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Getting Patriotic on President’s Day

Happy President’s Day! Also known as “Washington’s Birthday”, or “Washington and Lincolns Day”, this holiday is an ideal time to express patriotism. It was established to celebrate the birthday of the first president of the USA, George Washington, although it has also become a day to remember all presidents.  Even though President Washington was born on February 22nd, the date of this federal holiday varies because it always falls on the third Monday of the second month of the year. Much to the happiness of schoolchildren and many adults, Monday was chosen for celebrating this holiday to conveniently turn a two-day weekend into a three day one.

The combination of a holiday and three-day weekend has also frequently turned the third and fourth weeks of February into a time for bargains and shopping discounts. This probably resulted from stores realizing that more people are likely to go shopping if they have a Monday off, especially when outdoor activities are curtailed by winter weather. No matter what the reason for sales, it’s worth it to keep an eye out for bargains at this time of year, especially on items and clothing we might want for the summer months.

However, in addition to saving money on garden statues and other items that will be put to use in a month or two, this weekend is an excellent excuse to celebrate patriotism. These are a few ideas for celebrating love of country, freedom, and democracy:

Decorate to celebrate: “Americana” is the decorating theme that works best for President’s Day, and these items will look just as impressive long after the end of February. Although we may or may not want to take down the red, white, and blue bunting, showing the flag never goes out of style, and neither do certain statues and other types of high quality decor. Out in the garden, such decor can take the form of garden sculptures like the “Patriotic Flag Children” Statue,  and Western Americana decor like the Cowboy Cody Western Welcome Statue. Just keep in mind that such garden statues shouldn’t be placed outside if the temperature still dips below zero. If so, these and other patriotic sculptures will look just as good in a month or two.

It’s just as important and festive to decorate the interior of the home. A bit of bunting will work along with pictures of the flag, Mount Rushmore, and other iconic American images including the impressive Statue of Liberty (1886) Wall Frieze, and the beautifully detailed “On the Hunt” Native American Statue.

Throw a party: Interior decor is also important for this holiday if we plan on throwing a President’s Day party. Invite friends and family to the house for an evening of classic American recipes accompanied by locally brewed spirits, and patriotic-themed games. These can take the form of trivia about the Constitution of the United States of America, trivia about past presidents, or giving out small, fun prizes to guests who can name all of the state capitals. An apple pie bake-off, most patriotic outfit, and other small contests can also be held. Make a big impression by using the Uncle Sam Yankee Doodle Dandy Butler Pedestal Sculptural Table to serve apple pie and other standard American fare.

Patriotic movie night: Whether we throw a party or not, we can also have fun on this holiday weekend by hosting a patriotic-themed movie night. Show an evening of two or three movies that deal with patriotism in any number of ways, and share them with good friends.

Shop at Design Toscano for an excellent selection of unique patriotic decor, high quality garden statuary, and beautiful antique replica furniture.

Five Tips for a Successful Garage Sale

As we gear up for summer, there’s one chore that some of us need to take care of before we truly kick off the garden season. The new, warm weather offers a chance to get all of that unwanted stuff out of storage and sell it right out of the garage. It’s also a good excuse to take stock of garden decor and whatever else happened to be stored away in the attic, garage, or other cubby holes, and see which items need to go. The best place to sell all of that stuff is right out of the garage or on the front lawn, but despite the popularity of garage sales, those items don’t always sell themselves. These are some tips to sell more during yard or garage sales and help clean out the house:

Hold it after spring cleaning: Make sure to clean the house before actually holding the sale and not because we will be inviting garage sale customers in, but because this is how we find all of the stuff we are going to sell. If we just grab a few things here and there to sell in the garage, there will be lots of other things that we overlook. It’s better to put in the time and effort to go through the entire house and gather anything that could be sold to offer more to customers and hopefully sell off a high percentage of unwanted items over the course of one weekend. 

Advertise: As with any business of selling things, advertising will bring in more customers. Although we could hope that word gets around without putting out a few ads here and there, unless you are already famous and have thousands of followers on social media, don’t expect many visitors. Attempting to sell without letting large numbers of people know about it usually ends up being a sad waste of time. To avoid that outcome, we need to place ads for the garage or yard sale that show the time, place, and dates of the sale. To know where to publish or show those ads, take a look around and see how other garage sales are advertised. Are the ads in the newspaper, on social media, or posted at the church or on phone posts? Go with one of these options or all of the above to get the word out and connect with your market. The better the connection, the more likely  you can keep the sale to one, successful weekend. 

Use signs and Categorize: Now that the sale is underway, we have to make it easier for customers to find what they are looking for. Save them time by organizing and categorizing the second-hand wares and put clear signs showing where they can find the garden statues, books, music, lamps, and so on. Essentially, treat the sale like an outdoor store because that it pretty much what it is.

A weekend sale: Don’t just host the sale for one day. Make the garage sale a weekend event that goes for either two or three days. Some folks might only be able to attend on Saturday, others on Sunday, and many might not hear about it until Saturday.

Final discounts: On the final day of the sale, give discounts on everything, bigger discounts on the stuff that needs to go. We don’t have much to lose on the last day of a temporary sale meant to clear unwanted stuff out of the house so we might as well give two for one discounts, 80% off, or whatever it takes to not put that stuff back into storage.

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