Welcome to the third Groundstrike
Collectibles newsletter. As always, the most important thing is that I apologize
profusely if this newsletter has reached you in error. I try to limit the
distribution to our customers who are "OK" with a newsletter, but I'm
sure I made mistakes. I have included a link at the bottom of this note that
will automatically remove your email address from our database, with my
This is cutting it awfully close to
the end of January to call it our "January" newsletter, but this has
been a very busy month for us - actually a record January. Thank you all for
your business! There's been a lot of press about the survival of "dot.com"
companies lately, but you sure can't judge it by little ol' Groundstrike!
The distribution for our newsletter
has grown to over 1000 customers. Wow! We'd like your help to keep us growing,
so we will PAY you a $5.00 credit for every new customer who signs up for the
newsletter. Just forward this newsletter to your friend.
When your friend signs up at:
we will credit you $5.00, good on your
next order from our web store. See the details at:
VALENTINE'S DAY IS NEAR
As I write this, Valentine's Day is
only 15 days away. There's still time to get something for your
"sweetie", but you might want to hurry since time is running short.
We've got a number of beautiful boxes on our new "Love" page, at:
And if your "sweetie" is
actually yourself, I won't say a word ;-)
PERSONALIZED LIMOGES BOXES
Did you know we offer personalization
of Limoges boxes? We haven't publicized it very well, but we have had it done
for a number of customers. We use a printer who creates raised-letter
personalizations in black printing inside Limoges boxes. They are limited to
about 2 lines of 20 characters each, and we charge what he charges us - $15.00
per box. This process generally adds a few days to the delivery time, but as a
keepsake, it really makes the box something special. Just put
"Personalization" and the text you want in the "Special
Instructions" box of the shopping cart, and we'll make it happen.
Our featured Limoges manufacturer this
month is Chamart (pronounced "Shay' mart"). Begun by Charles Martine
in the 1950s, Chamart has grown to be one of the leading manufacturers of
Limoges boxes, with a line that includes over 2,500 different boxes! ALL Chamart
Limoges boxes are hand-painted - they never use transfers, decals, or other
"shortcuts". Because of the manufacturing process, almost all Chamart
boxes are limited to runs of 750-850 pieces. They also produce some strictly
limited edition pieces.
Sadly, when a box ends its limited run
at Chamart, it is simply never available again - so if you see one you want, buy
it now! We carried a lovely Jardiniere box from Chamart that sold out early, and
even though we could have sold many more of them, they simply were no longer
made. Result: a lot of disappointed customers.
You can see a full story on Chamart
As an exclusive gift to our newsletter
readers, all Chamart boxes ordered by Feb. 8 will be discounted FIFTEEN percent
(15%)! [code deleted; reserved for newsletter subscribers].
The shopping cart price won't reflect the discount, but we will apply it when we
receive the order, and will adjust your total. This discount cannot be combined
with any other discount. Limoges Lovers members will receive a 5% discount over
their usual discount.
Speaking of Limoges Lovers - I get a
lot of questions about this. Limoges Lovers is an exclusive group of our loyal
customers who have purchased $1000 or more in Limoges boxes in the past 12
months. They effectively earn a free Limoges box for every 10 they purchase,
with their 10% automatic discount. See our web page for more information:
NEWEST LIMOGES BOXES EXCLUSIVE TO THE NEWSLETTER!
We've got new boxes coming in all the
time, so be watching our web pages for new boxes every day. We now have a new
web page exclusively for the newsletter readers! It will change each month, but
it will be where we put our very newest additions to our line. This month's page
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The newsletter readers will get
"first crack" at these boxes, some of which we have in very limited
quantities. After about 10 days, we will move these to the regular
"new" page, at:
where everyone can see them. The new
boxes include several Dubarry Tea Pots w/ Teabags (fabulous!), a number of
high-end Chanille boxes, and a lot of new Artoria boxes including the whole
Zodiac collection. If you don't see them at first, check back, because we'll be
adding them daily.
DANGER, WILL ROBINSON!
Always deal with someone you trust.
This applies particularly to the internet, where it's still a sort of "wild
west" out there. I will tell some stories of things I've seen on the
internet regarding Limoges boxes, as a cautionary tale so our customers can
avoid the pitfalls. This month's story:
As most of you know, Limoges boxes are
not made by a single company called "Limoges, Inc." They are made in
Limoges, France, by a number of different artists and craftsmen. To be a genuine
"Limoges box", the box has to be made in this region of France, much
like "Champagne" has to come from the Champagne region of France.
Since there's no single company called "Limoges", the name is not
trademarked - which leads to abuses of the name, and a "buyer beware"
Manufacturers of fake Limoges boxes -
particularly those from Asia - often mark their boxes "Limoges". About
a year ago, a lady offered a large number of fake Limoges boxes on an internet
auction service. She was reasonably legitimate, though - she called them
"fake" and priced them in the $10 range. What happened next was
Another lady bid and purchased all of
the boxes from the auctions. About a month later, she started selling them on
her web site and the auction service as "Genuine Limoges", showing a
picture of the "Limoges" mark to justify her description, and pricing
them in the $100 range. Since I had watched this happen, I sent her an email
confronting her about this. She sent a NASTY email back, saying it was none of
my business and that they were indeed genuine. Even the auction service would
take no action against her since they didn't know anything about Limoges boxes.
So, please be careful! No wonder the
internet auctions are the #1 online complaint to Better Business Bureaus across
YOU MADE IT TO HERE!
If you're still reading this, wow! You
really deserve a gift.
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That's all for now. Take care, and see
you next month.
Sam and Susan Juliano