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Stock up on Stoneware Sale!

Posted on November 06, 2013 by Kryz Kociolek | 0 comments

It's that time of year when we all crave comfort food from a warm oven.  As the holidays approach, we begin to plan meals with family and friends.  As you as you dream of all the delicious food you will make, you also take stock of your kitchenware.  In honor of the season, we are happy to announce our Stock up on Stoneware Sale!

Stoneware Loaf Pan

Our stoneware pieces are perfect for this time of year.  An all natural alternative to non-stick metal bakeware, our stoneware is all made in Europe - designed & manufactured in Poland by Boleslawiec.  Similar to cast iron, these stoneware casseroles are all oven, microwave and dishwasher safe. 

Stoneware Casserole with Lid

We offer a variety of shapes and sizes, from a Loaf Pan to a 1 1/2 quart Casserole with Lid.  Our stoneware comes in two contemporary, natural colors - sand and bronze.  This sale won't last long, so be sure to check out the entire collection to see which item your kitchen needs!

Upcoming Events - Local & Fair Trade Vendor Market

Posted on October 24, 2013 by Emily Kociolek | 0 comments

Come check out all of our new products in person next weekend at this Local & Fair Trade Market. In addition to our online merchandise, we'll have a number of products that haven't made it on the website. We use our markets as a way to test out small quantities of new items we are considering carrying, or to sell products of which we are only have a few left.

This should be a wonderful event and a great way to kick off your holiday shopping! We hope to see you there. And be sure to mention you heard about the event on our blog for a special deal!

Our First Newsletter

Posted on October 23, 2013 by Emily Kociolek | 0 comments

Did you receive our first Stone Creek Trading Newsletter yesterday?  If not, be sure to sign up on our home page.  You'll find the newsletter sign-up form in the lower right hand corner of the page. 

Our newsletter is a great way for us to keep in touch with our customers.  In this newsletter we featured many of our new products as well as our popular items which we have recently restocked.  We also shared about a few upcoming holiday market dates in the Chicago area.  And of course, we provided a special discount code exclusively for our newsletter subscribers!

Does this sound like something you'd like to receive?  Head on over the the home page to sign up so you don't miss out the next time we send a newsletter.  And don't worry about missing out on this one, we'll send this issue out again to any new subscribers next week!

What happened to the 10 Liter Fermenting Crocks?

Posted on October 18, 2013 by Emily Kociolek | 0 comments

As many of you have probably noticed, we are once again out of stock of the 10L Fermenting Crocks.  If you've been following along, you know that we ran out of stock at the end of September.  However, we received a shipment in the beginning of October which included all of our new holiday items and blocks sets, as well as more 10L fermenting crocks.  We decided to open up these crocks for "presale" one week before the shipment arrived so that our customers could take advantage of our Harvest Time sale.  The response was overwhelming, and before the new shipment even arrived, we were once again sold out.

ED 11/13/13 - We are now also out of stock of the 5L crocks.  We have more 5L's coming on the same shipment and will be available at the same time as the 10L crocks.  It looks like we will have the 5 & 10 liter crocks available around November 21.  

ED 11/26/13 - The shipment has been delayed in customs.  We expect to have the crocks ready to ship the week of December 9.  Both 5 & 10 liters will be posted for presale soon.

Because we import all of our products directly from Poland, it takes us 4-6 weeks to get new products after we place an order.  We have to contact the manufacturer, they make the products and then deliver them to the the shipping company we use in Poland.  Once they arrive at the shipping company, they have to be packaged on pallets and driven to the port in Germany.  In Germany, our pallets are loaded onto a ship which will make it's way to Quebec.  Then from Quebec they are loaded on a train for Chicago.  In Detroit, the train passes through customs which can delay things depending on the review process which seems to change every time.  Once in Chicago and after we have received customs clearance, we have to go to a warehouse to pick up the shipment.  As you can see, a lot has to happen for us to get the products from the manufacturer in Poland and ready for sale. 

So far we have been able to anticipate sales and place orders so that the new shipment arrives with in days of going out of stock.  However, our harvest sale was extremely popular this year.  We placed a new order as soon as we realized we would be out of stock.  The new shipment is expected to arrive in mid-November, hopefully with enough 10 Liter crocks to fulfill all the holiday orders. 

If you're anxiously awaiting more crocks to arrive, please be prepared for them to be back in stock in November.  We may go ahead and open up a presale in the week prior to the shipment arriving, similar to our approach at the beginning of October.  If you are interested in adding your name to a waiting list to be contacted first when the crocks will be going back in stock, please email emily@stonecreektrading.com.  And of course, I am always available to answer any questions you may have!

I know being out of stock can be very frustrating for some, but it means our business is growing, which means we will be able to provide more products and services to our customers!  Be sure to sign up for our newsletter (on the bottom right of the home page) to keep up to date on all the new things we are planning. 

 

Thanks, Emily

DABO Block Sets now available!

Posted on October 03, 2013 by Emily Kociolek | 0 comments

The day is finally here! The first 2 DABO block sets are now available for purchase from our website!

I can't tell you how excited we have been since we first discovered this product 4 months ago.  We immediately knew we wanted to offer them for sale.  These sets are unique, beautiful and natural, our top 3 requirements when looking for a new product!  We have never seen blocks with so many pieces included and an amazing variety of shapes & sizes. It has felt like a long road from that moment of discovery until now, when we can finally offer them for sale! 

We will be offering 4 different themed DABO block sets.  Today, we have the first two available -

DABO XL Castle Wood Block Set, 220 pcs

DABO XL City Wood Block Set, 140 pcs

 

Be sure to check out the product pages for all the details about these amazing toys!  And stay tuned for the next two sets to be available soon!

Harvest Time Sale Ending Soon

Posted on September 25, 2013 by Emily Kociolek | 0 comments

I hope everyone has been enjoying our Harvest Time sale.  We have had an abundance of cucumbers in the garden, so our fermenting crocks have been getting a lot of use lately!  As our garden is starting to slow down for fall, our Harvest sale will also be wrapping up soon.  The discounted prices on the fermenting crocks will extend through September 30.  So if you are planning on buying a 5 Liter Fermentation Crock, be sure to order soon.
We are currently out of stock of the 10 Liter Fermenting Crock.  We expect to have the 10L crock back in stock around October 5th. EDIT - We have decided to change the way we are handing the 10 Liter crocks currently being out of stock.  If you visit the product page, you will now be able to purchase a crock.  However, as is noted, we will not be shipping these crocks until after we receive our next shipment around October 5.  If you would like to take advantage of the sale pricing, you will need to place the order before September 30, with delayed shipping.  If you have any questions, send us an email at emily@stonecreektrading.com.
If you have been on the fence about whether to purchase a fermentation crock, you only have a few more days to take advantage of our sale pricing.  So order one today!
Emily

New Products Coming Soon!

Posted on September 19, 2013 by Emily Kociolek | 4 comments

Things have been quiet here on the blog the last few weeks, but we've been very busy behind the scenes.  We spent August researching, sourcing and deciding on new products to offer for the holiday season!  Now all those lovely new products are "swimming" their way across the ocean and should be here by the beginning of October!

We're very excited about some of our new offerings, as well as restocking some favorites that have sold out on the website.  Our popular Extra Large Cabbage Shredders will be back in stock very soon! 

Fruit Bowl

We will also be restocking the Fruit Bowl, which makes an excellent hostess gift for any upcoming holiday parties.  The fruit bowl also works great for displaying Christmas tree ornaments or other decorations.

Polish Wood Carved Nativity Set

Especially for the holidays, we are adding a selection of handmade nativity sets. When I first visited Poland, I fell in love with carved wood nativity sets with natural mangers.  They are such a beautiful, unique product that I have been unable to find here in the US.  When we started talking about Christmas products, this is the first item we needed to have! 

Polish Wood Carved Nativity Manger Creche

In addition to sets which include the figures and manger, we will also be offering stand alone mangers/creche.  Many families already have a special set of nativity figurines, and these mangers will be the perfect way to complete your holiday display.

Wood Mushroom Nut Cracker

We will also be featuring another holiday favorite in my family - a nutcracker.  Growing up, I always remember my grandparents having a bowl of nuts & a nutcracker out during the holidays.  While we already offer the wood mushroom shaped nut cracker, we are expanding on this by adding a gift set which will include the nutcracker and a solid wood bowl.  This is another item that makes a great hostess gift!

DABO House Blocks 140 pieces

Finally, we have been working behind the scenes to get everything in place to start offering the DABO block sets online.  These uniquely shaped block sets have received an enthusiastic response at our market booths.  We have been playing with these castle, farm & house block sets constantly at our house ever since we got the first sample set!  You will be amazed at the number of blocks that come in these sets for the price, from 140 up to 220 pieces. 

DABO Natural Wood Castle Block Set, 220 Pieces

We will be offering both a natural wood set and dyed (colored) sets.  We have a limited number of these coming, and once they're gone, we might not be able to get anymore before Christmas.  We are the exclusive distributors of these blocks in the United States - so if you want one, order soon!  We'll be sure to announce once they are available so you can grab one while they are still in stock.

I'm sure you'll agree that at least one of these products belong on your Christmas list this year!  Look for them to start showing up on the website in October.  And as always, if you have any questions about these items please feel free to email me at emily@stonecreektrading.com!