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December 2011 Newsletter
Merry Christmas!

Dear __NAME__

Welcome to the spring edition of the Kashgar newsletter! The Christmas season is fast approaching and as usual threatens to take us all unawares. It’s a time we love at Kashgar – and not just because it the busiest time of the retail year.  Rather, we see it as a time for catching up with friends, entertaining at home, trips to the beach and long picnics in the park. Christmas means something different to everyone, and however you choose to spend it, we hope it is a time of joy and peace for you.

For the majority of us, it’s also a time for additional shopping, a task that we at Kashgar can certainly help you with!  This year, we will be trading up to 5pm on Christmas Eve and throughout the holiday season, closing only on Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Years Day.  You can find our entire list of holiday trading hours here on our website.

If you can’t make it into the store yourself but know someone who’d love something special from Kashgar, you can purchase a huge selection of our stock directly online via credit card or Paypal, including gift certificates available in lots of handy denominations, or simply give us a call – if you have a credit card we can do any transaction over the phone.  We can deliver most of our stock to anywhere in Australia or internationally, or you can elect to pick up your purchases from Bondi Junction for free.  We can also gift wrap anything smaller than a breadbox for you, along with a personal message (if ordering your gift online, just enter your message into the Comments section and we'll do the rest).  Remember, to make sure your gifts arrive in time for Christmas, don't leave your shopping till the last moment!

alabaster from Egypt

indian silver plated trays

tea pot and tea bowl sets

In other news, all our new stock is completely unpacked and out on the floor. This year we have some really different and beautiful pieces including a range of ceramic vases and plates from South Africa, oil burners, hand cut alabaster bowls from Egypt, framed vintage Cuba cloths from Ghana, Moroccan glasses, large silver plated trays from India, gorgeous stainless steel lanterns, French Provincial stoneware candlesticks, Chinese bowl and tea sets and some beautiful rattan and split bamboo place mats. Coupled with our usual favourites - crystal selinite tea light holders, hands of Buddha, old Indian deity statues and all your favourite jewellery items, you’re sure to find a special gift here. This year we also have more stocking stuffers than ever before, including a new range of scented soaps from Australian manufacturer Tilley’s at only $2 per bar, and an assortment of premium incenses in sticks and cones ranging from $2 to $9, all beautifully packaged and with a range of different holders to match.

oil burner

Moroccan glasses set of six

rattan place mats

Due to popular demand, we are also maintaining our informal Gift Registry. The idea is that you can come in and pick out something for yourself that you'd love to receive as a gift. You can then send your significant other, offspring or parents in to buy it for you, instead of relying on the usual range of hints, threats and innuendo. Sure, you can always exchange an unwanted gift, but why not let them get it right the first time? This way you won’t be disappointed when receive that 19th century tongue scraper instead of the silver and emerald earrings you REALLY wanted.

navajo bracelet

Stumped for a gift? Try a gift certificate!

apatite and jasper necklace

So that you can get a head start on your Christmas shopping, we’re holding our Christmas shopping night on Thursday 8th December, extending our usual 7pm closure until 9pm for your convenience. As always, there will be exclusive offers available on the night, so drop in and pick up a special piece at a bargain price or spend over $100 on the night to receive a free gift – just remember to mention this newsletter when you come in!

One last news item – this year, Kashgar are helping to support Twenty10, a wonderful not-for-profit organisation based in Newtown, which (amongst other things) supports GLBTQI youth who are homeless. We can only imagine how hard it must be to live rough over the festive season, without the love of family and friends, food or even basic amenities. Twenty10 makes sure these kids have what they need during this time - essentials like food and toiletries, but also the knowledge that someone out there cares.  And to help them help the kids, Kashgar and friends are organising a raffle for three hampers, all of the items donated by generous individuals and companies, with the proceeds from the raffle going directly to Twenty10 as a cash donation.  Kashgar is popping a gift voucher worth $30 into each hamper, plus a little sample bag of soaps and incenses.  Google have also very kindly come to the party with a range of goodies including USB thumb drives, beach towels and USB webcams.  If you would like to make a donation to the hampers, or simply buy a ticket to be in the winning of one, you can do so by popping in to our Bondi Junction store before Friday 2nd December. All tickets are $1 each. Alternatively, come along to the draw, to be held on Sunday 4th December at 6pm at the Queens Hotel at 167 Enmore Road, Enmore. We would love to see you there!


Kashgar singing bowls

And finally, in the spirit of the season, I bring you our latest pick of unsuitable Christmas gift ideas: the Gingerdead Men Cookie, a site that shows you how to make your own reindeer and elf poop snacks, some of the creepiest dolls you’ll ever see outside of your own nightmares, doggy doo doo Christmas tree ornaments, and the baby tree costume. And if you haven’t seen it before, you may also wish to read up on our Christmas Shopping Survival Guide - just a little something we've put together to help you get through the silly season.

Santa on his way

Finally, from all of us here at Kashgar, we would like to wish you and your loved ones a very happy festive season, full of cheer, yummy food and further interest rate reductions.  And thank you for your support in what has again been a very interesting year for us all.  See you in 2012, drive carefully and stay safe!


Linda and Phoenix say Merry Christmas!

Linda Heaphy

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