, Last chance February collection, Ornament fundraisers

February 25, 2021

Live with Lisa: Week 39, Last chance February collection, Ornament fundraisers-Plymouth Cards

 

Hey, Happy Wednesday. My name is Lisa, here at Plymouth Cards. Hope you're having a great day. I just wanted to jump in today and see how you're all doing and talk to you about some stuff. 

So we have the February collection, it's almost over, and all kinds of fun new stuff for the day. So I wanted to start with the February collection. The February collection is only available through the end of February, so there are only a few more days. Today is the 24th so you only have four more days to get it. So I just wanted to show it to you one more time in case you are interested.

So the collections are sets of cards that we put together at a discounted price, so you save 10% or 14% depending on which size you buy. And there are different colors, we coordinate them. So here is the February collection that we put together for you. I hope you can see that okay. So it comes with rustic hearts and you get six of each or nine of each. So yeah, it'd be great. And I forgot to say, if you're here watching, say hello. I'd love to know where you are, where you're watching from. I'm here in Florida today. Hopefully it's nice where you are, the sun is shining here. So yeah, I'd love to know where you are. It's always fun to see. You know, when we were selling Clarence the snowman during the holidays it was so fun seeing where he was going. And I remember the day, I don't remember the exact date but I remember the day when we got our last state so that Clarence actually went to every state in the country, as well as he went to Puerto Rico and he went to England and I'm trying to remember where else, I think he went to Australia. So it was really cool just seeing where he was going. So I love seeing where everyone is watching from. 

Also included is wheat, which is a felt-like texture but it has little flecks in it. So I like that one. Let's see if I can move this so you can see, I'm going to move it just a little bit so maybe the lighting will be better. Alright, and then it comes with cherry, which is from our coffee collection. The coffee collection - let me hold it up there so you can see. Hopefully you can see the texture. It is such a cool card line that we have, the coffee collection. The coffee collection is made from jute and sisal coffee bean bags. No, I guess it's just going to be -- it looks a little funny to me. But maybe I look okay, or not even me, I'm just hoping you can see that the cards okay. But it's made from jute and sisal coffee bean bags. What they do is they chop up the bags, and then they make paper out of it and it ends up with this really rich textured paper. It's so gorgeous. I love it. It has this great texture, thickness to it. And then oh, Ivory. So you get six of each of those, or nine of each of those, depending on if you buy the 24 card collection or the 36 card collection. And that is our February collection, which is only available through February 28. And then we'll have the March collection coming up next month. Thank you Vin. 

Alright, let's see. So I know that I mentioned last week that Vinnie and I were going to go out to Mount Dora in Florida. And it's a big antique collectors show, open air. It's in these fields over the weekend, and we went for a day. We used to go to the ones up in Massachusetts at the Broomfield Fair out in Western Mass. And so we went and I know I did a Facebook live there on Saturday, but I just wanted to show you some of the goodies we got that are going to be future products. So I'm really excited about that. 

One of the things we got is, let me show you, some vintage maps. And what's really cool, I guess I should show you. On the vintage maps, you know, you always wonder like what year is this map from? So I'm going to give you a little tip you just go and you look at the copyright. And the copyright on the map is the year that it was printed. So this one is copyright 1951 and hopefully, you can see that, it is right there. So this map is from 1951. So what my vision is, is hopefully you like maps, let me know! Do you like maps? I love maps. I love them because you get to see how things have changed over time. So these maps from 1950s will show not as many roads or countries. Not countries, counties and areas. Oh my gosh, I love it when I say the wrong words -- that you wouldn't normally see. So what I did real quick is I took Boston because that's where we're from originally, and I wanted to show you. This is Boston 1950. Okay, so I printed that one out, and this is what we're going to do. And then, this is Boston 2000. So it was really cool, we got a bunch of those. But then I had asked my dad, because my dad loves maps too, if he had any maps and check this out! Everyone's got to have a great Dad, look at that. Maps from dad. So that was awesome to get all these in the mail, I was so excited and I can't wait to start working on this project. So those are the ones I got from dad, and then when we were at Mount Dora I got another little stack of different states and different timeframes. So I got some from the 50s, the 40s, the 70s and now we have 2000. So it's really cool. I think we're going to be able to put together a really great section on the website soon. Let me know if there's a city, town, state that you'd be interested in first, because then I'll put those on the website first. I have the whole country pretty much, so I think that it's going to be really fun to put them all together. Let me know what you're thinking. 

And then the greetings from the past line is all our vintage postcards from the turn of the century and we were able to score a few more. I'm going to show you four of my favorites, but you know I got a bunch, I have a little problem with vintage postcards. So I love this one, Christmas Greetings because it has -- oh right here -- this shamrock, like how cool is that? So I don't know, I like that one. So that was one. Tell me if you like any of these, see if I'm on the right track. Look at this one. What's the matter? Just so cute, little kittens. So there's that one. I like this one because it talks about the key to happiness and I just think that's always a nice thing to [inaudible 08:05]. And then this is a friendship Christmas,  I've never seen one just mentioning friendship. So I thought that was a nice one too. Hopefully you like them as much as I do or should I keep it up there another second. Yeah, so those are the postcards, some of them, of my favorite - all time favorites. I did get a whole bunch of them. And it's always fun shopping for them and hoping to find something that you all will like.

Okay, so I showed you my cards. Oh, look at this other one. I got this, this is from 1980. So if you're from Boston, you will know that that is the MBTA also known as the T-map, which is so cool. But I love what it says at the bottom, which it says 'in any city a map is helpful in Boston, it's a necessity'. And that is so true. So this will be on the website soon. I just have to clean it up a little bit, it didn't print exactly the way I wanted it to print. So there's that. 

Coming also is... I just love sharing this all with you. So another thing I got, which I think is going to be great for the gardeners in our group here, is these are from 1940 and there see... What I'm going to do is I'm going to reproduce them and make them into cards. So all of these different ones, different vegetables. Some of them I'll be honest, I don't even know what it is. I do not know what chicory is. Any of you that have been part of the Facebook you know that Worcestershire sauce was not my thing either and I've learned a lot about Worcestershire sauce, so that's awesome. I'm thinking maybe in the next week or two I will incorporate in the live, me making one of the recipes. I'd love to try [inaudible 10:10] recipe for dip, who doesn't love dip? But yeah, just learning about different foods. Okay, great. I know what a radish is. If you know what chicory is and how to use it, let me know because that would be great for me. What else? Oh, but I don't know what this is, cress. What is it? It looks like -- not a spice, looks like a herb. What is it? What do you use it for? So let me know, I would love to know. Oh, and here's one more. Not to go on about it, but it almost looks like spinach. But I don't know if these are just vegetables and such that were used in the 40s and they're not popular now, or if I just don't know anything. I do have the taste buds of a five-year-old at times, so maybe that's what it is. 

But also, in addition to vegetables, I found flowers. So I think those are going to make some beautiful cards also and also just to give you ideas too. So if you have something at your house that you love, that's nostalgic and it's just sitting in a box in your closet, pull it out, get some cards, put them in. As long as it's a four by six image, it will fit in a card, which is so awesome. So that's one of the things I'm going to have to do, is enlarge these a little bit just to show you. They're just a tad bit too small. So that's the beauty of scanner and Photoshop etc. I can make them fit the size that they'll be. So those are some of the things that I got. So those are coming soon. 

I think we'll have these available in April. And the maps are coming too, so that's great. You know, just let me know. What else do I have for you today on my list? So I wanted to get your feeling on candles. I love candles, but I wanted to see... What was I going to say? I wanted to find something that was eco-friendly, that was responsible - environmentally responsible. So I actually found this company and let me know what you think. They make candles. They're in this metal container and the wick is a wood wick, so it won't burn. Some wicks I find leave that black smoke film on your walls. This will not do that, is what it claims. So I have not tested it yet, it just came in the mail today, but I love it, the fact that it's just like that. So yeah. So this one is called Christmas Cottage. And they're made in Washington State. So I love supporting small businesses that are made in the USA just like me. So let me know what you think about candles. 

Something I'm considering, we've had requests for them from other people. I know that we started as a card company, and obviously my focus is cards, but we are adding additional products that are true to what we believe, which is made in the USA and eco-friendly, whenever humanly possible. Sometimes that isn't possible but that's what I want to do. And I want them to be small businesses. I love supporting other small businesses. So yeah, so those are things that are in the works.

And what else did I want to want to talk to you about? Okay, the last thing, let me pull them out of my pocket here. So I've had a lot of requests and inquiries about the new grad cap ornament that we started selling a few weeks ago because we just got them in. Allen did an amazing job on them, I love them. But some people have asked... Oh let me show you one. So you just in case you're new here today, so here's a couple that I had in my pocket. So there we go. But I've been getting a lot of questions about people wanting to know can they make this... Can they do two different colors? Is that an option? Well, the answer is yes. But you need to buy 25 of them and it would be $1 more per ornament. So if you have a group of friends and all your kids are graduating, because I know when my kids were graduating from high school they were in a little pack with all their friends that they'd had for so many years and we were friends with all the families. So I bet you could do it that way. But then another option would be, we're also right now running two and hopefully more, some fundraisers for schools. So if you are on your school's PTA/PTO, not sure what else they're called, but the parent-teacher organizations, whatever that may be in your community, you can reach out and we can work on getting a fundraiser put together for you too, so that you can earn some money for your PTA and your school. So that would be great. I volunteered in my community where the kids grew, where we lived when the kids were growing up for 13 years on the PTA, and we did some ornament fundraisers and did very well with them. So yeah, so those are the things. 

But some people want to want the cap to be black, but the little mask tassel to be orange because their school colors are black and orange. But one thing I should note too is that the hanging ribbon is an option. And I've ordered... I'm so excited, I found some additional made in the USA ribbons. So I think you're all going to be excited about that. They'll be available in the next week or so, I'm just waiting for them to ship. I ordered them at the beginning of the week and I'm being the impatient customer. I'm like come on ship my stuff. So I found green, and a blue, silver, orange. So those are going to be added to the website. I'm just trying to figure out... The system isn't as user friendly for me as I want and it's not letting me add, it says I have too many options. So I have to rethink how I'm going to work that for you to be able to order some other ribbon colors, which is really exciting because those are the things people have been asking. They're like, my school is black and orange, or blue and silver, do you have those other ribbon options? So I'm really excited to stay true to our mission of made in the USA products, so I found those. Yeah, so there's that.

And let me see what else. So I think that's everything I've got today. I hope everything's going well where you are. You can always reach out to me orders@plymouthcards.com. You can call me. We do have just the one phone line. So if I don't answer it means I'm on the other line, and just leave a message and I'll get back to you. I usually respond promptly - 877-830-3405. Sometimes I do have meetings with vendors and such, so I do have to do that. But yeah, 877-830-3405 is the phone number. So I told you about the email. You can always message me on Facebook or any other social media and I will get those messages. If you don't want to put a general post, you could always do a private message and I check those too, maybe not as quickly, and not as many times throughout the day as I checked my emails. So yeah, I think that's everything I've got for you. I'm so glad and thankful for you being here today and watching and if you do have any... I will post any links that of the things I've mentioned in the notes after I finish this up, and I will see you next week. Thank you so much. Bye! 




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