A New Year, A New You!

Today’s theme for the display in our large window display covers reading, cooking and exercise–all of which we encourage you to do.  And to jump-start your resolution for self-improvement, we have everything you need.  Our smaller window is a reminder that Valentine’s Day is just around the corner.  Our windows are only the beginning.  Step inside to warm up and explore.

Turquoise candles and crystal--a perfect winter tablescape.

Turquoise candles and crystal–a perfect winter tablescape.

 

Cozy up in one of our sweaters. We have a fine selection of coats, too!

Cozy up in one of our sweaters. We have a fine selection of coats, too!

This alpaca blanket or wall-hanging is vintage Peruvian.  The sculpted fleece is luxuriously soft and in perfect condition.  Pictured is a detail of the center of this 6' x 6' work of art.

This alpaca blanket or wall-hanging is vintage Peruvian. The sculpted fleece is luxuriously soft and in perfect condition. Pictured is a detail of the center of this 6′ x 6′ work of art.

 

Creative and artistic--it all begins in our craft section. We have fabric, yarn, kits, buttons, books, and our famous Art Parts.

Creative and artistic–it all begins in our craft section. We have fabric, yarn, kits, buttons, books, and our famous Art Parts.

 

How about brightening up February with a Valentine tea. You won't have to break the bank to do up your tea party in high style!

How about brightening up February with a Valentine tea. You won’t have to break the bank to do up your tea party in high style!

 

Watch this space. For watches, sterling & gold jewelry of all kinds, and our finer costume jewelry, be sure to check out the display cases near the check-out counter.

Watch this space. For watches, sterling & gold jewelry of all kinds, and our finer costume jewelry, be sure to check out the display cases near the check-out counter.

 

Check out our men's wear.

Check out our men’s wear.

 

Hibernation is more fun with a pile of good books.

Hibernation is more fun with a pile of good books.

 

 

Deck Your Halls

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.

Who says Santa prefers red and green. In his more introspective moods, he wraps up with pink and sage.

Who says Santa prefers red and green? In his more introspective moods, he wraps up with pink and sage.

This fuzzy little guy will melt your heart.

This fuzzy little guy will melt your heart.

Throw yourself into the holidays. Then, when your busy day is done, you can throw one of these cozy blankets over you. Note to self: include hot cocoa.

Throw yourself into the holidays. Then, when your busy day is done, you can throw one of these cozy blankets over you. Note to self: include hot cocoa.

Santa gets his groove on.

Santa gets his groove on.

Signs and Wonders

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.

Madame Rosealba speaks. Scroll down for DYI crystal ball instructions.

Madame Rosealba speaks. Scroll down for DIY crystal ball instructions.

 

A sign from beyond the void: Art Deco picture frames are beautiful voices from the past.

A sign from beyond the void: Art Deco picture frames are beautiful voices from the past.

 

Got balls?

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.

 

 

Krazy Daze Sale

“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!

Father’s Day is on the way!

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:

Made in Mexico, wooden saddle tree.

Made in Mexico, wooden saddle tree.

3/4 size Fender Squier guitar with soft case.

3/4 size Fender Squier guitar with soft case.

Beautiful, woven Kente cloth from Ghana.

Beautiful, woven Kente cloth from Ghana.

I'm keeping an eye on you.

I’m keeping an eye on you.

One of 4 panels of an original acrylic painting.

One of 4 panels of an original acrylic painting.

 

Coyote on Main St.

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.

This beautiful coyote will be available for purchase to the first person in line when the doors open on Mon., April 6.

SOLD:  This beautiful coyote takes center stage in our window and will be available for purchase to the first person in line when the doors open on Mon., April 6.

This week's window is packed with Western decor.

SOLD:  This week’s window is packed with Western decor.

Good advice at a price you can afford.

SOLD:  Good advice at a price you can afford.

Sign of the Times

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.

Jax Sign

The Longest Week of the Year

Dear Customers,

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!

Sincerely,

The Volunteers of Elite Repeat

This is the old, very collectible Fiestaware.  Feast your eyes on those gorgeous colors!

This is the old, very collectible Fiestaware. Feast your eyes on those gorgeous colors!

Casually elegant.  Or elegantly casual.  Whatever you decide to call it, it's definitely a classic.

Casually elegant. Or elegantly casual. Whatever you decide to call it, it’s definitely a classic.

Art Parts and hundreds of other items are sorted, bagged and ready for you to carry home to your craft cave.  You'll find beads, buttons, sterling silver, knitting supplies, paper craft tools, sewing notions, woodies, floral, ribbons and trinkets of all kinds are waiting for you.

Art Parts and hundreds of other craft items are sorted, bagged and ready for you to carry home to your craft cave. You’ll find beads, buttons, sterling silver, knitting supplies, paper craft tools, sewing notions, woodies, floral, ribbons and trinkets of all kinds waiting for you.

This sweet old tin is in the vintage room.

This sweet old tin is in the vintage room.

If you're fast, you may be the lucky person who buys this hand-pieced flower garden quilt top.  It's located in our vintage room with lots of other treasures.

If you’re fast, you may be the lucky person who buys this hand-pieced flower garden quilt top. It’s located in our vintage room with lots of other treasures.

"See, how she leans her cheek upon her hand!  Oh, that I were a glove upon that hand, that I might touch that cheek."  Shakespeare We have gloves.

“See, how she leans her cheek upon her hand! Oh, that I were a glove upon that hand, that I might touch that cheek.” Shakespeare
We have gloves.

We bet you don't have a shower curtain like this one!  If you buy it, you can go wee-wee-wee all the way home!

We bet you don’t have a shower curtain like this one! If you buy it, you can go wee-wee-wee all the way home!

Football-ready leather sofa and armchair.  Ultra-comfortable, especially during overtime!

Football-ready leather sofa and armchair. Ultra-comfortable, especially during overtime!

The Ghost of Christmas Past will like our after-Christmas sale.  Everything holiday related is half off.

The Ghost of Christmas Past will like our after-Christmas sale. Everything holiday related is half off.

Look at that Frosty go!  Say "goodbye", Frosty!

Look at that Frosty go! Say “goodbye”, Frosty!

 

Caged In

Polly wanna condo?

Handcrafted of solid brass and copper, this bird cage with bird bath base was handcrafted by James J. Durant.  It stands 80" tall.  The cage lifts off the base.

Handcrafted of solid brass and copper, this bird cage with bird bath base was handcrafted by James J. Durant. It stands 80″ tall. The cage lifts off the base.  A plexiglass disk protects the floor and the copper is sealed to protect it from discoloration.  Easy clean up with mild detergent and warm water.

Flights of Fancy

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.

"Mercury" by the Ansonia Clock Company, c. 1886-1894.  An 8-day clock with gong to strike the hours.  The mechanism works and is in good condition.  Winding key included.

SOLD – “Mercury” by the Ansonia Clock Company, c. 1886-1894. An 8-day clock with gong to strike the hours. The mechanism works and is in good condition. Winding key included.

Not just another pretty face...this one belongs to the "Mercury" figural clock made by the  Ansonia Clock Co., a major American clockmaker of the 19th century.

Not just another pretty face…this one belongs to the “Mercury” figural clock made by the
Ansonia Clock Co., a major American clockmaker of the 19th century.

A pensive, young god.  This detail of the Ansonia Clock Company's "Mercury" clock shows the artist's attention to detail.

A pensive, young god. This detail of the Ansonia Clock Company’s “Mercury” clock shows the artist’s attention to detail.

This photo shows some of the imperfections in the aged finish.  Note the wings on Mercury's helmet--the right one is broken off, but what's that critter perched on the top of the helmet?

This photo shows some of the imperfections in the aged finish. Note the wings on Mercury’s helmet–the right one is broken off, but what’s that critter perched on the top of the helmet?

A detail of the clock base.

A detail of the clock base.