Friday, June 25, 2010
Father's Day will be here before you know it. Gift and travel ideas.
It really doesn't take a lot of extra time to find a one of a kind, unique gift item for those special people in your life. We're not talking about a mass produced item that anyone can pick up at the local mall, or from those mail order catalogs that fill your mailbox.
There are over half a million sellers of hand crafted, hand made, unique one of a kind items or vintage items out there. Small shop and business owners who need your support. You can find these sellers in on-line selling venues such as Etsy http://etsy.com, Crobbies http://crobbies.com, and Artfire http://artfire.com just to mention a few. All have very talented artisans who take pride in their work and will offer you not only reasonable prices for their wares but top notch customer service. These artisans will make your on-line buying experience most pleasurable.
So let's get started by checking out the Virginia Etsy Street Team's blog http://virginiaetsyshops.blogspot.com/, there are so many great gift ideas that you may have to choose more than just one.
Be sure to check out the slide show below for a sampling of wonderful hand crafted gifts. These are talented artisans from the great state of Virginia where Southern Hospitality prevails. If you can't find something that you want or need here then all you need to do is ask. There will be someone who can make or provide you with what you are looking for. And if you can't find that certain someone, who makes that certain something, you let me know and I will help you find what you are looking for if it is out there to be had.
Looking for some place special to take dad for a family father's day outing? There are so many great places here in Virginia to consider, check out the links provided here for events, times, dates, and directions: like for instance there's the Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden www.virginia.org/site/description.asp or www.virginia.org/site/features.asp for a whole listing of places from Central Virginia, Northern Virginia, Southern Virginia, Blue Ridge Highlands, Heart of Appalachia, Shenandoah Valley and Chesapeake Bay. I'm certain there will be somewhere here in Virginia that will make this father's day a great family memory.
Travel safe and remember to plan ahead, take a map or set your GPS, leave early and drive safely; watch out for the other guy and be patient. After all we want everyone to make it back home safe and sound with a pocket full of great memories.
I wish all of the father's of the world the most wonderful fathers' day ever!
If any of you happen to visit any of the suggested locations; come back and tell me all about it!
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Until next time I wish you a good day today and every day!
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