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The 2020 Heirloom Needlepoint Pumpkin(tm) Harvest starts August 20, 2020.
The initial crop of pumpkins will be listed at 3PM central on August 20. Additional pumpkins will be listed each consecutive Thursday at 3PM Central through November 5, 2020.
Here is the nitty gritty...and this is long. We hope you take the time to read it.
A bit about purchasing…
The pumpkins are one-of-kind and cannot be reproduced. They are sold on a first come, first serve basis.
Our cart is also our inventory control. When ordering an item, it is not yours until you go through the checkout process. If you put it in your cart and continue to browse, someone else can buy it if they complete their checkout first. In the odd event that a pumpkin is sold more once, the first order will be honored, and any subsequent order will be refunded.
There is a $7.49 charge per shipment. If you place more than one order per day, the shipping charge after the 1st order will be refunded. The cart knows no other way. Feel free to shop quickly and check out quickly. We will refund the shipping over-charges before the package is sent (usually the same day.)
Creating an account may aid in the check-out process. You may do that from our home page by clicking the link in the upper right hand corner.
Due to the nature of the Harvest event, all sales are final. We truly appreciate your business; all purchases are yours to keep and treasure. We name the pumpkin colors as accurately as we are able. Flaws are to be expected with vintage and antique needlepoints.
A bit about shipping....
We ship via USPS. Tracking will be provided if you register your email at check out. We cannot be responsible for delays after it is in the USPS system. Insurance is included in the shipping price, so if it is lost, we should be able to help with that.
A bit about the pumpkins….
Heirloom Needlepoint Pumpkins are created using vintage needlepoints. They are purchase on the secondary market, and are ,therefore, considered to 'used'. The colors are muted and lovely. The needlepoints are well-loved and time-worn. Sometimes the needlepoints are shabby and threadbare, which only adds to their beauty. I do not know what they have been through or how they were used before I got them. They have been laundered but not repaired. Each is one-of-kind and as-is (warts and all.) The camera captures the colors, but to the eye they are more muted.
The pumpkins are not made from perfect needlepoints, those are saved for other things.
The pumpkins range in size from 3" (the size of a plum) to 12" (the size of an average acorn squash.) The size is listed in the first line of the description, but as a quick guide, price is the best indicator with the 3" at approximately $25, the 6" at approximately $48, and the 9" at approximately $53. (all other sizes at price points in between.)
To determine the size, we measure from stem, around the bottom and back to the stem. That measurement is divided by half. If it measures 18", the pumpkin is listed as a 9" pumpkin. We do round up.
Our stems are real, collected from pumpkin farms across then upper Midwest and cleaned…just not by us. While they are natural, stems are not natural to needlepoint pumpkins and may need to be reattached sometime in the future.
The pumpkins are partially filled with rice, to allow reshaping from time to time, and partially with new 100% polyester fiberfill.
For decorative purposes only. Do not use outdoors.
Because the wool is vintage, stems are real, and the fill is mostly rice, proper storage is a must. The pumpkins should be stored in an airtight container in cool dry place. Cold storage is preferred. They could also be stored in a freezer from time to time. The stems may need to be reattached more often, though. Large zip-lock bags can be found on Amazon. Adding a silica gel pack wouldn't hurt. The same goes for the acorns.
At this time, we cannot accommodate any special requests or custom orders. Please contact us in January.
Because we use real stems and real rice, we cannot ship internationally.
A bit about COVID-19….
In response to COVID-19, we have been self-isolating since 3/15/20. We are well. We are following all guidelines to keep the studio area virus free. We have decreased our shipping staff in order to keep our exposure limited. It may take longer to get the packages shipped. We request that you take any precautions on your own when they arrive. Stay well.
We are working with a much smaller staff in all areas, though, so bear with us. We will get through the 2020 Harvest and COVID.