Our Shop and Covid-19

Thank you first of all to all of you who support our tiny hole-in-the-wall witchy shop! With everything going on with the current pandemic, I just wanted to update you on what this means for our physical shop, and what our plans are.

  • We are still open. As much as we might wish it was otherwise, the Boulevard has very little foot traffic in good times. We just about never hit a capacity that falls under current guidelines. If you come to the store, it will most likely be just you and one of us who runs the store.
  • We are doing extra cleaning. We will occasionally be closing early for our physical and mental health as well, but most days we will be open until at least 6pm.
  • We can bring your purchase to your car. Don’t want to come in? Pull up front and give us a wave and we’ll be happy to help!
  • We can deliver locally. Until any “stay at home” order is put in place, we can deliver in Eden, Reidsville, or Reedy Fork. Basically, along my route home. 😉 Feel free to message us on Facebook or send an email to crookedtreehousegifts@gmail.com to arrange this.
  • We can ship straight to you. Our web store is busily being added to, and we’ll ship anywhere.

We started this little shop as a place for local community, and we love all of you who have supported us and shared in that love. We expect coming times to be hard, but as long as we can keep paying our rent we will be keeping our business running, whether it is open for traffic or mailing things out. We’re sticking with this month to month as best we can.

Should a “stay home” order be issued for our state… well, Jac lives upstairs, so we can still ship! And I’ll be doing online support, communication, and blogging from home.

And I do also plan to do a lot of article writing! I know the boredom that can set in when stuck at home, so for those using this time to practice their magical studies I will be writing what I can. Even if you don’t have money to buy from us, reading our blog does help support our shop through our advertisers. So if you have any topics you really want to learn more about, let us know! Or, are you bored and want to write too? Catching up on your witchy reading? Make your own magical items? We would love to include your book or deck reviews, magical DIYs, or just pitch your idea to us! We can not pay for articles, but we will happily include any links to your blog or store.

Finally, just a little note for the health of us all: I have seen a lot of prayers, spells, and wishes for healing the world in the last week, and that is where we shine. I also know many of our readers and visitors are practitioners of or interested in alternative and traditional medicines. While I believe all of this helps us and helps our Earth, please do not ignore modern medicine during this pandemic. We need everyone to take proper measures in order to keep as many of us healthy as possible.

Healing energies to everyone, and stay safe,

Cynthia

It’s Alive! (We’ve launched our new web store)

Hello my lovely supporters of the Crooked Treehouse!

Things have been brewing in our tiny little shop lately. You might have noticed that I’ve been writing a lot more consistently for our blog lately. That’s been one step taken lately to help support the Treehouse. If you’ve been by in person, you probably have noticed a couple of things:

  • We’re tiny. We like our little hole-in-the-wall witchy shop, but we’d love to expand! We have not given up on our dream/goal of buying our building so that we could expand the shop to about twice its current size, add class space, etc.
  • While we are serious about supporting the historic Boulevard, it does not have the consistent traffic to help us achieve that dream.

So here is another step towards that goal – today, I launch our brand new web store!

Shop Our Online Store

We still have a lot of products to add, but it’s a step in having a much greater reach. So please, take a moment, shop around, and share our blog and store with your witchy friends! Every bit helps us be a greater part of our community.

But wait, there’s more!

In honor of our launch, a special discount code is active one week only. For the next week – 3/6/2020 through 3/13/2020 – use the code below for 15% off your entire online purchase.

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No exceptions, no minimums. Share it around and enjoy! And watch for more items all week as I keep adding online inventory!

Update: More on the Future of Crooked Treehouse

Hey guys! It’s been about two months since I first posted about decisions about the near future of Crooked Treehouse, and if you’ve been by The Boulevard lately you’ll notice we’re still here. Heh. So, a general update!

First of all, no, we have not yet raised the money to buy our building. I am not calling it a lost cause yet, as there are still some additional possibilities out there. And you can still donate to our Go Fund Me to help us out.

I do want to put out a huge thank you to everyone who helped spread the word in July! Thanks in a large part to you, our sales keep growing every month. The more we sell, obviously the better we can keep this shop in our community. We have loved meeting so many new people these last couple of months, and hope you have enjoyed it as much as we have!

Now, I mentioned in my last post about this that the reason for the shop probably to be closing in the not too distant future is that I’ll soon be buying a house and thus no longer living upstairs. That said… we don’t have a new house yet. So I expect at this point the Treehouse will be here at least through October, and possibly longer. Plus, like I said, there are some other possibilities that may keep the shop open. So I’ll keep you informed!

And in no way are we treating it like we are about to close! We are bringing in new inventory weekly. There are new books, tarot decks, and more that all came in the last month. This week, we’re getting a shipment in of 2020 planners and calendars. Plus we have already ordered some Samhain and Halloween themed items!

On top of that, September and October are our months for Pagan Pride events. We love these! I do a booth with my other business, Wyrd Armouries, with our handmade ritual items. This year, I will also bring a selection of items from the Treehouse as well, to make them available to new people and help promote the shop.

So, look for us in the Wyrd Armouries booth at:

And should our storefront close down the line, our items will still be available, whether it is through events or our website, until we can manage to get a storefront established again.

Thank you for your patience and support as we work this all out!

Help Us Move Forward Into New Adventures!

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Hello my lovely readers, my regular customers, and fans of Crooked Treehouse!

By now, some of you have heard our “plans” for Crooked Treehouse. And I put that in quotes because they have always been a little loose. This tiny business was almost created as a whim.

There we were, on the honestly sad looking historic Boulevard, living in this could-be adorable tiny yellow old commercial building turned house. We could see, with little effort, that the front of the house could be turned back into a tiny business. So we did. We opened up Crooked Treehouse in October, dressed up the front of the building, and turned this little house back into a living business.

Well, my time living here will soon be coming to an end. Within the next two months or so, I – Cynthia, owner of Crooked Treehouse – will be buying a new place with my husband, and will no longer need to rent this building as my house. That unfortunately makes it no longer cost effective to run the business as we are.

But we love it, and have multiple options on how Crooked Treehouse can continue. Here’s what we would ideally like to have happen:

  • We buy the building that currently houses Crooked Treehouse
  • We expand the shop into about twice its current size by opening it up into both front rooms of the building.
  • We redo the apartment above into an awesome space for the awesome Jac – our amazing friend who helps keep Crooked Treehouse running.

That would take finances we don’t currently have, and that’s why we are turning to you, our regulars and friends, to help.

What can you do?

  • Contribute to our GoFundMe campaign to help keep our doors open after I move out. If we make our goal, we can buy and renovate the building! If we fall short, we can at least stay open a bit longer.
  • Stop in and buy! If you’ve been thinking about shopping but haven’t, now would definitely be a good time.
  • Buy from our Facebook store, or get an online tarot reading. All sales will help keep the business going.
  • Spread the word. Share this blog link or our GoFundMe link to anyone you think might be interested in helping!
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Renovations step 1: All new doors and windows, and a fresh coat of colorful paint to make the building stand out! Colors are just approximate, but we want a purple door!
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Renovations step 2: Paint the odd side above the roofline of the next building with an awesome mural.
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Renovations step 3: Add an archway on this wall to open it up into the next room. Front room would now be crystal and handmade gift focus, second room would be candles, herbs, tarot cards and books,. Plus it will give us room for a reading nook/small workshop space.