Pauper’s Candles is a Vendor at OSU Mom’s Weekend Art Festival

Pauper's Candle Company at OSU Mom's Weekend in 2012

Pauper’s Candle Company at OSU Mom’s Weekend in 2012

On Saturday May 2, 2015 from 10-4pm, Pauper’s Candles will be a vendor at Oregon State Universities Mom’s Weekend Art Festival.  OSU is located in Corvallis, Oregon.  We have attended this show for many years and enjoy it every year.  This show is very organized and full of a quality art and crafts.  All items are made by the vendors, so it is nice know that what you purchase is made by the person you are purchasing it from.

We will be selling our Scented Container Soy Wax Candles, Air Fresheners, Hand-Made Rustic Signs, and Wick Dippers.

Rustic Hand-Made Sign By Pauper's Candles "Flowers are Heaven Scent"

Rustic Hand-Made Sign By Pauper’s Candles
“Flowers are Heaven Scent”

I grew up in Corvallis, so doing this show is literally like going home.  This time of year in Corvallis is beautiful and I think the weather should hold and not rain.   We have endured many rainy days during this show.  But the thing about Oregonians is that the rain does not stop them from coming out and enjoying the festivities.  My husband and I lived on the Oregon coast for five years and if we would have waited for the rain to stop to do something we would not have done very much during the time we lived there.

My mom and dad help me with this show, since they still live in the area.  It is so much fun to be with my parents and be able to stay with them.  My parents are now in their 70’s and still help me set up and sell candles.  They are awesome.

The Memorial Union Program Council puts together the whole weekend of events, activities, programs and more for the students and their mothers.  The campus is all bustling and it is a fun event.  If you are in the area, you can stop by the art show, it is open for anyone.  Remember, you can always shop online for our candles too,

Pauper’s Candles and Sustainability

Our Home Run by Our Solar Panels

Our Home Run by Our Solar Panels

What does Sustainability mean anyway?  The definition of Sustainability is wide.  It basically means:

  • Living a life of dignity in harmony with nature.
  • Renewing resources at a rate equal to or greater than the rate at which they are consumed.
  • Living within the resources of the planet without damaging the environment now or in the future.

When I started making candles in 2003, I did not start my business, Pauper’s Candle Company, thinking that I wanted to make candles that were sustainable.  I am not sure the term was really used then.  But as I started to learn more about the products I was using and could use, I started to make conscience efforts to use products that were renewable, recyclable, and made in the US. This was the beginning of Pauper’s being sustainable without knowing it.

MK infront Panels

Mark and Krista with our Solar Panels in the Background

For almost five years, Mark and I have been living in Idaho and have built our home on our 10 acres with allot of sweat equity.  We were not necessarily thinking sustainability when we decided to build our home using solar energy.  We were thinking of having a lifestyle that was slower, simple, and debt free.  We run our home from our 10 solar panels and 12 batteries.  On average we pull out our generator 5-7 times a year.  Our life style has become sustainable.

As a result of our home being run by solar energy, Pauper’s Candles produces its products using solar energy.  I think that this is pretty cool.  Our solar panels generate the power to run our home business. I would say this is sustainability

This year at the Farmer’s Market in Sandpoint, Idaho, I will be selling what they call “farm baked goods” along with our candles.  Farm baked goods are those baked goods that have at least one of the top three ingredients from your property/farm.  Since we have chickens (eggs), grow and harvest strawberries, raspberries, and an assortment of vegetable from our garden each year, our baked goods are from food we raise and grow ourselves.  Again, this is sustainability.

With Pauper’s Candles, I also reuse all our shipping boxes and packing materials for us to use when we ship our products.  So, if you order Pauper’s Candles and see your order arrive in a box with another company logo on it do not be alarmed, we are recycling the box.  My local grocery store, Super 1, gladly gives me their empty boxes.  Just the other day a friend of mine had empty boxes from orders for her business and gave them to me to reuse.  And again, this is sustainability.

Additionally, we purchase our materials from companies who are located in the US and we attempt to purchase materials that are made in the USA.  I have become friends with a woman who has a Lavender Farm in Oregon.  They grow, distill, and sell their own Lavender Essential Oil.  This is the oil I use in my Lavender candles in my From Nature Candle Line.  And again this is sustainability.

My husband and myself believe that we are to take care of the dirt we live on and have a positive impact on our environment because we are in charge of taking care of God’s creation.  Pauper’s Candle Company is run with this in mind.  We want to produce products that are of quality and sustainability.  When we look back at how we ran our home business and made our products, we want the wake left behind us to be one that is positive.

New Website for Pauper’s Candle Company

New Website Look for Pauper's Candles

New Website Look for Pauper’s Candles

We have just completed a new website and are excited about it.  We think that you will like the simple clean layout.  We have started our blog, so if you are interested in knowing what Pauper’s Candles is up to you can link to our blog from our website and our posts will also post on our Facebook page as well.  If you want to know what Mark and Krista, owners of Pauper’s Candles Company, are up to in their personal lives you can link to our blog, Living a sustainable dream, from Pauper’s website as well.

We have made some changes to our website.  We are now using Square Stores when you are purchasing our products.  Once you “click” that you would like to shop for Pauper’s Candles Products, you will be automatically taken to our “Store” that is hosted by Squareup.  You then will see a very simply screen that has pictures of our products for sale, just click on what you want to purchase and then you will choose what scents you want that candle or air freshener to be.  You will no longer use Paypal to process your credit card, but square will process your credit card.

We are sorry to announce that we are no longer able to offer Free Shipping.  We have a flat shipping fee of $6.50 per order.  This is still low, but with the many price increases we have had over the last few years we needed to add the shipping fee.  On the positive side, we were able to keep our candle and air freshener prices the same.

So with that being said, take a look at our new Website and enjoy!  We would love to have you follow us on our blogs and on Facebook.