Celebrate Our Storefront with this Guatemalan Tote Bag

Time to celebrate . . who doesn’t love to give? We’re giving this beautiful Guatemalan tote bag to one lucky person. We will select one name randomly on Saturday, August 22.  Just leave a comment on our Facebook Page –…

Reading the Cover of the Book

There are books and then, there are covers or dust jackets for hardbound books. I recently came across quite a few books published in the late 1940s with dust jackets intact. They are intriguing, interesting and nice to behold. Can…

Rare People and Rare Books

  The film, Fading Gigilo opens with Woody Allen carefully tissue wrapping beautiful leather bound books. The camera pans to empty shelves. He is closing the bookstore first established by his grandfather. He laments, This is the end of an…

The Gift: The Story of The Homer Laughlin Plate

Almost, thirty years ago, a package arrived postmarked from the Homer Laughlin Company, Newell, West Virginia quite unexpectedly. A few days before, we were at the International Housewares Exhibition in Chicago. It was a big deal, a really big deal. Now,…

The Romance of a Christmas Mouse

The Romance of a Christmas MouseChristmas Mouse Featured in Romantic Homes Magazine Hmmmm, I said, this looks like spam. Quickly, I clicked log out and returned to my real work. Later in the day, there was another notification from Etsy about a convo.…

The Romance of a Christmas Mouse

Hmmmm, I said, this looks like spam. Quickly, I clicked log out and returned to my real work. Later in the day, there was another notification from Etsy about a convo. Hello Valerie, I am gathering materials for a vintage Christmas photo…