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How to love a Berkshire Blanket throw

Love your throw

Valentine’s Day is on the way and love is in the air! Marlene is back with tips on how to find the perfect throw that you’ll love.

Find your fabric
Is it a cozy plush, or a smoothly soft fleece that you love? Or are natural fibers your thing? There’s a fabric just right for every style and season! Plush and fleece are perfect for soft warmth, while natural fibers will vary. Cotton is beautiful, but not known for being very warm. Mohair, alpaca, and bamboo are lightweight natural fibers that are warm, breathable, and decorative–perfect for throws that need to be functional and decorative year-round.

Select your size
There’s the standard 50″ x 60″ size or the oversized 60″ x 70″ (big enough for two – but oh-so-cozy that you might not want to share).

Choose your color
Gone are the days of just a few drab colors. Light neutrals, bold hues, and everything in between is fair game. A fun way to refresh your decor is to seasonally change out your throws. Here’s an easy guide: light colors perfectly reflect the renewal tone of spring, bright colors in the summer (because everything in the summer is bright!), warm and dark colors for the fall (think harvest), and bold colors to invigorate the drab winter (red, green, gold, and royal blue are great picks).

Treat yourself to daily comfort
Snuggle as often as you can. When you are not using the throw, drape it nicely over the edge of the chair of couch. Voila! You’ve gone from comfort to chic, just like that!

Know the proper care and feeding of your throw
Always follow the care label instructions. For most throws this will be: wash separately in cold water on the delicate cycle and air dry or dry in the dryer on an air only cycle (no heat). Special detergents aren’t needed, but please, no bleach (the throws don’t like it).

Enjoy your throw for years to come!

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Creative reuse for packaging

Recycle001The holiday shopping season is in full swing and our packaging maven, Marlene, has weighed in with her crafty ideas on how you can reuse packaging.

Many items come in a box, bag or with some type of packaging.  Instead of throwing this packaging away or recycling it, please take a moment and think where you might be able to reuse some of it. While recycling is always a good option when it’s available, the process still takes considerable energy. A more environmentally friendly solution is to turn that “trash” into something useful!

Shipping boxes can be reused making wrapping irregularly shaped items easier.  Give kids an empty box and let them decorate it to make a unique gift “basket” to fill with holiday goodies and gifts. Or let their imaginations run wild and see what kinds of cool things they come up with! Cars, rocket ships, or a video arcade…the possibilities are endless!

Take papers you were going to recycle and use them to wrap packages. Or shred colored paper to use as gift bag and basket filler.  Colorful magazine pictures can be cut out and made into holiday decorations.

The ribbons wrapped around many of the throws and blankets that we sell could be reused for wrapping another gift or using as ribbon to hang holiday decorations.

Plastic bags can enjoy a second life as small waste bin liners, making clean up easy after holiday guests depart.

– Marlene

There are many creative ways to reuse packaging.  What crafty ideas can you come up with? Let us know in the comments below!

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Berkshireblanket.com – a birthday story

It’s our second birthday on the web! Our Ecommerce Director, Emily, shares her story of how a historic October snowstorm delayed the launch of BerkshireBlanket.com.

October Snowstorm Cleanup - photo from Masslive.com

Photo from Masslive.com

Two years ago, we were ready to launch our fab new website on November 1st. We were giddy – it was the first time we’d ever sold directly to our customers or even online! Just before we were about to launch, we had a freak snowstorm here in the Northeast- it wasn’t even quite November yet. Because there were still leaves on the trees, the snow collected in branches and they just broke, toppled, fell, and cracked everywhere. I remember standing on my screened-in porch, in what should have been that still quiet that only happens during nighttime snowstorms, but instead listening to the sounds of wood cracking and falling – literally, every few seconds.

I called the police department in Ware, where our old mill stands, explained I was hoping to come into work to launch our new site that day. He said “You’re not launching anything! There isn’t a single road into Ware that’s passable. Please don’t try to come here – stay home and stay warm.”

We were without electricity for 5 days, which for us means no heat. It was 20 degrees during the day. I literally don’t know what we would have done if I didn’t work at a blanket company! We borrowed some extra warm ones to bring home and slept on the floor of our living room in front of the fire. I brought my son in to work with me once the roads had been cleaned up enough, serpentining between the lanes to avoid the piles of snow and branches that remained, so he could plug in and get online.  Fortunately, we also have a fitness club next door to our mill. Berkshire Blanket made arrangements with them so that if anyone from our company – and their families! – went in, they could use the facilities and Berkshire Blanket would pick up the tab. This was HUGE for those of us without heat or hot water. It was an amazingly generous thing to do.

It took months before all of the storm cleanup was done! But we did manage to pull it together and launch the site, just one week late. It took a tremendous effort from people who were inconvenienced, frustrated, tired, and unbathed (it wasn’t pretty).

Two years out, and we’re going great guns! THANK YOU to our customers – your enthusiasm and loyalty is what keeps us going. As always, please keep in touch and let us know how we can better serve you.

All my best,
Emily

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