Welcome to Lynn’s Latest #7…
February 27, 2020
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Volume I Issue 7
The people have spoken and it is OFFICIAL! We will now and forever be known as Lynn’s Latest!
This past week was pretty eventful…I decided to do the Owl Venice Reset Cleanse and that was 4 grueling days of drinking smoothies and broths. I may or may not be a fan…I will let you know :)!
Check it out. Looks super healthy and it was! https://www.owlvenice.com/
We had a staff meeting on Sunday and it was super productive! Watch for some neat changes coming to Lynn’s Consignments!
Sunday night, Sandy, Emma, and I went to Cal Lu to see the Cal Lu Improv troupe compete against the Pepperdine Improv Troupe (Pit) of which Indy is the President. Of course, PIT rocked the house! Here is my girl on stage!
This is going to be a super busy week for me and the store! Since this Sunday is our two-year anniversary, there are quite a few people popping into town for it! How cool is that?
On Wednesday night, one of my best high school friends flies in from Bellingham and on Thursday night another of my high school besties arrives from Portland! Gotta love old friends! On Friday, my mom flies in and on Saturday my friend Lori from San Diego will arrive. Indiana will drive up Sunday morning! I am going to have a full house…..but I love it!
Please join us this Sunday, March 1st for our 2nd Anniversary Party. There will be food, drinks and door prizes! Help us celebrate what should have been my dad’s 86th Birthday. Happy Birthday, Papa!
OK, but back to the store, because that is ultimately why were are here….. Right? Check out this new vignette we are working on. The theme is Navy Blue, Gold, and White. Very Nautical and I LOVE that new console that came in. Priced at $695.
I love my Time Hop app on my phone! Check out these photos that popped up from exactly 2 years ago this week. Yes, it was crunch time for Val, me, and my mom. Yikes! Amazing that we pulled it off in time for our Grand Opening on March 1st, 2018.
Also from two years ago this week, my kids (Houston and Indiana) along with one of Indy’s best friends, Carmen, were working on a corner vignette that they dubbed “The Holland Garden”. The way they said it was hysterical because they used a Dutch accent. LOL
As we get ready for the anniversary party on Sunday, we are pretty much gutting the store. The original “Holland Garden” corner is in the process of becoming our Asian section with Emma leading the charge! Way to go Emma. Please come in and check it out soon…shaping up to be awesome.
Val (my first employee) and her husband Ron got some tough news this past month. Ron was diagnosed with esophageal cancer. Ughhhh! This is what I wrote on the Go Fund Me Page that I created for their family.
When I decided to open my furniture store in Ventura, I knew NO ONE. Thank God for my realtor and former roommate from USC, Joanne Carolan. Joanne immediately introduced me to her friend Valerie Harrington, who had always wanted to own a vintage store.
The rest is history….I couldn’t have wished for a better person to start my team. She was, and is, instrumental in Lynn’s Consignment success. I love this lady, as an employee, and as a friend. I am sure that those of you in Ventura LOVE seeing her smiling face in the store, her willingness to help, and the way she calls us all “honey”.
I have been included in so many aspects of her family….as a guest to her and her husband Ron’s daughter Taryn’s Wedding in October of 2018, Super Bowl Sunday spent at their home in 2019 with Ron cooking up his delicacies, and just sharing in their daily joys and struggles. I am blessed to have both Ron and Val in my life.
That is why it is with a heavy heart that we have started this Go Fund Me Campaign. Val had been worried about Ron for a while. He had lost a lot of weight and fainted at a recent function. After a scary incident at their home, he wound up in the ER where he was diagnosed with Esophageal cancer on January 22nd. It is stage 2/3 and the tumor is about 6″ long.
Ron will start Chemotherapy the week of 2/25. After a two-month intensive round of Chemo, he will rest for four weeks, and then they will operate to remove the tumor.
Time is of the essence as Ron is unable to work. As the chemo takes its toil, Val will also have to spend more time away from the store. The financial burden of this medical emergency on Val’s family is overwhelming and keeps them up at night with worry.
Cancer is a terrible diagnosis, but one that will NOT win against the Harrington family. Our financial donations will help them to focus on this IMPORTANT battle and not spend their precious energy worrying about money or being able to afford treatment.
Please do anything you can to help the Harringtons.
Let’s help Val and Ron smile again as they embark on this fight that they WILL WIN.
Time for some good news. How about an eBay score? I bought a set of about 100 stems in the Mikasa Park Lane pattern when I was out in Palm Desert last month. I only paid about $1 a stem. My grandmother always taught me that “You make your money in the buying” and boy was she ever right!
Back to the Timehop app that Emma put on my phone….so much going on three years ago.
It’s hard to believe, but just three years ago, my mom, Indy, Houston, and I were in Poland. Check them out in the outdoor market in Krakow. Such a fun trip! If you want to read more about our time in Europe, check out these ezines that I wrote back then…one for each country and they are titled “European Vacation”.
Houston and Indy look so young!
Our next Annie Sloan paint class will be held on Saturday, March 7th from 10:30 to 12:30 ish. The cost is $69. Spaces are limited so sign up here now.
If you have any questions please call the store at 805-628-3289…
This is the Basic Course offering an Introduction to the Annie Sloan Method of Chalk Painting….Furniture, Lamp Shades, Fabric, and just about anything! You will create 3 Sample Boards with different finishes to take with you and all the confidence and knowledge you need to go home and tackle any project!!! Can’t wait to see you and help you learn about the….. BEST PAINT IN THE WORLD!!!
Amazing News! Annie Sloan is coming to So Cal! My friends, Linda and Brita, at Red Rooster Vintage in Redlands have pulled it off! I am so proud of them and super excited to meet Annie in person!
Saturday, March 14th at 1 pm I will be in Redlands and I encourage you to attend as well! Let’s get a caravan going from Ventura! Here is her schedule for her trip to California this March.
OK, time for another eBay score because…well just because. They are soooo much fun! I bought about 50 pairs of Cuff Links out in Palm Desert a few years ago for $2 per pair. Not a bad ROI! Return on Investment.
CARLOS’ Corner…..the little guy did great with a probiotic and I think we are out of the woods! Thank you all for your concern. He is as cute as ever and such a great addition to my family!
Now, let’s check out some of the new fun furnishings that came into the store recently. This Birch Lane couch is brand new, gorgeous, and only $595. The tall Charcoal Cabinet on the right-hand side is $295 and has those super cool easy close drawers and doors. Fun!
For those of you who don’t know, the prices on our consigned items go down 20% every 30 days…for two markdowns. Now, that makes shopping FUN!
Don’t forget that most of our gift items can now be purchased on our website! Super FUN and please keep checking back as we add more and more items. We will even be adding unique one-of-a-kind items from the store that can be shipped or picked up in person. Here is a link to our website. https://lynnsconsignment.ricoconsign.com/
Super excited to announce a new course that we will be offering and it is being taught by one of my very first consignors…Joy Goldowitz!
She is a teaching dynamo! Her course “Calligraphy: The Art of Beautiful Lettering” will be offered on Saturday, March 21st from 10:30 am to 12:30 pm. Joy will even be bringing you tea and homemade scones to enhance the experience!
The course is just $49 and includes a gift box full of calligraphy supplies and a special tote bag! What? This is unreal 🙂
From Joy’s handout…”In this beginning class, we’ll start from scratch with an introduction to sound technique, some nib knowledge, then move straight into some practice exercises, and on to letterforms. By the end of the class, you will be able to write your name and a favorite short quote. You will embark into the wonderful world of modern calligraphy.”
Joy is a retired (after 37 years) elementary school teacher. She is a lover of the relaxing art of hand lettering, beautiful inks, and stationery of all ilks. She is a passionate teacher who happily loves sharing her techniques with others. She will guide you on a journey creating lovely letters to embellish words, names, addresses, cards, gift tags, etc.
OMG! I want to take this class!
Back to the store, here is another photo from 2 years ago and it shows my mom checking in items from one of our first consignors, George! We LOVE George and his wife Cara. He is our 9th consignor…Can you believe it?
Back then his girlfriend (now his wife) told him about a small ad in the classifieds asking for furniture and home decor. Thank you, Cara! And then there was George. He brings in a lot of stuff that “Guys” like. We appreciate you George and all of our awesome consignors!
I had a fun surprise visit yesterday from one of my original ezine readers from years ago. She has been following me since my kids were little. Crazy! Janice Berg stopped in (from North Carolina) with her sister and daughter to say hello. What a treat! They are in town for a wedding at the Ojai Valley Inn.
As I wrap up this newsletter, a big shout out to my friend Denise Angelini! http://pacintdesign.com/
When I first opened my store, Denise came in and asked me if I had any friends in Ventura. “No”! She immediately invited me to a girls’ Wednesday night out that she puts together once a month. Now, two years later, it is still going strong and some of these women have become my very good friends. We had our monthly “meeting” (drinks and dinner) last night at The Greek. What a great crew….Avi, Jane, Irene, Denise, Trisha, Emma, etc., and my high school friend Jo Dallas had just flown in and was here for the fun! Thank you Denise for being such an amazing person, businesswoman, and friend! YOU ROCK!
Again…..A Happy New Decade from Lynn’s Consignments team to you and your family! We hope to see you soon!
Pictured…Katie, Sandy, Indiana, me, Val, Adolio, Peggy, and Mor Mor!
Thanks for reading my ezines! I appreciate it….as always!
eBay with Heart & Design with Heart……Lynn
P.S. All of the professional photos I use on Instagram, Facebook, and in these newsletters were taken by my friend Denise’s daughter, Jaclyn Sabo. She is amazing! And I will be hiring her again for photos during our 2nd-year anniversary party on Sunday, March 1st. Hope to see you there. To learn more about Jaclyn….https://www.jaclynszabo.com/
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P.P.P.S For those of you who don’t live close to Ventura…don’t forget you can shop our store online!