One Company, Three Great Shops

Poverty Barn is the parent company of two other businesses: Roo's Remnants and 4 Left Turns. Between the three, we've got you covered when it comes to home decor, baby and kid items and anything related to racing. Visit the links on the left to find out more about what we have to offer.

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

On the Air

Yesterday was just another one of those typical, summer, work-at-home days. I get up, go through the morning routine, make a list of everything I want to accomplish for the day and get to work.

SIDE NOTE:  Do any of you other compulsive list-makers add a few extra, simple things to your list, just so you can cross them off quickly in order to feel like you've accomplished something?  No?  Hmmm, must be just me...

Anyway, I turned on my favorite local talk radio station (yes, I'm at that age) and sat down to peruse my Etsy stats, Facebook count, Twitter feed and Pinterest updates. (I'm a go-getter, can't you tell?)

Before long, it was time to head out to the kitchen to put our dog, Frisco, through his morning routine.  He's got hip dysplasia, diabetes and is post cataract surgery so we do three different eye drops, glucosamine pills and insulin shots every morning and night.  At this stage in life, I expected to possibly help one of my parents out with this kind of stuff, but I never expected to be nursemaid to my dog.

And God laughed.

Anyway, as soon as we finish up, get our his treats and head back to the office, my phone starts lighting up with text messages:  "Just heard Jamie talking about you and Poverty Barn on the radio!"  and "Hey, a friend just told me they heard about you on 97.1FM."

The first one was easy to brush off.  I figured someone was just confused.  But then they kept coming, on my phone, Facebook, etc.  What the heck?

So I posted that I couldn't believe I missed it, and after the commercial break, he start talking about me and the business again!  I'm cracking up, and grinning ear-to-ear because as anyone with a business knows, there is no such thing as bad free publicity!

How did we end up on the air?  Well, it turns out that the host, Jamie, and I have met a few times, and we're Facebook friends, and he had seen the picture of this sign I made:

He even quoted it on the show while describing our business!

Pretty cool stuff, to be sure.

Later on, I sent him a message to thank him for talking us up, and I also emailed the station for the podcast because it wasn't posted on their site.  They were so nice!  They actually sent me a clip file of the segments that were just focused on Poverty Barn, and gave me permission to use them!

Unfortunately, I've frustrated myself beyond belief trying to get the file to work on this page and I've given up.  There is no way to put an audio file on Facebook either, so I guess y'all will just have to take my word for it that it was pretty cool!  :)

 So, what started out as quite the ordinary morning, turned out to be pretty fantastic!

Saturday, July 13, 2013

Summer in St. Louis

July in St. Louis usually means heat and humidity.  It's a weather phenom that we call "air you can wear."  In fact, last year, we were breaking records all over the place with triple digit temps and a heat index that was off the charts.

Not so, this summer.

In fact, it's been incredibly pleasant.  So pleasant, in fact, that our lovely pool is feeling neglected because it's been too cool to swim, for the most part.

If every summer was like this, we couldn't afford to live here because everybody would be scrambling to relocate.  But we'd make a killing on the house.

Despite the deceptively fair weather, I haven't been able to resist making some purely summertime signs. I know that the temperatures will soar again, and we'll get a few weeks use out of the pool before it's all said in done.  With that in mind, here are a couple of new signs from the workshop this week.

This one was made using 12x12 inch pieces of 3/4" plywood.  My brother and sister-in-law are re-habbing their house and one of the projects has been a new basement ceiling.  In one section of the basement, they hung plywood with 12-inch squares cut out and inserted beautiful tiles into the openings. It looks fantastic finished, and they have passed the squares on to me. Score!

This is the first project using one of the squares.  I painted it using outdoor paints and the sealed it with a clear, matte finish.  The rope is hot glued on the edges and we'll be using the nail gun to make sure it is really secure.

I can't wait to hang it and the others I've been designing out by the pool!

And now onto another new pallet sign in a fresh color!

This piece was made for a friend of ours, Katie at Sweet Pea's who posted the lyrics to Scotty McCreary's "Water Tower Town" on her Facebook page one day last week. Katie is a Texan at heart, living in Las Vegas with her Air Force husband, and I know she gets a little homesick sometimes.  The lyrics inspired me to create this piece and when I talked to her about it, she immediately told me that if I'd make it, she'd order it.  The sign now hangs in her home and I'm so happy that she likes it!

And here are a couple more with a summer time theme:

There are more pieces in the works for this summer because we still have several weeks to go.  I'll be sure and share them here, so check back soon!

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