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Sale Announcement!

Good afternoon,

Just a quick post to let everyone know that I’m having a big sale in my online Etsy shop, Reprieve’s Corner. I love making stuff, and I usually sell both online and at craft fairs and farmers markets through out the year. But with all of the pandemic cancellations over the past few years, I’ve had a lot of time on my hands to make stuff and not a lot of market opportunities. This has led to a surplus of inventory. I’d rather sell it at a discounted price then continue to store it. Besides, selling my work gives me an excuse to make new stuff!

Handmade Craft Liquidation Sale!

I’ve marked down almost all of my handmade crafts and crafting supplies to 50% off! 

Autographed Book Sale!

Autographed copies of all of my published books are 30% off!

Free Shipping on Orders of $35 or more (US only)!

The sale prices are currently set to expire at the end of March, but I may extend the date. 

My books on display at the Pony Village Mall Winter Farmers Market, 2021.

 

Have a great weekend!

 ~ H. S. Contino 

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Welcome Fall!

 Good morning,

Here on the Oregon coast we’ve transitioned into the time of year where it’s necessary to wear layers. It tends to be chilly in the mornings, warm up to t-shirt weather during the afternoons, then get overcast and chilly again overnight. The result is a bunch of people constantly adding and removing layers of clothing as needed. (LOL)

Nature’s Fall Color Show…

It’s also the time of year that I start planning my holiday shopping. I’ve always been an introvert and large crowds give me anxiety, so I like to shop early. It’s also always a relief to have the shopping done ahead of time.

Since I’m sure I’m not the only one that takes this approach to gift shopping, I like to start running early sales and other promotional offers in my online Etsy shop, Reprieve’s Corner. Beginning October 1st, I’ve marked everything in my shop 30% off. This includes everything— my hand painted signs, hand made jewelry, hand sewn plush toys, autographed copies of my books, and even my new clay art!

Save 30% Shop Wide!

I’ve also been lining up fall and winter in-person markets. As everyone knows, we’re still in the middle of a pandemic, so it won’t be a normal holiday shopping season. Some events have already been cancelled. Others are still being planned with plenty of restrictions in place to try to keep everyone healthy.

I’ll be posting more in the next few weeks as I line up in-person markets. If you’re local (southern Oregon coast) and here about an upcoming market, please feel free to send me a message. I’m always open to suggestions!

Meanwhile, I hope everyone is enjoying watching the leaves change colors and having an excuse to sip more warm beverages while snuggling in our warmest sweaters!

Happy reading!

~ H. S. Contino

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Florence Festival of Books Follow-Up

Good morning! 

Earlier this month I wrote about the upcoming Florence Festival of Books. The event is usually annual, but it was cancelled in 2020 due to the pandemic. I was excited to return this year. (Fun fact: the 1st annual Florence Festival of Books was in 2011– which was the year my first book was published. As a result, I can proudly say that I’ve attended every year!). 

This year got off to a bit of a rough start. It was stormy on the Oregon coast Friday night. I’m such a light sleeper that the strong winds and heavy rains woke me up several times. Fortunately, by Saturday morning the storm was letting up. It rained off and on during my drive to Florence, but it cleared up about an hour after the festival opened. 

My 2021 booth

I knew when I signed up that this year’s festival would be different. In fact, for the week leading up to the event, I half expected to receive a message saying it had been cancelled. We’ve been experiencing a surge in coronavirus cases on the Oregon coast over the past few months (mostly due to the Delta variant). But, they decided to go ahead with the event while implementing several safety efforts. 

If you look closely, you might recognize the author in the lower left photograph.

In addition to requiring everyone (both vendors and visitors) to wear masks inside the Florence Events Center, they limited the number of booths. If I remember right, they said there was 1/3 less booth this year than in past years. This allowed them to space out the tables which made it easier for participants to practice social distancing. They also had hand sanitizer stations set up throughout the building.

Despite advertising the event through all of the regular channels, this year’s book festival didn’t draw as many visitors as it usually does. Given the circumstances, this wasn’t surprising; but, if I’m being brutally honest, it was still disappointing. 

I’m incredibly grateful to the people that did attend the event. I enjoyed chatting with the visitors to my booth. Since I wrote two books on local history, I tend to catch the attention of fellow history enthusiasts. This inevitably leads to interesting conversations! I also enjoyed catching up with several of my fellow west coast authors.

Baby book’s 1st book festival…

I’m looking forward to next year’s Florence Festival of Books. Fingers crossed that the world has returned to “normal” by then!

Happy reading!

~ H. S. Contino

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2021 Florence Festival of Books

 

Good morning!

Mark your calendars! This Saturday is the Florence Festival of Books. I hesitated to write about this before because I was worried that the event would be cancelled due to the current coronavirus surge in Oregon. However, I received an email this morning from the event sponsor and we’re still good to go.

As my regular followers are aware, I’m a big fan of the Florence Festival of Books. It’s one of the largest annual book festivals on the Oregon coast. The first annual event just happened to be in 2011 which was the year I published my first full length book, Shipwrecks of Coos County (Arcadia Publishing). I had good timing! Because of this I can proudly say that I have had a booth at every Florence Festival of Books.

Last year (2020) would have been the 10th annual event but it was cancelled due to the coronavirus. As I mentioned earlier, I was worried that year’s event would be cancelled as well– especially since we’re int he middle of a virus surge– but they’re going forward with the event. In order to keep everyone safe, there will be some additional rules and restrictions. For instance, everyone– both attendees and authors/publishers– will be required to wear masks. They’re also encouraging us to have hand sanitizer available at our booths and the event hosts will be setting up hand sanitizer stations throughout the building.

The Florence Festival of Books is a great venue. Every year it gets a little bit bigger. The majority of the booths are for authors, but there are usually a few publishers as well. One of my favorite parts is the diversity. The event draws a mix of traditional and independent (self) published authors who represent a variety of genres and reading levels. 

My booth at the 2019 Florence Festival of Books.

Since I usually attend the events alone, I don’t get a lot of time to wander through the booths. But the venue does provide volunteers that are available to watch your booth for short periods of time. I like to take advantage of this opportunity to walk around, say hello to the authors I know, and purchase a few new books for my personal collection. 

There’s something for everyone! During past events, I’ve visited with fellow authors that write books for kids through adults, fiction and non-fiction, and a variety of genres. My personal favorites are local history, science-fiction, and I have a soft spot for children’s books (I have a healthy inner child!). But, the event draws a variety of other genres as well includes graphic novels, romance, and mystery.

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The Florence Festival of Books is held at the Florence Events Center which is located at 715 Quince Street in Florence, Oregon. It’s a two day event.

On Friday night (September 17th, 2021) they will have a presentation featuring Melody Carlson as the keynote speaker. There will also be an educational panel featuring local authors Bob Welch and Bill Sulllivan.

The actual book fair will be held this Saturday, September 18th from 10 am until 4 pm. Attendance is free, but there will be numerous books available for sale. They also have a small cafe that sells food and drinks.

If you’re in the area, please stop by my booth and say hello! If you mention this blog post then I’ll give you a 25% discount toward the purchase of any of my autographed books.

i hope to see you there!

~ H. S. Contino

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Reprieve’s Corner Jewelry Liquidation Sale (40% off)!

 Good morning!

As most of you are already aware, in addition to my writing, I make and sell handmade crafts. I list most of my merchandise for sale online through my Etsy shop, Reprieve’s Corner. I also sell my handmade crafts and signed copies of my books whenever I set up my booth at local farmers markets, book fairs, festivals, craft fairs, and other markets. 

My booth at the Pony Village Mall Winter Farmers Market.

I love the creative options that my little business provides! Writing will always be my first passion; but, since it usually takes me a few years to write, edit, and publish a book, it’s nice to be able to make (and sell) a variety of handmade items as well. 

I also enjoy being able to try new things. For instance, I recently bought some clay. I want to try to make my own beads. I also bought some molds so I can try my hand at creating my own pendants and clay focal pieces. I’d also like to try making clay figurines– mostly of animals.

Making the crafts also provides a nice break whenever I fell stuck on a writing process. There’s probably a term for the method, but setting aside whatever manuscript I’m currently working on for a few hours while I focus on a crafting project instead often helps me return to my writing with a fresh perspective. I can also “work the problem” in my mind while my hands are busy painting or beading.

Making earrings…

Jewelry was one of the first handmade craft types that I added to my inventory. I enjoy making it– especially since there are so many different styles, materials, and bead types to choose from. However, at every market that I’ve attended, there have always been other vendors selling jewelry. While it can be argued that each artist has a unique style, it can be difficult for two (or more) vendors to make decent sales when they’re selling similar products.

So, after selling handmade jewelry (in addition to my books) for nine years, I’ve decided to use up my current supply of materials and liquidate my inventory. In the future, I’ll no longer be selling necklaces, bracelets, or anklets (with the exception of custom orders).

You may have noticed that I left earrings off of the list. I debated on no longer selling them either; but, I love earrings– and they’re the most fun to make! So, I plan on continuing to make and sell a small quantity of earrings.

From now through July 31st, I’ll be running a jewelry liquidation sale in my Etsy shop (www.etsy.com/shop/ReprievesCorner). I have marked down all of my current jewelry inventory to 40% off. I also moved some of my older inventory into my clearance section, which is 50% off. (The sale excludes new jewelry— made and listed online during the past few weeks).

Beginning July 2nd, I’ve also marked down some of my other handmade crafts to 40% off. (This sale excludes my books, wooden signs, magnets, and plush toys).

Please, feel free to check out these sales!

Thanks for reading!

~ H. S. Contino

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E-mail Newsletter Idea

Good morning!

I hope everyone is enjoying this beautiful June day wherever you are in the world. Personally, I love summers on the Oregon coast. We usually have several months of mostly sunny weather, but it never gets too hot. The coastal “breeze” (an inside joke since it’s usually more like gusts that can knock you on your butt is you’re not paying attention) keeps us comfortable.

“Circles in the Sand”, Bandon, Oregon, May 2021

Just a short post today. I recently received a bit of writing advice, and I wanted to run it by my blog followers. So, here’s your chance to share your opinion. 🙂 I have a question for everyone:

Would you be interested in signing up for a periodic e-mail newsletter?

If I decide to go forward with this idea then I’d probably write the e-mail newsletters 2-3 times per year with updates on my writing– projects I’m working on, upcoming author talks and markets or festivals I’ll be attending, etc.

Please feel free to share your thoughts on this idea in the comments below or send me a private email.

Okay, feel free to return to enjoying this gorgeous summer day!

As always, thank you for reading!

~ H. S. Contino, author