One of my favorites, Old Allegheny Shoppe, is hosting their 43rd annual spring open house this weekend. I got a head start, beating the usual crowds, by visiting earlier in the week.
Old Allegheny, a furniture and accessories store, is one of my favorite places to treasure hunt for holiday and seasonal decor and inspiration.
Spring and summer seasonal decorations are fewer. But, for Halloween through Christmas, the place is decked from top to bottom — busting at the seams with holiday decor, accents and gifts.
I took you there in the post, Previewing Favorite Christmas Shop Kicks Off the Season. During the months of October, November and December it can be sensory and budget overload!
But there was still lots of retail temptation on my latest visit. Browse with me …
For over 150 years, and six generations, Trax Farms has been growing fruits and vegetables in the South Hills area of Pittsburgh. They also have a large garden center, deli,bakery and antique loft.
And while I love it all, it’s my annual fall and Christmas shopping excursions I most look forward to.
Like Old Allegheny Shoppe in Previewing Favorite Christmas Shop Kicks Off the Season, Trax Farms is one of my favorite places to visit and shop for special holiday decorations, décor, gifts, tableware and ornaments.
Join me while I show some of the wonderful things I found there on a recent excursion.
Santa is on a hiatus from visiting my home these days, so the elf in me gets it’s fix by toy gift giving.
Since I’ve had the empty nest, my favorite Christmas shopping is for the annual Toys for Tots drive. It’s nice to help other parents and grandparents ensure their children have toys under the tree.
Do you have a favorite holiday gift drive you regularly participate in run by a local charity, school, church, hospital or military support group?
I absolutely love shopping for the kids, and doing so fills me with a special kind of holiday happiness.
Today, I’m sharing my six reasons why it’s the perfect combination of playing Santa, retail therapy, and spreading a little goodwill.
Won’t you join me in some virtual shopping? (more…)
It’s that time of year again, when many of my favorite specialty stores host a Christmas shop open house.
There’s always beautiful and enticing holiday displays of decorated trees, tableware, gifts, floral arrangements and other festive decor.
Most stores host their Christmas open house the first or second weekend after Halloween. I’ll admit, that’s a tad on the early side for me, as I’m usually still busy packing up Halloween decorations and preparing for Thanksgiving.
But, it’s a good opportunity to pick up some new holiday decorating ideas, if not make a few purchases to tuck away and get a head start on the Christmas season.
My first stop took me to Old Allegheny Shoppe, which features country and traditional furniture and home accessories. (more…)