Window Dressing

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!

 

This week's window showcases some of the vintage household items you'll find in the store.  Items in the windows go on sale at 10 am the following Monday that they are displayed.

This week’s window showcases some of the vintage household items you’ll find in the store. Items in the windows go on sale at 10 am the following Monday that they are displayed.

Oh, baby!  You can have instant ancestors when you purchase the photos in our window.  They'll be available for purchase at 10 am on Mon., March 2, 2015.

Oh, baby! You can have instant ancestors when you purchase the photos in our window. They’ll be available for purchase at 10 am on Mon., March 2, 2015.

Home is wherever I'm with you.

Home is wherever I’m with you.

Inside the shop you're find a table with dozens of pieces in this pattern.  The set includes plates, coffee & tea cups, saucers, and lots of unusual serving pieces.

Inside the shop you’ll find a table with dozens of pieces in this pattern. The set includes plates, coffee & tea cups, saucers, and lots of unusual serving pieces.

Swallows and willows adorn this stunning, post-war dinnerware.

Swallows and willows adorn this stunning, post-war dinnerware.  Made in Japan.

 

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Cozy & Warm

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.

 

Textiles from around the world are available in our Linen Department.

Textiles from around the world are available in our Linen Department.

This is the year…

Yes, this is the year you will write your book.  Is it a novel?  A travel journal?  A nostalgic look at low-tech?  In the best traditions of great writers of the past, you need a Remington Portable Model 5.  You can take it into the field or set it up at a sidewalk cafe.  Scoff at anyone who stares–this sweet thing is a lot cheaper than an iPad.  No bulky screen.  Keyboard and printer all in one!

This beautiful machine is a Remington Portable Model 5.  It's in working order and has a case.  The case has paid its dues, but the machine is in very good condition.  Cleaned and oiled.  Yours for $65.

SOLD – This beautiful machine is a Remington Portable Model 5 typewriter. It’s in working order and has a case. The case has paid its dues, but the machine is in very good condition. Cleaned and oiled. Yours for $30.

Here’s to another 10 years!

Our heartfelt thanks go to donors, customers and volunteers for a decade of awesome service to our community.  Celebrate with us today for the past 10 years of providing treasures in the form of delightful items to sell, the opportunity to know our customers and the blessing of being able to transform your donations and hard work into money that gets pumped right back into our community.  Thank you for your support over the past 10 years, and hang on for another 10, because the ride isn’t over yet!

SOLD – Art Deco Bird of Paradise Dessert Set. Each cup is a different design. Slight signs of wear, but otherwise it’s in very good condition.

Art Deco Luminescence

Sabino Art Glass, made in Paris in the 1920s and 30s, is a luminescent blueish white and so full of Art Deco class that it will make you feel like a connoisseur just for looking at it! This collection includes a squirrel, butterfly, dove and ring of birds.  Also is a bowl in the swallows design and one in the sea urchin pattern.  The atomizer is “Orchidee.”  The boudoir box is the “Fleurs” pattern, and the small bottle is “Frivolities,” which features pairs of scantily-clad ladies frolicking.  Outside.  And they’re old enough to know better.  Come in to the shop and check out this lovely display.

SOLD.   Sabino Art Glass, c. 1920s – 1930s. Made in Paris.

Colores del Pueblo

Colores del Pueblo, a signed serigraph by acclaimed American artist Amado Peña, is available for purchase at Elite Repeat for $500.  This work was created in 1988 and has a replacement value of $2,000.

Mr. Peña is recognized as an Artisan of the Pascua Yaqui Tribe of Arizona, an especially high honor.  His distinguished career includes works in the permanent collection of the National Museum of American Art of the Smithsonian Institution.  His artwork hangs in museums and public spaces from Mexico to the People’s Republic of China.  He has been featured in the news media as well as in textbooks, and he has served as an artist in residence, guest speaker and teacher numerous times throughout his career.

He has a long-standing, personal commitment to volunteerism and has served in many capacities for charities such as March of Dimes and Easter Seals, to name only two from a long list of organizations that have benefited from his generous spirit.  If you would like to learn more about Mr. Peña and his work, please visit his studio gallery web site at www.penagallery.com.

Our great thanks to the staff of Peña Studio Gallery, Santa Fe, NM,  for their generous assistance in helping us identify this work of art.

SOLD - Southwest American Art. Amado Peña, Colores del Pueblo, 1988, signed serigraph II/X. Matted and framed.

Mother Earth’s Children

The Frolics of the Fruits and Vegetables…This beautiful book, written by Elizabeth Gordon and published in 1914, is the source of these wonderful pages.  Alas, they are a book no more, but Mother Earth’s Children still delights.  In addition to the three illustrations shown here, we also have Pomegranate, Little Miss Sugar Cane, the Mustard children, Cauliflower, Mrs. Quince, Mother Pear and her twins, Banana, Cashew, Watermelon, Olive, the Popcorn children, Herr und Frau Cabbage, Apple, Fig and the little Rice ladies.  Each page has a different illustration on each side.  They are displayed for sale in the arts and crafts section of the store along with a selection of vintage books for your browsing pleasure.  So frolic!

Miss Parsley graces one side of this page and Miss Cucumber (not pictured) is on the other.

Genial Mrs. Wheat. On the reverse is baby Citron.

The sweet and juicy Currant ladies on the front and Brussels Sprout and Horseradish on the back.

Another Round

In the 1300s, the bubonic plague swept through Europe killing millions of people.  In the late 1400s, little flies swarmed Central Europe during the summers.  To improve food sanitation conditions and allay fears of the return of the Black Death, some principalities in what is now Germany passed laws that required all food and beverage containers to be covered.  A hinged lid with a thumb lift was added to the humble mug and an icon was born.  Stoneware steins with pewter lids caught on and are still popular today.

A collection of beer steins and mugs is available at the shop for your drinking pleasure!