Friday, November 20, 2009

Celebrating a Victorian Christmas at The Collinsville Antiques Company of New Hartford, CT

The phone rang and it was Bob (front desk manager) at The Collinsville Antiques Company of New Hartford, CT telling me about the fabulous new Victorian Christmas display that was just set up in the lobby. I had already seen the antique sleigh that was installed previously, but I had not yet seen the larger than life size horse that arrived later. I guess this is what is meant by "putting the cart before the horse". Anyway, when I visited this huge antiques mall on Route 44 today, the Christmas vignette was all set up and a masterpiece.

Cindy and Doug, owners of The Collinsville Antique's Company get a kick out of finding larger than life props. It seems that for every holiday or special event, Doug and his crew are shlepping in gigantic statues, characters, animals, show personalities etc. So it was not really a surprise to see that a larger than life size horse was now pulling the antique sleigh.

Thankfully, Cindy and Doug decided to seat a lovely Victorian woman in the sleigh and not the mannequin of one of the Blues Brothers which they own. This fella is seated in the corner of the in-house "Cruisin Cafe" which serves some of the best homemade comfort food around.

Visitors who come to The Collinsville Antiques Company of New Hartford, CT will find aisles and aisles of booths showcasing jewelry, furniture, glassware, china, silver, vintage clothing, pottery, toys, textiles, decorating accessories, lighting, kitchen-wares, books, wall decor, ephemera and more

The Collinsville Antiques Company of New Hartford, CT is an awesome place to visit this time of the year for holiday gifts, home decor and good old fashioned fun. Doug encourages patrons to bring their families and to have a delightful time looking at all the unique animated and life size displays.

Saturday, December 13th, 2009, The Collinsville Antiques Company of New Hartford, CT will be offering FREE photos taken of Santa and children in an antique Victorian sleigh. Complimentary coffee and baked goods will be available for visitors and shoppers.

C. Dianne Zweig is the author of Hot Kitchen & Home Collectibles of the 30s, 40s, 50s and Hot Cottage Collectibles for Vintage Style Homes. She is also the Editor of an actively growing internet based resource community for people who buy, sell or collect antiques, collectibles and art. You can find Dianne’s fabulous retro and vintage kitchen, home and cottage collectibles at The Collinsville Antiques Company of New Hartford, CT, a 22,000 feet antique emporium with an in-house retro cafĂ©.

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1 comment:

  1. What fun displays! They really get you in the mood for the holidays.