Saturday, April 19, 2008

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

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