Friday, December 23, 2011

Alton's Historic Mansions by Candlelight

Alton, Illinois is an old historic river town located about 20 miles across the Mississippi River from St. Louis. Back in the day the city was full of industry--the box board, the glass works, the foundries and so on. It is a city rich in history and even though the industries are long gone, these fabulous mansions that were built by the industry leaders remain. When I leave my shop I go a few blocks away to the locally owned grocery store that sits in the middle of these homes. Then when leaving a trip down 12Th street and onto Henry is just lined with mansion after mansion. These are a few of my favorites.

I love this one.

This one is actually the Beall Mansion (Bed and Breakfast).

This house has been totally renovated and sits on an entire block. HUGE!!!

I think the house shown below is one of the oldest in Alton.

On Christmas Eve the entire neighborhood is lined with luminaries. It is beautiful. I love the candles in all of the windows. There are many more homes, this is just a tease! Hope you are having a holiday filled with fun and laughter!

Until next time,


Thursday, December 22, 2011

A Little Something Red for Christmas

Is this vintage RED sofa and chair not the best! I know the history of it--it was my mom and dad's living room furniture for years. I intended to use it for display in the window for Christmas, but after Gary got it out of their basement, he decided that it was the last time he was moving it! Too heavy to maneuver it in the window so I set up a display like an apartment.

It is like new, purchased in Benton Illinois in late 1957 and delivered to Roxana, Illinois in 1958. Mom always had a cover on it so us 4 kids wouldn't get it dirty! The couch actually flattens into a bed--and we all know how heavy a hide-a-bed is! Lot's of interest in this outfit! And it can be yours! Hope everyone is enjoying the holiday season!
Until next time,

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

It's Just About TIME for Christmas

Christmas is right around the corner and the shop is full of antique clocks and silver! Thought I'd show a few pictures! This Shiny Brite ornament is bigger than normal--about 4 1/2 inches diameter!

How in the world did I accumulate so many clocks????One at a time I guess.

Several sets of flatware and lots of nice serving pieces.

The little bottles on the left are what I'm calling "Money Bottles". They are decorated inside with a replica of a vintage postcard so you can't see the gift. Perfect for smalls or money! Then save the bottle for your shelf! The framed art in the middle is again a nice glittery replica of a postcard set in a collage with old recipes. Can't beat it as a hostess gift. The small bags are filled with chunks of glycerin soap---another great hostess gift.

Couldn't resist showing these yummy "Cake Ball Pops" that my new young friend Rachel made. I love food that is good to taste and PRETTY! Don't you wish you had one right now?

Happy Holidays to everyone!

Until next time,


Friday, December 9, 2011

Coming Home For the Holidays?

It's been too long since I last posted. Lots of changes at the shop! We've been selling, changing out merchandise, and just plain old sprucing the place up. We have a showcase at the front of the shop that I have been sharing with the other dealers. Because so many people come home for the holidays, I thought we would load the case with local memorabilia. Not just Alton, but all surrounding towns. We've already sold several fun items. Perfect one of a kind gifts. Below are pictures from the case.

Lot's of souvenir glass pieces.
A quilt with "Alton" embroidered on a center square.

Mint condition clothespin holder, great color!

Assortment of old boxes and directories.

Three old city directories, 2 from the 1950's and one from 1940's. Gone already!

An old candy box.

A letter jacket from Shurtleff College. Lots of other Shurtleff College stuff too!

Lots of postcards from everywhere around Alton.

Nice assortment!

Stools and rockers covered with yardsticks from local businesses.

The seat of a child's rocker.
This is just a small sampling of the souviners and historical items from times past.
If you are anywhere near Alton--stop in and see us!

Until next time,