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Showing posts with label The Loralie Antique Mall. Show all posts
Showing posts with label The Loralie Antique Mall. Show all posts

Thursday, June 1, 2017

Florence,Colorado: 50 Shades Of Grey Or 50 Shades Of Orange?

Florence is the antiques capital of Colorado. But the question is: Do we do 50 Shades Of Grey or 50 Shades Of Orange more?

I'll end the suspense quickly, because that's just the kind of person I am.


If you want to know more about this ORANGE madness, just walk by The Loralie Antique Mall at 109 W. Main St.

So far I've seen people walking by shell shocked. I've seen people whip out their phone cameras and snap pictures. And I've heard people say this window surely is about the Broncos.

My, my, my! I won't tell all. But it's about whatever you want it to be!


Friday, May 26, 2017

Florence, Colorado: ORANGE Is The New Black & The New FUN In Antiques and Collectibles

In Florence, the antiques capital of Colorado, we like to have a little fun with antiques and collectibles.

Occasionally I like to get all Burma Shave sign-happy with the window display at The Loralie Antique Mall at 109 W. Main St.


Now I usually do this when no one is looking. Then I enjoy the slightly befuddled looks on folks faces when they walk by.


Come on, wouldn't you do the same thing?

One person did groan over the sign pictured above. I looked angelic as I said," Too corny?"

"The cornier the better. YOU KNOW THAT!" the person replied.

OK, let's take a peek at the window now. There must be a few orange things in this window display to elicit such ORANGE corniness.


Where else can you find a troll doll in a poodle skirt with ORANGE hair along with an ORANGE tobacco tin? Nowhere I say!


ORANGE bingo cards? Sure, they will go perfect when you go to the Elks Lodge to play bingo and match your troll doll's hair. Yes. Yes. Yes. Everyone should bring their troll doll to a bingo game for good luck.


Now you know WHY the answer to, "ORANGE You Glad You're In Florence The Antiques Capital of Colorado", is a resounding YES!


This lady has absolutely NOTHING to do with antiques, window displays or Florence. But she has ORANGE hair and that's good enough for me.


Bet you didn't know ORANGE is the new antique. It's probably not, but it's my blog and I can write whatever I want.


Oh, my. ORANGE is beautiful. Someone passing by the window said they thought I had actual food or jello in the bowls. Well, I could have done that. But I would have ended up eating it and endlessly making new ORANGE jello to replace it.


ORANGE? We have just about anything you could imagine in ORANGE. See that ORANGE potholder? It's from Loralie Designs. You can purchase ready-made items, or purchase the fabric to make your own. ORANGE Tupperware, Pyrex? No problem.


Yes, we actually have an ORANGE radio!


Now, I challenge you: Just try to find this ORANGE doll in Wal-Mart or anywhere else.


And now we know WHY we ask: ORANGE You Glad You Found Yourself In Florence?

Of course you are!


Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Fremont Victory Quilters: Sewn With Love For Our Veterans

Most of us can agree that there is hardly a greater love and courage when a person is willing to lay down their life for their country.

And many quilters in Fremont County are showing a great love for our veterans.


Twice each month, quilters from Fremont County meet at the Elks Lodge in Florence to construct quilts for veterans, as part of the national Quilts Of Valor outreach, which also reaches out in Colorado. More information on that non-profit group is at: www.qovf.org

Every time a quilt is sent to a veteran, the Fremont Victory Quilters send a letter to their vet. The veteran is unknown to them, but is invited to drop a note (if they wish) and tell the group a bit about themselves.

The part of the Fremont Victory Quilter letters that literally brought tears to my eyes is: "All of are of different faiths, have varied political beliefs and have strongly differing views on this war, but we united in agreement that our Service men and women should be treated with dignity and kindness. It is with this goal in mind that your quilt was created."

And these quilts are not just any quilts. They are practical and comforting--but also works of art as you can tell from the picture.

More information on the Fremont Victory Quilters is at Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Fremont-Victory-Quilters-1418383188481606/?hc_ref=SEARCH

If you want to see just a few of these lovely quilts, that will eventually be gifted to veterans, take a stroll to 109 W. Main St. in Florence--the antiques capital of Colorado. There is a window display dedicated to these quilters and the veterans in honor of Armed Forces Day.

The Loralie Antique Mall and Boutique is a sponsor of the Fremont Victory Quilters. Loralie Harris, owner of the antique mall and boutique is a well-known textile designer and donates fabric.


And the mall has set up a donation jar at the mall. So feel free to donate some pocket change (or even a more significant cash gift) to the quilters, so they can keep on giving back to the veterans.

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Florence, Colorado: St. Patty's Day At The Loralie Antique Mall

Shocking shamrocks. Loopy leprechauns. It's almost time for the wearing of the green and a fantastic St. Patrick's Day in Florence, Colorado--the antiques capital of Colorado.

Like most folks, we celebrate way in advance here--getting in the mood with all things green.

Well, not everything is green in Florence. Except me when I get green around the gills when I think about people not seeing all the green and other fun things in our small, but exceptional burg.

OK, here's what you WON'T find in Florence.


This dog won't be in Florence. But did you know that Florence is one of the most pooch friendly towns? Some of the shops keep dog treats for our four-legged visitors--and even those that don't usually welcome leashed furry friends in the antiques shops. Ask first, but most are pet friendly. And The Loralie Antique Mall at 109 W. Main St. is one of the many businesses that love when customers and browsers bring along a bowser.

At The Loralie Antique Mall, decorating for St. Patrick's Day has just begun--but here's a sneak peek of the window display.



Green, green and more green. I am loving the green church pew and the Handy Andy green tool set. The green picnic basket is pretty cool. And right next to the basket is a vintage tin of lamb livers. I kid you not. If you read the Valentine's post on this blog: All I Want For Valentine's Day Is Some Lamb Livers--you will understand.


You really cannot have to many lamb liver tins or all things green. I love the green pump and enamel bowl. But I'm into funky decor. But you'll never find a tin of lamb livers in my decor. I promise.


Ah, this gorgeous Detroit Jewel stove is part of the St. Patty's Day window at The Loralie. I can just see burning some peaty moss or bog, or whatever they use for fuel in the Emerald Isle.



More green! I like the vintage rake head used as a wine glass holder.


And another rake head used for a rolling pin and some tiny green leprechaun-sized mugs. And a HAPPY St. Patrick's Day greeting!


Green whimsical fabric everywhere! Of course The Loralie Antique Mall has the full collection of fabrics, embroidery and project kits from internationally-known textile designer, Loralie Harris. There are lovely things on hand to not only make the wearing of the green fun, but to make most any crafting, sewing or quilting project anytime of the year.

And that's just the tip of green iceberg of all the antiques, collectibles, fabrics and other enchanting things in store for St. Patrick's Day and beyond at The Loralie Antique Mall.

Sunday, January 29, 2017

Florence,Colorado: Valentine's Day

Anything that celebrates love, friendship and joy is alright by me. That's why Valentine's Day is alway so fun.

I love that most all the merchants in Florence, the antiques capital of Colorado go all out on their window displays for every occasion, including Valentine's Day.


Lots of red and hearts in the window display at The Loralie Antique Mall, at 109 W. Main St.


As I always say: Antiques are calorie-free gifts. Actually I've never said that, but someone should say it.


Here's some more shots of the Valentine's window. All that luscious and cheerful fabric in reds and pinks is from Loralie Harris of Loralie Designs, who recently purchased the antiques mall and opened a boutique upstairs at the mall.


The designer fabrics are making a graceful entrance from the ceiling into a vintage washtub. There are plenty of ideas and materials available to make one's own special Valentine's gifts.

And that's what is going on in just one corner of Florence for Valentine's. Hopefully we'll get more photos posted of all the artistic Valentine window displays in Florence.

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Florence, Colorado: Bell Tower Cultural Center Class With Loralie Harris

One of my many hobbies (besides trolling antiques stores for bargains) is to highlight (translated brag bodaciously) about all the wonderful people in Florence and the fun things to do and see here.

Florence is the official antiques capital of Colorado, but also has one of the most vibrant art and cultural communities anywhere.

Obviously that is due to the talented and dedicated artists here, but it's also due to the efforts of countless volunteers at the Bell Tower Cultural Center, a division of the Florence Arts Council.

Several months ago, Florence welcomed Loralie Harris, a world-known textile designer, with fabrics and design components in fabric venues across the USA and world. Loralie purchased the former Iron Gate Antiques Mall at 109 W. Main St., which is now The Loralie Antique Mall. The mall also houses (upstairs) the Loralie Boutique, the only place, besides online, that stocks all her fabric designs.

And now folks will have an extraordinary opportunity to not only meet Loralie and learn about her creative world through samples and poetry--but have the chance to attend a class where she will teach participants how to make a 3-D Loralie Doll.



Yes, these elegant 3-D Loralie Dolls use vintage hankies for their skirts and using an open work design, Loralie will show class attendees how to color the the dolls and attach the skirts.

This project has many applications. The dolls can become free-standing figurine, a mobile, centerpiece, table decoration and so many other decorative functions.

The doll silhouettes will be provided as well as the vintage hankies in the kit, which is $10. Class cost is $20. The class is limited to 16 and the deadline to sign up is Feb. 8. The class is slated for Saturday Feb. 18 from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Bell Tower Cultural Center at 201 E. 2nd St. Sign-ups can be made by stopping in the Fox Den on Main. St. or calling 719-784-2303.


While we are on the subject of Loralie Designs, here's another sample of Loralie's work, not associated with the doll class, but available at The Loralie Antique Mall.


This little doggy potholder is one of the most commented on by visitors to the mall. The fabric is available to make your own aprons, potholders, curtains, totes or whatever suits your creativity. He's also available in already sewn potholders. And Loralie Designs make it easy for people to sew their own items with many designs in kits with complete instructions.

More information on other Loralie Design items is available in previous blog posts and at: www.loraliedesigns.com

UPDATE: The class has been changed for Feb. 18 from the 11th and the date on the poster is incorrect. More information on Loralie's Feb. 18 class and other wonderful concerts, classes and cultural opportunities at the Bell Tower is available at: https://www.facebook.com/belltowerculturalcenter/

Monday, January 23, 2017

Florence, Colorado: Antiques Capital and Bargains Galore

I'm cheap. I could write a whole blog just on being thrifty. Wait, I'm thrifty and that sounds better.
Yet my house is decorated with all sorts of antiques and vintage items. How do I do it?

Years before I ever moved to Florence, the antiques capital of Colorado, I'd make the short drive from Colorado Springs to take a look at the stores here. That was a long time ago, before there were as many stores and galleries and there are today.



I purchased that art deco style bowl for $7 in Florence at the annual Junktique open air market, held in Sept. as part of Pioneer Days. That was the first bargain I purchased in Florence nearly two decades ago. And the Victorian solid oak sewing cabinet the bowl is sitting on--is the last thing I purchased a few weeks ago for under $150. No, it won't be the last thing I purchase though, because the bargains are just too good.


I go for over-the-top gaudy Victorian things at times. Don't hate me--I just can't help myself. I love this Victorian hanging magazine and periodical rack with the angel and all that fancy scrolling. I don't store anything in it--I just use it as a wall hanging. Under $40.

I purchased it at The Iron Gate Antique Mall (during a sale). The Iron Gate is now The Loralie Antique Mall, located at 109 W. Main St.

Speaking of sales and bargains... I find bargains all year round here. But I think January is one of the better months to pick up exceptional bargains. January isn't as slow as one would think in the antiques capital. Lots of people have Christmas cash and lots of dealers come into town looking to replenish stock in their out-of-town or out-of-state shops. And many dealers with booths and shops in Florence are having sales to make room for new spring and summer stock.

Naturally I don't have time to get to every venue in Florence to scope out every exceptional buy--but here's one of my favorites.


Yes, it's a vintage hand-stitched dinosaur quilt. Child-sized, but fairly big. I'm not a textiles expert, but I'd say it's from the 1920s to 1950s and in nice shape. I nearly fell over when it came into a dealer's booth at The Loralie Antique Mall, 109 W. Main St., because of the price tag of only $20. And then I really was delighted when the dealer marked it down to just $10. Wh-a-a-t? Yes, $10. Don't worry, it's still there. Or it was a day or so ago. I didn't snap it up for the simple reason, I don't have room in my house.

Then I got to looking at some of the other sales dealers at The Loralie Antiques Mall are having right now.


Yes, a whole shelf of markdowns in one booth.

And some dealers have put their whole booths on sale. Sales range from 20 percent to 75 percent off.


See, 75 percent off in one booth.

Yes, Florence has bargains galore.


Florence, Colorado: New Vintage Book Dealer

Don't tell anyone. When I see books, I'm like a kid in a candy store. So I was delighted to see a new vendor at The Loralie Antique Mall, that specializes in vintage and books on history and Colorado.


Ah, pull up a chair and browse all the tomes. Everything is organized by category.


And the newest dealer at The Loralie Antique Mall also has a few Oriental antiquities for sale, as well as some other varieties, such as the lyre table, pottery, cameras and a bit of lighting.


It's always fun to see what's old (and new) in Florence, the antiques capital of Colorado.


The Loralie Antique Mall is located at 109 W. Main St. and is open seven days a week.

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Florence, Colorado: Loralie Designs--The Cat's Out Of The Bag

Loralie Harris, of Loralie Designs, is a world-known textile designer. And fans worldwide anticipate the release of her new fabric designs. That's no secret. But now the cat is really out of the bag, since Loralie has opened a boutique with all of her designs in Florence, Colorado.

Florence has long been known as the official antiques capital of Colorado, but has been coming into its own as a exceptional artistic and creative community, attracting world-class artists and artisans.

Here's a sneak peak of Loralie Designs newest collection: Calico Cats.


Adorable! I like the lavender background and the complimentary striped fabric, pictured in the upper left.


My favorite is the cats on the black background. And notice the fabric on top--larger Calico Cats in pastel hues.


Ah, but the best thing about this new collection is the individual personalities of these winsome kitties.

So, now you know the latest collection is available at the Loralie Boutique, which is located upstairs in The Loralie Antique Mall at 109 W. Main St. The shop is open seven days a week, except Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's Day. Hours are 10 to 5, Mondays through Saturdays and 11 to 4 on Sundays.

And now you also know why I refer to Florence as one of the most interesting towns in Colorado.


Florence, Colorado: All I Want For Valentine's Day Is Lamb Livers

Are you totally stumped about what to get your Valentine? You know, the person who has everything? Never fear, I have found the PERFECT gift. Lamb Livers.

More accurately,--a vintage tin that used to hold lamb livers.

No, no. I am not suggesting you give your Valentine anything gruesome that would remind them of the Valentine's Day Massacre.


I'm suggesting that you can purchase the weirdest, I mean, um the most unique Valentine's gift ever in Florence, which is the antiques capital of Colorado. Now we might be able to dub Florence as the epicenter of the most tasty and funky Valentine's gifts ever.

I've never been probed by aliens and I've passed all my mental health exams, but I am convinced there are hidden messages in some of the window displays in Florence.

IF you have the courage, continue reading this blog to see what I mean. Or better yet, next time you are in Florence--see for yourself.

Yes, this tasty vintage item is actually in the Valentine's window display at The Loralie Antique Mall, located at 109 W. Main St.

Read on--we'll have some more interesting views of what happens in Florence.

And always remember: What happens in Florence, doesn't stay in Florence.

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Florence, Colorado: What's New At The Loralie Antique Mall

There is always something new (and old) in Florence, the antiques capital of Colorado. No one could keep up with all of it, but some of us have to try.

Here's just a little of what's new at The Loralie Antique Mall, 109 W. Main St.


This picture is from one of the mall's newest and most popular vendors. As we like to say in the antiques trade: Hoosier Daddy? Actually we don't say that--we just think it. We say, Hoosier cabinets and they usually sell pretty quickly. Notice the very large dough bowl with a stand. If I told you the price, you'd be amazed. Reasonable! Dough bowls and dough troughs sell quickly in Florence.


Here's some more treasures from this new vendor. Yes, that's a huge bank of post office boxes! And yes, that's a Brach's Candies rack. Sorry, it already sold--for under $50.


More items from one of the newest vendors. Jars, sleds, tools, primitives galore. Notice that well bucket on the table between the sleds. SOLD! But don't worry, they brought in another one. This vendor specializes in farm-fresh primitives and is always bringing in fresh finds at great prices.



This picture is from another vendor's booth. It's the wall of hankies. And these vintage beauties are priced reasonably. Why am I showing the famous WALL OF HANKIES? It will make sense an upcoming blog post why vintage hankies are very useful for an exciting new crafts project.

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Florence, Colorado: Taxidermy On Steroids At The Loralie Antique Mall

It's been way too long since I did a Taxidermy On Steroids post.

Most of us know Florence is the antiques capital of Colorado. And those of us who live and work here know it's a quirky, fun and creative place with some of the most interesting things for sale.

A little known fact is that Florence (at one time) had one of the most scary collection of clown collectibles for sale--probably in the known universe. And another little-known fact is there is a dealer in The Loralie Antique Mall (formerly The Iron Gate Antique Mall) that probably has the most interesting selection of taxidermy anywhere, outside of a taxidermy emporium. OK, there probably isn't such a thing as a taxidermy emporium, but dang it--there should be.


No, no, no. This dog is not stuffed. He's just amazed at the selection of Taxidermy On Steroids in Florence.


Leaping lizards! What the heck is that? I have no idea. It would have been too easy (and not as amusing) for me to just read the tag. I'm thinking this would go excellently as part of the decor in a mother-in-law's cottage or perhaps a spare bedroom where you hoped the company would get a hint it was time to move along.


Nothing fishy going on here. Yes, this is actually for sale in The Loralie Antique Mall. But you know what else is for sale? One of those BigMouth Billy Bass things from the 1980s. You know, it's a big rubbery fish on a plaque and you push a button and the fish starts wriggling and singing a song very loudly. Yes, people push the button--and there's no hazard pay working in an antiques mall when a Bass is screaming a song across the dignified mall.


Two birds for the price of one.

Not that long ago a customer filled his van with taxidermy from The Loralie Antique Mall. If you don't think it's hard boxing and wrapping stuffed birds for an out-of-state trip, then you don't know the antiques and collectibles trade. It was especially tough to wrap the bat. Oh my gosh, when I was a young person, I never thought I'd grow up and type the words: It was especially tough to wrap the bat.


Hmmm, this bird looks pretty miffed. He's probably miffed because we had a stuffed bear cub a few months back, but it flew out the door to a new home and the bird is still there.


Ok, this bird is definitely miffed. He's literally giving us the bird. He's turned his back towards us.

Oh, deer.


Well, that's it for this installment of Taxidermy on Steroids. If I were you, I'd get myself down to The Loralie Antique Mall. It's a win-win. Even if you don't purchase anything, it's like a free trip to natural history museum. And if you do purchase, it's a true win-win. You get home or lodge decor that will be conversation pieces and you also get to watch antique mall workers wrap the bat, or lizard or whatever you choose.