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Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Depression Age 1930's**Fashionista Christmas Cards**

Depression Age Christmas Cards had a very Fashionable Edge.
The clothing shown in these vintage card illustrations is often stylized and a bit romanticized, but looking at them, you can still get a good idea of the fashion trends of the day.

All of the cards shown here are from the Great Depression of the 1930s.

Even though many people were either making their clothing from cheap fabrics like feedsack or just plain doing without, the clothes depicted in vintage cards from this era were often extravagant, with fur trimming on coats and suits. Gloves were not illustrated to show their functionality but were treated as huge decorated gauntlets. And hats were not just for warmth; they were high fashion fantasies.

These cards also show fun and bliss being had by all,great for chearing one up. It is the hopes and dreams that keep people going in tough times, so the cards were like little promises of better times ahead.

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Is There A Santa Claus ?

A true published account of a child dealing with the possibility that there is not a Santa Claus and how her grandmother convinced her other wise. This reminds me of when I questioned my mother who informed me that as long as I believed, then Santa would bring me a gift, if I choose not to believe then he would not. To this day I believe in Santa, and every Christmas morning I find an unwrapped present from Santa under the tree!
Now a most inspiring story

I remember my first Christmas adventure with Grandma. I was just a kid.
I remember tearing across town on my bike to visit her on the day my big sister dropped the bomb: "There is no Santa Claus," she jeered. "Even dummies know that!"

My Grandma was not the gushy kind,never had been. I fled to her that day because I knew she would be straight with me. I knew Grandma always told the
truth, and I knew that the truth always went down a whole lot easier when swallowed with one of her "world-famous" cinnamon buns. I knew they were world-famous, because Grandma said so. It had to be true.

Grandma was home, and the buns were still warm. Between bites, I told her everything. She was ready for me. "No Santa Claus?" she snorted ...."Ridiculous! Don't believe it. That rumor has been going around for years, and it makes me mad, plain mad!! Now, put on your coat, and let's go." "Go? Go where, Grandma?" I asked. I hadn't even finished my second world-famous cinnamon bun.

"Where" turned out to be Kerby's General Store, the one store in town that had a little bit of just about everything. As we walked through its doors, Grandma handed me ten dollars. That was a bundle in those days. "Take this
money," she said, "and buy something for someone who needs it. I'll wait for you in the car." Then she turned and walked out of Kerby's.

I was only eight years old. I'd often gone shopping with my mother, but never had I shopped for anything all by myself. The store seemed big and crowded,full of people scrambling to finish their Christmas shopping.

For a few moments I just stood there,confused, clutching that ten-dollar bill, wondering what to buy, and who on earth to buy it for. I thought of everybody I knew: my family, my friends, my neighbors, the kids at school, the people who went to my church.

I was just about thought out, when I suddenly thought of Bobby Decker. He was a kid with bad breath and messy hair, and he sat right behind me in Mrs.
Pollock's grade-two class. Bobby Decker didn't have a coat. I knew that because he never went out to recess during the winter. His mother always wrote a note, telling the teacher that he had a cough, but all we kids knew that Bobby Decker didn't have a cough; he didn't have a good coat.

I fingered the ten-dollar bill with growing excitement. I would buy
Bobby Decker a coat! I settled on a red corduroy one that had a hood to it. It looked real warm, and he would like that.

"Is this a Christmas present for someone?" the lady behind the counter asked kindly, as I laid my ten dollars down. "Yes, ma'am," I replied shyly.
"It's for Bobby." The nice lady smiled at me, as I told her about how Bobby really needed a good winter coat. I didn't get any change, but she put the coat in a bag, smiled again, and wished me a Merry Christmas.

That evening, Grandma helped me wrap the coat (a little tag fell out of the coat, and Grandma tucked it in her Bible) in Christmas paper and ribbons and
wrote, "To Bobby, From Santa Claus" on it.

Grandma said that Santa always insisted on secrecy. Then she drove me over to Bobby Decker's house, explaining as we went that I was now and
forever officially, one of Santa's helpers.

Grandma parked down the street from Bobby's house, and she and I crept noiselessly and hid in the bushes by his front walk. Then Grandma gave me a nudge. "All right, Santa Claus," she whispered, "get going."

I took a deep breath, dashed for his front door, threw the present down on his step, pounded his door and flew back to the safety of the bushes and Grandma. Together we waited breathlessly in the darkness for the front door to open. Finally it did, and there stood Bobby.

Fifty years haven't dimmed the thrill of those moments spent shivering, beside my Grandma, in Bobby Decker's bushes. That night, I realized that those awful rumors about Santa Claus were just what Grandma said they were
--- ridiculous. Santa was alive and well, and we were on his team.

I still have the Bible, with the coat tag tucked inside: $19.95.
May you always have LOVE to share,
HEALTH to spare
and FRIENDS that care...
Also may you always believe in the magic of Santa Claus!

Monday, December 12, 2011

Ugly Christmas Sweaters

Bars,Offices,Malls,just about everywhere has Ugly Christmas Sweater Contests. They are fun and becoming a new Christmas Tradition. Here are photos I have found of ugly sweaters, maybe they can give you some ideas.

Friday, December 9, 2011

Whats on your Christmas Wish List ?

Are you tired of the cookie cutter items out there in most of you big box stores? Well How About---
Do you want or want to get something Unexpected,Unusual,Funky,or Hard to Find with a special thought behind it? Or maybe something Handmade or Repurposed? How about a piece of History, something with Sentimental Value, or just Fun? Are you after something Practical but Different?
I know we can meet all of those requirements in all different price ranges. So what are you waiting for? Get on done here and check it out !!
The Photos don't even begin to show all the variety that we have but hopefully they will entice you further.
Antique Copper Moonshine Still
Antique Hand Blown Colored Fly Catch Bottles
Vintage Bissell Hand Push Wood Vacumn
Large Hanging Chalkware Banana Bank
Gigantic Advertising Budweiser Christmas Ornaments
Carnival Glass
Twig Furniture
Retro Aluminum Ware & ButcherBlock Table
Vintage Silhouettes
Handmade Folkart Bird Plant Holder
Brass,Copper,Gilded items
Art Pottery
Majolica,Crackle Glass,Screen Divider,Record Cabinet
Misc Sewing,Quilts,Clothing
Stoneware Crocks,Enamelware
1950's 60's Retro Funky & Oriental

Much Much More in stock of above photographed and also Jewelry,Architectural Items,Holiday Items,Tins,Toys,Local Memorbilia,
Depression and Retro Kitchenware,Brewiana,Tobacco Related,Derby,
all types Advertising--etc etc etc.
So come visit and see what all we have to offer,two full floors with merchandise added weekly.
For those who love this kinda stuff but you aren't sure what to get them we also have gift certificates.