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Still Time for Halloween and Harvest

Hall-BannerYou know that I’ve been traipsing around Germany and generally having a fabulous adventure. Now, it is back to reality … and Halloween.

I love the fresh, crisp shades that autumn brings. I did look for vintage Halloween decorations at the Leipzig Flea Market but did not spot a thing, Of course, German Halloween production was primarily exported to the United States. So, perhaps we have it all here!
Hall0-CatAmid medical appointments at the Cleveland Clinic and preparations for our trip to Germany, I began a serious efforts to search and find long-overlooked Halloween and fall styles that had appeared in past issues of Celebrate365.CM-candy-witch

I’ve added quite a few pieces in both the “Halloween” and “Opportunities” category themes in the store.  Some are one-of-a-kind.  Others are from Bethany Lowe Designs and Bruce Elsass … long-retired and difficult to find.CC7882

One-of-a-Kind designs from Debbee Thibault, Jerry and Darla Arnold, Vergie Lightfoot,  Debra Schoch, Kristen Beason, Casey Mack

Hoping you will find some treasures to love at celebrate365.com

Glohio Update … Saturday, April 13

German Santa with Lantern
German Santa with Lantern

Scott Smith / Rucus Studio  Traditional Santa
for Artistry of Poland
Available from Celebrate365 at Saturday’s event … along with all of Scott’s Halloween glass ornaments.

Here’s an update for this weekend’s event:

Golden Glow Ohio “GLOhio” will be having our first Antique Christmas Meet this Saturday, April 13, 2013 at Apple Tree Gallery Antiques. The event begins at 10:00 am. Doors open at 9:30am.

LOCATION AND ADDRESS
Apple Tree is located at 405 N Main Street, Piqua, OH 45356. 937-773-1801 www.AppletreeGallery.com

 

 

DIRECTIONS
Piqua is located on Interstate 75 and is easily accessible by car. Approximate driving distance to Piqua are below:

Dayton 1/2 hour
Lima 1 hour
Cincinnati 1 1/2 hours
Toledo 2 hours
Indianapolis 2 hours
Cleveland 3 1/2 hours

From Interstate 75,
Take the US-36 exit, EXIT 82, toward Urbana/Piqua
Turn WEST (left when coming from the South) onto E Ash St/US-36 W.
Stay straight to go onto E Ash ST/OH-185
Take the 1st right onto N Main St.
405 N Main St is on the right (If you reach W. Greene Street, you’ve gone a little too far)

PARKING
Street parking is limited in front of the store. Public Parking is located behind the store building.

Free Public Parking is available off of Ash before you turn onto N Main St. There are parking lots on both sides of Ash directly across from each other. See the Map attached to the email. Parking is highlighted in blue on the map.

DIDN’T REGISTER?  – YOU CAN STILL PAY AT THE DOOR!
We have over 80 registrations for the event and expect another 40 to 50 people to pay at the door. You can still attend the event by paying $5.00 at the door. A boxed Lunch will NOT be available, but attached to the email is a map of local restaurants that are within walking distance of the store.

RESTAURANTS WITH-IN WALKING DISTANCE

Susie’s Big Dipper (Ice Cream & Sandwiches) 323 North Main Street
Mulligan’s Pub (Sports Bar) 110 W High St. (corner of High & Main)
Z’s Food & Spirits (Sports Bar) 319 North Wayne St. (Corner of Wayne & Ash)
Michalo’s (Pizza & Wings) 413 N. Main Street
Lighthouse Cafe 213 N Main Street
Beppo Uno Pizzeria & Tattoria 414 W. Water Street
Winan’s Fine Chocolates and Coffees (dessert option) 122 W High Street

If you have any questions, just shoot me a contact using the tab at the top of this page.

I’m amid a big box & move-it project for the installation of wood floors on the first floor. And, I also need to begin preparing for the weekend show. I think that I will have two trees plus a full table … mixing antique, vintage and contemporary items. I’m planning to concentrate on “onsies” … things that just aren’t worth the time to list them online. I have a number of signed folk art pins and things, single ornaments from my collection etc. For example, I have a huge rolling bin of “extras”that I don’t think I’ve opened since about 2005! And, I have retail merchandise that has never made it online due to my extended illness. Look for lots of bargain pricing … I seriously need to downsize both personally and business-wise. Need a full size 7 ft pre-lit tree? Got one of those stored on the third floor of Apple Tree. I’ll make you a real deal if you can haul it away on Saturday! LOL

I will be bringing things that cover all 4 seasons. In other words, 365 days of the year!  Hope to meet you in Piqua!

Connie

Ohio Golden Glow members invite the public to first-ever collectors’ day

PIQUA, OH- Apple Tree Gallery, downtown Piqua’s 365-day Christmas and Halloween store, will be hosting a unique educational and shopping event on Saturday, April 13.  Area collectors are invited to attend.
The store, located at 405 N. Main St., will host the first-ever OhioAntique Christmas meet in partnership with the Golden Glow of Christmas Past.   The Glow is an international collecting organization whose members specialize in anything Christmas as long as the item was made before 1966.Click image posters to enlarge …
Mark Saturday April 13 on your calendar.  The event will be open from 10 am through 3 pm.  Twenty-two Golden Glow vendors will be on hand offering merchandise from all holidays, not just Christmas.  And the items for sale will range from antique, vintage and current holiday merchandise.  Shoppers will find everything from vintage holiday postcards, aluminum Christmas trees to contemporary ornaments from Patricia Breen, Christopher Radko and Mattarusky.  In addition, Apple Tree’s galleries of holiday collectibles will be open to shoppers.
Since Piqua is home to Celebrate365, Connie Porcher will be on hand with a full table and tree displays.  “My storage units are just two miles from the event,” Porcher commented.  “I’d be happy to deliver your shopping choices to you at the event … or you can shop online at the event and I’ll go and pick up your ornaments for you.  This is a unique opportunity for Celebrate365 and we are happy to be participating!”
Glohio’s event won’t be just about shopping.  It’s also a unique educational opportunity.  Glow members will offer three focused lectures along with one make-it, take-it workshop.  Former Glow president Mike Ciancio will speak about Thomas Nast and the Christmas illustrations for which is he famous.  What would the Christmas tree be without lights?  Greg Gregory will offer a brief history of “lighting” the tree from candlelight to electric lights.  What about the toys under the tree?  Jim Thomas will talk about Germany’s Erzgebirge region and one of its best-known Christmas antiques, the wooden Noah’s Ark.  Nikki Beltz will let visitors try their hand at making vintage-style Moravian stars.  Learn how simple strips of paper can be folded and woven into a three-dimensional star that German families used to decorate their Christmas trees.
This first meeting of the Ohio Chapter of the Golden Glow of Christmas Past is expected to draw visitors and exhibitors from surrounding states including Michigan, Pennsylvania and New York and Indiana. The cost to attend all the educational sessions plus the marketplace is $5 per person, payable at the door. For more information about the event, call Apple Tree Gallery at 937-773-1801 during store hours or use the Celebrate365 contact tab here at the top of the page.See you in Piqua!

 

Traditional German Holiday Artisans: Ino Schaller Candy Containers

ON SALE NOW FOR THE HOLIDAYS!

Ino Schaller, Celebrate365.com Celebrate365 supports traditional artisan and hand made craftsmanship.
Whether you’re a serious collector or an admirer from afar, antique papier-måché candy containers from Germany are still highly coveted, and even reproduced today. One of the last remaining native producers is Thomas Schaller, great grandson of noted craftsman Carl Schaller. Ino Schaller Santa, Celebrate365.com
Ino Schaller Santa, Celebrate365.com
Following in his great grandfather’s footsteps, Thomas uses the original molds Carl Schaller crafted in the 1890s. At the dawn of the 20th century, Carl had a successful business creating much-loved holiday decorations. In keeping with the magic of the holidays, almost all of Schaller’s antique figures served double duty: they were candy containers that had secret compartments that opened from the bottom or middle.
Ino Schaller Santa, Celebrate365.com Carl’s son, Ino continued his father’s work after World Wars I and II. Consumer trends forced Ino to shift production to pressed cardboard figures and, in 1961, to plastic. Both Ino and his son Dieter produced plastic plush-covered figures through the 1970s and 80s.
When selecting any Schaller design, collectors can be assured of time-honored family craftsmanship and pride in holiday collectibles for generations to come.
Excerpted from McCann, Susan.  “Papier-måché – the Schaller Way”, Celebrate365, Holiday 2005 issue.

 

Tinsel Time: The Magic of German Lametta

I confess. I have a thing for tinsel. Not just any tinsel, mind you. I want that wonderful, heavy metal stuff from my childhood, those silvery strands that my father patiently hung on the tree one by one.

What incredible dedication. And, what a magical sight to behold! Mom certainly did not have time for that! Taking down the tree was just as time consuming. Off they came one by one to be carefully flattened and saved for another year.

What is the best selling item at Celebrate365.com?  Surprisingly, it’s not an ornament!  In fact, it is traditional German icicle-style tinsel.How did this tradition begin in our little family? I never knew. Since decorating the tree was Dad’s domain, I think that tinsel must have been a Mitchell family tradition remembered from his own childhood Christmases in Dayton, Ohio.Wow! Have you ever seen so many icicles?

Tinsel

I know that tinsel or lametta originated in Germany in the early 1600s. German glassblowers from the Lauscha region crafted crystal ornaments, some looked just like icicles. When the candles were lit on the tree, oh how those icicles glistened! As the years passed, craftsmen created icicles from tin and even silver. By the 1920s, the time when my grandfather Edgar Mitchell was celebrating Christmas in Dayton, Ohio with his wife and children, German craftsmen had invented lametta, tinsel icicles made from lead. My grandmother’s family was German-speaking. Perhaps that’s how my father’s love for a Christmas tree dripping in tinsel began.

Celebrate365 offers this German tinsel.

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