Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Handmade gifts

If you've ever stopped by Bluebird Books, you've probably seen some of the really great items that were designed and handcrafted by Leah, Laura G. and Victoria. With the holidays quickly approaching I thought I'd share their Etsy shops with you...

Our Yellow House

Ex Libris Handmade

Birds are Beautiful

Wow, it's been a while

So I haven't been very good about keeping this blog.

Anyway, I'm running a sale on books at the shop. For book purchases over $10 customers get a 20 percent discount - and teachers get 40 percent. The sale ends November 30 and doesn't include Victoria's notebooks.

Speaking of Victoria, she got noticed on Cool Mom Picks

Just a reminder...November 15 is Buy Local Day in the Capital District and "At the Warehouse" is full of local vendors and artists.

Sunday, May 18, 2008

Calling all teachers, librarians and homeschoolers

Starting Memorial Day Weekend and going through the end of June, all teachers, librarians and homeschooling parents get 50 percent of all published books (this doesn't include Victoria's beautiful handmade cloth books, sorry). Just mention that you saw this announcement. Tell your friends and family!

Thursday, May 15, 2008


Recently I was checking out one of my favorite blogs and noticed tucked down in the corner a link to an essay read for public radio by Celina. I thought it was so great that I wanted to share it, but I couldn't figure out how to create a direct link, so here's the link to her site. The essay is called "Choose your words CAREFULLY." Scroll down a bit; it's on the right side. Enjoy.

Friday, April 25, 2008

Good news, bad news

The good news is that Leah, Laura and Victoria, the awesome artists who have their beautiful handiwork for sale at Bluebird Books have been accepted to the Renegade Craft Fair in Brooklyn this summer.

The bad news is they will probably have to take some of their stuff out of the shop to bring with them. I'm really happy for them though!

On another note, Laura brought in some small tote bags that have handles long enough to wear over the shoulder. I don't carry a purse so this bag is perfect for running errands - it's just big enough for a cell phone, check book and a notebook, but not big enough to get bogged down with the stuff that collects in a purse. Plus it's really cute.

In other news, Michelle of The Good Leaf is opening another shop - this one on Lark Street. Thankfully she's keeping the warehouse location open!

Monday, April 21, 2008

Directions to warehouse

The warehouse is located in North Albany just off Broadway, behind Miss Albany Diner, at 20 Learned Street.

From outside Albany, take 90 to 787 South and take the Clinton Avenue exit (4B, I think). Make right onto Broadway (North). Go 1/2 mile to North Ferry Street, which is just before Miss Albany Diner. Take right on North Ferry then quick left onto Learned. The warehouse has parking lots on both the South and North side. One lot will probably be closed to accomodate animals, but I'm not sure which one yet.

I think you can also take exit 4A off 787, but for me the directions above are less confusing.

Monday, April 14, 2008

Animal Awareness Day Update

Llamas, alpacas, cats, bunnies, dogs, birds, K-9 and mounted police will be at Animal Awareness day at the warehouse Saturday, April 26 from 10-4.

There will also be representatives from local animal agencies, pet adoption and spay/neuter clinics. There will be a discussion about animal acupuncture, story telling, and the Albany library's Bookmobile.

My friend Kathy will be there with Scruff (Spaying Capital Region’s Unowned Feral Felines, which is a feral-cat rescue group made up entirely of dedicated volunteers who support trap-neuter-return (TNR) programs that help save the lives of homeless cats and reduce feral colonies.

And as I mentioned in an earlier post, I'll have lots of books about animals.

Thursday, March 27, 2008

Metroland, New York Magazine and Brownstoner trifecta

It's been a big media month for the warehouse.

At the Warehouse got some nice coverage in this week's Metroland.

Silver Fox also was mentioned in New York Magazine and Brownstoner. They'll be at the Brooklyn Flea once a month. Camille and Fred do a wonderful job getting the word out about the warehouse.

Friday, March 21, 2008


Leah brought in some really cute shirts (the photos look a lot better on her blog than mine). They are in sizes 2 and 3. I've already had requests for adult sizes...

We're also looking forward to some beautiful new cloth books by another local craftser. The soft books have appliqued designs and use repurposed fabrics. Victoria brought some samples in last weekend - they are really sweet.

Both Leah and Victoria will be selling at the Old Songs festival in June, and possibly in Brooklyn too. Leah has had a booth at the Renegade craft fair before. I'd love to get to that event.

Coming up April 26 I'll be bringing out all kinds of animal-themed books to go along with Animal Awareness Day (the following is copied from a note local librarian Scott Jarzombek sent around - He'll be reading at the library event that day)


Albany Public Library and At The Warehouse are joining forces on
Saturday April 26th from 10AM to 4PM to present the Library's second
Animal Awareness Day. The key to this unusual partnership is RESCUE; the rescue of animal companions, the rescue of a community's history and the library as a source of helpful information for pets and their people.

Sarah Clark and Veronica Thomas, librarians at the Albany Public
Library, started Animal Awareness Day last year at the Main Library on
Washington Avenue to showcase libraries as a resource provider for
people with pets. Many people fail to realize the various issues
connected to animal rescue. Among them are animal abandonment due to behavior, the link between animal abuse and domestic violence and the need for low cost spay/neuter resources and pet friendly housing. Online and book sources are available to library users to help with all these issues and more.

The 2008 Animal Awareness Day's offsite location came about when it was discovered that At The Warehouse managers, Camille Gibeau and Fred Shapiro, were hosting pet adoption clinics along with the vendors, crafters, musicians and historical architectural salvage at their warehouse on Learned Street in downtown Albany.

Among the groups represented will be the Animal Protective Foundation, Mohawk Hudson Humane Society, Scales and Tails, The Cat Care Coalition, Guilderhaven, SCRUFF, the Upstate House Rabbit Society, Capital District Caged Bird Society, C.A.T.S. , WynCrest Farms Alpacas and Llamas, the Albany Police K-9 and Mounted Unit and Susan Hamlin – Animal Communicator.

The APL Bookmobile will be attendance with Tess the APL reading dog as well as Miss Siggy local dog author and service dog, an animal tales storytime and a live veterinary acupuncture demonstration by Dr. Pamela Scerba of Veterinary Wellness.

Monday, March 10, 2008


Just a few more weeks until we can count on more days over freezing than below. I am definitely ready for that.

Leah will be bringing in some new items for the warmer weather. You can check out her new blog to see what she's working on: www.ouryellowhouse.typepad.com

Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Love and Chocolate - February 9

The merchants At the Warehouse always love what we do, but we love it even more when there’s plenty of chocolate around. Stop by Saturday, February 9 between 10am - 3 pm to see what we have to offer for Valentine’s Day gifts:

Red Thread Confections handcrafted artisan chocolate – Local chocolatier Annika Pfluger uses organic, fair trade or local ingredients where ever possible to make her beautiful chocolates. A portion of their profits go to help children in need. http://redthreadconfections.com
The Good Leaf will be showcasing chocolate and floral teas, as well as hot chocolate. Owner Michelle Marks can help you put together beautiful wedding and shower favors too. www.goodleaftea.com
Scruff will have a chocolate and bake sale to help feral and unowned cats – Scruff (Spaying Capital Region’s Unowned Feral Felines) is a feral-cat rescue group made up entirely of dedicated volunteers who support trap-neuter-return (TNR) programs that help save the lives of homeless cats and reduce feral colonies.
A Bun in the Oven will offer chocolate-dipped strawberries and extra chocolate all-natural and organic baked goods, as well as fair trade coffee
Apothecary Rose Shed is featuring Hudson River Hot Spots BBQ Mole sauce in addition to their organic bulk herbs and spices
Sistah’s of Albany has Valentine’s Day-inspired vintage-style aprons that will heat things up in the kitchen
A Candle Station & More has created special themed items for the occasion http://www.acandlestation.com/
The FamiLee Jewels will work with you to create custom-designed pieces for weddings, proms and special occasions http://www.thefamileejewels.com/
• Bring the kids by Bluebird Books, gently used children’s books, to make an old-fashioned Valentine www.bluebirdbookshop.blogspot.com
gemmesduterre will have lovely chocolate truffles and Valentine’s Day jewelry
Carol Kovler has handmade paper cards and pressed flower picture frames

“At the Warehouse” is an eclectic community of small businesses that share one thing in common – we have a passion for what we do. Our winter market also includes delicious local foods from Cascade Mountain Winery, Four Brothers Goat Dairy, Center Square Honey (http://centersqhoney.livejournal.com/) and Dines Farms, as well as unique home d├ęcor from Silver Fox Architectural Salvage, Lars Turin’s Fine art pottery and sculpture, and wooden home accessories by KG Concepts.

At the Warehouse is located at:
20 Learned St. in North Albany
(behind Miss Albany Diner)