TOYS THAT SURVIVED OUR CHILDHOOD

091814 shoppe 018 I think it’s safe to say that many of us survived our childhood play time activities with scrapes and scratches.  Throw  the occasional bandage in the mix and we moved on with those injuries, no helmets, knee-pads, no added protection.

Now, let’s look at our toys.  We rode them, jumped on them, and crashed them.  Some of them were survivors as well.  I came across a pair of pogo sticks in one of our vendor’s booths.  They evoked memories.  You needed balance and skill.  Feet were placed on the “pedals” and the spring action let you jump up and down as long as you could remain upright.

 

Some of us had awesome bicycles, real collectors’ items today.  No hand brakes and one speed, quite a primitive piece of transport.  But they were stylish and rugged.  Many survived the home made ramps (those that didn’t made tremendous heaps of metal the trash collectors hauled away).  Every now and then, a workable bike comes into the shoppe.  How tempted we are to ride up and down the aisles, mostly to see if we can still do it.

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  Then we look at our dolls and stuffed toys.  They were dragged from morning till night while we were young.  There was no thought of preserving them for future generations.  We chose names for them, dressed them, slept with them, rescued them from the dog, and fought our siblings to keep them in one piece.  Today, some of them are sitting quietly and peacefully out of harm’s way just to be admired and appreciated.

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  We love seeing what has been brought back to life here at the Treasure Shoppe.  Many of these take front and center.  The attention is quite amazing.

When you walk through the store, look at the toys.  Even if you aren’t in the market for this type of treasure, let it take you back for a few seconds.  You’ll walk away with a smile.

 

THE MYSTERY OF GANESH

One morning, about two years ago, we opened our Shoppe doors and discovered this stunning statue at our door.  We did some research and discovered GANESH (the Hindu name for this icon).  He is associated with many attributes including “remover of obstacles” and is the patron of arts and sciences.  Draped around his neck was a beautiful strand of light jade beads.  No note, no letter, no explanation accompanied his arrival.

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Collectively, we compiled a list of potential donor candidates, but to no avail.  None of them acknowledged bringing the gift.  Weeks and months, now years have passed and Ganesh has become permanent fixture in the Shoppe.  He presides over our daily activities and smiles upon all who enter our store.

When you visit the Treasure Shoppe, be sure to check out our treasured gift.  He is a true wonder.

WHAT’S IN YOUR OLD TOY BOX?

Image Remember as children we were told to take care of our toys and they would last forever?  Who would have thought this advice would be to a collector’s benefit?  There is a growing interest in vintage toys.  The workmanship, style, colors, material, and their time in history have made them desirable.  The manner in which they were constructed is a history lesson.  No batteries, no electrical cords, no enter buttons.in push carts, pedal cars, tops, music boxes, banks – and yet many had moving parts.  Image

ImageAnd what do we tell our children and grandchildren today?  Don’t wear down your batteries, where is the power cord, how many texts this month, turn off the computer?

It might be fun to take a look at those old treasures and see what brings back memories.

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TREASURE SHOPPE FUN FILLED SUMMER CALENDAR

Our summer calendar is filling quickly with some new activities.  Our Treasure Shoppe team is working on a series of projects that will be fun for all.  050

The season kicks off with Memorial Day Weekend.  Yes, we are open Memorial Day, May 26th from 12 til 4.  Our vendors have some great sales and fantastic items for your summer rooms.  Decorate with bird cage flower baskets (make them yourself with found materials here at the shoppe).  Brighten up the dark, empty spots of your yard area with whimsical solar highlights.

May 31st and June 1st is the “Shabby Antique Market”, 455 El Paso Blvd., Manitou Springs.  The Shoppe Girls are hosting what is anticipated as the “GO TO” place for those one of a kind items for you and your home.   Home décor, primitives, jewelry, collectibles, wood working, garden items, too much to list.  The event is $2.00 which benefits Manitou High School Scholarship.

plain jane2June 7th and 8th is scheduled for a one-of-a-kind Trench Art Exhibit here at the Treasure Shoppe from 1:00 PM til 3:00 PM each day.  Learn about this craft from the Inca Treasures vendor who is bringing in some really fabulous art works.  Learn about the craft and its history.  It is quite an interesting topic.

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Reserve June 28th for our first Sidewalk Bazaar of the year.  Whether you are selling or buying, this is a fun time.  Should you want to be a seller, call us and we will reserve a spot.  The cost is $15.00 to participate.

 

So we will have fun, fun, fun this summer here at you friendly neighborhood Treasure Shoppe.

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TRENCH ART ITEMS AT THE TREASURE SHOPPE

What is Trench Art?   This term encompasses a wide range of hand made items crafted by service personnel (including POWs) utilizing every bit of scrap available (wood, shrapnel, bullet and shell casings and the like) on the battlefield..

They managed to twist, pound, hammer and manipulate the materials into artwork.  It is difficult to say when this started, but it was a way to pass the time and stifle boredom.  Trench Art has roots in the Napoleonic Wars, historians have found caches dating back to this era.  The trend continued through WWII, but interest in the art began to wane.

By comparison, early whalers would ornate decorations on whales teeth and bones.  This art genre, known as “Scrimshaw”, met the same kind of criteria as the Trench Art.  The desire for artistic expression in a place where media was limited.  No pieces made during this era are treasures and bring a high price.

There are four classes of art, first made by the soldiers in the trenches and POWs.  Second, are those items crafted by civilians with materials gathered after a conflict.  Third, we look at those creations devised by engineers using machinery to construct the art.  And finally, things made within factories using things such as old brass casings which the melt down.

Visit the display of Trench Art from the collection of Inca Treasures at the Treasure Shoppe, on June 7th and 8th from one til three pm.

 

 

 

 

JUST DUCKY!

ImageLast summer, I saw a family swimming pool filled with ducks.  Of course, at first glance they looked like a lively group of swimmers until I noted they were decoys.  What a great idea.  None of those in the pool were collector pieces, but just a random selection of common species.

ImageThere are avid collectors who have beautifully hand sculpted displays in their homes.  Followers of the craft know there are works worth thousands of dollars.  Decoys are a part of folk art and an extension of wildlife history.

Decorating and repainting certain decoys can be a fun activity to do with the children.  They add an outdoor feel to home décor.  And of course, don’t forget to amuse the neighbors with mallards in the pool.

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THIS SPRING BECOME A TREASURE SHOPPE VENDOR

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It’s spring cleaning season and for most of us, it is a daunting task. Where do you store your items? In a hall closet? The attic? That cold, dank basement? The junk drawer? Thinking about selling them? Come in and talk to us about renting a special space to showcase these items. There are a few choice spots located throughout the facility.  We would love to have you join our team.

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Call (719-465-1692) or come and visit.

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We are located at 324 E. Pikes Peak Ave. in beautiful downtown Colorado Springs.

Make spring cleaning fun and profitable this year.  Really!

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