Monday, December 14, 2009

Antiques Make Special Gifts

Thank GOD Gina is back. As you can tell from the last few posts I haven't had her helping in the photo department. I hope you love her work as much as I do as she is truly gifted in photography. I simply tell her what I want photographed and in only a few minutes the photos are snapped and on my computer. I am diligently working on finishing the website and I can't wait to share some of my favorite photos she has taken of our merchandise with y'all.

Can you believe there is only 10 days left before Christmas? If you still can't decide what to get for those hard to shop for on your list, have you considered giving antiques ? Below are just a tiny sampling of our One of-a-kind Finds for special gift giving.

An Antique Bath Tub

Choose from our stacks of Vintage Platters, Trays and Serving Pieces

Our Customers never get tired of these and neither do we ... another new shipment of Vintage Euro Shams

Dogs a Plenty

Vintage Maps and Globes

We have a gathering of these vintage music playing powder boxes

How bout a Vintage Hat? We have new arrivals almost every day-

Wouldn't these vintage Bottle Toppers bee adorable sticking out of a stocking?

Tiny Tiny Tiny Antique Sewing Machine

Antique Bar Ware

We have Piles of of Silver Plate around the shop left PERFECTLY UN-POLISHED

Just in - Numerous old Store Signage
Just Enough to Spell Almost Any Word You Want
I leave you with a shot of Shop Girl Amy J. Modeling our New Scarves and Fingerless Mittens. I know, not old - (Yes Bev), but another adorable gift none the less. Remember if you see something you like, give us a call to see about us shipping something to you if you can't make it down in person. Our Knowledgeable Staff WILL HELP you by spending the necessary time with you finding that perfect gift just like the customer service from the bygone era.
Bee Seeing YOU!

Holidays on 5th Street

This past weekend Bloom & Bee Swanky Participated in the first Holiday on the Avenues in Downtown Waco. Fun was held by all during our late night shopping event.

While our customers shopped, we were blessed with the sounds of Steve Gereghty with his bluesy, jazzy versions of holiday favorites. I hope to have him play again one day. If you didn't come, you really missed it as he made the shop so alive and awesome in Christian Spirit.

Our Artist in Residence, Pam Gray, had Paintings displayed all over the shop. I love this collection of them showing on an old bed spring.

The Swanky girls finished off the weekend on Sunday with delicious coffee and deserts at one of my favorite Downtown Waco Spots, Se Cocina, located just around the corner from our shop. Here are Beverly and Becky best of friends for more than 25 years and never found without smiles on their faces. They are truly as close as two peas in a pod as you can get. Becky gave me the cutest 1950's Nun Doll to display in my home with my old family bibles.

Shop Girls Rebekah and Amy J. with our Staff Merchandiser Debi in the middle. That's Me behind the camera - HA!

Saturday, December 12, 2009

Don't Forget

We are Open Late Tonight Until 8PM
For Late Night Shopping with Live Music

See Next Post

Monday, December 07, 2009

Christmas on the Avenues

Please click on the above flyer to read detail ...

This Saturday, Dec. 12th, Downtown Waco will bee celebrating Christmas on the Avenues. We will bee open until 8 pm for late night shopping. Please come view the Artistic Expressions of our Artist Resident Pam Gray. Enjoy "Sips and Nibbles" while you shop with live music from Steve Gereghty from 6-8 pm.

All the above locations will bee open late so please come see all the Great things Downtown Waco has to offer. You can even ride a horse drawn carriage from location to location provided by Storybook Carriages.

Snow is a very rare EVENT here in Central Texas. I can count on one hand how many times I have seen it in my lifetime. I couldn't believe my eyes when fat fluffy snowflakes fell from the heavens this week. It lasted less than 30 minutes and didn't stick, but I did manage to sneak this photo.
This past Thursday, Bev and I headed WAY WAY down the road for a junking trip. We are still putting out all of our great finds. I finally made it to Winnie and Tulula's in Athens and scored this fab - YES buzzard wings from my dear Friend Theresa. If you are in the area, you must make it a point to go by and see this shop. Her window display will bee up the rest of the month and it is breathtaking.

I found these wonderful wreaths made from old springs great for holding cards and old photos as well as this perfectly shabby old mirror. - Both SOLD
We just put out our new arrival of scarves and nearly sold out by end of day Saturday. It had already been picked over before I had the chance to snap this photo. Thank-you Waco. Never fear - more are on the way.

These Zipper Floral Headbands too ... SOLD OUT

I have been wanting to play catch up with you all for awhile now . Rather than one extra long post I will leave you with bits of where the heck I have been and what I am up to. I want this blog to not only bee about the shop and my love for Downtown Waco but to also leave a personal note now and then that hopefully you might find interesting.

Matt and I had the wonderful opportunity to Volunteer on a Habitat for Humanity House with our small group from Journey Christan Community. If you ever have the chance to do this, I highly recommend it. We are already talking about doing it again soon.
It was fun and really educational and easy. Don't worry, no skills are necessary just a heart and a desire to work. Here are Becky and Dod installing insulation in a bathroom.

I hope you all had a Blessed Thanksgiving. Matt and I were so blessed and we spent the day volunteering at the Salvation Army. I wanted to do something - anything that would bring a blessing to someone else. I made these flower arrangements to take to decorate the tables. I have NEVER arranged flowers before and did it quite inexpensively.

Kim at Blooming Gals generously donated a bucket full of dozens of beautiful yellow roses. She also provides us with all the gorgeous flowers you see here at the shop each week. I initially was just going to hand them out but decided to take it to the next level. For less than $25 I was able to make 19 arrangements. I purchased a few Gerbera daises and cups from our local grocery and everything else I cut from our yard and we don't even have a garden. It is amazing what you can do with a little greenery, grasses and imagination. The reason I am telling you this is because at one point I ended up sitting next to a precious child whose name happened to bee Daisy. She was shy and apprehensive due to uncontrollable circumstances. Those Daisies were the ice breaker to a new friendship with not only her but her entire family. Do you have any Daisy Stories to Share?

Tuesday, November 24, 2009



20% Off ALL In Stock Bedding
20% Off All Archipelago, Tokyo Milk & All Apothecary Items
10 % Off everything in our Linen Drawers and Enormous Selection of Vintage Hankies
Buy 2 Mercury Silver Glass Ornaments get one half Price
25% Off In Stock Bubble Trees
25% Off Vintage Belgium Draperies
20% Off All Candles and Diffusers
30% Off All Fenton and Glassware in Marked Cabinet
Ask about other markdowns on Antiques and our One of-a-kind Finds

If you would like to have a coupon for an additional 10% off your purchase, Please leave me a comment or e-mail me with your name and e-mail address and I will bee sure you get one.

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving

Bee Seeing You!

Monday, November 23, 2009

A few things new this week...

ALL SOLD, but more on the way SOON
Brooches by a la parisienne
This girl truly has one of the most lovely blogs I have seen - check it out here

At only $15.00 each you will want to get one for everyone on your list

Heart necklaces made from the ends of Vintage Flatware

Rings Too (modeled by Shop Girl Rebekah)

If you love the Archipelago MILK products - you will love it even more as a Fragrance

Two Newly Upholstered Vintage Chairs

Piles of Pillows - ALL SOLD

These made from Vintage French Grain Sacks

Objects of Joy - by our own Beverly
True Antique Treasures in Old Pocket Watch Cases

Bee Merry

Finally... some random photos taken during our holiday open house preview party

Beautiful French Armoire shown here with our new Beehive scented diffusers

Our Free Gift of the Night - Large Glass Snowflakes

Wonderful upholstered Bed with our New Oatmeal Nubby Ruffled Bedding

We have several new "OLD" busts and statues

Our Religious Department has all but sold out. We can't keep these wonderful old iconographic prints and Santos figures.

Lots of florals dripping in silver glitter mixed with a new arrival of white peacock feathers

All our Mannequins are dressed for the season with ornaments and authentic wearable vintage accessories

We carry the entire line of the Savannah Bee Company

These glass chandeliers are my favorite ornament

Hurry in and get your long sleeve Swanky Tees while they last

Many More Vintage Dresses...

Stacks of vintage white ironstone and dinnerware

A Christmas Tree Dress

More of what's New this week NEXT