I get giddy this time of the year. Giddier then usual I should say. Maybe it’s the chill in the early morning, the frost on the rooftop or the simple realization that I can see my breath as I walk to the car that gets to me. I don’t know. Fall just makes me feel alive. I love sleeping snuggled deep into the covers, whining noticeably to my hubby when I have to get up and he gets to stay warm. Padding around the pre-dawn hours in my heavy winterterry cloth robe is a perk I leave to winter. While I dislike freezing temperatures and ice on the windshield, winter white represents a sense of purity that’s refreshing. The beauty of new snow, dotted here and there with the evergreens; against a contrasting gray sky, signals rebirth is but a few months away.The best thing about fall is the linens. The rough texture of a vintage linen towel or the silky smoothness of an Irish tablecloth, in vibrant fall colors, gets to me. Nature knows what she is doing when she carpets the floor of the forest with the gold and reds of fallen leaves. That’s the image represented by fall linens carefully landscaped on a Thanksgiving table.
We’ve just put our fall stock into the stores and both stores look great. As we have an abundance of summer linens, I did my best to separate them, but for you diehard summer people still clinging to the waning summer like weather that we have here in Colorado, don’t despair. There are still summer linens left in stock for you. To my fall people, go crazy. Again, if you see me in the stores with my face buried in the linens, just move me over. There’s room for both of us. By the way, for my quilters getting ready to burrow in this winter with your quilt projects, we just put our quilting and fabric stock on sale. Look in the material cubbies for the 30% off stickers.
This was a fabulous little find that we came across recently. It’s a vintage A.C. Gilbert erector set from the 1940s. This is the 8 ½ model to build an all electric Ferris wheel. How cool is that!?
It boasted the slogan, “The World’s Greatest Toy!” and I’m sure a lot of boys would have agreed. This is a future engineer’s dream and I’m sure it was on everybody’s Christmas list back when these were super popular.
Our erector set was a little worn. The metal case had some scratches, but not anything too deep or damaging. I’m sure some parts were missing too, but we had over 200 pieces here and a lot of them were still in great shape. There was a little bit of rusting as well, but considering this is 70+ years old…that’s to be expected!
We pitched this as a collector’s item, though we were…
School is back in session, but what a time it was to prepare for it. Clothing, school supplies, lunches, sports preparations, bus schedules, car pools, and you did it all. Now it is time for you. There are several fun fashion spots throughout the store. Purses, shoes, hats, scarves, blouses, did I mention shoes? There is bound to be something you can’t be without.
Hats are a great accessory. You will find stylized ball caps as well as the classic types. These are great to wear when coaching the kids’ soccer or football. Keep one in the car to shade from bright sun or protection from snow and rain. Now, there are red hats in the shoppe from time to time, but they aren’t on the shelves long. Those gorgeous accessories are a must have for many ladies.
Denim is a durable material and the color is classic. For anyone…
I just looked at my timeline for the first time in a long time. My o’ my, where has the time flown. It’s been six plus weeks since I have posted anything. You would think I fell off the earth. Actually, I have been quite busy with back to school things. Things like getting the daughter prepped and ready for school and getting myself ready for the back to school grind. Actually that part was easier this year because I taught summer school for the first part of the summer and the daughter attended two band camps of which I participated by being the second camp chauffeur . The hubby did the first camp during my summer school phase.
Then there were the busy summer sales at both stores. We put these on in between band camp and summer school. I love summer sales. I was trying to decide just what items to put on sale when the hubby said, “Just put it all on sale.” So we did. He’s so practical. In the afternoons and on the occasional weekend, we did manage to get out and go picking. He’s into collecting and selling “netsukes” and vintage pens and I let him put some in “Dad Corner” in my space at American Classics. He also has his display in Case 409 there as well. I love our excursions to the antique stores, estate sales, and garage sales. Together, we love the flea markets. It’s where he occasionally finds some of his best treasures. The weather was hot most days, but we endured. (it’s a tough life isn’t it?)
So that’s my excuse for not writing and I’m sticking with it. Been too busy to write and too busy being busy. In all fairness, I could have simply sat around all summer and complained about the heat. I know many people who did; so I let them, all by themselves while the hubby and I played. But now, it’s back to work time.
However, every weekend and after school many times, you will still find me in one of my locations, nose deep in my linens, getting my weekly fix. If you see me at either the Treasure Shoppe (B4) or American Classics (C30) and I have that glazed look in my eye, know that I’m in my own little heaven. Feel free to grab a handful of freshly laundered linens and join me. It’s OK, I know what you’re feeling. You’re welcome here.