The holidays have arrived in a big way. Elite Repeat is decked out in its holiday finery, and we invite you to shop soon and often so you don’t miss the best that Stillwater has to offer. Jingle on over! New merchandise is being added daily, but it’s flying off the shelf like Rudolph on a snowboard.
When that clever north wind blows autumn into town, mysteries of the universe appear and disappear, other dimensions unfold before your eyes, and astral planes collide in mid-air. If you have the good fortune to be in Stillwater between now and Oct. 18, you’ll see some spooky manifestations going on in our store window. As you probably know, our store window has always been a vortex of the weird and wonderful.
While most of the items in the window will be available for you to purchase on Monday, Oct. 19, at 10 am, we regret to inform you about one item that is not for sale. The large crystal ball which is the prototype of Madame Rosealba’s high tech iBall Collection and the only one of its kind in the entire multiverse. But Madame Rosealba will reveal all…including how to make your own crystal ball. Most of the materials appear as if by magic right here at Elite Repeat! Scroll past the photos for her instructions. Follow them to the letter and you will soon be holding your own iBall.
To make your own iBall, start by taking a selfie. Edit the photo as desired, but remember, less is more when it comes to ghostly images. Print the photo onto a transparency.
Now you’ll need a piece of glassware. A sphere is the traditional choice, but you can use a jar, a fish bowl, a flower vase, etc. Just be sure the glassware is stable when turned upside down and placed on a flat surface. The iBall in our display was a terrarium in its previous incarnation.
Trim the transparency so that it is is roughly the same shape and size as the interior of your glassware. Roll up the transparency or bend it gently to fit through the opening of your glassware, but be sure not to fold it or you will have unwanted marks haunting your image. Insert it head first (upside down) into the glassware. Adjust the transparency so it is centered in the jar and the photo is not against the glass. The image needs to “float” in the center of the space. Then turn the glassware upside down so that the photo is right side up.
Madame Rosealba had to use a bit of tape at the top of the photo to hold herself in place, so to cover up the tape, she draped ancient, amber jewels from the fabled cave of Ali Baba over the top of the crystal ball. She found these jewels for sale among the bobeches at Elite Repeat.
Your iBall requires no special care, but you may like to select an elegant stand or pedestal on which to display it. A silk scarf wrapped around the base of your glassware can also enhance display of your iBall.
Among other treasures in our window are a ghost ship, the Sword of Truth (with Certificate of Authenticity), a seeing-eye plant named Iris, the astonishing Sphere of Steampunk, and other equally mind-boggling Treasures for the Witching Season.
“You have the best bargains in town!” said one of our shoppers today. A lot of people must have agreed with her because Elite Repeat was buzzing with activity. We have half-price sales on selected household items, linens, clothes and arts & crafts supplies. Our dollar rack is jammed with great clothing items as are all the other racks and shelves of merchandise. Even if it’s not on sale you’ll still get the best prices anywhere! The sales runs today through Sat., July 25, when we close at 5 pm. Come in, cool off and find a great deal!
Sunday, June 21, is Father’s Day, and nothing says, “You taught me to be thrifty,” like a gift from Elite Repeat. If you don’t tell him where you bought it, he’ll think you splurged. Come in and see what we have to offer. Here are a few examples:
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.