Trish's TreeTime at the Blue Sprinkling Can

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Early in the morning Vickie and Trish worked out plans for opening their businesses the coming weekend, after holiday decorating and stocking.

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They are both worried the city may shut completely shut down completely again. 


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Vickie: Thanks Trish, Wednesday will be fine for the outside decorations. I'l put up my sign out, on the way home tonight. You can move it to where ever it works when you add the decorations.

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(Later that night after working all day, 
the girls get ready to leave.)

Zoe: How does the sign look?

Vickie: Fine for now.  We can adjust it, when Trish finishes the seasonal decor.


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Vickie: Goodness, Trish's been as busy as we have. Wow look at all the colored trees. 

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Carly: Your sign looks good, you are opening the same day we do! 
Trish: Yes, we got a lot done today, only need to bring in the rest of the trees, some ornaments and finish the greenhouse for the holidays.

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Carly: Are the cactus okay in there?

Trish: Sure, the heater keeps above freezing, besides they are pretty hardy. I'll be taking a bunch back to the farm after Thanksgiving. And bring in winter plants and some arrangements.

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Vickie: The garden center sure looks great. 

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Vickie: I love the colored trees, Trish.

Trish: We will bring in more naturals on the next truck.
I ordered a lot of table top trees, thinking people might not go 'whole hog' this year. But we ordered lots of traditional decor with themes for kids.

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Trish:And, I did get most of the outdoor decor up. Still haven't found the overhead lights. I hope Jason has them packed on the next truck.

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Trish: I only got about half the wreaths up. I have so many orders, our website is really popping. You were right about that, Vickie. 

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Zoe: I can't wait until you open, I need to send my mom a package soon, and she would love one of those little cottages. 

Trish: We have lots of back-stock, let me know which cottage and I'll wrap it up for you, Zoe.

Zoe: Thanks, my mom will be thrilled, and I have to get it off to Canada soon.

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Trish: Tomorrow, we will fill up the tree lot! I hope the weather holds. 

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Trish: Long as you are all here, how about helping me with Vickie's pot, please.

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Vickie: Bubble, bubble, boil and trouble...(giggle). 

Carly: It's really heavy...really very heavy!

Trish: Come on ladies, we can do it! 

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Getting Ready for Christmas at Vickie's Vintage

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Vickie's has been closed since Halloween, and the store has been revamped, and cleaned. The girls have been working hard to deliver a store ready for the **HOLIDAYS!**

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Trish from the Garden Center: Hi, Vickie! I just popped in to say I won't have the Tree Lot open until next Saturday. I'm taking your urn home today to decorate, did you need anything else done for the holiday?

Vickie: I know it's been so hectic, I forgot about the outside. We are going pretty minimal here this year, with the threat of a possible total shutdown. We took the last two weeks to get the entire inventory ready to put up online. 

Trish: I wish you could sell fresh trees on line, but, we have a lot of orders online for garlands and wreaths and for pickup. 

Vickie: Maybe you could set aside something pretty for above the door, you are the expert and I definitely loved what you did last year. How about something wintery instead of Christmas, so we can leave it up through January?


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Vickie:I think we can open by Friday, if that works for you.

Trish: No problem, I have to stop by and water the greenhouse, and we will be delivering all week. I just moved the last items out today. Jason is going to be here a lot, as I have so many design orders for my accounts. Yours will be here by Wednesday. And, Keep going the shop looks great! I have to go put up the fence and take two loads home today! 

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Zoe: Bye, Trish! Vickie, I'm almost done up here, I'll just clean all the surfaces. 

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Zoe: Lots of railings, and knobs, and corners that people touch. I hope the selections we chose for up here work. We have lots of short dresses for people staying at home? 

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Zoe: We chose a few long dresses and of course a few wedding dresses, though that has been a struggle this year. 

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Zoe: We have a great selection of fancy hose, from a local designer. And LOTS of 
short dresses and accessories. I love that green top...so pretty and classy!

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Vickie: I'm sure glad to see the red dress there instead of that horrid skull costume. 
Much cheerier. (chuckle)


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Vickie: You've done a great job curating the upstairs Zoe. And, do you have everything ready to go live online? 

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Zoe: Sure do, I have fourteen clients ready to schedule appointments as soon as we decide to open. 

Vickie: Go ahead and schedule for Thursday night and Friday, Saturday, early morning. I'm sure we will have the last of the photos taken by then. 

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Carly: I have all the short boots in the shoe display now. We just need signage, and I confess I need to tag most of them, too. 

Vickie: Well, it definitely looks great! Can you be ready for Thursday? 

Carly: Sure! 

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Carly: This rack is perfect for the tall boots and all the purses...excellent in fact!

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Vickie: Well, It is time to set up the Carousel. That will take the rest of the day!

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Carly: I can help as soon as I finish the accessories!



A few hours later! 


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Christmas Dresses and Christmas Sweaters from local Artisans help to fill the carousel.

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Can't forget Winter jackets, for our snowy winters here in Chicagoland.

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Vickie: I think this looks great, I hope all these sweaters appeal to all the stay at home parties.  Are we done, I think a few more decorations and update the websites and we will be good to go! 

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Carly: Now, if I could get these scarves to just stay up here. Are there anymore of those white deer for above these racks? 

There always seems to be more things to do!


What are your dolls preparing
 for the holidays?