Willow Tree is part of their story and mine

Willow Tree is part of their story and mine

There are days when I miss our store more than you can imagine. I long for the smells and sights that make up a Country Primitive Gift Store. The colors, textures, tastes and smells were so warm and comforting.

I miss our customers (well…..most of them); they became part of our life and we were part of theirs. At one point we had 5 generations of one family that frequented our store.

How cool is that?!?!?

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This was taken in our store, Country Junction in Oneonta New York

I knew all of these people by their favorite colors for curtains and their go to candle fragrance. I was blessed to be there to comfort them when they came in to purchase a sympathy card. I took great joy in helping their children wrap presents secretly while Mom shopped. What an amazing adventure our store was.

One of the best stories I have is about a young couple who shopped in our store when they were just dating. We carried a line from Demdaco called Willow Tree, you may have seen them. They have the look of handcarved wood, in soft pastel colors.

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The couple was always friendly, but quiet; at first I didn’t take a lot of notice to them. The man came in one day alone to purchase a piece of Willow Tree. Before I could gift wrap it for him he asked to borrow a marker and took a moment to write on the bottom of his new purchase. Back in the
box the figurine went and I never gave it much thought. Months after the woman came in alone to make her purchase of Willow Tree; it was the week she was to be married. She told the staff that he had asked her to marry him with that piece of Willow Tree. Again she asked for a marker to write on her gift for him. Back and forth they went purchasing many more pieces for Christmas and birthdays, etc.

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After several years the now wife came in one morning to purchase one of the pregnant31bx4DAyRaL._AC_US160_
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ecstatic for them. I was
very lucky to be in the store the day after their baby girl was born, the proud Daddy stopped on his way into the hospital to pick up a piece for his wife and new daughter.

I never really knew this couple however I feel like they are part of my story and I like to think that we were part of theirs.

 

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