The Story Behind Our Favorite Weekend

Happy Customer Appreciation Weekend at Old Glory! This weekend is one of our favorites all year, our chance to thank our wonderful customers for all of their enthusiasm and support for so many years! This is our 11th annual Customer Appreciation Sale, and we love it more each year as we continue to grow relationships and friendships with our customers, both old and new, and continue to realize how lucky and thankful we are to do what we do. 

Beyond the excitement of a sale and great deals in both our Denver and our Round Top stores, there is also a rich tradition and personal story behind the sale. We bought Old Glory eleven years ago, and before that, we were customers of Old Glory ourselves, visiting the store in Conifer as often as we could and shopping the beautiful store. The original owner, Cindy, always had a sale during the month of February to get her shop ready for new items to come in the spring. My birthday is also in February, so every year my husband would take a day off work and we would take a day trip and scenic drive up 285 to Conifer to shop the sale. It's one of my favorite personal traditions that I love being able to pass onto my customers now as the owner of Old Glory. 

 
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This year especially is exciting for us, because we have an opportunity to show our appreciation to a whole new group of customers with our new store now open in Round Top, Texas! Come in to either store this weekend and say hi, enjoy 15% off storewide, and celebrate our favorite weekend with us! 

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Old Glory Texas // Round Top Winter Show Recap

Happy (a little belated) new year from Old Glory! It's been a busy start to the year as we cook up big plans for 2018 and beyond, and we are so excited to share them with you soon. 

Our first big event was the Winter Show in Round Top, our second show in our new Old Glory Texas store. The town swelled in population with shoppers and antique lovers for this annual Winter Show, an event that boasts the same great shopping and one-of-a-kind vendors as Spring & Fall Antiques Week but with cooler weather and a slightly smaller crowd that makes shopping--and parking--a little easier. We are so excited to continue to grow Old Glory Texas this year thanks to our wonderful customers and to the enthusiasm and support from our new home-away-from-home hometown.

Here are a few photos from Old Glory Texas! Thank you to Becki Griffin (Curious Details) for coming to shop and for the great photos! Stay tuned for more updates and exciting news from both Old Glory Denver and Old Glory Texas. Here's to a great 2018! 

'Tis the Season for Etsy!

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We love this time of year for a lot of reasons (snow, boots and sweaters, and decorating with christmas trees to name a few). But maybe our favorite reason of all: it’s nesting and shop-for-the-home season! We love refreshing the store for the changing seasons and getting our houses ready for sticking out the cold with a beautiful home. 

When we aren’t shopping at our own store and from our neighbors on Broadway and in Round Top (and yes, maybe the occasional mall and Target trip), we love browsing Etsy for the variety and the thrill of the hunt, all from the comfort of home. Whether it's bigger antique finds, witty letterpress greeting cards, smaller hard-to-find vintage items, and anything and everything in between, Etsy really does have it all and we can get lost for hours shopping for gifts and for our own homes. Here are a few of the shops inspiring us lately!

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

A Non-Official Gift Guide

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The holidays are in full swing and so is the busiest time of the year. From shopping for gifts, entertaining family and friends, and of course the stressful process of getting ready to entertain family and friends, it's a packed month. 

Instead of creating an official gift guide, we wanted to offer up some Old Glory gift ideas--nothing too official, and nothing to take away from the best part of this time of year, the family and friends and food! We are so grateful to have such amazing customers, and we are so happy to be a part of your holiday season. Here are a few of our favorite things from around the store to help you gift shop and gift give more thoughtfully. Come in and we'll help you find great gifts for anyone on your list!

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We love full walls and meaningful artwork all over our homes, and the pieces we have in the store right now are perfect for giving the gift of just that! Our Sugarboo quote and book art is the perfect gift for almost anyone, and Mary Gregory's beautiful paintings (stocked in the shop in the form of wood-framed prints) will add cheer to any home they lovingly go to. 

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It's no secret that we love collections at Old Glory--it's one of the most important elements of our signature style. And they make the perfect gift, too! Whether it's one-of-a-kind finds to add to someone's home, creative ways to display them, or books all about them, we have the perfect collection-related gifts. Some of our favorites: old bike wheels turned into art, antique juggling pins, and this beautiful book, Collected: Living With What You Love.

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Books: a gift almost as classic, but maybe a little more interesting, than socks. We love getting books for any occasion, especially this time of year when the weather makes it a great time for reading up on design and rethinking our interiors. We have a great selection of some of our favorite books in the store, all great gift-giving go-tos!

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It's a classic and tried and true gift: you can't go wrong with beautiful holiday decor and ornaments for everyone and anyone. They're simple, festive, and fun, and a great way to brighten up any home. 

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A little inspiration goes a long way any time of the year, so give your friends and family some words to live by now to carry them through the year. From beautifully packaged sets of quote cards to leather journals, give the gift of words & encouragement. 

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And finally, one of our personal favorites for gift giving (and buying for ourselves), dishes! It is the season of entertaining and using a lot of dishes at holiday meals, and we love having beautiful dishes for any celebration, big or small. Pair with antique and well-worn bread boards for the perfect and thoughtful gift package. 

From Trailer to the Store Floor, Old Glory Style At Work

Today we're sharing another element of Old Glory Style that we use every day at the store and at home: 

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No matter what we bring into the store--old or new, big or small--we thoughtfully select everything to fit into our Old Glory signature style. From scouting to finishing touch, we want our store and our homes to look beautiful, thoughtful, and collected.

And the most exciting application of thoughtful selection: our bread and butter, big and beautiful antique pieces! We are lucky to have such great buyers all around the country scouting and buying for us and bringing us loads by the truck and trailer full to our warehouse, just around the block from our Denver store. We love the weeks we receive large loads of "new" old stuff because of the excitement of unloading and because of the fun and challenge of deciding what to do with everything.

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Even as the pieces are coming off the truck, I am pairing them with pieces currently in the store, creating new combinations and rearranging furniture in my head. Or sometimes I decide to save a piece, keep it in the warehouse to bring into the store at a later time. Either way, the Old Glory Style design process is at work! (And we're happy to have the Old Glory shop dog there to help with the heavy lifting.)

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We love the way the warehouse fills up with great finds, and creating blank slates in the store for new displays and a weekly (sometimes more!) refresh. 

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I am intentional with each piece of inventory that I select to bring into the store, and I am thoughtful about how to combine pieces to create interesting and beautiful displays intended to inspire our customers. 

Here are a few photos of the process from our latest load, and how we brought the pieces and fresh finds from the truck to the store floor. 

THANKSGIVING TABLESCAPE, THE OLD GLORY STYLE WAY

Thanksgiving really snuck up on us this year. Maybe it was the warmer fall weather, or just the fact that time always seems to speed up this time of year, but that doesn’t mean we’re any less excited for our favorite holiday! Especially the decorating and table setting part, and the food a close second. With exactly a week until the big day, we wanted to share an Old Glory tablescape with you and show you our Old Glory Signature Style design process at work. (Visit our older Old Glory Signature Style blog posts HERE and HERE to see what it's all about!)

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This is a tablescape we did at Old Glory Denver this week, to inspire your own table decor and help you pick up any last minute Thanksgiving decor goods you might need for holiday gatherings big and small. And to help you prepare even more, here are a few of our tips and styling insights to take the stress out of the holiday—at least in decorating for it!

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We like to start with a blank slate: a bare table in front of us and plenty of ideas in our heads. Our overall Old Glory Style philosophy is based on the belief that you don’t know until you try, and that every idea is worth trying. Even the “bad” ones lead to even better ideas and design solutions. As my kids’ elementary art teacher used to say, there are no mistakes in art! Sometimes (most of the time for us), the final product looks nothing like what you had envisioned. But that is okay! It will be even better because more and more ideas come to you in the process and creativity and hands-on hard work take over. 

For a holiday like Thanksgiving, the table setting and design has to be practical for large groups and for easy dining, but that doesn’t mean it can’t beautiful and unexpected too. We like to make our Thanksgiving table festive and fun, not too perfect or polished, and full of unexpected and welcoming finishing touches that make us want to sit there long after the turkey is done and dusted. 

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Layer different plates and different dish styles to create a visual and practical variety. Use height to engage the eye on different levels, with some dishes raised on breadboards or even other dishes, greenery that reaches upward, and place setting details that are a little different at each seat.

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Play with texture—the worn wood of old breadboards with the smoothness of ceramic dishes, the beautiful patina on vintage silverware with paper placemats and quote cards with just the right amount of roughness. The meal can engage all the senses, not just taste! Use ornaments as plate decor—we love the beautiful simplicity of these metal pinecone ornaments, combined with the clean whiteness of the plates and the neutral worn-ness of the table.

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Use dried (or fresh) fruits and vegetables as decor to make the whole table come alive. Our go to’s are dried artichokes and pomegranates, because of the splash of color and warmth they add to the table. We also love adding greenery anywhere we can, because it adds so much vitality and warmth as well. 

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Collections are one of the trademarks of Old Glory Style, and they can play a huge part in a tablescape design. This time of year is the perfect time to bring out your favorite collections and put them on display, and even put them to good use! From vintage silverware you can put at every place setting, to your favorite collection of old breadboards you can use as serving pieces or chargers, to your favorite set of mismatched vintage vases and jars for greenery or silverware, the Thanksgiving table is a great way to put your collections to good use, both visually and practically. 

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And finally, another one of our favorite elements of Old Glory Style is the “mix not the match.” In addition to combining and contrasting different textures, tones, and dining ware styles, you can creatively display ordinary objects all around for unexpected touches, mixing up people’s expectations and creating an uncommon and beautiful finished product. We came up with the idea at the store of putting vintage silverware in the soil of our potted pine trees, with quote cards between the fork’s prongs to make each setting a little more inspiring and unexpected. Now, not everyone would want to use a fork that was dipped in soil…but sometimes it’s better to put what looks good over what us useful every once in a while, right? 

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Fair warning: if you have as much fun tablescape-ing as we do every year, you might never want the meal to end! But don’t worry, the holidays are just beginning and this time of year, there are endless excuses to make your home beautiful and decorate for the season.

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