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.
Greeted by the Welcome Wagon
First thing you see, as you enter through the garden center, is a wagon stuffed full of holiday pillows in all shapes and sizes. I was sorely tempted by the plaid pillow with a Scottie dog like my Fibber. But, since I already have quite a few already, I moved on.
That didn’t stop me from purchasing the pilgrim couple featured in Thanksgiving Figures, Pilgrims and Indians Decorate Home. These were pretty special. And on sale!
Trax Farms a Feast for the Eyes
Since it was the week before Thanksgiving, the live trees, garlands, florals and wreaths weren’t out yet. Trax did have several displays of very realistic artificial wreaths and greenery. Like Old Allegheny, Trax Farms carries very high quality greenery and floral picks. Several of them are decorating my home right now. Aren’t they enticing?
Trax also has an extensive floor space dedicated to numerous, themed displays of holiday décor items, ornaments, gifts and tableware. If there’s a holiday theme they probably have a display with wares for sale dedicated to it.
Here is an adorable display of snowmen, in all shapes and sizes.
The displays are wonderful done and worth the visit just to see. I liken it to the olden days of viewing holiday windows at department stores downtown. Only here, it’s warm and dry, with holiday music filling the air and the scent of freshly baked pies.
Here Comes Santa Claus
Santa and his reindeer were in front of the snowmen display. Doesn’t this just put a big smile on your face?
The nearly life-size reindeer and Santa are all available for sale. Well, they were…they may be living in someone’s home by now. Oh to have a place large enough to house them!
I wanted to hug the jolly ‘ol elf! I was like a kid in a candy shop, surrounded by what feels like acres of Christmas on display. There were also smaller versions of Santa in abundance and these neat reindeer planters.
Stuffed animals of a much smaller sort are also on display in the children’s department, along with books and other toys. Trax always stocks adorable, quality plush toys year-round. The kind you would find in a specialty toy store. They also have a lot of gifts appropriate for a baby shower or infant
I love giving stuffed animals as you saw in my post, 6 Reasons Toy Gift Giving Gives Back. Trax is an excellent source for unique, special creatures from tiny to big as life!
Tableware, Linens & Hostess Gifts Galore
Trax Farms is a ‘dangerous’ destination if you love tableware as I do. They stock many items I haven’t seen anywhere else. These reindeer themed dishes and serving ware were in one tempting display.
There were almost an infinite number of items that would make especially nice hostess gifts.
Can you see the white reindeer lidded jar with the giant red nose in the picture at the right? Isn’t he cute? Competing for my affections was the tan reindeer head-shaped platter with red nose dip bowl. Lots of festive serving pieces to choose from.
Oh, and candle too!
You’ll also find wonderful linens at Trax, especially during the holiday season. Many of my Christmas and winter linens either came from Trax or Old Allegheny Shoppe. They stock placemats, table runners, napkins, dish towels, and oven mitts.
And, if you like old-fashioned bottle-brush Christmas trees, you’ll find lots of them scattered throughout the gift displays at Trax.
A number of them are also decorating my home from previous shopping trips. They mix in nicely with my vintage décor and framed holiday pictures of the kids in matching outfits.
Ornaments to Infinity and Beyond!
In the background you can also see a lot of decorated Christmas trees. Did I mention they have an entire long wall of ornaments, organized by theme? They always have gingerbread and bakery good ornaments, often displayed on an antique white enamel stove. Sorry, I must have forgotten to take a picture of it.
Like Santa and his reindeer, some of the holiday decorations are pretty large. I had no idea where I could possibly put this snowman head, but I loved Frosty. Heck, I loved it all!
Hope you enjoyed visiting Trax Farms at Christmastime. Gotta get back to putting the ornaments on the live tree as I see hubby has finished doing the lights. Cue the holiday music…
Do you have a favorite destination for purchasing holiday decorations?
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I just traveled from your Old Quebec trip on BNOTP to your blog posts. I have shopped Trax Farms in the summer and early autumn but never thought to go there at Christmas. Next year I will head that way.
Hi Iris, welcome to The Buzz! So are you local, from the Pittsburgh area – South Hills? I was going to head over to Trax this week for the post Christmas clearance but the frigid temperatures have me keeping warm inside.