10 Jan 2018
January 10, 2018

We Are Retiring At Charter House

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After 42 years in business,we have made the difficult decision to retire due to health issues. Starting immediately, all regular priced items in the store is 35% off. This includes indoor and outdoor furniture, art, carpets, lighting, and home decor. Christmas decorations and decor is 50-70% off. We hope to have it all wrapped up by the end of March.

We want to thank all our customers over the years and those who have come into the store this past week to wish us well and say how much we will be missed. That is truly heartwarming. (I think they came by to visit Griz, our store dog).

Thank you especially to our dedicated staff who will be retiring with us, Mona and Bill. Employees like these two do not come along very often. They have come in early, stayed late, cleaned messes, loaded vehicles, unloaded trucks, shoveled snow, worked endless hours at trade shows and came in on short notice when we have needed them. Their customer service skills are first class.

I would also like to give a huge thank you to two long term former employees Scott and Paul. They were dedicated, worked hard, did all the jobs listed above, and had excellent customer service skills. We still keep in touch with both of them; that says something about our relationship.

Over the years we have had many friends and family volunteer their time at trade shows, open houses and now for our retirement sale. Many thanks to Nancy, Karen, Betty, Warren, Evan, Al, Shannon and Connie.

We will miss our truck drivers and delivery people. Hats off to anyone who has ever had to back a truck into our narrow driveway.

We will miss all our sales reps and advertising people especially Jeff Hayes who made our day a bit brighter just by popping in.

We have no Plan A, Plan B or Plan C after retirement. Like most things in our lives, we are going to ‘wing it’.

31 Oct 2017
October 31, 2017

Happy Halloween 2017

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No blog today. Just want to wish everyone out there a safe and fun Halloween.

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HALLOWEEN JOKE OF THE DAY: Halloween is, by far, the safest day to kill a person and leave them in a chair on your front porch.

HALLOWEEN JOKE OF THE DAY 2: Is it me, or does Halloween scarily sound like “Hello wine.” Coincidence? I think not.

THIS DAY IN ENTERTAINMENT: 1926 Escape artist and musician Harry Houdini dies of a ruptured appendix on Halloween.

HAPPY OCTOBER 31 HALLOWEEN BIRTHDAY TO: Deidre Hall 70, Vanilla Ice 50, Piper Perabo 41, Rob Schneider 54, Dermot Mulroney 54, Justin Chatwin 35, David Ogden Stiers 75, Nick Saben 66, Dan Rather 86, Willow Smith 17, Christopher Columbus (1451-1506), Dale Evans (1912-2001), Michael Landon (1936-1991), John Candy (1950-1994), Barbra Bel Geddes (1922-2005).

It has been a busy couple of months at Charter House…first, the change-over from outdoor furniture to indoor furniture (what was on the second floor, is now on the main floor; what was at the back, is now at the front and visa versa). Currently we have a huge art sale going on, 40-70% off all picture art, 20-50% off mirrors and clocks. And…we are getting control of the Christmas decorating, it is coming together quickly. Save the date…Saturday, November 18 9:00-5:30 is the Charter House Christmas Open House. There will be door prizes, refreshments, Christmas music and all Christmas decor will be tax free. Want to avoid the crowds that day? We are offering tax free on Christmas decor Friday, November 17 as well. See you there.

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JOKE OF THE DAY: I have recently been diagnosed with a serious medical condition called OCD. Old, Cranky and Demented.

HAPPY OCTOBER 30 BIRTHDAY TO: Kevin Pollak 60, Henry Winkler 72, Gavin Rossdale 52, Michael Beach 53, Clemence Poesy 35, Otis Williams 76, Harry Hamlin 66, Tory Belleci 46, Diego Armando Maradona 57, Nia Long 47, Grace Slick 78, Matthew Morrison 49, Charles Atlas (1892-1972), and Ed Lauter (1938-2013).

Every year as we plan and decorate for Christmas in the store, we choose a theme, or color or direction we want the store to portray. This year, we have gone with the “Christmas Vacation” movie inspired theme for one of our collections. There is this fabulous door mat (with the tree on top of the station wagon) as well as tree ornaments, lit vases and dishes in the same pattern. Mark the date…Saturday, November 18 for our annual Christmas Open House. In-store specials, tax free, door prizes, meat trays, dainties, apple cider and more, all happening between 9:00 and 5:30.

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JOKE OF THE DAY: I think adults should be allowed to Trick or Treat at the liquor store and get those little mini bottles as their treat.

THIS DAY IN SPORTS: 1989 -Before game 3 of the World Series, an earthquake hits San Francisco, delaying A’s and Giants.

THIS DAY IN HISTORY: 1931 – Gangster Al Capone is sentenced to 11 years in prison for tax evasion, the downfall of one of the most notorious criminals of the 1920’s.

HAPPY OCTOBER 17 BIRTHDAY TO: Max Irons 32, Norm MacDonald 54, Eminem 45, Sharon Leal 45, Jacob Artist 25, Bill Hudson 68, Ernie Els 48, Rick Mercer 48, Ziggy Marley 49, George Wendt 69, Alan Jackson 59, Margot Kidder 69, Evel Knievel (1938-2007), Robert Atkins (1930-2003), Tom Poston (1921-2007), and Irene Ryan (1902-1973).

Recently arrived at Charter House, this phenomenal piece is getting a lot of attention! We have the center console, flanked by a book/display case on both ends. This is truly a statement piece. Come see for yourself.

All the pieces in the Cottage Collection are handcrafted out of solid mango wood in a natural, rustic finish and are accompanied by iron accents.  The Cottage Console Table has fully functioning iron wheels, two drawers, and shelving providing ample storage space, and features a criss-cross side detail. The Cottage Book/Display Case has fully functioning iron wheels, two drawers, and features a beautiful criss-cross side detail.

Material: Mango wood, iron
Finish: Natural with Black accents
Book Case Dimensions: 36″W x 16.25″D x 77.25″H
Console Dimensions: 44″W x 16″D x 30″H

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JOKE OF THE DAY: We all have that one friend where you need to say “Be nice.” before introducing them to anyone new.

THIS DAY IN SPORTS: 1979 – The amazing Magic Johnson makes his debut for the Los Angeles Lakers.

HAPPY OCTOBER 12 BIRTHDAY TO: Bode Miller 40, Tyler Blackburn 31, Josh Hutcherson 25, Carlos Bernard 55, Kirk Cameron 47, Hiroyuki Sanada 57, Susan Anton 67, Martie Seidel 48, Hugh Jackman 49, Melvin Franklin (1942-1995), and Luciano Pavarotti (1935-2007).

Cleaning steps
1 To soften the waxy markings, blow-dry them on medium heat, holding a hair dryer about a foot from the wall. This will take approximately one minute. Once the wax has softened, use a credit card to gently scrape as much of it from the wall as you can. If the wax doesn’t come off easily, heat it further until it becomes more pliable.

2 Wipe the remaining wax off with a soft sponge dipped in cold water. Scrub in a circular motion until the wall is clean. To prevent the soiled water from dripping down and forming streaks, hold a rag against the wall beneath the area you’re working on. Wipe dry immediately with a clean cloth.

3 If any crayon residue remains, mix equal parts baking soda and water to create a paste. Rub the mixture into the stain in a circular motion using a sponge. Wash it off with a clean, wet sponge and dry immediately.

Extra tip: Walls get a lot of wear and tear from kids. To fill little dings and dents, rub a white bar of soap into them. Works for small nail holes, too!

Stylish solution: To stay a step ahead of your little Picasso, consider repainting your walls with a washable paint in a satin finish, which is more durable than a flat one.

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THIS DAY IN BUSINESS: 2011 – Steve Jobs, the CEO of Apple, and the visionary behind the Ipod, Iphone, and Ipad, passes away.

THIS DAY IN SPORTS: 2001 – Barry Bonds breaks Mark McGwire’s home run record hitting his 71st of the season.

THOUGHT OF THE DAY: The brave don’t live forever. The cautious don’t live at all.

HAPPY OCTOBER 5 BIRTHDAY TO: Brian Johnson 70, Guy Pearce 50, Patrick Roy 52, Mario Lemieux 52, Kate Winslet 42, Parminder Nagra 42, Jessie Eisenberger 34, Steve Miller 74, Bob Geldof 66, Karen Annen 66, Larry ‘Three Stooges’ Fine (1902-1975), Bernie Mac (1957-2008), and Jeff Conaway (1950-2010).

Slow Cooker Honey Garlic Chicken
Slow Cooker Honey Garlic Chicken is the perfect weeknight meal with just five ingredients. Full of flavor and easy to make with pantry ingredients and almost no prep!

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 6 hours
Total Time 6 hours 5 minutes
Servings 6 servings

Ingredients
2 tablespoons lite soy sauce
2 tablespoons ketchup
2 tablespoons honey
3 cloves garlic , minced
6 chicken thighs , bone in skin on

Instructions
Combine all the ingredients together in the slow cooker until well mixed.
Lay the chicken skin side up in a single layer and cook on low for 6-7 hours.
If your chicken isn’t browned on the top you can put it on a foil lined cookie sheet under a broiler for 2-3 minutes.

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THIS DAY IN SPORTS: 1991- The San Jose Sharks play their first NHL hockey game in their franchise history.
JOKE OF THE DAY: Should you ever find yourself the victim of other people’s bitterness, smallness or insecurities; remember, things could be worse. You could be them.

HAPPY OCTOBER 4 BIRTHDAY TO: Liev Schreiber 50, Alicia Silverstone 41, Susan Sarandon 71, Christoph Waltz 61, Tony Larussa 73, Ann Rice 76, Abraham Benrubi 48, Melissa Benoist 29, Derrick Rose 29, Jackie Collins (1937-2015), and Charlton Heston (1923-2008).

03 Oct 2017
October 3, 2017

5 Ways To Drink More Water

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  1. Freeze fresh berries in ice cubes to add bursts of flavor and pops of color to your cup or water bottle
  2. Use a pitcher with a diffuser and experiment. Test out different fruit and fresh herb combinations.
  3. Label an empty milk jug or bottle with water goals based on time of day and/or ounces consumed.
  4. Splurge on a fancy water bottle.
  5. seek out healthy alternatives that require the use of water.

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THIS DAY IN BUSINESS: 1997 – FedEx Corporation is incorporated in the State of Delaware. FedEx would go on to change the shipping industry forever.

SAD DAY IN THE MUSIC INDUSTRY: Tom Petty dies At 66 years old. Tom Petty passed away surrounded by friends and family at a Los Angeles hospital., his rep confirms.

JOKE OF THE DAY: Some days I amaze myself. Other days, I look for my phone while holding it.

HAPPY OCTOBER 2 BIRTHDAY TO: Don McLean 72, Sting 65, Tiffany 46, Kelly Ripa 47, Annie Leibovitz 68, Donna Karan 69, Groucho Marx (1890-1977), Johnnie L. Cochrane Jr.,(1937-2005), Bud Abbott (1895-1974), and Mahatma Gandhi (1869-1948).

30 Sep 2017
September 30, 2017

Day 1 Of 2017 Woman’s World Is Over

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This is one of our displays at Woman’s World this year. After an embarrassing number of hours on the internet scouring for ideas, we found this. A friend had this 60 year old door, I found an old table on a roadside antique shop and some creative carpentry..we have a double sided display. Across the aisle from us is Randy’s Caricatures where he draws people in cartoon form for 20.00. Of course a decked out (WO)Man Shed is there for some lucky person to win. Attendance seemed to be a bit light but we chalked it up to a Rider game on television and The Blades playing. Looking forward to a busy day today.

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JOKE OF THE DAY: Why does cooking take 5 hours, and eating take like 20 seconds, and washing dishes take 7 days and 7 nights.

HAPPY SEPTEMBER 30 BIRTHDAY TO: Johnny Mathis 810, Marion Cotillard 42,Barry Williams 62, Monica Bellucci 52, Cissy Houston 83, Marilyn McCoo 73, Ezra Miller 24, Kieren Culkin 34, Jenna Elfman 45, Eric Stoltz 55, Crystal Bernard 55, Angie Dickinson 85, Marty Stewart 58, Fran Drescher 59, Buddy Rich (1917-1987), and Truman Capote (1924-1984).

28 Sep 2017
September 28, 2017

End Cord Tangles And Clutter With Zip Ties

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There’s nothing more frustrating than tangled up cable cords. Use a few zip-ties to keep annoying cords in check without damaging them! Follow the illustration. Loosely attach a zip tie around all the cords leaving enough room to get in between with the required amount of zip ties. Zip tie between each cord pulling snug but not tight (you don’t want to damage the cords). Cut the excess ‘tails’ off and you have successfully ended cord tangles. Repeat every few feet as necessary.

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JOKE OF THE DAY: I just wanted to let you know, if you ever need a plant killed, I’m the person to do the job.

HAPPY NATIONAL COFFEE DAY

SAD DAY IN THE PUBLISHING INDUSTRY:  Hugh Hefner, the founder of Playboy and the publishing house built up around the pioneering men’s magazine, has died. He was 91.

HAPPY SEPTEMBER 29 BIRTHDAY TO: Jerry Lee Lewis 82, Calvin Johnson 32, Alexis Cruz 43, Ian McShane 45, Mackenzie Crook 46, Russell Peters 47, Bryant Gumble 69, Gene Autry (1907-1998), Larry Linville (1939-2000), Anita Ekberg (1931-2015), and Horatio Nelson (1758-1805).