Saturday, March 18, 2017

5 AM -- LIFT OFF!!!

On the road again . . . DH drove me and my stamping PIC (Partner in Crime) to the Charlotte, NC area this morning to visit a GREAT paper crafter's store: Paper Crafter's Muse and the address for the store is: 1905 Rice Road Ext., Unit 108  Matthews, NC 28105.

This store is owned by Daphne and she used to teach card making classes at a store I used to shop at. I had taken a couple of classes from her before she moved from that area to the Matthews area to open her own store. I was happy when I was able to locate her and her new store and whenever we take day trips in that direction I shop her store. Her store has the latest of late in products with card samples, journals, mixed media pieces all over the shop so inspiration fills the store no matter where you look.

Today I asked Daphne if I could take photos of her store to share on my blog -- Daphne is so in tuned with us crafters and her store shows this at every angle. Here are various photos of her shop:








What is to love about Daphne's store? It is clean, bright and cheery. She hangs wooden frames with her card samples inside the frames with clothespins holding the cards. Her card samples are usually hanging above the products used for her cards. Not only having these card samples hanging every where good for inspiration but they help the customer see the products in use -- the size of a die on a card or journal, the colour of an ink, maybe a new card layout, etc.. Her samples show you that even you can make that card using what she sells.  EVERY item has a price sticker on it so as a shopper you are not in shock from surprise totals when you get to the register. She has product lines together so if you want a stamp, a die, matching card stock or bling for that item it is all together for more inspiration. Inks, markers, Copics, mixed media items are all together. Specialty card stocks are together.  She has theme displays -- IE  She has a display for baby items to use for a baby shower or birth announcements etc. She has stamps, dies, stencils, embossing folders and anything baby related together. She carries Funny Bones stamps, religious/inspirational stamps, floral stamps, word stamps, shapes, theme, etc.. I have never shopped her store and have not found a new product that inspires me to hurry back to my craft room to create something fun or pretty. . 

Also -- Daphne will answer any questions you may have about new products coming out or maybe how to use a product you have never used before or even tell you how she made some of her inspirational cards hanging on her walls. Daphne's store is WELL worth the trip to Matthews -- why buy something online that you can not see in person, or see inspiration for, or ask how to use it? I will also say that Daphne is constantly introducing new items -- she carries new products as the paper crafting industry changes. Daphne also appreciates most crafters have a serious budget and she appreciates all shoppers and as a shopper you know this when you shop her store. 

A few weeks back Daphne had sent out an email to announce this year would be her first Customer Yard Sale she was holding at the plaza her shop is in. Her customers were selling their gently used crafting items that they no longer needed at this sale. When I received Daphne's email announcing this sale I asked my stamping buddy if she would want to go with me to this sale and also shop at Daphne's? Our day was planned and we impatiently waited for this day to arrive. . .

This morning at 5AM we pulled out of the driveway for our trip to Matthews, NC. The sale began at 9AM but even with stopping for breakfast we arrived early for the sale. Daphne was nice enough to let us shop her store before the Yard sale began and I found LOTS to buy:


Two 6 x 6 pads of printed card stock, floral card stock, LawnFawn and Poppy Stamp dies, distressed ink in a colour I needed, clear plastic envelopes to mail my cards in, a package of the Avery Elle clear pockets, (that are very hard to locate), and the Sizzix dimensional cutting pad. She sells so many things you just do not see anywhere. I thank Daphne for all the inspiration I get from my shopping trips to her store -- every time you shop her store there are new items to be found -- not the "same old, same old" that some paper crafters stores have. She does not have rows and rows of card stocks never bought but displays full of new products waiting to be used.

After we shopped her store we went over to the customer Yard Sale and here are a couple of photos of that:



LOTS of deals to be found -- my stamping buddy bought Close To My Heart stamp sets -- two for a DOLLAR -- one lady was selling the ink pad carousel from Stampin Up for $10.00 !!! Here is what I bought:


Never used Fun Stampers Journey stamp set for $2.00, Martha Stewart star border punch - 50 cents.


These three SU stamp sets were sold by a demonstrator from SU and she said she has too much SU items at her house so she cleared out stamp sets --- decided to sell all of these for $5.00 a piece because she wanted them 'gone' from her crafting space. These dies, with the pink dots, were all $3.00 a piece:



One table had a basket with three items for $2.00 total so I picked out three items:


and three packs of SU card stock, $5.00 per pack:


Thanks to Daphne for her first customer Yard Sale and a fun shopping morning! A really BIGGER thanks to Daphne for having a great store to shop at with all her inspiration inside. My stamping friend and I have already made plans for our next trip to Daphne's.... Looking forward to that!   If you are in the area, or passing through that area, make plans to shop her store -- you will NOT be disappointed. It is an easy day trip and we ended our trip with a stop at Long Horn's to eat. Two happy stampers now!! TFL

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

Dear Candee, I too would have been a happy stamper visiting Daphne's store. Seeing the real thing is --for me--much more enjoyable than ordering off the internet. Am thrilled for your fun day. Hugs and smiles Reva

MaryH said...

Thanks for the heads up on this store and sale. If the owner is pleasant and customer oriented, then this is a place I'll check out. Nice to know what you purchase will be charged correctly too. It looks like a well thought out product arrangement too, and good for ya'll at getting some good buys. Nice that you were able to shop early as well. Hugs