What a Great Way to End 2015!

Krista in Booth

Krista at the Salem Farmer’s Market Holiday Craft Show

Pauper’s Candle Company had a terrific show at the Salem Farmer’s Market Holiday Craft Show in Salem, Oregon.  While my husband, son and I were driving to Oregon from Idaho, my husband and I were trying to think how many years Pauper’s Candles had been attending this show.  We concluded that it had to be at least 10 years.  Hard to believe that much time has passed.  I always enjoy seeing those who come each year to purchase their Pauper’s Candle.

Kirt and Mark at tuba

My husband and son at Tuba Christmas. Practicing before the performance

This year was especially special because my husband and I had our son with us.  And on top of that, my husband and son played in Tuba Christmas in Portland, Oregon on Saturday.  My parents offered to run my booth while I buzzed to the show to watch them play, and of course it was raining.  Just an aside: My son is just learning to blow the horn, so he watched Dad for fingering and did not blow much.  He did get a little prize for being the youngest player there.  He thought that was pretty cool.  Good memories and thank you Mom and Dad for running Pauper’s booth.

Mark in Booth

My wonderful husband, Mark

Grandma and Grandpa wanted to spend some time with their grandson on Sunday, so my husband and I ran our booth together.  This was fun.  We have not run our booth together in a long time.  Again, good memories.

After the show we were able to spend some time with my parents and take our son to see the Christmas lights in Corvallis that are now at the local Fairgrounds.  While I was growing up the Christmas lights were around the local Pepsi building.  Our son enjoyed seeing all the lights and live Nativity.  Once again, good memories

Krista with candle

Our Christmas Cabin Soy Candle is a spectacular scent!

The Salem Holiday Show is always Pauper’s last for the year and this year it was a great way to end our show season for 2015.  This year has been a great year for shows and making memories.

Thank you to all our customers for a great year!  Merry Christmas and we wish you a Blessed New Year.

At the Moscow Food Co-Op you will find Pauper’s Candles!

New Logo 2Pauper’s Candles can be found at the Moscow Food Co Op in Moscow, Idaho.  We are excited to be there!

While Pauper’s Candles was at the Sandpoint Farmer’s Market in 2014, I, Krista and Owner of Pauper’s Candles, met Ashley Douglas.  She and her family were visiting Sandpoint and visited the Farmer’s Market.  Ashley, her sister and mother were enjoying the many scents of our candles and Ashley asked if we sold our candles wholesale because she was the Mercantile Buyer for the  Moscow Food Co-Op and was interested in bringing in our soy wax candles.

In the Fall of 2014, Ashley brought in Pauper’s Candles to the Moscow Food Co-op and our soy wax container candles were a success.  During the Christmas Season, the Co-Op carried many of Pauper’s Seasonal Scents such as Christmas Cabin, Northwoods Christmas,  Pumpkin Spice, Cinnamon/Clove, and Harvest Moon, as well as what has become their staple scents, Lavender, Huckleberry, Tomato Leaf, Vanilla Velvet, and White Ginger & Amber.

Our Tomato Leaf soy candle is a wonderful reminder of Summer

Our Tomato Leaf soy candle is a wonderful reminder of Summer

For the 2015 Spring/Summer Season the Co-Op is additionally caring our candle scents of Cucumber, Eucalyptus, and Fig.  Each Season Ashley brings in a few seasonal scents to keep a rotating variety of scents as well as staple scents you can always find.

All of  Pauper’s Candles are made with 100% soy wax ,cotton wicks and scented with either premium grade fragrance oils or 100% essential oil.  Pauper‘s soy wax is also non-GMO.  All of Pauper’s Candles are made using solar energy generated on our property for our home and home business.

White Ginger & Amber is Pauper's #1 Seller

White Ginger & Amber is Pauper’s #1 Seller

Whenever you are in Moscow, Idaho you should visit the Food Co Op.  They are located at 121 E. 5th St. in downtown Moscow, Idaho.  You can also get to know the Co Op by going to their website or face book page.

Enjoy the many natural products including Pauper’s Candles at the Moscow Food Co Op!

Pauper’s Candles are at Azalea, Handpicked Style in Sandpoint, Idaho

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Brooke Deccio owner of Azalea with Pauper's Candles

Brooke Deccio owner of Azalea with Pauper’s Candles

Pauper’s Candle Company is excited to announce that Azalea Handpicked Style in Sandpoint, Idaho is caring our candles.  Azalea is a cute, eclectic boutique owned by Brooke Deccio that is located at 322 N. 1st Ave in downtown Sandpoint, Idaho  Azalea Handpicked Style is a woman’s thrift and consignment clothing store and is open Tuesday – Saturday 11am-6pm.

Pauper's Candles features at Azalea in Sandpoint, Idaho

Pauper’s Candles featured at Azalea Handpicked Style in Sandpoint, Idaho

Azalea is caring a variety of Pauper’s Candles. The candle scents that you will find at Azalea are:
Grandpa’s Pipe     Mango Papaya      Che Bella                     Coconut
Ocean Breeze       Basil Sage Mint     Tomato Leaf                Blackberry Sage
Dirt                       Lettuce                  Leather                       Fresh Cut Grass

Azalea Store Window No SignIf you ever want to know what is new at Azalea Handpicked Style, take a look at its Facebook page.  Brooke posts new items several times a week.

We love having our candles at Azalea and know that you will too.

Sold Out :)

We SOLD OUT of our Lemon Blueberry  Pound Cake!

We SOLD OUT of our Lemon Blueberry Pound Cake!

Thank you to all my customers!

Last weekend at my Farmers’ Market in Sandpoint, Idaho, I sold out of my Lemon Blueberry Pound Cake.  I was so excited.  It has taken a little bit for people to know that I am selling some “Homestead” fresh baked goods along with my candles.

Krista at Sandpoint Farmer's Market

Krista at Sandpoint Farmer’s Market

I even had people ask if I had more or if I was out before I could write on my chalk board that I sold out.  I think that I am going to make a sold out sign to put on the board whenever this happens.  How cute will that be!

Next week I am going to bring some more Lemon Blueberry Pound Cake along with my Fudge Brownies.  I will blog about these in a future post.

Krista and Pauper's Sign

Also, I have enjoyed seeing people who have purchased our candles last year and are buying more and also giving them as gifts to their friends.  We are encouraged and are thrilled that you are enjoying our candles!

Again, thank you 🙂

First Farmer’s Market at Sandpoint for 2015

My first Farmer’s Market in Sandpoint was great.  The weather for May in Sandpiont, Idaho is always up for debate.  But this last weekend, one could not have asked for better weather.  It was in the low 70’s and there was a slight breeze.  People were enjoying themselves, while walking through the market.  It was what I call a perfect market day!

Blackberry Sage by Pauper's Candle Company

Blackberry Sage by Pauper’s Candle Company

Blackberry Sage is the candle scent of choice so far this year.  This scent is a little sweet with a touch of “zing” to it.  I have it in my Herb N’ Garden Line.  You can visit my “Square Store” for ordering this candle.

Pauper’s Candle Company is looking forward to a great market season.  If you are ever driving through Sandpoint, Idaho be sure to stop by the Farmer’s Market that runs on Saturdays from 10am-1pm.  I would love to see you there.

OSU Mom’s Weekend: Thank You

Pauper’s Candles had a terrific show at OSU’s Mom’s Weekend.  The weather was perfect.  The crowds were great.  The customers were stellar.  The event coordinators were awesome.   To top off the weekend, I was able to see and stay with my parents.  My dad and mom helped me set up and my mom and I ran the show.

Ever since I have been doing craft/art shows my mom has assisted me whenever she can in my booth selling my candles. Being able to have my mom with me has been such a blessing.

Also in the middle to the show, I received a text.  It was from my husband who was not able to go with me because he was working.  My husband had written me a poem and texted it to me.   It was the icing on the cake you could say to make this show a great experience.

Pauper's Candle Company Scented Soy Wax Candles

Scented Soy Wax Candles By Pauper’s Candle Company

Thank you to my customers and event coordinators for making this a great show.

Until next year…..

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, www.pauperscandles.com

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.

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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.