On offer in the display case near the cash register you’ll find some very interesting ephemera including the items below. The cover page from an 1825 natural history book is in very good condition. On close inspection of the detailed illustration, you’ll find several interesting scenes all happening at once not the least of which includes harpoon fishermen flying through the air along with their boat which has been knocked out of the water by a spouting whale.
We’ve displayed a number of interesting and unusual items in our windows since we opened in 2002, but this week’s window may win the prize for generating the most interest and causing quite a stir on Main Street. This may not be your typical Easter weekend window, but it’s definitely a howliday when we have a coyote in the window.
If you are a regular visitor to our shop, you probably know that the windows are decorated every week on Mondays. For 13 years, one of our very creative volunteers, Betty T., decorated our store windows. Many of you have come to know her through her dedication and talent for bringing together artistic and gorgeous windows from the eclectic, and sometimes sketchy, spread of items in our store. She even has a following of customers who come by the store specifically to see what she comes up with every week. Betty has decided to hand over the reins, so she won’t be designing windows anymore, though she’ll still be volunteering at the shop. It now takes a team of 6 window dressers to fill Betty’s shoes. Betty, we salute you for a job well done!
Linens are one of our specialties. We sell bed, bath, kitchen and lots of other kinds of linens. In our Linen Department you’ll find bargains both gently used and brand new. The best part of our Linen Department, though, is the international textiles. You’ll find 100% wool blankets and throws from Ireland, Canada and the US along side cotton and wool wall hangings, wraps, dresser scarves and other decor. Some are handwoven and others are not, but they all offer beautiful ways to decorate your home.
Last year someone donated a Jax Beer sign to Elite Repeat. Jax Beer originated in Jacksonville, FL, in 1913, and was sold more than once. The rights were eventually acquired by Jackson Brewing Co. of New Orleans. To make a long story short, a quick bit of research by our savvy volunteers dug up a likely buyer located at, you guessed it, Jackson Brewery Bistro Bar in New Orleans. They bought the sign, had it shipped and hung it in one of their dining areas.
Last month, one of our store managers, Marie Hesser, was in the neighborhood and decided to look up the establishment to see what happened to the sign. She introduced herself to the owners and received a warm welcome! Below is a photo of Marie and the Jax Beer sign.
We have received a trove of sheet music spanning the 1920s through the 1960s. It’s priced and ready for you to take home. The best and most beautiful are some Jazz Age pieces, pictured below, which are as priceless for the music and era they document as they are for the artwork on their covers. We’ve included links so you can hear and enjoy them the way they were meant to be played — by big, bold, brassy bands, jumpy ragtime piano players and crooning vocalists.
We also have some rare sheet music from Sinatra, Elvis, The Shirelles, Earl Grant, Doris Day and lots of others. You’ll be able to find the rare or fragile music in the display case near the cash register, the others are in our vintage treasure room.
And by the way, we acknowledge with gratitude the people responsible for maintaining the links we posted in the captions below.
We know that the week between Christmas and New Years Day is the longest one of the year for you. It’s during this time that we close our doors for a little while so that we can restock our shelves with new, interesting, fun and (best of all) inexpensive merchandise. We know how hard it is for you to wait until we reopen because we see you pressing your nose to our window. We hear you rattling our door. We’ve seen your tears when you read the sign saying we’re closed until Jan. 2. We feel your pain.
Be strong, dear friends! The big day is almost here. We’re working like crazy to get the store ready for you. It may help you cope to see some photos of what you’ll find if you’re one of the first through the door on on Friday, Jan. 2, at 10 am.
And if it’s any consolation, we missed you, too!
The Volunteers of Elite Repeat
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The Roman god Mercury was the patron of financial gain, commerce, luck, trickery, messages and communication. His figure graces this extraordinary clock that has been donated to Elite Repeat. Truly a treasure of America’s Gilded Age, this piece by the Ansonia Clock Company was made sometime between 1886 and 1894. It has received meticulous maintenance, documented by handwritten notes which came with the clock. The clock mechanism has been checked out and is in good working order. The exterior of the clock shows some signs of age, and one of the wings on Mercury’s helmet has been broken off. The sound of the gong is rich and mellow. This clock must surely have represented affluence and elegance when it was new, and it does no less today.