Friday, June 26, 2009

I'm Big on Bob!

Banana Bob, that is!

I recently acquired some lovely Banana Bob jewelry findings and have packaged up quite a few for the store. This line of jewelry was sold in high-end shops during the 1980s and the company has since gone out of business. I was very lucky to find a treasure trove of Banana Bob and other findings.

This is just a tiny sampling...

Also some excellent cameos and other little lovelies like beads, connectors, drops, cabs, settings and more. Here are a couple that I haven't packaged yet...

Over the years I've accumulated an extensive stash of vintage findings. Some from as far back as the '30s and '40s. I've been making room for all kids of jewelry goodies at Wellers so drop in and take a peek!

Stay cool!

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Colorado Studio Retreat Alert!!

This looks like a really GREAT retreat! Everyone who has taken KC Willis' on-line workshops has just raved about them! Check out the details here - KC Willis Studio Retreats.

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Sunday, June 21, 2009

Missin' My Pop


I was so blessed to have my father in my life and I miss him a lot since he's left this Earth for his home in Heaven.

His resting place in Windber, PA

What a cute kid he was!

From a 1955 family portrait

Pop and me in Dublin, Ireland

Lakes of Killarney 1971

Me and my Pop having a few laughs - Chicago, IL

Mom took this photo of Pop in NYC when they were on their honeymoon in 1948. (He was 22 years old - same age my daughter is now.)

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Weller Wednesday

Here are some of the visitors we welcomed at Wellers this past week...

Gloria Mihna from Medina came cruising through Rural in her beautiful 1959 Chevrolet Impala! You can pack a lot of great things in a convertible on a nice day.
Isabelle, Jolene and Tony - New London, WI and Shelby - Strum, WI
Janele, Mark & Jimmy Etten - Chetek
Judy Stuebs (Rural) brought her mother, Evelyn Anthes, and her cousin, Nancy Zupan to the Weller Store for some fun shopping.
Kathy and John Lancour from Albertville, WI are taking a little mid-week vacation at the Crystal River Inn in Rural. They spotted the 3-legged apple ladder out front and had to check it out.
Nancy Zupan and cousin, Judy Stuebs had so much fun down in the Junque Shoppe!

These two couples enjoyed browsing the store together one day this past week.
Sharon Heschke (Larsen, WI) and Sharlene Boutwell (Neenah, WI)
Susan Burns poses in front of the store after loading her purchases in her vehicle.
The Gramlings - Kiel, WI - explore the Junque Shoppe at Wellers
Tim Lemke spent some time in the store with nephews Jacob and Mason Johnson. Tim just brought us his very nice (and extensive) collection of vintage straight razors - come on in to see them if you're in town! Tim's collection includes razors, strops, sharpeners, boxes and a Cudahy packing Company grocer's knife and all are available for sale now at Wellers.
Send me an email at: if you're not local and would like some information about the items in this collection.
A smiling Waupaca girl stands in front of the wonderful vintage blackboard she found in the collectible toy room we opened recently.

Thursday, June 11, 2009

Random Items At Wellers

I thought it would be fun to take some random merchandise photos so you can see the wide range of items we have in the Weller Store.

This is just one of the vintage needlecases (with needles) that lives down in the Junque Shoppe At Wellers. We try to keep a variety of old papers and ephemera on hand.

One of our consignors, Barb Akers, just brought in this very beautiful lamp over the weekend. SOLD!

It's really hard for me not to keep all the pretty linens at home! This is my current favorite in the store.

In addition to the printed flour sacks, we also have the plain ones as well as some sugar, rice, and feed sacks. A few large, heavy printed feed sacks came in after this photo was taken.

We have several of these wonderful old electric fans. I just love this small one! Looks like something out of a 1940s movie detective's office.

More ephemera in the form of dairy caps. We have quite a large selection down in the Junque Shoppe. We also have pint, quart and half-gallon milk bottles.

There are bowls and crocks galore - this one is my personal favorite.

We like crates here! Apple crates, egg crates, soda crates, fruit crates. Don't you just love the graphics on the labels?

Another denizen of the Junque Shoppe! I saw this and thought "planter!" What do you see? The great thing about items in the Junque Shoppe is that you can let your imagination go wild. SOLD

Monday, June 8, 2009

Hats Are Back!

Is it just me or are women starting to wear more hats again? I've been noticing more and more hats lately - especially in church on Sundays.

When I was a little girl, I often wished I was big enough to wear hats to church like my mom did. Oh, sure, I had my new Easter outfit every year, complete with hat and matching handbag, but it just wasn't the same as those sexy little hats with feathers and nets or the wide brimmed hats with ribbons and flowers. I remember being fascinated by the process of making hats, too. My mother and her friends would gather together some afternoons with all their millinery forms and flowers and make the most beautiful hats. If I was lucky there were scraps that I could glue together for my dolly.

As you might imagine, I have a weakness for lovely hats and can't help myself when I come across some nice vintage specimens. Expect Wellers to always have at least a small selection of vintage millinery and accessories on hand.

Saturday, June 6, 2009

What's New At Wellers?

Oh, lots of vintage and primitive items have come into the store in the past week! Here is just a sampling...

Splish, splash! Can you imagine taking a bath in one of these? No wonder they only took one bath a week (year?) back in the good old days!

Aren't these just beautiful pulley wheels? They would look smashing with a little oil finish!

We have also received a nice apple ladder, primitive tree planter, potato planters, nail keg, wooden barrels, crocks, a large selection of zinc canning lids, and so much more!

Thursday, June 4, 2009

Plenty of Visitors This Week!

We're having lots of fun at Wellers these days! Here's a look at some of the folks who stopped by this week. (I left some of their names back at the store so I'll pop back in and add them tomorrow!)

Local resident Colleen Wright is getting to be one of our favorite regulars! She brought her twin, Charlene, with her and they had a blast looking through the collectible toys.

Emma Ayres came all the way from Arlington Heights, IL and she brought her people along for the ride and some yummy ice cream cones!

Louise and Tom Stephani of New London with the tractor and loader Tom found among the vintage tin toys.

Madsen Cycles Cargo Bikes
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Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Calling All Collage Artists!

K C Willis has a great collage camp registration going on at:

Check out her blog here -

I just love her artwork!

I'll be back with more photos from Rural later today!

Have a GREAT day!