A unique sort of event

Hi everyone,

I don’t talk about our gift store often but we have an unusual event coming up that I want you to know about. Below is a brief I just sent out so I think it’s self explanatory. If you have any questions, let me know.

February 14, 2018
From: Gamble’s Gifts, 2704 S. Glenstone (Brentwood Center)
Springfield, Missouri 65804
Regarding: Virtual signing event, February 15-March 1, 2018
Owners: Sandy and David Harrison
Store number: (417) 881-7555
Home number: (417) 881-0084
Cell number (Sandy): (417) 830-5634

GAMBLE’S GIFTS in the Brentwood Center is one of four sites in the United States selected to host a first of its kind event — a virtual Waterford signing. Two of the others are in Chicago, one is in New York City.

Ten preselected pieces of crystal created by Waterford Crystal in Waterford, Ireland are now on display at Gamble’s Gifts as well as on the store’s website. From February 15 through March 1 anyone interested in acquiring one or more of these crystal collector’s items and having them signed can qualify for the signing event by placing their orders through the store.

Orders will be forwarded to Tom Brennan, Waterford Crystal Spokesperson & Master Artisan, who will fly from Ireland to New York to sign each piece. Signed pieces will then be shipped to Gamble’s for customer pickup or drop-shipped directly to anyone who lives outside the Springfield area.

Sandy Harrison says this is a unique example of using today’s technology to bring people exquisite treasures from one of the oldest and most revered crystal houses in history. For centuries Waterford creations have graced homes and castles alike with a wide range of creations including chandeliers, stemware, trophies, lamps, dinnerware, bowls, and numerous other lines of keepsakes that have been handed down from one generation to the next.

Each year in Times Square, an estimated 100 million people in the United States and one billion viewers worldwide watch the Waterford ball descend to mark the beginning of the New Year. One of the largest crystal masterpieces ever made, the ball weighs 11,875 pounds, is twelve feet in diameter, and is adorned with 2,688 crystals.

Harrison says, “No matter where you live, you can now own a signed piece of Waterford thanks to this first ever virtual signing event. It’s like owning a little piece of history.”


Trick or Treat, with class

Hi everyone,

Yesterday I stopped by Gamble’s to drop off something and wound up with this cool picture. From left to right the staff members included are Brenda “Cleopatra” Rhodes, Sandy “Come In I Have Candy” Harrison, and Pam “Salute But You Still Have To Buy Something” Dickinson. 20161029_131114_resized
It’s hard to think of going into the final two months of the year but judging from what I saw yesterday, you won’t go wrong if you go by or get in touch. https://gamblesgiftshop.com/store

Gamble’s Gifts for the holidays

Hi everyone,
These are busy days for retailers. At Gamble’s Gifts we’ve had our Christmas Open House sales, Thanksgiving Sales, Black Friday Sale, Small Business Sale, and now it’s scratch and survive as we sprint toward the last days before Christmas — and then, of course, the Day After Christmas Sale. Whew! If you’d like to be on the mailing list for the 12 Days of Christmas Sale (yes, that still a different sale), contact the store at gamblesgiftgallery@yahoo.com and give them your e-mail address. IMAG1806If you’d just like to browse the store’s website, here’s how to do that. http://www.gamblesgiftshop.com. There’s still time to ship if you see anything you like. Yes, we experienced Cyber Monday too.
I don’t mention our store often and probably should. Sandy works hard with our staff to keep the displays looking good and we go to markets every year to buy new products.IMAG1808 If you’ve been in retail, you know it’s a demanding line of work but small stores like ours somehow manage to survive in spite of the competition from chains and online giants.
So here’s to my wife, the soul of the store. And here’s to being in the gift business since 1984. Thanks Sandy Harrison.

Another life

Hi everyone,

Yesterday Sandy and I signed a lease allowing a new company to move into my old office building in Springfield, where I worked for thirty-five years from 1973 to 2008. It was the home office of Glenstone Block Company. I was owner and president.

During the day my world centered on the manufacture and sales of concrete blocks for the construction industry. We had a plant in Springfield, one in Branson, and a stocking yard in Camdenton. At one time we also operated half a dozen True Value and ACE hardware stores in Springfield, Kaiser, Branson West, and Camdenton. At it’s peak, the company employed over one hundred men and women.

This week I pulled out a scrapbook created as a gift for me in 1993 by my secretary Dixie Nyer. Memories came flooding back as I turned the pages, pausing over faces I haven’t seen for many years. We were all so young! I’d forgotten about the newsletter I occasionally wrote (with ample help from several others in the company). A company survey had shown that employees wanted to know more about how business worked so I wrote a series of articles about a fictitious small businessman named Fernando who started a company to manufacture Belly Button Lint Cups. Poor guy had a heck of a time figuring out how to control his inventory, price his product, keep his expenses in check, and somehow make a profit.

It was another life, filled with meetings, decisions, trying to keep up with trends and stay ahead of competition. Several of the people who helped make Glenstone Block Company what it was are gone. I’ve lost track of most of the others. One, I’m happy to say, my former administrative assistant Elaine Gold, still comes to my house once a month to pay bills and do my filing. Okay, I’m spoiled. Another ex-employee, Karen Stewart, now performs the same duties at our gift store, Gamble’s.

Dixie, herself a writer, penned this poem for the opening page of her gift scrapbook. It’s over the top but Dixie never got over the fact that I hired her when she was down and out, cleaning motel rooms and barely making it. I hired her to do our advertising and picked her from several applicants with strong credentials. I chose Dixie on two counts: she was a writer and she professed to dislike advertising. I figured that would give her a reason to come at our ads from a different point of view, and she never disappointed me. I can still hear her squeal of joy over the phone when I called to offer her the job.

To the Main Man

Ever the gentleman
and the great scholar,
Ever the kind friend
if you should holler,
Never a harsh word,
never a frown,
Never a dark mood
dragging him down,
Full of good will and
spontaneous laughter,
Eager to help you find
what you’re after –
Spritely in step
and cheery in tone,
Making the work place
feel like a home —
Champion of children,
the needy and weak,
Defending the cause of
those who can’t speak,
Just and impartial,
whatever the cost,
most incredible BOSS!
— dn

When I sold my company, I became a fulltime writer after a lifetime of writing before work or after I got home. I was 71.

Believe it or not

Hi everyone,

We shopped yesterday until 1:00 then headed for the airport and home. After three days of shopping for our store, individual cells in my bones were screaming for rest. We flew back to Tulsa and drove home from there, reaching our house at 7:00. Bought a lot of nice things though.

This month is moving slowly so far with Word of the Month. Are we struggling with the word: BELIEVE? I started work on my poem on the plane trips but it’s only an hour between Tulsa to Dallas so that didn’t give me much time. I’ll try to finish this week.

Today my pool table will be put to use again. It’s the best place in the house when I need to spread out sheets of paper or files or folders to sort them into order. I’ve all but finished a new collection of humorous poems so today I’ll spread the poems on the table while deciding where to place each one in the final grouping. My M.O.W. says this collection is as clever as anything I’ve done so either that means that I’m never very clever or I should be happy with this book.