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'Tis the season

Robin Long, co-owner of Sun Prairie Trading Company, offers a wide selection of holiday decorations.  - Photo by Jesse Beals
Robin Long, co-owner of Sun Prairie Trading Company, offers a wide selection of holiday decorations.
— image credit: Photo by Jesse Beals

Orange jack-o-lanterns, witches’ hats and black spiders will soon give way to pilgrims and turkeys.

And Sun Prairie Trading Company next to Macy’s in Kitsap Mall in Silverdale is more than ready for the holiday season.

Robin Long and her mother, Karen Curtis, have owned Sun Prairie Trading Company for 15 years. The mother-daughter team first opened the store in Ritzville, Wash., but moved to the Kitsap Mall seven years ago. Long’s husband works at Puget Sound Naval Shipyard so the family packed up and moved to Kitsap County.

“We just wanted a new location,” Long said. “It was a logical move.”

Sun Prairie Trading Company began displaying Halloween merchandise in September and Thanksgiving and Christmas items Oct. 1.

“There’s nothing like hitting them all at the same time,” Long said with a smile.

She and her mother have traveled to Atlanta, Dallas, Los Angeles, New York and many other locations throughout the years searching for new items to sell at Sun Prairie Trading Company.

“We always go to at least one of the major shows each year,” she said. “We’ve been doing this for a long time, so people come to us now.”

Long said people are into home decor during Halloween, searching for signs, silhouettes and other festive decorations to dress up their homes.

Sun Prairie Trading Company also has Thanksgiving items for sale. Long said people typically search for table decorations to dress up their holiday table.

As with many businesses, Christmas is a busy time of year for Sun Prairie Trading Company. Long said they begin searching early for Christmas items. While others are winding down from the holiday, Long and her mother begin searching for new items in January.

“Over the years you kind of make some educated guesses, luckily we go to market early,” she said. “We kind of build all year for Christmas.”

Long said this year’s Christmas decorating trend revolves around color groups. People buy ornaments in various color groups including oranges, browns and golds as well as antique silvers, soft blues and sages.

Sun Prairie Trading Company sells glass and shatterproof ornaments. Long is not displaying the ornaments on Christmas trees this year, but hanging ornament-clad wreaths from the ceiling. This allows more floor space to display other items, according to Long.

“We don’t take any of our regular merchandise out at the holiday time, we just shove more in,” she said.

Sun Prairie Trading Company sells a variety of name-brand ornaments including Old World Christmas, Baldwin and Christopher Radko items. Sun Prairie Trading Company is the only supplier of Christopher Radko in Kitsap County.

“I try to offer different options because everyone has a different budget,” Long said.

Sun Prairie Trading Company has an extensive collection of Jim Shore’s resin figurines including Santa statues and nativities. They also carry Russian hand-carved and hand-painted Christmas figurines that cost between $35 and $200.

“These are very traditional, they’ve been around for a long time,” Long said.

Sun Prairie Trading Company offers many ideas for gifts including festive paper napkins, tea towels, “recipe” flour sack towels, candles, diffusers and traditional blown-glass ornaments in acrylic boxes.

“We can put everything here in complementary gift bags so you can go to the party and not have to worry about wrapping,” Long said.

Sun Prairie Trading Company also sells children’s books, backpacks and educational toys.

“I only buy toys that kids are going to get something out of,” Long said.

Although the holiday season is hectic for local business owners, Long said she enjoys the busy time of year and meeting new customers.

“You just gear up for it,” she said. “Honestly, I’m fully exhausted by the end, but you just gear up for it. The energy is fun.”

Before or after shopping at Sun Prairie Trading Company, customers can enjoy a cup of coffee from Fraiche Cup. Fraiche Cup and Sun Prairie Trading Company share the space next to Macy’s.

“It’s two reasons to walk in the store,” Long said. “It works great for us.”

Sun Prairie carries an array of product lines for every type of customer and budget.

“If you can’t find a gift here, I don’t know where you’re going to find one,” Long said.

Sun Prairie Trading Company

Kitsap Mall next to Macy’s

(360) 692-6264

Monday-Saturday

10 a.m.-9 p.m.

Sunday

11 a.m.-6 p.m.

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