12/23/10

Happy Holidays and Many Thanks

As the holidays draw near, I find myself reflecting upon all the people that have helped Blue Elephant become more than just a dream.

First and foremost, my thoughts turn to Jessica, whose perfectionist tendencies can be a bit much at times but which always serve Blue Elephant well. To Johnny, whose artistic sensibilities made Blue Elephant a beautiful space, and to Ron, who didn’t think I was crazy for wanting to start a business in today’s economy (well at least didn’t outright say I was crazy). To our landlord, David, who believed in us enough to give us a chance to make Blue Elephant a reality. To Pip, whose steadfast friendship with Jessica has been a blessing. To Linda, Laurence, and Johanna who created our happy elephant logo. To Joe, whom Jessica asked all kinds of advice and who always had a ready answer. To Gopa, who advised us to get a Lakshmi to go with our Ganesha, and who worried that the desk sent Johnny over the edge (I assure you, it did not). To Kristina and Lenny, whom kept me company on my search for all things fabulous for Blue Elephant, and to Tokuko who gave us lucky elephant statues and a Maneki Neko (Japanese cat statue for good fortune). To our friends at Strawberry Street Market and Strawberry Fields Florist & Gift Shop who have been nothing but kind and supportive. And to our dear customers whom we hope have acquired items at Blue Elephant that they will cherish and love always.

All in all, the past few months has had its shares of ups and downs with frustrated tears and lots of laughter, and I wouldn’t have changed it for anything in the world. Thanks to all of you for giving me the gift of this experience. It’s been nothing short of awesome.

Happy Holidays to you and yours! 

Patsy

12/21/10

Holiday Hours

photo by code arachnid
Happy Holidays Everyone!

We will be closed Friday, December 24th through Monday, December 27th for Christmas.

We will be closed Saturday, January 1st through Monday, January 3rd for New Year's Day.

Have fun and be safe!

12/11/10

Ceramic Vases

Two beautiful hand thrown ceramic vases have been consigned with us.

The first is a Les Mitchell crackle vase signed and dated ('86) on the bottom. Starting at $100. (SOLD)

The second is a vintage lidded jar in the art nouveau style, signed Sarah on the bottom. Starting at $200.

12/9/10

Royal Quiet DeLuxe Typewriter

This portable typewriter was manufactured in 1953 by the Royal Typewriter Company. 

In excellent condition, ours comes with the case, keys, original manual, and two extra ink ribbons.

When I was testing this, it took me a second to realize there is no #1 key. Apparently this type of keyboard is called a 42 character board, and you use the lower case"L" for a #1. ... The more you know?

Read on for more photos and price.

12/3/10

Consigning/Selling Your Things in Richmond

Blue Elephant takes furniture and home decor consignments. Items for your home that are gently used and in good condition, but that are also unique, quirky, and tend towards vintage.

But there are many places in Richmond that take consignments or buy things outright...

Chop Suey buys and sells new and used books (also has cute store cat... jealous).

Halcyon and Bygones are stores that buy vintage clothing and accessories outright.

Rumors, B-Sides Thrift, and Clementine are clothing consignment stores.

Clover is consignment store that specializes in children's items.

Deep Grove Records buys and sells vinyl records.

Keeping these people in mind, Blue Elephant does NOT take clothing, personal accessories, books, records, children's things, etc. And you can always donate items to Diversity Thrift or Books, Bikes, and Beyond (unsold items from Blue Elephant go to them)!