With the temperatures hitting 50 in Pittsburgh, I took the opportunity to head out on an Easter hunt at Trax Farms.Always open to making a spontaneous purchase, I actually went with a list in my mind of a few things I’ve been hunting for:
- Spring or Easter table runner appropriate for the dining room
- Signs, accent pieces and/or embellishments for several theme wreaths I have orders for, or are planning to make
- Small, appliqued outdoor flag/banner with a bee theme
To be honest, my Easter hunt and shopping basket came up empty — in terms of my intended list that is!
But, look at all the other inspirational home decor, tableware, gifts, and gardening accents I found!
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A White Spring?
Glad I got to Trax when I did, because on Wednesday another snow storm game through and dumped 6-8 heavy inches of snow in the Pittsburgh area. It’s whiter outside now than it was when I took you Visiting Trax Farms at Christmastime!
That’s probably why Trax’s greenhouse or outdoor areas aren’t stocked with plants, trees or flowers yet. Houseplants and Easter flowers were aplenty, under roof though. And, these adorably displayed silk florals certainly added a lot of sunshine and color.
I was tempted to pick up some of the mini florals to put into these cute broken egg containers. Wouldn’t they be adorable on a tabletop, or just one in a little vignette?
The garden center was stuffed with tools, supplies, bird feeders, pots, wind chimes, trellises, lanterns, outdoor furnishings, and much more. That’s the area I started my Easter hunt, and where I saw these adorable farmhouse-chic fountains.
And, even though I don’t have a place for it, I fell in love with the shovel and pan fountain. As I recall, it was about $200.
While I was pondering if I might be able to incorporate the fountain into my little herb garden, I wondered over to see if I could find that garden bee flag on my Easter hunt list.
Trax always has a large selection of outdoor and garden flags and banners. I’ve been looking for the perfect appliqued flag for several years — to go with my front door wreath.
Come May, the wreath now hangs on my black front door. I made the bee wreath and decorative hive embellishment for a Queen DebBee themed, My Favorite Things Party. Read more at Adorable Bee-Themed Wreaths.
Alas, I came up empty again! So I moved on to find outdoor lanterns in many sizes, styles and colors. Look at them hanging overhead from old ladders. Too many to fit in a single picture.
That put me in the home decor section, and on my Easter hunt for a runner to compliment Chocolate Rabbit Easter Table.
Trax always has an extensive choice of linens, far more than Macy’s and more upscale than Kohl’s.
First, I came across this vibrant Easter apron. Wouldn’t it make a nice hostess gift for anyone who likes to cook or garden? There were tabletop and paper products to match too.
Although tempted to purchase the apron, I’m presently using my birthday apron from friend R. It has a crown on the front of it and say’s, “Queen of Da&% Near Everything!” Because of my nickname, Queen of Theme, lol!
A Grey Spring? Anyway, strike two on my Easter hunt list. No table runner for the dining room. Although I really liked these linens, the grey and white wasn’t what I needed.
There was a lot of grey and tin tabletop and home décor. Like this large Mrs. Farmer Rabbit, by Raz. I saw she and her tall hubby while I was Perusing Spring Open House at Old Allegheny Shoppe last week.
Like I said earlier, a lot of farmhouse chic decor and accessories.
I’m seriously considering returning for one of these tin, pig-shaped trays…
Point Me in the Right Direction
A lot of grey in the tabletop and hanging Easter hunt signs too. I loved this large, tin bunny crossing sign.
Made of wood, the To the Egg Hunt sign with sweet white-washed bunny was another favorite during my visit to Trax.
Here’s another bunny sign incorporating tin that would work nicely in a country vignette.
See the two small cake plates held up by bunnies to the left of the picture? I have eight of these at home, but mine lack the gold accents. See them in, Darling Bunny Hop Table Celebrates Spring.
Speaking of setting Easter tables, there was quite a bit of seasonal tableware — and it was on sale too!
Doesn’t Trax do a nice job merchandising and displaying their products? Even if I wasn’t finding what I was looking for on my Easter hunt, it’s always fun to just window shop and find design inspiration.
There was even a little coastal, beach tableware on display too. Thinking my sister who lives on the water in Charleston would like the mermaid or whale spoon rest? Or maybe my friend M for her Ocean City kitchen?
Wishing I Had Baskets to Fill
I couldn’t help detouring into Trax’s children section. Wouldn’t these teethers make a great infant Easter basket filler? Which one would you choose?
Or this sweet knit cap with bunny ears. Opps, the angle I took the photo makes it appear the flamingo was coming out of the top of the hat!
When I have grandchildren, I’m going to have to make a lot more wreaths to finance my shopping…
Enjoy the Easter Hunt, or at Least the Ride
I struck out on all three counts as far as finding signs and embellishments for upcoming wreath projects. Hoping when I return in early May for flowering plants and herbs (it has to stop snowing by then, right?!), Trax will have more summer theme décor. I’m on the lookout for coastal, sea life, bee, watermelon, ladybug and patriotic wreath accents.
I did see this trio of stacked woodblock signs that might provide some design inspiration. I’ll have to think on it, but I love the sentiment.
Have a great weekend!
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Wow, what a lovely place. I am tempted by so many things here. Excellent displays. Great inspiration for those need to be inspired. Thanks for sharing this very special place.
Glad you enjoyed window shopping with me. It would be fun to make it an outing and then do lunch!
Debbee, How. delightful to wake up and taken to Trax for some shopping.
The big chocolate rabbit (bunny) and the pink baby hat were my two picks. Lucky you to have this wonderful garden center. Wish we had something similar, but we do not.
You are such a great wreath maker. I’m thrilled to have one of your bee creations on my kitchen door. It’s impossible to sit at the table and not think of you. Sorry about all the snow. Spring is around the corner I promise.
It might not be snowing anymore, but I suspect I’ll be wearing a winter coat to Easter services! Trax like Old Allegheny are both special places and I do feel lucky to have them in my neck of the woods. It makes me happy to think of my bee wreath in your kitchen. I’m looking forward to sharing my latest two summer wreath creations in blog posts soon.
Whoooooooooaaaaaaa!!!!! I would be bunking down in Trax!!! What a wonderland!!! Just cool stuff EVERYWHERE!!! It would be hard to resist buying just about everything in sight!!! I applaud your restraint! I’m not sure if there is a place comparable to Trax here in the Kansas City metro area…or even within a 2-hour drive, which I’d be willing to make! (Pennsylvania is a little out of my way!!!?) Your wreath is bee-yoo-tiful and so cool with all the little skeps on it!? Soldier on, darlin’! Those strikes will soon turn into grand slam homeruns!!!
I love Trax, but I’m a bit surprised so many others have told me they have nothing like it. We have another fabulous place in the North Hills area of Pittsburgh called, Soergels. Way back when — in the last millennium — when I was in high school, that area was much more rural. I remember my freshman year building our float in one of their barns, and having apple cider from their orchards. I’ll have post about both Soergels and Trax in the fall when they are just incredible to see pumpkins, etc. FYI, also way back when, I use to travel to Kansas City on business. It’s a really neat place! I really liked “bee-yoo-tiful” describing the wreath— you’re so clever! The hunt continues…..
If there IS a place like it around here, I just don’t know about it. I try to hit up lots of different shopping haunts. Nell Hill is one of my favorites along with a small boutique here in Lee’s Summit called Home Finishings. One of my high school mates owns a cool store called the Cocktell Mercantile Co. here in rural Lee’s Summit that is probably the closest I’ve seen to Trax. I’m glad you enjoyed KC when you were here. It has grown exponentially over the years. It now has a FABULOUS downtown district. All that space that used to be weird boarded up buildings…looking good now! Lots of (high priced!) condos, too.
Maybe you can do a blog post tour of Cocktell Mercantile sometime? I love window shopping!
WOW! I wish we had Trax here in Texas. That place looks amazing!!
Glad you enjoyed the tour Pamela! Ooooooh, Texas is great! We’ve had a few wonderful vacations there to Hill Country, a dude ranch when the boys were small, Austin area, the Alamo, Riverwalk, etc. etc.
Fabulous post full of inspiration! Thanks so much for linking up to The Spring and Easter Joys Link party! You are also always welcome to come over and link up weekly at Thursday Favorite Things on my blog. Hope to see you there too!
Thank you Amber, I appreciate the opportunity to share and to see what other fabulous posts are out there.