Wednesday, April 30, 2008

60% Off Super Sale

We have our retired rubber stamps all on sale for 60% off through the month of May 2008.
These are rubber stamps that companies have discontinued, the company has gone out of business, or we no longer buy from them.
The great news is that clearing them out makes room for all of the brand new designs coming in!
We have a table with boxes of retired rubber stamps for you to look through to find your treasures.
Stamps from companies such as Hero Arts, PSX, Embossing Arts, Stampa Rosa and more...

Friday, April 25, 2008

Super Sale on Retired Rubber Stamps

We mentioned on the web page ( that we are having a super sale on all retired and discontinued rubber stamps. They are all 60% off the marked prices. These ladies came in and we pulled out all of the boxes for them to root through. Not all of the boxes are on this table at the time I took the photo.

Come on over if you're in the area and take a look. Next week (April 28 - May 2) we will have all of the stamps out on a table for you to look through. Otherwise we have a sampling out and can pull boxes if needed.

We thought we'd do some Spring cleaning and make room for all of the wonderful new designs coming out from companies such as Art Impressions, Penny Black, Magenta, Hero Arts, Stamps By Judith, Stampendous (we are a Stampendous Full Service Store) and more...

Sunday, April 20, 2008

some cards

These are a few samples of some of the greeting card classes. These happen to be from the 'Morphing' class taught by Terri. I know you cannot really see all of what the cards look like, but you can get an idea.
The Morphing class is a technique class that utilizes images to create something different. A leaf may be a small hill or it may be a bird. Coffee beans morph into flowers and bugs, pinecones become hedgehogs.... While learning the technique, students create 6 cards. Every time Terri teaches the class, she comes up with new ideas.
All of our class prices include supplies. In the Stamp of the Month class, students are required to have the featured stamp of the month. Otherwise, all stamps, inks, papers, embellishments and use of our tools are part of the class.

Saturday, April 19, 2008

Relay For Life of Pendleton/Clemson

On Wednesday evening, our local rubber stamp club (The Crafty Crew) got together and our monthly project was to make gifts to give to the survivors attending the Pendleton/Clemson Relay For Life. This will be the 8th annual Relay in our community and we have made a gift every year to celebrate their survival. This year we made pocket stones out of polymer clay and rubbed with irridescent powders.

Our Relay will be held on Friday, May 2 - Saturday, May 3, 2008 at Pendleton High School.
A special than you to The Crafty Crew for their quick work and the beautiful results.

A little more about the store...

Since I am posting this from home, I only have a few photos of class samples on my computer. This is a photo of my Copper Chain Necklace.

At The Mercantile we offer a wide array of creative classes. When Terri joined Mom & Dad at the store 13 years ago, she brought along her rubber stamping expertise. She had designed and manufactured her own line of decorative rubber stamps in England while living there. Thus started the classes. Over the years there have been technique calsses as well as project classes. When I joined the three of them 8 1/2 years ago, I was asked to fill in for a few of the Basic Rubber Stamping classes while Terri was on Maternity leave.

We now offer around 200 different classes in Rubber Stamping, Paper Crafting (including paper folding and Bookbinding, among others), and beading. The vast majority of our classes are taught by Terri and myself. We do have a few 'guest' instructors like Angela Hendrix, an extremely talented fused glass artist from Anderson, SC and Jo Hoffacker, another extremely talented local glass artist who specializes in bead making.

The Mercantile is not just about creativity. Mom & Dad started the store with the idea of it resembling an old-time country store, complete with bulk candy, candles and coffee beans. Most of the giftware at the very beginning was consignment from local crafters. After a while, other items were added, including Folkmanis Puppets and Melissa & Doug toys, Willow Tree figures and a selection of nativities. We also offer garden accents, Lang mugs and bread warmers from Seneca Ceramics. The bread warmers include a custom Pendleton, SC piece designed by Terri. On the shelves you will also find my Ebonyware Porcelain pottery.

The sample pot of coffee is always on so come on in and see what we have to offer.

Check our web site for more information

Wednesday, April 16, 2008

the photo

Here it is! I forgot to click the correct button last time...

trying to get the hang of this

Good morning. I hope that the photo I uploaded actually works. It is a photo of our storefront. We are happily celebrating 20 years of business here on the sunny side of the square in Pendleton, SC. We have creative classes for all ages. Our classes focus on paper crafting, rubber stamping and bead work. For more information on our classes, check out our web site

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Good morning.
We are just getting started with this new blog. We hope to be able to update it regularly.
Bear with those of us here in Pendleton, SC as we learn the workings of this blog spot.