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Simple Gratitude: Give a moment to another

Carolyn | Thursday, November 19, 2015 in Random stuff, the company | Comments (0)

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When I was a young girl, we spent Thanksgiving at my grandparents’ farm, just a few miles away from our Lancaster, PA suburban home. My mom and dad would often catch up on outdoor work in the morning, while the rest of us prepared the meal, the house, and the dining table for later. My strongest memories of those early Thanksgivings are walking the meadows with my dad (sometimes he hunted, most times he didn’t) and picking up black walnuts with whomever was brave enough for the job (we used to wear plastic bags on our hands so they wouldn’t get black from the smutzy shells). After the quiet morning away from regular work and school, the family gathered in the old farmhouse kitchen for my Grandma’s delicious Thanksgiving meal. My favorite part was the hot rolls and later, the fresh apple pie with Turkey Hill Big Chief vanilla ice cream. Of course, the “Big Chief” name has long since vanished, along with the black walnuts, but my memories remain. Memories of clean, stark fall landscapes, a warm farmhouse, and caring family times. And for those, I’m deeply thankful.

This Thanksgiving season, I encourage each of us to remember past holidays and then share those memories with others…to give a simple moment of gratitude to another.

-Carolyn
www.buychimes.com


Give Thanks!

Carolyn | Tuesday, November 11, 2014 in News, Random stuff, the company | Comments (0)

Thanksgiving ~
For each new morning with its light,
For rest and shelter of the night,
For health and food,
For love and friends,
For everything Thy goodness sends.
~ Ralph Waldo Emerson
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We love the holiday season here at BuyChimes! Come the end of November, we’re busy-busy wrapping and shipping wind chimes to customers across the United States.

But before Christmas is one of our very favorite personal holidays – Thanksgiving – it’s a day filled with gratitude for “everything Thy goodness sends!” So even though we’re an internet retailer, and everyone else out there is promoting Christmas already (have you seen the over-the-top mall displays?!), you won’t find that here at BuyChimes. Simply because we think taking the time to give thanks is so very important.

And after being in this business for 13 years now, we’re so thankful first and foremost to our wonderful, loyal customers. Thank YOU!
- Carolyn
BuyChimes LLC


Summer vacation

Carolyn | Monday, August 13, 2012 in the company | Comments (0)

BuyChimes will be closed next week. We’re a small family business and we greatly cherish time spent with family and friends. Whether or not summer vacation means a trip or days spent at home, everyone deserves time away from the hustle and bustle of daily life. Which is why we simply close for a week every summer. Truly, our customers know exactly what we mean!

George Washington was spot-on perfect when he said, “I’d rather be on my farm than be emperor of the world.”

It’s during these “farm” moments that we’re better able to serve as “emperor.” For those who read this blog regularly (and of course, we do hope there are many of you!), you certainly know of my deep admiration for George Washington. In many, many ways, his life inspires and prompts me to greater thought and higher action.

Practically speaking – this simply means that all orders placed after Wednesday, August 15 will ship on Monday, August 27. We’ll be back soon!

- Carolyn
BuyChimes, LLC
www.buychimes.com


Gardening in August

Carolyn | Sunday, August 12, 2012 in Gift info, the company | Comments (0)

Delightful blog post about gardening in August!
What to pull up, what to plant, what to enjoy…hope you like it!

august garden In fact, we’ve been so busy here at BuyChimes this summer, it feels a bit like the article. We’ve tweaked our business model here and there, created some amazing strategic plans, and in the midst of all that – shipped a LOT of wind chimes to folks across the country! So glad to see you’re taking advantage of our Free Gift Wrap offer going on (just say “yes” to gift wrap when you select the chime) – and so delighted to help many of you select engraving for that perfect chime.

Call us if we can help in any way – 877-293-6395. Just know, during busy times, the phone lines are bustling! It’s not that we’re not here, it’s that we’re helping other customers. Promise – if you get the machine, leave a message! – we’ll get back to you quickly.

- Carolyn
BuyChimes, LLC
www.buychimes.com


In Overalls for Our Customers!

Carolyn | Thursday, May 24, 2012 in News, the company | Comments (0)

One of our favorite quotes here at BuyChimes…

“Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work.” ~ Thomas Edison

Oh, how true this is! When Mark & Ellen, the former owners of BuyChimes, first approached us about purchasing the business five years ago, Jeff and I were busy-busy with real life—big jobs, raising kids, 30-year mortgage on the house, and the list goes on… Running an Internet store for U.S. wind chimes looked more like overalls than an opportunity, for sure. How well I remember the first day I worked with Mark & Ellen. I came home saying, “I don’t care if I ever touch a wind chime again in my life—that’s hard work!” I look back now and laugh—what a VERY well-disguised opportunity to own a successful small business!

10yranniversarypixHere’s the best part—BuyChimes is celebrating its 10-year anniversary THIS YEAR! Thank you to the scores of customers who have purchased wind chimes from us over the years. We love hearing from you—how creative you are with your chimes, everything from where to hang them to the wittiest saying to engrave on the wind sail. YOU are truly the reason we put on these overalls every day. :)

Stay tuned for the ways we WILL celebrate this milestone… (Hint — it’s bound to involve a super deal!)

- Carolyn
BuyChimes, LLC


Like Us on Facebook – We’ll Love You!

Carolyn | Friday, April 6, 2012 in News, the company | Comments (0)

BuyChimes is giving away an engraved 36-inch Corinthian Bells chime! LIKE us on Facebook from now till April 15 and you’re automatically entered in the contest.

A popular chime with a personal message… someone will just love this freebie!

- Carolyn
BuyChimes, LLC


A Patriotic Garden for your U.S. made Wind Chime

Carolyn | Sunday, March 11, 2012 in News, the company | Comments (0)

BuyChimes delights in giving back to our customers whenever we can… whether it’s free Gift Wrap or a special sale. In fact, we are always on the lookout for that something “extra” we can do and give to those who choose to buy from us.

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This spring, in all orders, we’re including a Patriotic Garden seed packet from American Meadows, in Williston, VT. This packet includes Red Poppy, White Baby’s Breath and Blue Cornflower seeds. All you have to do is supply the soil and water! These three flowers will grow quickly and flower at the same time, so a Patriotic Garden it will surely be.

It’s not a big something – just a little something – but we do hope you enjoy it. As you know, BuyChimes only sells U.S. made wind chimes, which makes these red, white & blue flowers just the thing for customers.

Enjoy!

- Carolyn
BuyChimes, LLC


Spankin’ New Site!

Carolyn | Wednesday, March 7, 2012 in News, the company | Comments (0)

Customers to BuyChimes will have undoubtedly discovered our spankin’ new website by now. After many months of planning and tweaking, it came online yesterday, March 7. Same great chimes, brand new look.

For BuyChimes, it’s been a fulfilling experience. We’ve had to fine-tune our mission and goals – and then determine how to relate that through the website. It has made us deeply grateful to both our suppliers and our customers – for partnering with us for TEN YEARS now. (Can you tell just how much that means to us?!

But…. a good website is only good if customers can easily find and purchase products. We believe, and sincerely hope, that the new site meets that key component. But if it doesn’t, we’re counting on customers to let us know! Call us at 877-293-6395 – we really would love to hear your comments.

- Carolyn
BuyChimes, LLC


A new year – a new chime!

Carolyn | Tuesday, January 3, 2012 in Chime info, Gift info, the company | Comments (0)

Congratulations to all those folks out there that received a new wind chime for the holidays! We do hope you’re enjoying it so far. Although the chime (and you!) may be patiently waiting for warmer days, how wonderful to have that new chime and new weather to look forward to!

If you have any questions regarding your chime, please call us (877-293-6395). We’ve got your order details handy, and as we often proclaim… “We’re small. We’re friendly. And we know these chimes!”

Happy New Year to all!

- Carolyn
BuyChimes, LLC


So many wind chimes – how do I choose?!

Carolyn | Tuesday, September 20, 2011 in Chime info, the company, the site | Comments (0)

I love when customers call and emphatically state, “I cannot believe how much time I spent on your website last weekend – I think I listened to all the chimes at least five times!” As an online retailer, I love that folks take time on our site to pick out just the right chime.

But I know, I know – it can be quite overwhelming to encounter a wind chime website for the first time. There are SO many chimes in SO many sizes and SO many colors. And then there’s the sound of each to consider… it’s no wonder customers finally just pick up the phone and call us!

To help you choose, here’s a primer on the chimes you’ll find at BuyChimes:

Background basics:
1. We only sell U.S. made wind chimes. So rest assured, everything you buy here is made in the U.S.
2. We sell contemporary, traditional and semi-contemporary chimes (see below).
3. We ship many, many chimes as gifts. If you’re not sure if that special person will like a chime or not, take it from us, they will!

Chime basics:

Contemporary chimes have aluminum in the majority of their components. These are the contemporary lines of chimes we sell: Corinthian Bells, Bells of Vienna and Gentle Spirits. They have powder-coated (this means unique colors) aluminum tubes, top/crown and wind sail. The striker is a high-density composite material. All sizes have six tubes (only exception is the Gentle Spirits 27-inch chime at 8 tubes). The same sizes are always tuned to the same keys (in other words, the 50-inch chime in all three lines will always be tuned to the key of A). The only difference between the lines is aesthetic – the top/crown and wind sail look different. So pick the look you like the best & the sound will still be the same high quality no matter what. FYI – the Corinthian Bells chimes is our best-selling line.

Traditional chimes have wooden components to them (a top/crown, striker and/or wind sail). These lines of chimes are traditional: Arias, Arias Elite, Festival, Majesty Bells and Weatherland. They ALL have a wooden top, striker and wind sail. Couple of notes on these chimes: The Arias line was the original chimes manufactured by QMT Windchimes and folks that have those original chimes keep coming back for more. The Arias Elite line was upgraded several years ago and has a fine, clear sound – check it out!

Semi-contemporary chimes combine both a traditional look with some wooden components (the striker), yet achieve a clean, contemporary look with an aluminum top/crown and wind sail. These lines of chimes are semi-contemporary: Shenandoah Melodies and Majestic Spirits. All have five tubes. They are less expensive than the full contemporary chimes simply because they have five versus six tubes. The wooden striker also impacts the sound, but not significantly.

Sound basics:
All chimes that we sell are tuned to a specific scale or musical key. Which is great news for those of us looking for more than just a pretty chime! You’ll see the keys on every page for individual chimes. But regardless of the key, the bigger the chime, the deeper the sound. So if you’re looking for a “soprano” chime, pick a small chime. If you’re looking for a deep, “bass” chime, look at the longest chime within each line. They will also have the largest tube diameter, which creates that unique, gong-like sound that customers love! Most importantly, there are sound mp3 files for every chime – so be sure to listen. Just look for the pointy hand (manicule) in the middle of each page.

And please, call us if you find yourself on our website for HOURS listening to every chime five times! We’re here and we know these chimes.

- Carolyn
BuyChimes, LLC