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New Year’s Eve Traditions & Superstitions 1254 836 Gaslight Square Shoppes

New Year’s Eve Traditions & Superstitions

2020 is almost coming to an end, and the holiday season is quickly approaching. This year has certainly been interesting (and quite frankly stressful and challenging to many), but the good news is that you can start shopping for new year’s decorations. Yay! There’s just something about starting a new…

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New Year’s Decor Ideas for Your Space! 1280 855 Gaslight Square Shoppes

New Year’s Decor Ideas for Your Space!

A new year comes with the promise of good tidings and endless possibilities, and at the end of the day, it’s the love of family and friends that matters. But, sprucing up your space with New Year’s decor for the new year adds to the pomp and color. Top Creative…

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Christmas Ornaments: A Decorative History 1920 2560 Gaslight Square Shoppes

Christmas Ornaments: A Decorative History

Do your eyes light up when you spot a faded green and white box of vintage Shiny Brite ornaments? Or, do you imagine a fresh, new look for your Christmas tree each year? No matter what your tree-decorating style, you may wonder where this crazy tradition of filling up a…

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Holiday Traditions from Around the World 1254 837 Gaslight Square Shoppes

Holiday Traditions from Around the World

Many families pass down cherished Christmas ornaments and paraphernalia as part of their holiday traditions. If you don’t have treasured Christmas possessions tucked away, you can start the tradition now by collecting Christmas decorations with old country connections. Advent Calendars — Germany Advent calendars originated in Germany where people marked…

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Vintage Nativity Sets: Away in a Manger 1920 1280 Gaslight Square Shoppes

Vintage Nativity Sets: Away in a Manger

  Among many favorite Christmas decorations are nativity scenes or crèches, depicting the stable scene of Jesus’ birth in Christian tradition. Whether life-size and displayed in front of a home or church, or smaller and set up inside a home, nativity scenes have been part of Christmas celebrations since the 13th…

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Silver and Gold: How to Clean and Care for Antique Jewelry 1254 836 Gaslight Square Shoppes

Silver and Gold: How to Clean and Care for Antique Jewelry

Antique jewelry is defined as over a century old. Because of the advanced age, caring and cleaning precious pieces may be a little different from the jewelry you bought yesterday. Antique Jewelry Cleaning Agents The kind of mixture or cleaning agents you use will probably be based on the kind…

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Thanksgiving: Find Your Own Style 743 470 Gaslight Square Shoppes

Thanksgiving: Find Your Own Style

Have you always wanted to have elegant Thanksgiving tableware and decor? Would you like to have a look that’s all your own? Want to turn it into a really classy event? With these tips and some antique store treasures, you’ll have everything you need to express your style, and impress…

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Antique Decor: Blending the Past with the Present 1255 835 Gaslight Square Shoppes

Antique Decor: Blending the Past with the Present

The beauty of adding antique decor in your home is the character each piece adds to your space along with the story it tells. However, an entire home full of antiques can take on a somewhat dated look. It can be overwhelming to think about updating your home while keeping…

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Antique Jewelry 101: What You Need to Know 1258 833 Gaslight Square Shoppes

Antique Jewelry 101: What You Need to Know

Buying, selling or simply seeing antique jewelry is a rewarding experience. However, there is a lot of information you need to know to feel confident purchasing or selling. What kind of jewelry is this? Where did this piece originate and why? How old is it, and how many people may…

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Don’t Lose Your Marbles Over Antique Marble Top Tables 1253 836 Gaslight Square Shoppes

Don’t Lose Your Marbles Over Antique Marble Top Tables

An antique or vintage marble top table can be a beautiful addition to any home, whether it’s a classic Victorian occasional table or an elegant, Art Deco dining table. Knowing how to properly clean and care for that marble top can keep your piece looking amazing for years to come.…

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Antique Silver’s Silver Lining 1254 836 Gaslight Square Shoppes

Antique Silver’s Silver Lining

In days gone by, many families had two sets of utensils. There was the everyday flatware, and then they had special silver flatware and serving pieces that were brought out for holidays and special occasions. Family silver was often passed down through generations, but  had lost popularity in recent decades.…

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Getting Started with a Rare Book Collection 2121 1414 Gaslight Square Shoppes

Getting Started with a Rare Book Collection

Thinking about rare books may conjure up visions of English manors with libraries of elegant, leatherbound titles, or a museum display of massive, Medieval tomes. Rare books can be all of those things, but they can also be rather modern and unique with other special qualities.  How To Begin Your…

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