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  • PRESERVING YOUR VINYL RECORD COLLECTION

    PRESERVING YOUR VINYL RECORD COLLECTION Some of you may own a one-of a-kind record and maybe some of you own records that you listened to when you were growing up. They are wonderful to collect. As I have and you may have too, countless numbers of the vinyl records I have come across have deteriorat...
  • INSIDE A VINTAGE CAMPER

       When you see a vintage camper headed down the road, have you ever thought about how much fun it would be to have one. No doubt that they are just cute as can be. They’re in great demand and, of course, with anything vintage, there is a limited supply. They were produced from the 1...
  • Wire Ware

    Vintage wire ware has been collected for decades. Now it seems there is a resurgence of interest as collectors of wire ware appears to be increasing. Wire tells the story of America and how it shaped the lives of people from cities to across the plains. At the end of the 19th Century, open-range cat...
  • THE FANTASY OF ELVES

    THE FANTASY OF ELVES   Way, way back before “Elf on a Shelf” became a sensation, elves existed in fairy tales, plays, stories and mythology.  In the 1500's, it was typical for elves to be embraced into “elf folk tales”. By the mid 1700’s, elves had progressed ...
  • Gambling Memorabilia

    Gambling Memorabilia - Gambling has been around since ancient times and continues to be popular today. Gambling artifacts, from playing cards to dice to chips to actual gaming tables, are collected by thousands of people throughout the US and the world. Gambling items can range in price from under a...
  • Vintage Jewelry Boxes

    When I think of vintage jewelry boxes, the first thing that comes to mind are the ballerina jewelry boxes of the 1960’s. They were every little girls dream at the time. But there’s a lot more to them than you might think Porcelain trinket boxes were very popular during the Victorian days...
  • CRANBERRY GLASS

    Cranberry Glass is not just for Thanksgiving. Although red “cranberry glass” has been known to exist since early Roman times, it is believed that what we know today as Cranberry Glass was first made by Antonio Neri in 1612 A.D.   That is when he first added a bit of gold to mol...
  • VINTAGE FOUNTAIN PENS

    Fountain Pens - “What you write with reflects who you are” so the saying goes, and fountain pens were a reflection of a person’s education and status in days gone by. Up until the mid-Twentieth Century, fountain pens, or ink pens as some people call them, were the primary way for p...
  • 2018 American Indian Arts Exposition

    2018 American Indian Arts Exposition If you plan to be in Tucson, AZ during the 2018 Tucson Gem, Mineral, Fossil, Bead and Jewelry Show (January 19 through February 14), don’t miss the American Indian Arts Exposition (held January 28 through February 11). It’s one of the roughly 45 indiv...
  • VINTAGE ALUMINUM CHRISTMAS TREES

    Depending on your personal preference, and perhaps your age, you either love or hate aluminum Christmas trees!  They were hugely popular in the early 1960's, considered quite modern, and were a drastic change from the live trees of the past.  The branches were individually wrapped in paper...
  • VINTAGE GLOVES 1940'S - 1960'S

    VINTAGE GLOVES – 1940’s-1960’s 1940’s - Believe it or not, during WWII, ladies’ elegant gloves were considered an unnecessary item and limited ration coupons were issued in order to purchase them. The fancy trim and embellishments of the past were gone and the colors we...
  • ZIPPO LIGHTERS

    ZIPPO - the most recognized Cigarette Lighter. Almost everyone, especially those of us who grew up between the 1940’s and 1970’s, are familiar with the ZIPPO lighter. Back when over 75% of adults smoked, a ZIPPO lighter was indispensable. They were produced with thousands of varied color...
  • IDENTIFYING VINTAGE GLOVES 1900's-1930's

    TIPS ON IDENTIFYING VINTAGE GLOVES – 1900’s-1930’s Finding and, even more importantly, being able to identify vintage gloves can be quite a challenge – believe me! If you’re just starting out, you may want to select a particular style of glove or maybe just a timeframe ...
  • Wealth of Knowledge at The Brass Armadillos

    No matter what you’re looking for when shopping at The Brass Armadillo stores, it’s always a good idea to seek out a vendor who carries the particular style or types of vintage items you’re interested in. They have a wealth of knowledge and are just waiting for you to ask. Many of ...
  • FRANCISCAN DINNERWARE

    Fall is around the corner and it’s time for decorating the house with baskets of gourds, wreaths, corn stalks, pumpkins, and maybe a vintage wood bucket full of apples. With fall comes cooler weather and I never fail to wish I had a set of Franciscan dinnerware in the October pattern made by G...
  • DeGrazia

    If you’ve ever taken note of the watercolor paintings of Native American children by Ted DeGrazia, you probably will not forget his unique southwestern perspective of native cultures. He had a wonderful appreciation of the Sonoran desert and the lives of native cultures. He was born in Arizona...
  • RINGLING BROTHERS "THE GREATEST SHOW ON EARTH"

    RINGLING BROTHERS – THE END OF AN ERA  The closing of Ringling Brothers Barnum & Bailey Circus is a double-edged sword. It’s sad that this wonderful family entertainment is at an end; however, a benefit resulting from the closing is that the animals we came to watch and love will no...
  • "Jelly Belly" Pins and Brooches

    JELLY BELLY PINS AND BROOCHES What a cute name “Jelly Belly Pins”!!! These adorable vintage costume jewelry pins and brooches were stylish yet unusual, quirky and just plain fun. “Jelly Belly’s) came in an assortment of animals from poodles, elephants, monkeys, dogs, roosters...
  • Get your Phonograph Ready!

    Get your Phonograph Ready!   It is time to drag your old phonograph and vinyl records out of the basement because vinyl records are in high demand these days. Many audiophiles now prefer music coming from vinyl records more than digitally- reproduced music. They like the truer more distinct sou...
  • Is it a Reproduction or an Authorized Reproduction?

    One of the benefits of being a dealer at The Brass Armadillo is having the opportunity to learn about so many things ranging from just plain old “stuff”, to antique furniture, to glassware, and on and on. Everyone is aware of reproductions; “Repros “or “Fakes” are...
  • Obsessed With Collecting Vintage Quilts

    OBSESSED WITH COLLECTING VINTAGE QUILTS ? If you’re reading this, you may already have an obsession for collecting quilts. If not, some of you may have been lucky enough to have inherited a quilt or blanket from a friend or someone in your family. If you did, then you undoubtedly treasure it a...
  • Taliesin West Frank Lloyd Wright

    Frank Lloyd Wright was one of the most important American architects and while he is credited with creating the Prairie School style of design, he also developed the American Craftsman style. His love of “organic architecture” took on new meaning as he combined exterior architecture...
  • National Book Month

    National Reading Month March is National Reading Month and with winter still hanging on, it’s the perfect time to curl up with a great book. It’s also a wonderful time to share your love of reading with your children.   At The Brass Armadillo, we frequently hear parents talking...
  • What is this?

    Folks you have to check this out. I was so intrigued when I saw this “thing” I had to know what it was and where it came from. After lots of research, turns out it comes from an amazing plant called Devil’s Claw. Many believe it was first cultivated by the Hohokams a thousand years...
  • Tucson Gem & Mineral Society

    TUCSON GEM AND MINERAL SOCIETY Each year the Tucson Gem and Mineral Society hosts a variety of events in Tucson, AZ, of course. One of their major events for 2017 will be held February 9th through 12th 2017, at the Tucson Convention Center. This year’s theme is “Mineral Treasures of the ...
  • Making a Comeback: Turntables

      MAKING A COMEBACK: TURNTABLES  Believe it or not, turntables (aka record players/phonographs) have made a huge comeback. The question most people ask is “Why”. Sure it’s nostalgic but there is much more to it than that. Vinyl records simply sound better than the sound f...
  • GET READY STAR WARS FANS

    GET READY STAR WARS FANS!!  Get ready fans as you have a rare opportunity to travel through the universe with many of the Star Wars characters and - it’s available right here in Denver, CO. Star WarsTM and the Power of Costume will be on exhibit at the Denver Art Museum beginning November...
  • Why the week **before*** the Santa Fe Indian Market is so impor

    Why the week before the “Santa Fe Indian Market” is so important. Plain and simple: It's a chance to be part of a world-class celebration of Native American tribal traditions and history "not duplicated anywhere"  Just hearing them speak of their history and culture is som...
  • Think Legos are just for kids?

    Think Legos are just for kids? If you think Legos are just toys for kids, think again. Parents have been purchasing Legos for their kids since their release in the U.S. in 1961. In the years following, the Lego brand has developed into a highly-popular and valuable collectible for kids and adults.&n...
  • "Recycling for Garden Decor'

    Recycled Garden Ideas! It always seems as though spring will never get here but it eventually does.  Until then, I’m planning how I can use "recycled" items to decorate my patio/yard.  Take a look at some of my ideas. Wood shutters, a door, or any large structure, work great to...
  • Peanut Wood

    What is Peanut Wood? - Well, it’s not from peanuts. To look at it, it appears to be a stone of some kind but it’s not that either. It’s a fossil that formed over 120 million years ago! While attending the Tucson Gem and Mineral Show this year, I found some beautiful pieces of peanu...
  • American Indian Art - Heard Museum

    AMERICAN INDIAN ART AT THE “HEARD MUSEUM” If you ever visit Phoenix, AZ, don’t miss going to the Heard Museum, as it is has one of the best collections of Native American history and artifacts in the world. The preservation and representation of indigenous Native Indians’ art...
  • "Clockwork Toys"

    “CLOCKWORK TOYS”   The word “clockwork” is used to describe mechanical or windup toys. These wind-up toys were activated by the use of keys and cranks that activated small springs which in turned gears when released. They were quite popular in the 19th Century. The ...
  • Larimar ??? The Gemstone of the Caribbean

    In the coming weeks I will be showcasing some unusual gemstones and fossils that I stumbled onto at the Tucson Gem and Mineral Show this year. I hope you find them as intriguing as I do! The first gemstone is “Larimar” which is a blue/white semi-precious gemstone found only in a small ar...
  • Reclaimed Wood

    RECLAIMED WOOD – IT’S RED HOT It’s the biggest decorating design trend going right now and prices could not be more reasonable. Call it reclaimed, barn wood, distressed or any number of names, wood is everywhere in design – on feature walls, fireplaces, kitchen islands, headb...
  • Tucson Gem & Mineral Showcase

    Tucson Gem & Mineral Show - Starting January 20, 2016 The annual Tucson Gem, Mineral & Fossil Showcase is called the “largest, oldest and most prestigious gem and mineral show in the world” and for good reason. Just the sheer size of the 40+ shows is mind boggling, not to mention the ten...
  • ROLL WITH THE PUNCHES ??? IT???S WINTER!

    ROLL WITH THE PUNCHES – IT’S WINTER! You may as well just roll with the punches. The holidays are over and the next few months are going to be dreary, cold and not very welcoming. What to do? Well, my first thought is staying warm and what better place than The Brass Armadillo. It can ge...
  • GIFTING FOR "HIM" - ONE STOP SHOPPING

    GIFTING FOR “HIM” - ONE STOP SHOPPING So I did a blog for gift ideas for the gals. Now it’s only fair I do the same for the guys. If he’s a collector, that makes it a little easier for you. Being a dealer at the Denver Brass Armadillo, I see lots of guys who are serious colle...
  • 12 Great Gift Ideas for "Her" - One Stop Shopping

    12 GREAT GIFT IDEAS FOR “HER” - ONE STOP SHOPPING Hey guys and girls, just in case you are thinking that the Holidays are coming and you have no idea what to give that special someone or a member of your family, here are some great ideas for the “her” in your life. Whether sh...
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  • Holiday Decorating

    Holiday Decorating Ah, the Holidays are upon us and yes, it can be pretty overwhelming.   However, if you are decorating on a budget and are willing to leave your “comfort zone”, you should treasure hunt at the Brass Armadillo. I did just that last week and I was amazed at how ...
  • Moorcroft Pottery - What a Find!!

     Moorcroft Pottery – What a find!!! Last week at the Denver Brass Armadillo, I spent about 45 minutes just browsing through the store and found a piece of Moorcroft art pottery.  It’s an incredibly beautiful vase, near mint condition, and it was quite inexpensive.&nb...
  • Satin Glass

    Over the last 100 years or so, there have been many glass manufacturers making a multitude of glass items.  There were glass items made to serve a particular purpose and for daily use in the home.  Then there were the pieces considered to be “art glass”.  Satin Glass falls...
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  • Halloween Collectibles

    Halloween Collectibles Next to Christmas, Halloween is probably children’s’ most favorite celebrations. Many adults actually enjoy Halloween and its related parties, festivals, and “haunted” events even more than children. As a result, Halloween collectibles have become very ...
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  • Annual Santa Fe Indian Market

    Santa Fe Indian Market The Annual Santa Fe Indian Market, which is in its 94th year, will be held August 22nd and 23rd, 2015, on Santa Fe’s Historic Plaza and surrounding 14 city blocks. Over 1,000 Native American artists and craftspersons will display their handiwork and compete for juried pr...
  • Pyrex - 100 Year Anniversary

    PYREX – 100 Year Anniversary Pyrex cookware is found in over 90 million homes throughout the world and has been a kitchen staple in American homes for 100 years ever since Jesse Littleton, a Corning Industries scientist, accidently found a new use for Pyrex glass in 1913. Jesse’s wife as...
  • Madame Alexander Dolls - Shelf Sitters??

    Madame Alexander Dolls – Shelf Sitters? ?   Many of us Baby Boomers remember the gorgeous Madame Alexander Dolls as our Christmas Wish doll, or as a “shelf sitter” if we were lucky enough to have one. The impeccably designed and beautifully dressed dolls were always so stylish...
  • When Tin Containers Held Everything

    When Tin Containers Held Everything Before plastic and cardboard packaging, metal tin containers were the primary packaging for commercial products. In the early 1900’s, everything came in a tin - including meats, vegetables, candy, medicines, personal hygiene products, motor oils and industri...
  • Remember Smiley the Pig?

    Remember Smiley the Pig? Many of us who grew up during the 1940s, 1950’s, and 1960’s remember iced-tea or lemonade being poured from a Smiley Pig pitcher or sneaking a cookie from a Smiley or Winnie Pig cookie jar. These beautiful items were produced by the Shawnee Pottery Company of Zan...
  • MAKE "EARTH DAY" EVERY DAY

    MAKE “EARTH DAY” EVERY DAY Earth Day was celebrated by thousands of people on April 22 but why not observe it every day. One way you can contribute throughout the year is to repurpose, reuse, recycle, or redesign things you already have rather than going out and buying new items. The ear...
  • Sun Catchers

    Sun Catchers – West Virginia Crackle Glass   Many of us born in the 1930’s to mid-1950’s era remember every kitchen window (and many parlor windows) had at least one piece of crackle glass which caught the sun’s rays and refracted and reflected the rays into a gorgeous a...
  • Easter Bunnies

    Easter Bunnies It always seems like the holidays creep up on us, and this Easter is no exception - April 5. Are you searching for the next Easter item to add to your collection? The Brass Armadillo has a beautiful selection of vintage Easter cards, pictures, photographs of long-ago family cele...
  • Cartier Exhibition

    CARTIER EXHIBITION  It’s always fun and inspiring to spend a few hours enjoying the works of master artists and designers of the past, whether it’s furniture, crystal, paintings, or vintage jewelry.   Those who are gifted with foresight and extraordinary talent have m...
  • Tucson Gem & Mineral Showcase

     Are you a mineral collector, rock hound enthusiast, or just simply love fossils, beads, precious stones, and jewelry? Then you may be interested in checking out the renowned Tucson Gem, Mineral & Fossil Showcase held yearly in Tucson, Arizona, since 1954. It claims to be the largest of its kin...
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  • Antique Shops in Tucson, AZ

    Being a dealer at the Denver Brass Armadillo and an avid collector, I recently had the opportunity to visit Tucson, Arizona. Naturally I wanted to check out a few of the antique shops there. Making the rounds of several shops, it was only natural to notice the subtle, and not so subtle, differences ...