Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Back to the Market!

Hey local folks! We'll be back at the 17th Street Farmers Market this Thursday, July 31st. See you there!

It's Beginning to smell a lot like...

Fall/Christmas, hmm take your pick. Oh, if only you could smell the shop this week! We have notes of pumpkin, gingerbread, peppermint, frankincense, hollyberry, pine, and cranberry wafting around. If smells divine! Almost makes you want to sing a carol or two. That is until you open the door and the July heat hits you.

Our Fall 2008 Product sneak peek is coming soon! We'll drop some hints here later.

Tuesday, July 29, 2008

It's a Rent Sale!

Well, not really. We just thought it sounded good. We really are trying to make room for our fall and holiday products so some terrific spring and summer items just have to go. Check out our clearance page to take advantage of some great savings up to 50% off. We're adding more everyday so check back often. Enjoy!

Go shopping here:

Monday, July 28, 2008

Bloggy Carnival Is HERE All Week Long! Over $975.00 In Prizes!

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The Bloggy Carnival is here! Starting on July 28th 2008 and ending at midnight Pacific time Saturday August 2nd 2008. You will have several ways to win the AMAZING prizes listed on our blog. Winners will be announced by Wednesday August 6th. Remember to visit all of the other participating blogs at the Bloggy Carnival. We are just one stop of hundreds! Many of our contributors ship internationally, so don’t be shy, everybody whether you are in the US or not, or whether you have your own blog is welcome to participate!!


Readers, here’s how to enter the contest. You can do one or all of these things, and each one will give an additional entry and thus MORE chances to win.

1. SUBSCRIBE to our newsletter here on the right hand side of the site. You MUST verify your subscription via the email the site will send you. Unverified subscribers will not be entered into the contest. This option is for new subscribers only.

2. Post this blog post in it’s entirety with a link to our contest here at your blog, group or website and you will be given additional entries to win. You MUST post the links where you have shared the info in one response here in this thread. The more places you post the event, the more entries you get, so spread the word! NOTE: Don’t worry if your post doesn’t show up right away or you get an error message, the spam filter on the site will catch it if there are too many links. I will approve your posts so no need to worry, if this happens please don’t post your list multiple times. Check back later in the week to see if it is up.

3. Visit each of the sites who have contributed to our event below and pick ONE favorite item from each store and come post the LINK to that item or the page the items is on here in this post. You can do one or all of the sites, you get an entry for each business you visit and the ONE item link you post here. Try to combine all of your items into one big post. NOTE: Don’t worry if your post doesn’t show up right away or you get an error message, the spam filter on the site will catch it if there are too many links. I will approve your posts so no need to worry, if this happens please don’t post your list multiple times. Check back later in the week to see if it is up.

4. Make a purchase today from ANY or all of the retailers participating on our page (see list below) and send us a copy of the receipt for your purchase to: racoo.smith @ (no spaces) for an additional entry. You get entries for every purchase you make. Be SURE to put WSIMD Contest Entry in the subject line so it doesn’t get lost in our spam filter.

5. Read through our Weird Stuff in my Desk blog and find your favorite post and come back here and post the LINK to it. One favorite post per contestant please.

6. Come back daily to see more options for winning and possibly more prizes to compete for. New companies or prizes may be added to the bottom of the list.

7. Add us as your friend on Myspace:

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8. Stumble or share the post with any social networking sites. There is a button right at the end of this post that says share. :)

Be sure you leave a valid email and your name when posting here so we can contact you if you are the winner. We will contact the winners and request your first/last name and a valid email which we will give to the retailer whose prize you have one. It is up to the individual retailers to award your prizes. If we do not hear back from winners within one week of contacting you, you prize will be forfeited and an alternate winner will be chosen. We reserve the right to delete any inappropriate or inflammatory remarks or comments.

Be SURE to visit our sister site Bitten by Books will be offering a $50.00 Gift Card as well as HUNDREDS of dollars in different prizes, books and gift certificates for the Bloggy Carnival ! Go here: and see what you could win! The directions for entry are set up there as well! Have fun and happy Carnival!

A BIG thank you to our fabulous contributors!!

Here is the list of AMAZING prizes you are trying to win!

KLEAN Bath & Body - $100.00 Gift Code

Klean Bath & Body provides luxurious, hand-mixed, bath and body products at an affordable price.

Flying Needle Gallery - $20.00 Gift Certificate

Gifts for the body & home: Offering velvet scarves, silk pillows, eco-friendly napkins & handkerchiefs and more. Includes FREE shipping if the prize winner is in the US — but will ship worldwide.

Broken Teepee Designs - $25.00 Gift Certificate

Beautiful beaded jewelry. Made in Montana. Free shipping on your order, will ship internationally

Get Happy Goat Soap - $10.00 Gift Certificate

Handcrafted soap made with the milk from my Nigerian dwarf goats Pricilla and Abigail plus other rich ingredients. Get happy! Free shipping on your order, will ship internationally

Starring…! Fragrances - $26.00 Gift Certificate

Organic & Natural Perfumes & Body Products that Star you in Sweet, Sensual Scents!

Little Black Boxes - 2 $20.00 Gift Certificates for Little Black Boxes

The Little Black Box is the perfect place for consumers to learn about our wonderful online retailers before purchasing. It’s a handmade revolution!

Bovine Bubbles and Hogwash - Canadian Company - 2 $25.00 Gift Certificates

Udderly the best handcrafted body care in the world.

South Main Designs - $25.00 Gift Certificate

Beautiful jewelry at affordable prices! Shipping to US and Canada.

Lillian Skincare - $50.00 Gift Certificate

At Lillian Skincare, we believe that caring for your whole body not only means being careful about what you eat, but also what you feed your skin from the outside.

Pampertini - $25.00 Gift Certificate

We offer a variety of pampering items for you to enjoy, whether you are a shower person or love to indulge in a tub of bubbles, come by for some ONE STOP SHOPPING fun!

Bauble Bath - $50.00 Gift Certificate

Thick Creamy scrubs as well as bath bombs in indulgent fragrances.

Crater Lake Company - $30.00 Gift Certificate

Delightfully Wed - $15.00 Gift Certificate

Delightfully Wed supplier of wedding accessories, supplies, decorations, and favors, specializing in western-themes. Shipping is free within the US - we will ship internationally if the winner wishes to pay the shipping costs.

Candles and Woodcrafts - $15.00 Gift Certificate

We provide a wide array of items from wooden soap molds and displays to wax tarts, finished woodcrafts, clocks, lighted holiday items….way to much to mention in one line so come on over and take a look!

Ginger’s Garden - 2 - $10.00 Gift Certificates

Come visit Ginger’s Garden for handmade soaps, skin and body care, gift baskets, toiletries, Zodiac Perfume blends, sculpted soap flowers and more. US Shipping Only.

Snowberry Creek - A Gift Certificate for a sampler box valued at $22.95

A box full of luxurious, fragrant samples and full-sized items, such as handmade soaps, lotions, massage oil, bath teas, bath salts, shea butter, votives, tarts, bath bombs, teas, coffees, decorative soaps, potpourri, jewelry, candles, bubble bath and much more. Shipping is free within the US - we will ship internationally if the winner wishes to pay the shipping costs.

FeltLikeStitchin - $20.00 Paypal Gift Certificate - UK Company

DiDi Dolls are small, unique hand stitched felt dolls, each with a note in its pocket with the name and date of creation. Will ship worldwide from their store.

Things That Make Scents - $25.00 Gift Certificate

Things That Make Scents is a Jersey Shore-based candle manufacturer offering superior customer service and a diverse menu of all-natural soy wax candles and scented wax bears. With many scents available, you are sure to find a favorite! Carrying candle accessories, gift baskets, jewelry and great gift items, its your one stop shop for your gift giving needs! Ships to the US and Canada.

Linda’s Gifts and Decor - $25.00 Gift Certificate

Shipping to Canada and US ***Come by on Wednesday for a special offer from this retailer.

The Bath Project - $25.00 Gift Certificate

Handcrafted body care, inspired by nature, crafted in small batches using certified organic ingredients. Will ship internationally.

Chunky Butt Candle & Bath Co. - $20.00 Gift Certificate

As a small business, Chunky Butt Candle & Bath Company, we are dedicated to making a unique candle and bath & body experience. World wide shipping

Bad Girlz Bath Co. - $50.00 Gift Code

Do you have a Fragrance Fetish, a Lust for Lather, Massage oils make you Hot & Bothered? We’re NOT your mother’s Bath & Body shop, we’re SO much more fun!

Just Right Candles - $15.00 Gift Certificate

Just Right Candles you a No Flame, No soot, SAFE alternative to traditional candles.

Lindsay’s Candles & Stuff - Canadian Company - $25.00 Gift Certificate

Lindsay’s Candles & Stuff proudly handcrafts scented candles, soaps and bath & body products.

Lily Gulch Soaps - $30.00 Gift Certificate

Handmade 100% natural cold process soaps, unique bath & body products and natural bath accessories. International Shipping Worldwide using United States Postal Service (USPS).

Bin Hog Designs $25.00 Gift Certificate

Custom embroidered Luggage ID Handle Wraps - choose from one of our many designs or get them personalized!

Pacific Scents $20.00 Gift Certificate

Hand-poured Custom Candles, Bath and Body Products. Over 150 scents!

J.Lynne Cosmetics - $25.00 Gift Certificate

Handcrafted mineral makeup. Purely beautiful, naturally you!

Manic Trout - $25.00 Gift Certificate

Handmade jewelry that is both colorful and unique, using unusual and quite often vintage materials. Worldwide shipping.

Vintage Body Spa LLC - $15 Gift Certificate

Vintage Body Spa handcrafts natural, luxurious and paraben-free spa products designed to ‘Indulge Your Body’ ™.

Flower Peddler - $30.00 Gift Certificate

Naturally-sourced bath, body, and skincare - always fresh, never boring.

Wylde Ivy - $50.00 Gift Certificate

Wylde Ivy is all about unique and inspired scent blends, high quality handmade products, and exquisite little luxuries!

Weird Stuff In My Desk - $20.00 Sephora Gift Certificate

Soapier - $30.00 Gift Certificate

The Blue Raven Tea Co. - 2 $10.00 Gift Certificates

Let us delight you with our irresistible and fragrant teas. Every cup is a journey. Shipping to US and Canada

AFTER you have gone to these sites, go HERE to post a comment about your favorite product!

Sunday, July 27, 2008

Ahh, Summer!

What is with all the back-to-school sales already? Why does summer seem to fly by faster every year? Well, we're going to hang onto it as long as we can. Here are a few reminders of some terrific summer products we still have available:

Summer Lotions and Body Washes in Cucumber Lettuce and Luscious Lilac

Strawberry Jam Soap

Killer Rabbit Soap

Rabbit's Revenge Soap

And this is the part that pains us to say... Our fall product line is already in production and will be available soon. Ouch!

Friday, July 25, 2008

We're looking for a few good people...

The great sales rep hunt is still on! If you have experience in this area check out our opportunity below. If you're interested in working with us, give us a ring. We would love to chat with you.

Flower Peddler is currently seeking experienced and energetic, independent sales reps with strong contacts in the following markets: mid-atlantic, southeast, southwest, midwest, west coast. We work on a commission-only basis and are seeking reps to distribute to a range of marketplaces including spas, salons, baby and maternity boutiques, upscale gift shops, and gift shows. Representatives with showroom and trade show presence or established relationships with high-end boutiques a plus. If you're interested in promoting a fresh and unique brand, please fax your resume with experience, availability, terms, and brands currently represented to 804-496-6382.

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Live and in Person

The big news of our day today? Flower Peddler made a debut appearance on WTVR Channel 6's "Virginia this Morning" in a live segment about natural beauty. And we freely admit that live is a little scary (no talented editors to make us look and sound better) but everyone was so nice we almost forget to be nervous. Almost.

Friday, July 18, 2008

Saturday, July 12, 2008

We need your help

Have you heard of the FDA Globalization Act of 2008? Probably not unless you are a manufacturer of cosmetics or beauty products. Even if you have not heard of it, this proposed legislation will affect you if you purchase bath, body, or beauty products. Chances are you do. So please, keep reading.

In a nutshell the Globalization Act of 2008 is a proposal that will likely put a large number of small independent manufacturers out of business - period. Many of the new regulations and proposed fees, which could add up to approximately $12,000 per year, would be unfairly burdensome for most small companies. If you are a Flower Peddler customer or if you purchase from any other of the thousands of small cosmetic companies out there, you may find that if this legislation goes through, your remaining choices will only be big box businesses. Gone will be the creativity, variety, and price ranges that small, independent manufacturers bring to the market.

While we agree with the importance of regulating the cosmetics industry to ensure the safety of consumers and are proud to say that Flower Peddler is compliant with the Good Manufacturing Practices outlined by the FDA, it appears the proposal does not address methods for increasing enforcement of federal laws nor does it offer consumers any more protection than the system that is currently in place. What the Globalization Act of 2008 will really do is lay the ground work for the monopolization of the marketplace by big corporations by proposing manufacturing practices and fees that small companies could not possibly comply with and remain in business.

Donna Maria Coles Johnson, CEO of the Indie Beauty Network, has organized a campaign against the FDA Globalization Act of 2008. Watch the short video below as she explains the proposal better than we can and then take a moment to sign the petition HERE.

Please, if you enjoy personal care products from independent beauty manufacturers, join us in the fight by signing the petition from IBN. As consumers you are also affected and are an important part of this process. You can help spread the word and let your voice be heard by sending this link to your friends and colleagues. Demand meaningful legislation that promotes and supports small business, not kills it.

To read the draft of the proposed law follow this link.

Wednesday, July 02, 2008

It's Hanover Tomato Time!

Come join us this weekend at the Hanover Tomato Festival! We have an awesome soap we stirred up especially for this event. Check it out:

Ta-Mater Soap! Don't ya love it?

Here's the 411:
Hanover Tomato Festival
Saturday, July 5, 2008
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Pole Green Park
899 Pole Green Park Lane
Mechanicsville, VA

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