Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Stocking Stuffin'...

Gettin' to be that time again... 
"There was a kindly nobleman whose wife had died of an illness leaving the nobleman and his three daughters in despair. After losing all his money in useless and bad inventions the family had to move into a peasant's cottage, where the daughters did their own cooking, sewing and cleaning. 

When it came time for the daughters to marry, the father became even more depressed as his daughters could not marry without dowries, money and property given to the new husband's family.

One night after the daughters had washed out their clothing they hung their stockings over the fireplace to dry. That night Saint Nicholas, knowing the despair of the father, stopped by the nobleman's house. Looking in the window Saint Nicholas saw that the family had gone to bed. He also noticed the daughters stockings. Inspiration struck Saint Nicholas and he took three small bags of gold from his pouch and threw them one by one down the chimney and they landed in the stockings.

The next morning when the daughters awoke they found their stockings contained enough gold for them to get married. The nobleman was able to see his three daughters marry and he lived a long and happy life.

Children all over the world continue the tradition of hanging Christmas stockings. In some countries children have similar customs, in France the children place their shoes by the fireplace, a tradition dating back to when children wore wooden peasant shoes.

In Holland the children fill their shoes with hay and a carrot for the horse of Sintirklass. In Hungary children shine their shoes before putting them near the door or a window sill.

Italian children leave their shoes out the night before Epiphany, January 5, for La Befana the good witch. And in Puerto Rico children put greens and flowers in small boxes and place them under their beds for the camels of the Three Kings. "
Whether you set out your shoes, or a box of hay or your stockings, you'll find something that's just right at!
Don't forget your pets this Christmas... I KNOW they've been very, very good!

Don't forget Fido, either! 

Jim Shore and

Here is a little tid-bit about Jim Shore - 
a VERY creative talent who has won many a quilter's and non quilter's hearts...

The enormous popularity of award-winning artist Jim Shore is the result of a lifetime of dedication, inspiration and plain old hard work. And as with most successful people, some good fortune has played a part as well. As Jim puts it, "Art is something I’ve done all my life. It’s what I’ve always loved and the only thing I ever wanted to do. But making a living as an artist isn’t easy. There are thousands of very talented people out there that never got the chance to show what they can do. I’ve been lucky. Not only do I get to do what I love, I get to share it with people around the world. I’ve been given a tremendous gift and I thank God for it every day."

And what does this have to do with  You can find many of his pieces for sale on our site!  Click on the Jim Shore Logo below and start your collection today!

And what does this have to do with  
You can find many of Jim Shore's pieces for sale on our site!

Click on his logo below 
and enjoy starting your OWN collection today!

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Happy Shop'n!
Kim, Sunflower Antics

To the Moon.....

Do you recognize the expression 'To The Moon'?

Does this help jog your memory?
OK, I wonder if there are actually peeps out there that are not old enough to remember watching this on an old black and white television?   Watch this.......

Guess what?  It is possible to own a bit of early television history...
CLICK HERE to View The Honeymooners Volume 7

This VHS is offered by JRFLEAMARKET

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Here's another vintage store to shop at Supergrannys Treasures

Live Love Laugh!

Honor the Piggy Bank!

The piggy bank seems to have gotten its name from the substance it was originally made from . . . . an orange clay, called “pygg”. They began making these in Western Europe between the 16th and 17th centuries to replace the clay jars that people used to hold spare change. (Sound familiar?)

Whoever used the first lump of “pygg” to make a pig must have had a sense of humor or perhaps he made it using a pig as a model. However it came about, the “pygg” bank became the pig bank. Even after artisans stopped using the “pygg” to make pottery, the “pig bank” or “piggy bank” stayed.

In German speaking countries, craftsmen gave their apprentices piggy banks as a reward for the years spent in learning the trade. It also was considered a symbol of good luck or good fortune.

One school of thought is that the piggy bank is fed the "leftovers" of an individuals money until it is full enough to be smashed, and the money is then harvested.

In some countries, it is the tradition to give piggy banks as gifts since they are considered good luck, especially at New Years. This still goes on today.

You will not find piggy banks in countries that do not eat pork as the pig is considered dirty and it is against the people’s religion.

Today, a piggy bank can look like many things! It is a bank that will hold coins . . . very simple . . but the designs, materials, and imagination can run rampant in creating them! They can be made from all different types of materials, ceramic, clay, pottery, glass, metal and more!

There are many types of piggy banks. Some can be easily opened at the bottom or by some other means, some have to be smashed. No collector would want to do that!

They have taught us to save (or not to save, whatever the case!) when we were children. They have been and will be around for generations to come.

Here at, I was surprised at the number of unusual piggy banks that we have to offer! Some are for children but most are collector pieces to be enjoyed far into the future!

Take a peek and see if there isn’t something there that might please someone you are shopping for . . . . or, for yourself!!

The very first one, top right corner, is from Clarks Antiques. Who wouldn't fall in love with a wonderful old pig? Iron Still Piggy Bank Sit Down Old Good.

The one to the right is 3 Old Men and Women offered by Suzziescrafts! You get more than one here!

This is a beauty, made in West Germany by Hummel, Hummel Goebel Bank Barn Bank West Germany.

This is offered by Plusizeglamour and I can tell you she has LOTS more!!

Now this is something I remember as a child! A Vintage Uncle Sam 3 Coin Register Bank! This has also been offered by Suziescrafts.

Everyone knows Snoopy! Snoopy Peanuts 1966 Piggy Bank offered by Plusizeglamour.

Not everyone loves a clown! But this one is adorable! An Enesco Bozo the Clown Piggy Bank! Offered by Morerivethead84.

Now this is a handpainted piggy bank offered by Jenbanna88! This Handpainted Ceramic Piggy Bank is quite colorful and would be so pretty on the shelf or table!

This is a brand new Remington Country Die Cast Bank with Elk Scene offered by AKelly10.

For the sports enthusiast, how about a New York Rangers Zamboni D-500 Die Cast Bank NIB? This is from Diecast123 and is a wonderful addition to a collection!

This is one of my favorites! In fact I have one like it in my kitchen but I don't have the stopper. It reminds me to be grateful for what I have and to give what I can. This Antique "Lego" Penny Pot Red Kettle Piggy Bank is being offered by Plusizeglamour. And it has the plug!!

What kid wouldn't love this Delivery Truck Bank offered by Dealhawk1?
So, if these don't interest you, please browse through the bank section at I think you will be glad you did!

We have many fine sellers here at who will be happy to assist you! And while you are browsing, please stop in our store, Korn Kountry Treasures. Thank you and have a great Thanksgiving!


   It seems like almost everytime I try to plan my day to get more items listed something comes up to change the plans. So today had been set aside for posting a lot of items before Black Friday.  That plan has changed.

   Looks like a late night for me and tomorrow I will try to get some done. Not having company so will just be Al and I. Dinner will consist of baked ham, green bean casserole, deviled eggs, irish cobbler potatoes, rolls and pumpkin pie. Only do turkey when guest are coming as neither one of us are fond of it.

   Do not know if it is OLA or me today but I am having a hard time getting items transferred from my store to my blog. So to see what I will be listing tonight and tomorrow please go to

   Off to get some chores done now.

Happy Thanksgiving to everyone


Let's Talk To The Guys

Men are simple creatures when it comes to shopping. Show them where to find it, make sure they have cash in their wallet, reiterate that size does matter, and send them on their way. They're in. They're out. Mission accomplished.

Ladies, however, are more seasoned shoppers. Today let's not get into the workings of the female mind... let's talk to the guys.

In the past, I've heard more than one male complain that there just aren't enough manly things to browse at (Bite your tongue!) The real truth is, they don't have much patience for paging through china and figurines, or antique art, or fragrances for the home, etc. Some people might call it tunnel vision...

So guys, listen up! Use the search box! The Advanced Search at OLA is so easy and it really whittles the selection down to exactly what you're looking for. Here are a few examples:

Need a new piece of jewelry? This Silver Ring with Chip Turquoise and Coral Size 9 might be just your size! Or you can always browse the Men's Jewelry category.

Outdoorsman? How about this Eclipse - Travis Edition Solar Fishing Tackle Bag? Or for other great offers, just click through the Sporting Goods category!

For the office professional, you'll find this Laptop Bag Case Briefcase Ohmetric 3 in 1.

And for techy types, check out this  NEW 312-0373 battery for DELL Inspiron 630m XPS 7800mAh.

Both of these are available in the Computers and Networking category at OLA! Along with +1000 other great buys!

So gentlemen, now we've shown you where to find it... OLA...and while you're there, don't forget to search for some treasures for that special gal in your life, too!

 ~ FleaPirates ~

Christmas Hint #23 -- Your First Christmas Tree

Almost anything that’s small enough can be a Chrtistmas Tree ornament when tied with a red or green ribbon. Look through the junk drawer or sewing box for ideas. Old costume jewelry can easily be made into ornaments.

Buttons and beads offer all sorts of ideas.

Bows and paper ribbon can work miracles.

Dried botanicals work well.

Christmas cookie cutters make perfect ornaments.

If you absolutely must have store-bought ornaments, try your local thrift store for bargains.

If you crochet, make stiffened snowflakes or make lacy covers for glass balls.

Print out small digital pictures and frame them with tinsel to make unique ornaments.

A Tiny tree can be decorated with jewelry.

If you have a small dog, keep breakable ornaments out of reach. If you have a cat, keep breakable ornaments off the tree entirely and lose the icicles—they don’t digest well.

Here are some Christmas Tree Ornaments on OLA.

I can't stay away from crafty stuff. Imagine a "themed" Christmas Tree, decorated with nothing but these adorable twisted paper dolls.