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  • 23 Oct 2014
      Something really neat happened last week and I want to share it with you. I work as a cashier at the Brass Armadillo Antique Mall in Wheat Ridge, Colorado and I must say I meet really cool people everyday. Two weeks agp a couple came up to the check out counter with a very nice Vintage Silk Top Hat which had a slight pucker in the fabric. The vendor who was selling this item gave them a considerable discount for it and I asked if it was part of a Halloween costume. The couple said they were going to use it to take pictures of rabbits in the hat. I thought it would be a very cute idea. I told them I would love to see the photos and I gave the woman my personal email address. We spoke for a minute more while I completed their check out and they were on their way home with an awesome hat. What I didn't realize is what the pictures were being taken for. I didn't even think to ask her. Well lo-and-behold I got an email last week from the woman. Her name is Marsha Steckling and this is what she had to say: Hi Tracey, As promised, here is a photo I took of a dog, Spanky, with the top hat I bought last week.  Thanks again to your vendor for giving me a great deal since she knew it was for a photo shoot with pets at Longmont Humane Society. We will use the hat again when we get our next white rabbit in for adoption. I was so excited to hear this Vintage Silk Top Hat has found a new home and is being used for a truly great cause. Marsha had taken the photo for the Longmont Humane Society to aid in the adoption of their shelter pets. Our vendor talked with Marsha and gave her a super deal on the hat. I am proud I was able to meet these people and am able to share their interest with you.  The vendors at the Brass Armadillo are terrific in engaging with our patrons to assure the customer is leaving our store with objects they will treasure. This is why I love working here at the knowing these interesting and unusual items may be used again for a greater purpose. Please see photos of Spanky below:      
    618 Posted by Tracey Wood
Antiques - Collectibles 2,132 views Oct 27, 2014
Halloween Bash!

Hello everyone and Happy Halloween!

Halloween is right around the corner and I am excited to announce The Brass Armadillo Antique Mall's Annual Halloween Bash! This event is massive and is greatly anticipated by patrons and employees alike.  

We encourage everyone to put on those crazy costumes and bring your children down to trick or treat in a fun, safe environment from 5-9 PM. We will have refreshments and snacks as well as a raffle with fantastic prize give aways throughout the evening. There will be spook-tacular merriment for everyone! Muuuuuhahahahahah!

Here is the BEST part of our Halloween event for all of you shoppers out there. 15% off all items storewide! (All Day, Friday only) This is the time of year to find that perfect Christmas gift for a friend or loved one or the finest decoration fit for any holiday gathering. And maybe, just maybe you find next years Halloween costume for a steal.

We look forward to seeing you all for the festivities!

Pumpkin Carving Tip: Jazz It Up!

We all know that pumpkin carving has come a long way from the good old fashioned toothless smile and triangle eyes to that of a decorative art form. How do you make your pumpkins look as though they are created by a crafty genius? 

Pumpkins are very woody and fibrous so utilising various power tools can come in handy. You can use a jigsaw to cut out the top and the larger areas you would like to remove. This saves a little bit of time, broken knives, and muscle strains. Other power tools can be used to take out smaller bits and gently shave off the skin. Kids, ask Dad or Mom to help you.

Don't be afraid to use other items when creating that original pumpkin. The sky is the limit when creating an interesting face. Yarn can be used for hair and facial hair but red or black candy vines are better! Red or green gel candy can be used for blood or gore, jawbreakers for colorless eyeballs, and then top it off with a hat. The list is as long as your imagination.

After you have put in all of the hardwork of carving and decorating this pumpkin you don't want it to get moldy and rot away before the big day. The easiest and most effective preservative is a spray bathroom cleaner with bleach. It kills bacteria, mold, and keeps the critters away. WARNING! If you use this method and have decorated the pumpkin with candy make certain children do not eat it! Better to keep those pumpkins out of reach of little hands and mouths.

Have a safe and happy Halloween everyone! 

(Raffle prize photos in link below)