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Showing posts with label The Loralie Antique Mall. Show all posts
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Sunday, March 4, 2018

Florence, Colorado: Is A Hip Antiques Capital & That Ain't No PULP Fiction

I've always considered Florence, the antiques capital of Colorado, a beacon of hippery. But I'm old enough to break a hip in a geriatric slip-and-fall and make up questionable words like hippery to amuse myself.

So, I was sitting on my aging keister today at my workplace--The Loralie Antiques Mall at 109 W. Main St. Now, I usually don't admit where I work publicly. NOT because I am ashamed of this fine business--but, alas, I am a bit of a loose canon and don't wish to reflect poorly on such a fine establishment.

Anyway, the manager of the Loralie and I were sitting, ahem, working, and talking about the upcoming car show in May (that is tripling in size from last year) a battle of the bands event coming to Florence and the Steampunk Festival. I was clacking my claws together and exclaiming that our fair burg is finally getting on the map for some pretty awesome events. Actually we were talking about even MORE awesome upcoming events, but I have to work tomorrow and don't have time to list them all.

We were talking about what a fantastic, hip place Florence is. We have great eateries. A new East Indian/Nepalese restaurant opening soon--and on and on. Two new shops just opened. And these events help get out-of-towners to see what we see every day.

And almost the moment we were done getting excited about all these interesting things--right on cue, three young people burst through our door. One had a video camera. They asked if it was OK if they taped. They were so enthused, I said yes, before I totally understood what was going on.

And what was going on was pretty tasty if you ask me. They asked if I had heard of PULP. Of course I have! As the person in the running for the nosiest, um, I mean most inquisitive person in Florence, I know about most media in southern Colorado. And Pulp is a weekly newsmagazine with an edge and objectivity that I've enjoyed every time I go to Pueblo.

Seems PULP is expanding its social media reach for the 18 to 30 crowd, through its Facebook page at: with a new feature entitled, TWIST.

And Florence was chosen as the first subject for, TWIST.

 From l to r: Shanice Penn(co-host); Jordan Cushman (co-host) and Keelan Bailey (cameraman/producer)

Co-hosts of the new PULP-sponsored, TWIST, Shanice Penn and Jordan Cushman; and cameraman Keelan Bailey explained the challenge was for the co-hosts to visit Florence and to find an unusual antique item (for under $25) and having NO idea what the item was. The person who found the most unusual I-don't-know-what-the-heck-it-is item, won. Won what, I have no idea. But I'm all for reverse scavenger hunts that thrill people. And I guess we'll all have to tune into the TWIST at the Facebook page (scheduled for March 6) and see what they won and see more about their adventure in Florence.

Well, I know in part what they won. One heck of a fun time. A customer came up to the counter after they left and said she'd seen them in another store and they were having a blast.

Shanice, Jordan and Keelan all said they were having a great time in Florence and had visited The Pour House Coffee Shop--and thought it was one of the most interesting places with its coffee roaster. True!

I hate to ruin the surprise since Shanice had me hide the tag in the bag for her purchase, since she couldn't know what it was at this time. It's a blow torch! Whew hoo! Great pick on Shanice's part , because all them were on fire, not only with enthusiasm for this new project, but with being true professionals so early in their careers.

And that dear readers is a case of serendipity. We happen to be sitting around the antiques mall saying that Florence is a beacon of hippery, chockful of really remarkable things, people, festivals, eateries, art and culture--and then these young folks show up unannounced and confirm we were correct.

You can learn more about PULP at:

Florence,Colorado: Slated For the May/June Issue Of Colorado Life Magazine

Most savvy antiques shoppers know Florence is the antiques capital of Colorado. But soon the town will be getting even more exposure with a story and photo spread, slated for the May/June issue of Colorado Life Magazine.

"For years now, we've heard the buzz about Florence being the Antiques Capital of Colorado, so we decided to see if that was the case. After visiting, I can confidently say that the rumors are true," said Matt Masich, editor of Colorado Life Magazine.

Colorado Life Magazine, with headquarters in Estes Park, has about 80,000 readers and while its main reach is in Colorado, the magazine also has subscribers all across the country and world. The magazine is available at Big D  Supermarket in Florence, as well as Safeway and City Market in Canon City.

Masich visited Florence in December of 2017 and other magazine staff members visited Florence last May.

    Matt Masich, editor of Colorado Life Magazine and Rena Pryor, manager of Loralie Antique Mall

"I travel Colorado for a living, and I've seen a lot of Main Streets in a lot of small towns. I've got to say that I was impressed with just how vibrant downtown Florence is," the editor said.

Colorado Life Magazine features world-class photography and writing, and judging by many of the magazine's Letters To The Editor, the magazine hits the goal of uncovering hidden treasures,experiences and history in Colorado, that surprise and delight even long-time Colorado residents. The magazine's website is:

Front row: Joshua Hardin,Colorado Life photo editor and photographer; Lisa Hutchins, Colorado Life writer; Elsie Ore, co-owner of Heartland Antiques and Heartland Boutique; Florence mayor Keith Ore and co-owner of the Heartland stores. Back row: Rena Pryor, manager of The Loralie Antique Mall and owner of Bizzy Bee Honey Farms: Peg Piltingsrud, former co-owner of Fox Den Of Antiquity and pioneer in Florence's Antiques Capital Of Colorado status.

Masich toured many of Florence's shops as he interviewed business owners and did some browsing. "I talked with a bunch of the antiques shop owners. At Oil City Merchants, I very nearly purchased an antique billy club for my 5-year-old son, Charlie. I sent my wife a text message about it first, though, and she nixed the idea." Masich said.

Sunday, August 27, 2017

Our Souls at Night Trailer - Jane Fonda and Robert Redford reunite

The trailer for the Netflix movie, starring Jane Fonda and Robert Redford, is out.

While the trailer doesn't really draw me in, I'm looking forward to the movie since some of the movie was filmed in Florence, Colorado. I got to watch portions of the filming, from afar, and assist some of the crew in making purchases to decorate sets.

Florence is the antiques capital of Colorado, and I happen to work at The Loralie Antique Mall. So, not only will be anticipating the movie in general, but seeing all the antiques, collectibles and decor items that crossed our counters.

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:

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:

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.

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.

Yes, It's True World-Known Textile Designer Loralie Harris Is In Florence, Colorado

Yes, it's true Loralie Harris has arrived in Florence, Colorado. And it's also true what I said in a previous blog post that Florence (for a small burg) might be one of the most exciting towns in Colorado.

On Sept. 1 of 2016, world-known textile designer, Loralie Harris, purchased the building at 109 W. Main St. in Florence that used to house The Iron Gate Antique Mall.

The exciting thing is that everything has stayed the same and yet changed in so many fun ways. How can that be?

Most of the antiques vendors are the same. In fact there are a few new antiques dealers in the mall. But we'll get to that in another blog post.

The employees (dealers at the mall) are still the same.

The attentive customer service and huge selection are still the same.

But what's new is a whole fascinating dimension of fabrics, kits and embroidery from Loralie Designs.

On Oct. 22 the unveiling of the new Loralie Boutique (upstairs) took place during an open house and grand re-opening that over 100 folks attended.

Yes, that's a picture of Loralie Harris and Rena Pryor. Rena is the new manager of The Loralie Antique Mall and Loralie's executive assistant.

I took that picture during the soiree. Yes, that's a Loralie pincushion that is beyond fantastic.

I didn't know who Loralie Harris was when I first met her. But I did a little research and discovered she's quite famous in quilting, sewing, textile and craft circles.

Loralie has a worldwide following.

My first clue of the devotion of her fans came very early when a group of ladies asked me if it was true that Loralie Harris was coming to Florence. The boutique hadn't been completed yet, but I said, it was true.

Some other ladies in The Loralie Antique Mall overheard the good news and went running to other ladies and they literally joined in a circle and started dancing with joy. I'd never seen anything like that. It reminded me of a joyous dance Jewish folks often do at weddings. It was one of the cutest things I've ever seen.

These ladies apparently knew that is exactly the kind of joy and happiness that comes alive in Loralie's designs and creations.

Here's another picture of the Loralie Boutique upstairs taken during the unveiling in October. That's a cutting table. I love the antique iron bed. The cutting table is self serve and customers can cut as little or as much fabric as they desire. But there is also pre-cut fabric available. Sewing fans will know what I mean when I say there is a selection of fat quarters that is dazzling.

And the entire collection of Loralie Designs fabrics is available there. It's the only place that all of the designs are available besides online. Loralie Designs has fabrics in stores across the country, but it is only in Florence, Colorado where all the collection is presented in person.

This was a recent window display at The Loralie Antique Mall. Notice the kitty quilts? Several hundred people did. This adorable kitty fabric is one of the most popular items in the line.

Here's a picture of The Loralie Antique Mall's current window display. Samples of Loralie's aprons and fabric are on display, as well as some of the nifty sewing related antiques available for sale at the mall.

The Loralie Antique Mall is open seven days a week. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays and 11 to 4 on Sundays.

More information on the all the products the Loralie Designs showcase can be discovered at:

And a visit to Loralie's facebook page takes viewers on a journey of projects people all over the world are creating.

Stay tuned to The Loralie Antique Mall Facebook page at: and this blog. Blog readers will be kept updated on the fun class with Loralie that is in the works and many more happenings at The Loralie Antique Mall.

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Florence, Colorado: K.D. Elise Photography

Working in an antiques mall is about the funnest place to work. It's not a stuffy place with objects that meanings have long passed.

Regular blog readers know that once in awhile I like to jump from behind the counter at The Loralie Antique Mall (formerly The Iron Gate Antique Mall) in Florence, Colorado and ask people why they are buying a certain object and what they plan to do with it.

I truly LIKE antiques and collectibles. But what I LOVE is the true stories people have to tell me when they venture into the antiques mall.

This lovely woman was happy to tell me her plans for the pink enamel baby washtub she purchased at The Loralie Antique Mall at 109 W. Main St. in Florence--which is the antiques capital of Colorado.

She will be using it as a prop in her photography business. She specializes in newborn baby photography, but also takes fantastic pictures of toddlers and people of any age.

Here's just a sample of her work.

It doesn't get much cuter than this.

K.D. Elise Photography is based in Pueblo, but serves clients all over Colorado.

I suggest one and all check out the website: for all the great details on this talented lady.

And now we know some of the secrets of K.D. Elise Photography's smashing success: Incredible talent and knowing that taking the short drive to Florence to purchase antique props for all those adorable pictures is the way to go.

K.D. Elise Photography my be reached at 719-371-3770.

All stories about businesses highlighted on this blog are done TOTALLY free of charge. One purpose of this blog is to showcase talent and fun things to do, see and buy in southern Colorado. If you have a story you'd like to submit for possible inclusion on this blog, you may do so at: