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Fashion is Art and Art is Photography

In conjunction with the second Saturday Artragious Artwork, long sponsored by the Island Art Association, Bijoux Amelia, (a boutique offering fun, funky and affordable ladies accessories), located at 317A Centre Street, will be hosting its own reception – a “Meet and Greet” with local photographer Ann Kemp. Continue reading

2016 Consignment Crawl and Resale Tour

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It is time to shop local and support your neighbors who own small businesses in Fernandina Beach and Amelia Island by shopping at the Consignment Crawl and Resale Tour returning to Fernandina on July 16, 2016. There are ten participating stores this year with refreshments and prizes.

Stores include:
Armoirs etc. Furniture
The Pickers Market
Barnabas’ New to You
Retail Therapy Consignment
Trailer Park Collectibles
Buy-Gones Ladies Resale Boutique
Fifi’s Fine Resale
What’s In Resale Boutique
nassau Humane Society’s Second Chance
Wiggle Worms

Pick up a punch card from any of the participating stores and have it punched at all ten locations and you will be eligible for the Grand Prize… and $100 Visa gift card.

Fifi’s Fine Resale of Amelia Island is Having a Party

Fifi’s Fine Resale of Amelia Island, Florida, is celebrating 12 years under Jessica Miller’s leadership with a party and a $12.00 “Stuff a Bag Sale” on Saturday, June 11, 2016. A portion of the proceeds from $12.00 stuffed bags will be given to Cedar Haven Transition House for Homeless Women.

Specially marked items throughout the shop can be stuffed into a plastic shopping bag for just $12.00. This sale event coincides with the 12 Year Anniversary of Jessica Miller buying Fifi’s. Treats will be served, and the feeling for giving towards a local charity will leave you feeling oh-so-good!

Fifi’s is open 10:00 am – 5:00 pm on Saturday for the event. Fifi’s is stuffed to the rafters with amazing new items including every day brands like Chico’s, Ann Taylor, J. Crew, Talbots, and Banana Republic.

Cedar Haven is a Transitional House for Homeless Women in the Fernandina Beach Community. It is a Non-Profit organization dedicated to serving women by offering transitional housing and education to improve the quality of life for homeless women without children. Cedar Haven is a project of Women of Power Inc. Cedar Haven opened in March 2011 and provides a 180-day transitional program. In addition to providing housing, classes are offered that will assist residents in becoming self sufficient; improving the quality of their lives as they make a transition back into society. For more information, please call (904) 699-7477.

Nassau Baptist’s Auxiliary Six Dollar Sale

Nassau Baptist's Auxiliary Six Dollar SaleBaptist Medical Center Nassau’s Auxiliary is holing a Stupendous $6.00 Sale!

This is the inflation version of the old “$5.00 Sale” however, this time it is more fun with some “high end” specials at up to 80% off the suggested retail price!

The sale will be held:
Friday, November 6: 7:00 to 5 PM
Saturday, November 7: 8:00 to 1 PM

Estate Sale Features Well Priced Collectibles and Antiques

Estate Sale Features Well Priced Collectibles and Antiques

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The Scottsdale Estate Sale features well over 300 exceptionally priced lots of glass, brass, and ceramic collectibles, antiques, oversized vases, large paintings and more. The original family estate included an antique shop, and items from an eclectic decorating service. You will find ornamental fixtures, classically framed portraits on canvas, crystal serving pieces, silver flatware, a huge variety of vintage sconces and more. Nearly every item is a conversation piece, and all are priced to go!

The sale includes a set of vintage glass canisters, brass candelabras, an elegant Crescent China pitcher and wash basin – rimmed in gold – from Harrods, a mother of pearl handled dinner knife set, ornamental silver serving spoons, silver flatware, antique salt cellars and more.

Other antiques include a bed warmer, mirrors, handles and other hardware, framed artwork, pewter items of interest, a couple of military pieces and in excellent condition an A950 Hurd Supercaster fishing rod with case.

The only furniture in the sale is an Italianate, wrought iron dining suite designed in an interesting, Art Moderne style. The base of this rectangular table frame measures 30 inches high, 18 inches wide, and 60 inches long. The handsome beveled glass top is made of three-quarter inch glass that is 40 inches wide and an impressive 96 inches long. Eight open armchairs are included with the set, and the drop-in seats are covered.

This unique estate sale is being held for one day only, October 10, 2015, from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm, inside the Residence Inn Amelia Island, located at 2301 Sadler Road, in Fernandina Beach.

Please, cash only! No large bags or purses will be permitted inside the show room. Serious inquiries only, please call Otto at (904) 729-5691.

For pictures of some items please visit this facebook event page

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What Happened to Customer Service?

What Happened to Customer Service?I am usually not quick to jump to complaining about a business, but I recently had an experience with lousy customer service, and I’m going to publicly ask, “What happened to customer service?”

Those who know me, know I injured my foot a couple of years ago. Now, when I shop for sneakers there are a few features my local podiatrist suggested I look for. Well, of course, as all women know, this makes finding a stylish shoe nearly impossible, so when I found a pair of sneakers at The Shoe Department in St. Mary’s, Georgia, at an affordable price, I was thrilled!

The shoes were located near the front of the store, with a large sale sign that read $39… (something) tucked into the stack of shoe boxes, with a demo model on display above the sign. The shoe matched the shoe boxes under the sign, and these were the shoes I had spent nearly 20 minutes of my life pondering over. I was excited! I had not found a pair of sneakers I liked this much in two years! I was rejoicing, “Momma needs a new pair of shoes!” Well, not so fast, Judie.

The sneakers were “Skechers”. I tried on three different sizes and widths to get the best support and most comfortable fit. A sales representatives walked past me and asked if I was finding things ok? “Yes, thanks.” I replied admiring my soon-to-be new shoes.

A second sales rep repeated the question as I was packing up the rejected pairs. I finished packing up the shoes I had tried on, putting them neatly into their appropriate boxes, and placed them back where I found them and headed to the check-out counter.

With my wallet in hand the female clerk said, “That will be $53.00.” She mentioned some change, too, but I don’t recall the exact amount.

“They were on sale for 39 dollars.” I said politely.

The clerk quickly snatched up the box and walked over to the display where they were clearly market with a promotional price.

“Did I not get the pair shown on the display?” I asked confused.

“Oh sorry,” She quipped with no emotion whatsoever, snatching the sign off of the shoe box. “Someone put that sign there by mistake.”

“…and you are not going to honor the price?” I asked, thinking, it was not my mistake; it was theirs.

Now, I worked in the retail industry for over 20 years, and when something like this happens, you either offer the advertised price, or see if your manager can do something to satisfy the customer.

The clerk’s flippant mannerism made my blood boil. She didn’t even answer me!

Firmly I told my daughter, who was shopping for boots in a different isle than the sneakers were displayed, that we were leaving. “This store won’t honor their sale price, which is clearly marked.” I think I got louder as I spoke. “This is bait and switch, and THAT my dear – is illegal!”

While I’m still wondering what has happened to customer service, I should mention, “I’m still looking for a good pair of sneakers.”

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Thanksgiving Ideas Offered at Arts Market in Fernandina

Thanksgiving Ideas Offered at Arts Market in Fernandina
Saturday, October 11, the Fernandina Beach Arts Market returns to downtown Fernandina just in time to kick off the holiday season! Dress up your princess with accessories for Halloween from Beauti-Bows and More. These are irresistibly decorated flip flops, hair bows and skirts of tulle. Or you can dress up your pooch with coordinated leashes, harnesses and collars from vendors Pawsitively Purrfect Pets and Pawsh Puppies. Decorate your home with stylish signs from Crafting from our Hearts, art from Eight Flags Artisans, or handmade furniture Red Wolf Custom Crafts.

Looking to set a unique table on Thanksgiving? Consider a custom table by Will’s Wood Works, or a unique set of dishes from Fernandina Clay.

Autumn often sets up the youngsters to bring home colds from school and Harlow’s All Natural has products to treat your next cold and provide natural relief during allergy season.

Other vendors include fused glass works, fine jewelry, whimsical art, scarves in your favorite colors, wooden bowls, candle holders made from oyster shells, giant concrete leaves for your garden and so much more.

This week the Homeschool Hotshots will be at the Arts Market. This is a shooting sports club for home schooled students through the 4H program. The program teaches youth the importance of safe and responsible handling of archery and shotgun equipment. They will be selling crafts to help support the program.

The Arts Market is located just west of Eighth Street, between Alachua and Centre Streets, adjacent to the farmers market in historic, downtown. We are open from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm and your well-behaved, leashed pets are welcome.

Limited space is available, so if you’d like to be a part of the Fernandina Beach Arts Market this holiday season, please connect with us soon at FernandinaBeachArtsMarket.com, on facebook, or call (904) 557-8229.

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Dave Scott Does Nothing and Still Wins

Dave Scott Does Nothing and Still WinsFor doing absolutely nothing, I won a $50K Car, trips, and more! Or did I?

The other day at our house someone named Alex representing “The Notification Center” called and left a message saying that he had “excellent news” for me.

On the recording he said I “had been selected in an official contest, that I or someone else may have entered in my name” and I had won either a “$50,000 home makeover or $25,000 in cash” but I needed to call 888-207-3176, extension 224 and ask for Alex to claim my winnings.

With visions of a backyard swimming pool and a round-the-world trip dancing in my head, I excitedly did as I was instructed and called the number but was connected to a lady named Lauren, not Alex. She informed me that my name was “pulled” and I had indeed “made the final round and could win either a new vehicle worth $50,000, $25,000 in cash, or a $25,000 shopping spree.” She volunteered that she wasn’t selling anything – not “time shares or travel club memberships.” The home makeover that Alex told me about in his message wasn’t mentioned, and not wanting to appear greedy I didn’t bring it up.

But the goodies were piling up. Lauren added that since I was married, not over the age of 75 and because she was confident that I could pay the taxes on all my loot, that I had also raked in a $100 dinner card, a round trip airfare for two anywhere we wanted to go or a cruise on one of a selection of cruise lines to a variety of locations. To pick up all these goodies my wife and I merely had to travel to 9454 Phillips Highway, Suite #1, 32256 in Jacksonville on Wednesday or Thursday at 3 or 7 pm, fill out a survey, and take a look at something called “Direct Buy Warehouse,” to see all the other stuff we could pick up if we were shopping spree winners. The whole thing wouldn’t take more than 1-1½ hours of our time she said.

Lauren said I wasn’t under any obligation and while there I would pick up a key to see if it was the one that unlocked a box holding the really big prizes. She said I had “a really good chance of winning” and gave me the claim number of ECM1985, and her cell phone number (315) 623-0796, telling me when I asked, that she was in Constantia, NY.

“Darn,” I said, “as excited as I am about all this,” I told Lauren that I was unable to make it since I practice my trick sleeping technique on those days and sadly hung up the phone. However, I’m sure that anyone reading this can take my place next week or later by giving Lauren a call, and you’re welcome to use my claim number. If she answers the phone I bet you’re a winner, and the least you can do is buy me a cold beer for steering you toward this bonanza. Good luck.

(Dave Scott writes a weekly blog www.davescottblog.com that includes musings, opinions, observations, questions, and random thoughts on island life, Fernandina Beach and more.)

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Amelia Island Consignment Crawl 2014

Amelia Island Consignment Crawl 2014The Consignment Crawl is returning to Amelia Island and Fernandina Beach resale/consignment/thrift shops!

Amelia Island, FL – In honor of International Resale Day, nine local area resalers will participate in a summer Consignment Crawl. The event will highlight a variety of local area resale, consignment, and thrift shops specializing in women’s and children’s apparel and accessories. The thrift shops may also carry vintage, home décor & furniture.

The Consignment Crawl is from 11:00 am to 5:00 pm on Saturday, July 26th. Each host will provide refreshments throughout the day at shops located in Nassau County with one common goal in mind – to heighten awareness of the resale industry. Many shops will also provide in store promotions as well during the Crawl.

As an incentive to visit all nine participating shops, a Grand Prize raffle will be awarded to one lucky participant out of all the participants who complete the crawl. Resale provides a convenient outlet for consumers to sell their “good as new” merchandise and earn some extra cash for recycling. Resale shopping is economical for savvy shoppers in search of a bargain, a green alternative to consumerism, and it is just plain fun earning bragging rights for that one-of-a-kind find.

Many of the participating shops are also a part of ConsignAmelia in Fernandina Beach. Follow them on facebook at www.facebook.com/ConsignAmelia. “Sustainability is important to our collective Nassau County communities and resale provides our clients a much needed solution for those who want to give their lightly loved clothing & home decor a second life instead of it going to a landfill or sitting useless in your closet or storage. It’s an environmentally friendly & affordable approach to fashion & furnishings,” explained Jessica Miller, owner of Fifi’s Fine Resale of Amelia Island.

If you are a seasoned pro or this is a new adventure in shopping for you, grab a friend, map your plan of attack, and carpool on over to your favorite resale & consignment shops participating in the Crawl.

Support local shops. Who knows what fabulous finds will be awaiting you!

Be sure to pick up a punch card from a participating shop. If you visit each shop participating in the Crawl on Saturday, July 26 you will be entered to win a prize.

The participating shops are:
Barnabas New to You, 930 S. 14th Street, 904-321-2334
Buy Gones, 1014 S. 7th Street or 464073 SR 200, #7 @ Blackrock Rd, 904-206-9475
Fifi’s Fine Resale, 1853 S. 8th Street, 904-277-4430
Frugal Cachet, 11 N. 3rd Street, 904-206-4444
Micah’s Place Purple Dove, 474311 East SR 200, 904-261-5227
Retail Therapy Consignment, 732 S. 8th Street, 904-277-1248
Second Chance, 1002 S. 14th Street, 904-321-0022
What’s In, 1875 S. 14th Street, 904-491-1180
Wiggle Worms, 2010 S. 8th Street, 904-277-2185

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Amelia Island’s Art Market Returns July 26th

Amelia Island's Art Market Returns July 26thJuly 26, 2014 is the 4th Saturday of the month and that means the Fernandina Beach Arts Market will be open in the historic, downtown area of Amelia Island.

Dozens of local artists converge downtown to display the area’s newest art fair. You will find a wide range of works that are unique in both craft and value. Beautiful pottery, fine jewelry, visual art, garden art, wood furniture, lamps, soaps, pet accessories, photography, glass, apparel, and more can be found from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm, just north of Centre Street, between N. 7th and N. 8th Streets in Fernandina.

Newer vendors include Dot Updegraff and her husband George, who have been crafting for over 15 years. Retirement left them in a position to follow their hearts, and as Crafting From Our Hearts these lovebirds enjoy traveling and meeting people at different art shows while they show off their wooden, hand cut items like yard signs, wall plaques and more. Hand painted messages are often patriotic, spiritual, or inspirational, but they are always as fun and colorful as the pair that design them!

Red Wolf Custom Crafts, a regular at the Arts Market, brings a truck and trailer loaded with custom built furniture from Blackshear, Georgia. Ben Smitt, III, designs wooden boxes, lawn chairs and occasional tables that are truly unique. Some of the most popular pieces include artistically painted redfish or perhaps a couple of shrimp that make every item a unique work of art, perfect as a conversation starter for the home or as a treasured gift.

Fernandina Beach is a community that truly supports a shop local economy, and interacting with the producer of your purchases is a bonus! You can find out more about the quality of a product, the creative process of the artist, sourcing of materials, or perhaps make a new friend. By having designers and artists from our area, all in one downtown location, you have a variety of one-of-a-kind specialty goods available in a single Saturday morning stop. Find us adjacent to the Fernandina Beach Market Place farmers market, within walking distance of fabulous restaurants and the quaint shops of Amelia Island’s Victorian seaside village, Fernandina Beach.

For more information, please visit FernandinaBeachArtsMarket.com, find us on facebook, or call Joe at (904) 557-8229.

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Shop and Sip Fundraiser for Nassau Humane Society

Shop and Sip Fundraiser for Nassau Humane SocietyFernandina Beach, FL Shop and Sip! Chico’s, located at the Shops of Amelia Island Plantation, is partnering with the Nassau Humane Society in a shopping fundraiser.

When you shop at Chico’s on Thursday, July 24, from 5-7pm, 10% of your total purchase will be donated to the Nassau Humane Society. After shopping, relax on the store’s back porch, enjoy a complimentary glass of wine and visit with some of our furry friends from our shelter.

So far this fiscal year, Nassau Humane Society has found homes for 527 cats and dogs, which is a 65% increase from this time last year. We provide a no-kill shelter for the abandoned, the abused, the surrendered and the rescued.

Our organization strives daily to bring people and pets together – enriching the lives of both.

For more information on how you can help our homeless animals, please visit our website www.nassauhumanesociety.com.

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Shop and Sip Fundraiser for Nassau Humane Society

Fifi’s Launches Custom App

Fifi's Launches Custom AppAmelia Island, FL – Fifi’s Fine Resale of Amelia Island is pleased to announce the development and release of its own customer app, available for free on both iTunes for iPhones and iPads and Google Play for Android devices. Download it today at: http://www.fifisameliaisland.4yourmobile.com

Fifi’s is one of the first local small businesses to launch its own app. Fifi’s prides itself on continuing its education, staying current with technology, and offering its customers and suppliers the best experience possible. If you haven’t shopped Fifi’s recently, we invite you to stop in at your convenience; it is not your grandmother’s Fifi’s anymore!

“Our app allows us to engage with our customers and suppliers on a worldwide level like never before,” owner Jessica Miller explained. “Stay current with Fifi’s events, utilize our custom loyalty program, receive app-only coupons, preview items available for sale, access all social media sites from one convenient location, the benefits to using our Fifi’s app are endless…” Miller continued.

The shop has been a part of Fernandina Beach’s retail scene for twenty two years. The store strives to satisfy the varied needs of residents and tourists, offering everything from new jewelry and accessories to designer handbags and Chico’s items.

For information about resale shopping or guidelines on consignment, please contact Jessica Miller, Owner, at (904) 277-4430.

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Semi Annual Five Dollar Jewelry Sale

 Semi Annual Five Dollar Jewelry SaleThe semi-annual Five Dollar Jewelry Sale has become a favorite shopping event that my family loves to attend. The Mouth of Amelia shared it with us a few years ago and we always looking forward to stopping at the hospital to find some super deals and help support the local auxillary, too!

Friday, June 13, 2014, is the semi-annual $5.00 jewelry sale at the Baptist hospital on Amelia Island.

From 7:00 AM to 5:00 PM, this popular $5.00 jewelry sale will be held in the Board Room at the hospital. Hosted by the Baptist Medical Center Nassau Auxiliary, this sale is especially exciting because there will be new items from a new vendor!

This is the perfect shopping opportunity for upcoming birthday gifts for children and adults, graduations, weddings, in fact, any occasion. All items are $5.00 plus tax and can be purchased using cash, checks, and/or major credit cards. Come early before those Night Nurses run off with all the good stuff on their way home! Just kidding… there is enough inventory for a whole day of shopping!

For more information, please call the Auxiliary Office at (904) 321-3818.

(Hint… these items are great for stocking stuffers and there are less than 200 shopping days until Christmas)

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Silver and Fashion Jewelry Hospital Auxiliary Sale

Silver and Fashion Jewelry Hospital Auxiliary SaleThe Baptist Medical Center Nassau Auxiliary’s Fine Silver and Fashion Jewelry Sale will be at the hospital January 31, 2014.

Just in time for Valentine’s Day, the hospital Auxiliary is bringing you another jewelry sale! This time, items cost a bit more than $5 but we’re talking sterling silver and upgraded fashion jewels! A further enticement is a 20% discount on sterling silver pieces!

Come and support the Auxiliary which in turn supports the hospital! The date is Friday, January 31st from 7:00 AM to 4:00 PM and the jewelry will be on display in the Board Room just off the Main Lobby.

Cash, personal checks and major credit cards are accepted for payment. Any questions? Call the Auxiliary Office at 321-3818.

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