Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Creating a Family Time Capsule


Remember how you felt after finding that beautiful red sweater you used to wear but thought was lost?

Love the feeling of reminiscing through old photos and remembering days gone by?

Ever pull out an old diary and think, “I can’t believe I did that!”?

Memories – especially fond ones can bring you back to exact moments in time instantly. The trouble is, most of us don’t remember specific events in time unless we have something to jog our memories. Each new year you say to yourself, “Wow, I can’t believe it’s (insert year) already! Where did the time go?” And each year you realize you’re not getting any younger – nor will you ever!

Capture long lost memories each year with a family time capsule. Create a family time capsule at the beginning of each new year and allow yourself an entire year to fill it up. Once it’s filled, set a “reveal date” – 5, 10, 15, even 20 years. Here are some “filler” ideas . ..

First, choose wisely a case for your time capsule. It can’t be so large it’s overwhelming. Small is okay if the items you choose to fill it with are small. Perhaps it’s a box, a plastic tub, even a large envelope. Keep the time capsule out of the way, but in a convenient place so you can come back to it with new items each month at a minimum.

Start a diary or scrapbook. Record events throughout the year with the specific intention of placing this book in the time capsule. Hang on to momentos and keepsakes throughout the year in one handy place.

Record themes. Take note of your diary or scrapbook and label each month – or the whole year in overarching themes that seem to be emerging in life.

Take and collect photos. Take pictures specifically for your time capsule and either print them out, or collect them all on a flash drive expressly for this purpose – sealed until a later date.

Place crafts and gifts handmade by the children in the time capsule.

Take pictures of your home – inside and out – specifically for this reason. You’ll be amazed at how much the landscape changes. You’ll be equally surprised by your choice of home furnishings. How often do you change the easy things in your home – pillows, throws, table tops, prints, wall art?

Do you have a baby or babies at home? Keep one or two clothing items or a favorite toy items for your time capsule. If you don’t keep it, you WILL forget.

Remember fragrance. Spray a few of your items with your favorite perfume of the day. Scent brings back memories like nothing else.

Burn a CD of fave songs.

Books – movies – places. Make a list of books you read, movies you watched, places you visited.

Record family milestones.

The sky is the limit with your family time capsule. Try it out this year and set yourself to open it in 2018 – just 5 full years from “seal date”.

At Connell’s you know we’re all about home furnishings. We live and sell them everyday. But we’re also so much more. We know your home is your castle and we know it’s the one space you make the fondest memories. We want to help you do that. Stop in to one of our two locations today in Mt. Vernon and Newark for beautiful home furnishings, exceptional service and excellent value.

Please also don’t forget to share your experiences with us in person, and hook up with us on Facebook. We’d love to get to know you!

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Shopping For YOU

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Did you know that at Connell’s, we shop for you?

That’s right! Each year there are furniture markets all across the United States that take place approximately four times a year. A few famous ones are held in High Point, NC; Las Vegas, NV; and Tupelo, MS. Each one has their high points and we determine which markets to shop based on what our customers are looking for. Recently, we shopped the market in Vegas and thought we’d share some photos with you.

One of three huge buildings FILLED with furniture!

A whimisical outdoor display encased in glass. There are several of these in between the three huge buildings that make up the market.

Entry into the Ashley Showroom in Vegas .  . . fitting, huh?

A fun contrasting set in the Ashley Furniture Showroom

Beautyrest promotional materials . . . RECHARGE!

Another Beautyrest promotional display . . . Living Life Fully Charged!

Entryway into the Flexsteel showroom

Southern Motion

This is just a handful of sites from the trip. We take shopping for you seriously! Stop into one of the two Connell’s locations in Mt. Vernon or Newark and let us know what you are looking for. Plus stay tuned for our post next week which will feature the whacky and unusual sights from Market. Don’t worry, it’s G rated. Connect with us on Facebook today if you haven’t done so already. We have all sorts of online promotions going on there.

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Obscure Finds

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As promised, this week we’re featuring obscure finds from the furniture market in Las Vegas, Nevada. If you’ve ever been to Vegas, you know it’s not hard to find the wacky, strange and unusual, just walking down the strip. These finds, however, are contained to the market itself, and no people are featured.

At Connell’s we shop for you. We attend markets, trade shows and other venues to find those “just right” pieces we know you are looking for. And the interesting thing about buying furniture is that we all have different tastes. So, we wanna know . . . would you buy any of these interesting pieces?

company C . . . interesting, retro, mix match eclectic style

Grander Images . . . fun pieces of art

imax . . . girly little boutique-ish style

Jozefina Arte Glass . . . the chandeliers were beautiful!

Phillips Collection . . . I love the original wood pieces!

Port to Port Imports . . . distressed wood, new antiques and more

At Connell’s, you’ll always find that just right piece and get great customer service while you shop. Stop in to one of our two locations in Mt. Vernon or Newark today. You just might find something interesting for your home. As always, visit us on Facebook and let us know what you’re looking for in your next furniture purchase.


Thursday, February 23, 2012

Dec. 2011 – 9.5 out of 10

City Rating Customer Comments Resolution
Buckeye Lake 8 Honor The Weekend Sales Just A Little Longer For People That Could Not Make It.
Butler 10 I Just Really Like My Furniture.
Centerburg 10 The Staff Was Really Nice And They Were Patient.  I Have  Always Been Happy With The Store.
Centerburg 10 I Was Given The Time To Look For What I Wanted.
Fredericktown 10 We Have Been Making Purchases From The Store Since It First Opened.
Fredericktown 10 We Were Treated Well. Julie Was Really Good And Helpful. She Took Her Time With Me And We Are Pleased With The Furniture.
Fredericktown 9 I Have Been Buying From The Store For Forty-Five Years. I Bought From Ed And Now Ed’s Son.
Gambier 10 I Was Happy With The Set-Up And Delivery.
Heath 10 It Was An Opportunity To Get Some Furniture When I Did Not Have Time For A Lay Away. They Worked With Me On Getting The Furniture And It Was Easy.
Howard 8 The Saleswoman Told Us It Would Take A While To Get A Sample Of The Fabric. My Husband Contacted The Manufacturer While We Were Still In The Store And We Received A Sample Within Two Days.
Mount Vernon 10 We Always Know That We Can Find What We Need At This Store.
Mount Vernon 10 I Appreciated The Selection That Was Available.
Mount Vernon 10 I Am Very Happy With My New Chair. It Was A Gift For The Holidays.
Mount Vernon 10 We Look Around Quite A Bit.  We Liked What We Saw At Connell’s And We Bought It.  We Like Patronizing Our Local Businesses.
Mount Vernon 10 It Was Easy, The Delivery Was Free.
Mount Vernon 10 I Have Always Been Satisfied With My Purchases.
Mount Vernon 8
Mount Vernon 8 I Have Been Waiting Thirty Days For The Lazy Boy Chair Parts To Be Delivered.
Mount Vernon 10 I Have Known The Owners For A Long Time And They Take Care Of Me.
Mount Vernon 10 I Like The Sales Person And The Options. The Price Was Fair And Reasonable. I Have Purchased From The Store Previously.
Mount Vernon 10 They Delivered My Purchase Free Of Charge.
Mount Vernon 10 I Have Purchased Several Pieces Of Furniture And I’m Always Satisfied.
Mount Vernon 8 I Purchased A Mattress And It Was Fine.
Mount Vernon 8 I Am Still Waiting For My Lazy Boy Chair To Be Repaired. It Has Been There Since November. They Said Possibly Six Weeks And There Is No Reason It Should Take That Long To Get Parts From Lazy Boy.
Newark 10 They Had What I Wanted And Delivered On Time.
Newark 10 The Service Was Great. The Staff Was Friendly. They Called To Let Us Know When The Delivery Take Place. Their Customer Service Was Good.
Newark 10 I Appreciated That They Did Not Pressure Us To Purchase Anything.
Newark 10 We Have Been Going To The Store For Twenty Years.
Newark 10 Handle The Merchandise With Care.
Newark 10 I Like The Merchandise, Salesman Was Very Helpful.
Newark 10 I Was Happy With The Service, The Selection And The Reasonable Price.
Newark 10 The Sales Staff Is Really Good.
Newark 10 My Experience Was Easy.
Newark 9 The Staff Was Helpful. I Was Happy With The Delivery Staff. They Were Very Patient.
Newark 9 We Knew What We Wanted And Received Free Delivery.
Newark 1 I Am Not Satisfied With The Poor Craftsmanship Of The Various Pieces Of Furniture I Purchased.
Newark 10 The Delivery Was Quick And Mike Durr Was Very Helpful. We Purchased A Lift Chair And Found They Had It In The Warehouse.
Newark 10 I Walked In And Found I Wanted.
Newark 10 I Was Treated Well And They Had What I Wanted.
Newark 10 The Customer Service And Mike Frame Was Very Helpful.
Newark 9 It Was Fairly Easy.
Newark 8 I Am Not Sure.
Newark 10 From Beginning To End With The Salesman To The Delivery  Men Calling To Let Me Know They Were Running Late, Exceeded My Expectations.
Newark 10 I Have Purchased Form The Store Previously.
Newark 10 They Were Very Helpful.
Newark 10 There Was No High Pressure Sales And They Left Us To Look. We Were Happy With The Product.
Pataskala 10 My Rating Is Based On My Previous Experiences With The Store.
Troy 10 The Salesman Made This A Great Experience.
Utica 10 The Staff Are Not Pushy, Have Been To The Store Several Times Before.
Utica 10 I Purchased A Lot Of Furniture From The Store. It’s Easy And Convenient For Me.
Weinton 10 The Customer Service Was Wonderful.
Weinton 10 I Was Happy With The Customer Service And Their Willingness To Do What Had To Be Done. They Delivered My Purchase In A Timely Manner.