Stingy fox

Hi everyone,

Stingy fox, finds Fountain of Youth; won’t share.

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Goo foffing in good company

Hi everyone,

Yesterday Robin, Tim, and grandson Kris bid us farewell and flew back home. We loved having them with us for a wonderful week, something we look forward to each year. Here’s part of the group gathered around the pool for one last dip.
This morning I think I can finish my notes for ILA and get back to a manuscript I’m working on with Jane Yolen. This afternoon I hope to take Sandy shopping. Should be another good day.

Gamble’s Retirement Sale

Hi everyone,

Sandy and I have decided to retire from business and close out our wonderful gift store, Gamble’s. The process of winding down began May 1 and will continue through the end of this month or into early June. Discounts are from 50-60% on all products storewide.

We bought the store from Franklin Gamble in December 1984, more than thirty-three years ago. When our original partners, Larry and Maryann Wakefield, sold us their half after a few years, we continued to operate the store.

For Sandy, this has been more than a business, it has been an important part of her life. She rarely misses spending at least part of the day at the store and we’ve lost track of the number of trips to gift markets in Atlanta, New York, Kansas City, Dallas, San Francisco, and Las Vegas to find fresh lines of gifts to bring to Springfield.

Gamble’s has long been recognized as a premier gift store. “A gift from Gamble’s say it all.” For decades our store has been the largest Waterford Crystal dealer in the area. We’ve been the only Lladro dealer in southwest Missouri and surrounding areas. Over the years the store has provided Baccarat Crystal, Lalique Crystal, numerous other fine crystals, hundreds of patterns of china, and an enormous variety of other product lines.

This has been an extremely difficult decision. I know my wife is going to miss the daily pleasure of serving her friends and customers, many of whom have been loyal to Gamble’s since their parents used to bring them in when they were children.

If you live in the area and would like to visit one of the oldest gift stores in the region before it goes out of existence, please stop in to see Sandy and our helpful, knowledgeable staff — Pam, Brenda, Stephanie, and Jan — and take advantage of the prices. This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity and whatever you purchase will be on hand when you need it for some upcoming occasion.

Our address is 2704 S. Glenstone in the Brentwood Shopping Center across from the Mall. Phone number is 417-881-7555.
https://www.news-leader.com/story/news/business/2015/05/16/gambles-gifts-stands-test-time/27449093/ https://gamblesgifts.bridgecatalog.com

Don’t let the construction up and down the center throw you. We’re open! But not for much longer.

Happy Mother’s Day!

Hi everyone,

It’s a beautiful day here for celebrating mothers and I’ve already found a pair of lovelies in the kitchen, my own sweetie and her/our long time dear friend, Elaine Fry.

This afternoon daughter Robin with hubby Tim and son Kris will join the festivities at Goose Lake. We’ll remember my mother Neva and Sandy’s mother Kathleen and tell favorite stories about them.

Wherever you are, I wish you a wonderful day. To quote son Jeff from his reflections as small boy: “Mothers are good things. If you have one, try her and you will see.” (If that’s not quite it, Jeff, I think it captures the spirit.)