Sunday, May 25, 2014

"Heroes take journeys,

confront dragons, and discover the treasure of their true selves." 

      Carol Lynn Pearson
 
Memorial Day was originally called Decoration Day to honor those who died in the Civil War, but, because we could not keep wars under control, the name was changed to Memorial Day to honor all those who died while serving in the Armed Forces.  On June 28, 1968, Congress passed the Uniform Monday Holiday Act (see--Congress can do things!), which moved four holidays, including Memorial Day, from their traditional dates to a specified Monday in order to create a convenient three-day weekend. The change moved Memorial Day from its traditional May 30 date to the last Monday in May. The law took effect at the federal level in 1971.  After some initial confusion and unwillingness to comply, all 50 states adopted Congress' change of date within a few years.

Although the holiday typically marks the start of the summer vacation season, it is good to think about what benefits come from those who serve and die for those of us in this country.  We can vote (even if many of us do not!); we can speak, worship, and travel through this country freely; and we can do as much or as little as we want.  And, speaking of doing what we want, the small business entrepreneur represents someone who works for himself or herself not for some big corporation.  Being able to start a business is one of our rights...something to think about as you roam about those small towns on your summer holidays.  Unlike a co-op or even a consignment shop where many pay rent and may work, the one or two person owned shops put forth all effort and money to make a shopping experience special. 

With that in mind, I would like to introduce you to a local fellow business woman, Yvonne, who just opened a new shop, Sea Lily's at 9500 Third Avenue in Stone Harbor, New Jersey.

Yvonne...and all of us with small shops...try to find special merchandise for you.  Unlike the big box stores that just pack it in, a small shop owner thinks about everything he or she puts out.  Let's take a tour of Sea Lily's...
 From wonderful hats...

 to colorful scarves...
 and amazing jewelry in all price ranges ... 
 






And there are wonderful prints and posies and several card displays...and Yvonne is partial to mermaids so be aware they will be swimming around the walls and displays at Sea Lily's for sure!

 This is a favorite pick of Yvonne's---that great lamp...and mermaid bookends...
 And, if you have a youngster or a young-at-heart mermaid lover, some cuties here...
 Hostess gifts or host yourself!
 Beautiful handcrafted pottery...
 
 Sweet night lights...
 Treasures on shelves and in cabinets...

 And, lotions and perfumes for that touch of luxury after a day in the sea and sand...



So, if you are in Stone Harbor, check out Sea Lily's and say hello to Yvonne!
 
And be sure to check out her favorite lamp...if it has not sold! 
Remember as you grill that steak or walk on the beach or visit little shops around town...we have the freedom to do all of this because men and women gave the ultimate sacrifice to keep us free to discover our "true selves".
 
All we have of freedom, all we use or know -
This our fathers bought for us long and long ago.
~Rudyard Kipling, The Old Issue, 1899

1 comment:

The Cinnamon Stick said...

Great post Susan...best wishes for Yvonne and Sea Lily's for a great summer. AND, of course wishing you the busiest season ever...XOXO, Judy