One of the greatest pleasures in running BuyChimes is hearing from customers. You folks out there are simply wonderful! We so appreciate when you connect with us by emailing or calling with comments – both things we’re doing well and things we need to improve.
Here’s a little note I received today from Peter… “Thank you for all your help, I appreciate it. Also, it’d be cool if you could draw a monkey wrestling a shark on the box. Thanks! :)” Peter was sending this chime to his father – and decided to lighten our day here at BuyChimes with his very funny note. (In case you’re wondering, we did NOT draw the monkey. Though we talked about how great it would be if we could.)
Customers write little instructions like this all the time for us. Whether it’s “please switch to Green if Black is out-of-stock” or “please draw a monkey!”, we’re happy to help out. We’re not a big fulfillment company – we handle these chimes all day, every day (except Sunday). So if you write us a note, we’ll get it and do our best to meet your needs. We’re a small, family business and our customers do not get lost in the shuffle.
Hmmm – what else do chimes and monkeys have in common? Nothing! At least let’s hope so. Have a wonderful weekend – chime on!
When I’m not working for BuyChimes, I work at another job at a nice, not-too-tall office building nearby in Northern Virginia. And, of course, I have a small wind chime (a Gentle Spirits 206) hanging by the window. (Not that I can open that window, but it reminds me of Carolyn and BuyChimes as I do my other work.)
This Tuesday, I was at my office and heard some rattling. I thought it was someone in the hallway moving furniture on a dolly, very FAST. The shaking kept increasing. I soon realized we were experiencing an earthquake (the one centered in Mineral, Virginia, and registered at 5.9 on the Richter). I went to stand in the office doorway. Other people began pouring out of their offices, and I decided it was time to leave the building too. As left, I heard the wind chime ringing! It wasn’t like the ringing you’d hear in a 30 MPH wind, but it was three or four tones. As I was scampering down the hallway, I thought, “Oh, the chime’s ringing.”
It never even occurred to me that something other than wind (or manually moving the sail) could make a chime ring. Has anyone else experienced or hear a chime ring as the result of an earthquake? Or maybe some other occurrence? We’d love to hear your story!
Just when I think I’ve seen everything a wind chime can do, something quirky and new comes along!
As you may know, Keegan Bradley, a 25-year-old rookie golfer who hails from Vermont, just won the 93rd PGA tournament last Sunday. Congrats to him! And to celebrate his golf wins, his mother (don’t you just love proud moms!) “runs up and down the street like a crazy woman with wind chimes.” How delightful! (If you want to read more, check it out here.
And it is true. Chimes are so versatile. People think of wind chimes as simply hanging from a hook in the front yard. Yet, here are some unusual ways that customers have told me that they use and hang wind chimes:
- feng shui for the inside of home
- house blessing for new home
- memorial at the graveside of a relative or friend
- wind catcher in tractor-trailer
- calming force for mentally challenged family member
- harmonize with melodies of Mother Earth (no kidding – one customer is very into connecting with the Earth)
- AND NOW – victorious celebration of son’s PGA win!
I love to hear how customers use wind chimes! Even better, I’d love to hear how YOU use and/or hang your chimes. Send me stories and pictures – I’m busy creating a section on the site that features stories and pictures just like yours.
Wind chimes singing low
Gentle the cool breezes blow
Ease your mind of stress
Congrats to Patsy McMahon for submitting the winning poem for our Spring Haiku contest! Can’t you just feel the stress slipping away as you read her haiku, imagining the perfect wind chime on your patio or deck?!
Remember, if you need advice on that perfect chime, please don’t hesitate to give us a shout! We’ve always got an opinion – on life, love, politics, and, of course, wind chimes.
BuyChimes is sponsoring our first Spring Haiku contest! Can you tell…we’re VERY eager for Spring?! We’re ready for all things Spring: the annual Blossom Kite Festival here in DC (For local folks, it’s this Sunday, March 27, at the Washington Monument…join us!); warm evenings spent with good friends, good food and good chimes on the back patio; garden beds simply overflowing with daffodils.
To celebrate, BuyChimes invites visitors to submit a haiku about spring. As you might remember from high school English class, a haiku is a Japanese three-phrased poem. The first line contains 5 syllables; the second, 7 syllables; the third, 5 syllables again. They’re short and sweet. Here’s my best shot (I promise—I won’t crown myself the winner!):
March on, Old Winter.
Lion, leave my garden now!
Lamb, usher in Spring.
BuyChimes will feature the best haiku on our site and give the winner a $25.00 credit toward any wind chime. Best of all, we’ll welcome Spring together!
Fine print: Send your entry using the Contact Us page by April 15, 2011. You can also fax your entry to 703-293-6396. By sending the haiku, you grant permission to BuyChimes to use it on our site (and possibly other promotions). If you don’t permit it, don’t submit it. (Hint: we might be partial to haikus with chimes in them.)