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Things We Love: Collection of Thanksgiving Pilgrims

With Thanksgiving just around the corner, I talked with my mother-in-law Kathy about her collection of more than 700 pilgrims.

We have always been big fans of displaying personal collections in your home. Recently I blogged about decorative ways to display a collection and ways to display your ceramics collection. I think a collection adds character and personality to your home and looks so interesting creatively grouped together.

Kathy with her collection of Thanksgiving pilgrimsTo use one of my favorite Southern expressions (I occasionally try to throw them in to fit in with the locals, bless my heart) my mother-in-law, Kathy, has a pilgrim collection “what-am!” For those of you who need a translation, that is a very large and completely impressive collection of pilgrims – and other Thanksgiving-related – objects.

The first pilgrims in the collectionIt all started more than 30 years ago, circa 1982. Kathy was strolling through a Hallmark store in the mall and ran across a pair of pilgrim sculptures that she thought were cute. (The little tiny ones in the left front corner of the raised platform in this photo.)

She bought them on a whim and showed them to John when she got home. Probably because she was so delighted with them, John soon brought home another pair of pilgrims – just to make her smile. (Those were the next two to the right.)

Pilgrims collection Thanksgiving displayNot long after that, Kathy found another pair of pilgrims in a local K-Mart, and a collection was born. Friends and family gave her pilgrims around Thanksgiving every year and sometimes as holiday gifts.
The burgeoning collection grew to include Indians, pumpkins, turkeys, cornucopias and all things Thanksgiving-related. To date, Kathy estimates she has around 700 objects in her prized pilgrim collection – it is incredibly impressive when displayed together, as she does in the EuroLux Gallery window starting in October every year. Collection of pilgrimsPassersby can’t help but stop in their tracks and exclaim with wonder!

Thanksgiving pilgrims sculpturesKathy especially loves pilgrims because to her they represent courage, bravery, and fortitude.

She greatly admires their willingness to leave behind everything familiar and set out to build a new life in an unknown world, far across the ocean. The pilgrims had to make do with so little and work so hard in order to survive.

It really bothers Kathy that Thanksgiving is the holiday that doesn’t get much airtime. Halloween runs into Christmas in our retail stores, but Thanksgiving doesn’t get much attention – probably because the focus isn’t buying stuff. She thinks we should take more time to honor the bravery of the pilgrims – and to be thankful for what we have in our lives, including relationships with family and friends.

Pilgrims collection Thanksgiving displayKathy’s absolute favorite pilgrimage site (sorry, couldn’t resist the pun) was to Plymouth, Massachusetts, which she describes as “pilgrim heaven.” There were shops on every corner with an amazing selection of pilgrim-related things! Some were even life-size, but Kathy restrained due to limited space in the car during the New England adventure. She did enjoy seeing Plymouth Rock and the Mayflower.

Pilgrim figures collectionKathy’s collection contains pilgrims in all shapes and sizes – monkeys, bears, dogs, foxes, chipmunks, cats, mice, and plenty of owls dressed as pilgrims. She tries not to duplicate the ones she has, and she is always glad to serve as a pilgrim matchmaker when she finds a single pilgrim man or a pilgrim woman all by their lonesome. In fact, she found a single pilgrim woman in Waynesville, NC, who had lost her mate to breakage, and paired her up – a year and a half later – with the original matching pilgrim man, whose mate had been stolen from a shop in Columbus, OH! Reunited at last in a happy and growing pilgrim colony in South Carolina.

Kathy is a real inspiration to us, and to everyone who sees her pilgrim collection in the store window. Come and see it if you find yourself on Historic Main Street, Newberry, South Carolina. (We’re at number 1409.) We wish you and yours a very happy Thanksgiving holiday in the true spirit of the pilgrims!

AimeeAvatarAimee owns EuroLuxHome.com with her husband and best friend, Greg. Aimee sources amazing antique furniture, vintage lighting, & high-quality reproduction furniture to help her customers decorate their homes in a unique way. She loves her 9 (you read that right) fuzzy children and is renovating a 1920s bungalow in South Carolina. Find us on Facebook or connect with EuroLux on Google+. Or you can sign up here to receive this blog in your inbox.

Vintage Life: The Mystery Behind the Sign

EuroLux Home Antiques GalleryWe often tell you stories about the renovation of our 1920s vintage bungalow, but I’ve got a vintage story to tell you today about our buildings on Main Street, Newberry, SC.

In addition to the EuroLux Home gallery at 1409 Main Street (left) we also own 1407 Main Street. This is where Greg fixes computers and cell phones in his business, The Computer Doctor. (The EuroLux gallery is the drop off and pick up point for The Computer Doctor. We’re multi-talented here!)

That building has an upstairs loft which has never been renovated, nor used as anything other than non-air-conditioned storage space. When we purchased the building years ago, we planned to renovate, like our near-neighbors the Millers did in my post about Historic Newberry Main Street.

Loft2Here’s the loft. The photo is a bit dark because the windows are boarded up and all of the light bulbs were burnt out. I lugged a ladder up and changed them all but it remains pretty dark. It’s still is a very cool space and it has a neat story.

We intended to convert it into an upstairs loft apartment while expanding our business into the downstairs.
BUT! The best laid plans… We ended up finding our little vintage bungalow that we’re renovating and since it had a yard for the dogs, we decided that would be a better way to go than the loft. We still plan to renovate the loft in the future but for now let me just tell you the great old story about the building.

Back in the 1930s, Main Street in Newberry was a busy place. I shared some old-timey pictures in this Vintage Life blog post. It was the county seat, had the court house, and was the place to go shopping for all the folks that worked at the three cotton mills in town.

Nails marking 40 feetThere were actually two hardware stores in the same block on Main street, owned by two competing Lominack cousins. Those were Lominack’s Hardware (where EuroLux Home is currently located at 1409 Main Street) and Frank Lominack’s Hardware at 1403 Main Street.

You can still see the numbers on the floor in the EuroLux Home Gallery marking the number of feet for the hardware store’s measurements of rope and chain. (The photo at left shows the 40 feet marker.)

Old sign on EuroLuxHome buildingWe’ve also left the Lominack Hardware painted sign on the back of the building.

The story that I’ve heard said that the two cousins were always trying to one up each other in order to get more business by offering different products and services.

Frank Lominack’s Hardware decided to open a shooting range in the basement in order to corner the market and draw more folks into his hardware store. So the story goes, in November of 1934 a stray bullet hit the dynamite that was also stored in the basement and blew up the building!

You can see more about it in this old article in the Gastonia Daily Gazette.  There was $200,000 of damage. That’s a lot of money today but in 1934 it was a huge amount of money!

Loft of store with vintage signWe currently own 1405 Main Street and rent it out to our tenant, Expressions, a hair salon.

That previously 2 story building was occupied by a business called Livingston & Son General Merchandise at the time of the explosion. It was so damaged by the explosion that it had to be rebuilt, but the owner decided to only build it as a one-story building.

Our 1407 Main Street building was built after that business had opened, so the interior wall of 1407 Main Street actually shows the original painted advertisement that was on the exterior of the Livingston& Son building’s 2nd story.

That sure was a long explanation, but otherwise you wouldn’t understand how the advertising came to be on the inside wall of our building!

Today things aren’t quite as dramatic in our EuroLux gallery. Even all our cats and dogs play nicely together rather than competing with everyone within our fuzzy family. And I’m very relieved that Greg’s other business in the building is The Computer Doctor… NOT a shooting range!

AimeeAvatarAimee owns EuroLuxHome.com with her husband and best friend, Greg. Aimee sources amazing antique furniture, vintage lighting, & high-quality reproduction furniture to help her customers decorate their homes in a unique way. She loves her 8 (you read that right) fuzzy children and is renovating a 1920s bungalow in South Carolina. Find us on Facebook or connect with EuroLux on Google+. Or you can sign up here to receive this blog in your inbox.

Historic Newberry Main Street in the News

We were delighted to see this TV news story about some friends of ours who just renovated a loft near our gallery on Main Street, Newberry, SC. Barbara and Franklin Miller are a very entrepreneurial couple. They also opened a “pop-up” retail space which featured local artists’ works including Franklin’s beautiful paintings. That “pop-up” venture is finished now but it’s another great example of the type of innovation happening here on Main Street!

EuroLux Antiques Gallery Newberry Main StreetIn my last blog post celebrating the 10 year anniversary of EuroLux Antiques, I explained how we’d moved to Main Street in Historic Downtown Newberry about a year and a half after we started the business.

I have always been a big supporter of the City of Newberry and we’ve been very happy with our move to Main Street. The City of Newberry is very progressive and super-supportive of local merchants. I’ve served on marketing committees where the City has openly solicited feedback from merchants and engaged in a dialogue in order to listen to our ideas.

Newberry OktoberfestThe City has also provided free Wi-Fi for the convenience of shoppers downtown, and it organizes quite a few festivals throughout the year. I’ve written before about how much Greg and I enjoy Newberry Oktoberfest. It’s just one of the events that draw people to our area. Visitors soon learn why we’re known as the City of Friendly Folks!

The City’s new initiative to provide a 90% grant for local business and property owners to fix up their buildings is fantastic in my opinion. I believe more than 20 businesses have participated. Their plans have ranged from fresh coats of paint for peeling buildings to beautiful, colorful awnings that brighten up the street.

EuroLux Antiques on Newberry Main Street

Flower boxes outside EuroLux Antiques and The Computer Doctor

The City recently planted trees up and down Main Street and even started a flower box program, where large planters were placed outside of businesses up and down Main Street and filled with seasonal flowers. All we have to do is promise to water them. I’d say that is a great deal!

The City also prints a Shopping and Dining Guide featuring all the downtown merchants, and does extensive radio, television, print and billboard advertising to draw folks from surrounding areas to Downtown. Historic Newberry is simply a wonderful place to do business and a great place to call home!

Our EuroLux Antiques gallery on Main Street doesn’t have an upstairs that we can convert into a loft like the Millers did. However, we also own 1407 Main Street, next door to EuroLux Antiques, where Greg fixes computers and cell phones in his business The Computer Doctor. That building does have an upstairs loft. When we bought the building years ago we planned to renovate, like the Millers did, and convert it into an upstairs loft apartment.

Our Newberry antiques gallery

Squiggy in the window, welcoming people to the gallery!

We ended up finding our little 1920s bungalow that we’re renovating. Since it had a yard for the dogs, we decided it was a better place to live than the loft. We do plan to renovate the loft in the future though as it is a very cool space. There is a neat historic story behind our Newberry Main Street building – I’ll tell you about that another time!

If you plan to visit us in Newberry, SC, you’ll find lots of good information at the City of Newberry’s website, including all the local shops and restaurants, and the places to go antiquing. Come by and say hi!

Aimee owns EuroLuxAntiques.com with her best friend, Greg. Aimee sources amazing antique furniture, vintage lighting, & high-quality reproduction furniture to help her customers decorate their homes in a unique way. She loves her 8 (you read that right) fuzzy children and is renovating a 1920s bungalow in South Carolina. Find us on Facebook or connect with Or you can sign up here to receive this blog in your inbox.

Things We Love: The First 10 Years of EuroLux Antiques

It’s been fun to look back over the past ten years of EuroLux Antiques as we celebrate our 10th anniversary and remember how far we’ve come. So much has changed – even our name and our location!

EuroLux Antiques original logoWe actually started our business as EuroLux Imports – meant to convey that we were importing hand-selected, high-quality luxury goods from Europe. Our logo was a rampant lion with our name in script lettering. The lettering was so fancy you could hardly read it.

We soon found out that most folks understood First EuroLux Antiques Building-June-2005the word “imports” as synonymous with “reproductions.”  We had a serious credibility problem with folks not believing that our pieces were true antiques. Inside of first EuroLux Antiques buildingSo we changed our name to EuroLux Antiques and that seemed to solve the problem. (Now we’re actually considering changing our name to EuroLux Home, to reflect the fact that we have started to sell much more than just antiques!)

We also originally opened our business outside of Newberry on CR Koon Highway in a large metal pole building. Here is a glimpse of the outside and the inside of our original building.

SignInstallation (9)
I still remember the day our sign went up, I was so excited! It finally felt real – we really had our own business!

After a year and a half, we decided to move to Historic Downtown Newberry and we purchased our current gallery, a two story building at 1409 Main Street. All of the other antiques shops in Newberry were concentrated on Main Street, so we increased our walk-in traffic. And Downtown Newberry is so cool, we love being part of the neighborhood!

EuroLux Antiques Newberry Main Street stores

 

Also, the new gallery was much more convenient for receiving containers of European antiques. In our old space, we had to move everything to the walls so that we could unload directly into the middle of the room. Then the shop was a disaster for a week or more while we sorted everything out. Now we just unload directly into the basement level so that we don’t mess up the gallery!

We also enjoyed moving to Downtown Newberry as we joined a thriving community of other small business owners.

I was honored to serve as President of the Downtown Merchants Association for three years and Greg served as Treasurer too.

There is quite a bit happening in Downtown Newberry these days, but I’ll tell you about that another time. For now, we’re just happy to look back over our first ten years and share our journey with you. Thanks to all our customers who bought antiques from us, and who made it all such fun!

Aimee owns EuroLuxAntiques.com with her best friend, Greg. Aimee sources amazing antique furniture, vintage lighting, & high-quality reproduction furniture to help her customers decorate their homes in a unique way. She loves her 8 (you read that right) fuzzy children and is renovating a 1920s bungalow in South Carolina. Connect with or you can sign up here to receive this blog in your inbox.

EuroLux Antiques in a TV Commercial!

A big shout out and huge THANKS to Joe Trainor, owner of Stokes-Trainor GM Superstore, who featured EuroLux Antiques and Downtown Newberry in his latest TV commercial for pre-owned vehicles.

 

Joe has been President of our Newberry Chamber of Commerce and continues to go the extra mile to support Newberry. Our local businesses here on Main Street greatly appreciate everything that Joe does to bring folks to town and focus the spotlight on Newberry.

Greg and I can personally attest to not only the great deal you’ll find at Stokes-Trainor Chevrolet, but also the integrity, sincerity, and high-level of customer service you’ll receive. Both of our EuroLux Antiques business trucks were purchased there and our family members have purchased more than a dozen cars from Stokes-Trainor GM Superstore over the years. In fact, we wouldn’t go anywhere else to purchase our next vehicle and we continue to use their service department, even after our warranties have expired.

Thanks for being such a great guy, Joe Trainor!

 Aimee owns EuroLuxAntiques.com with her best friend, Greg.  Aimee sources amazing antique furniture, vintage lighting, & high-quality reproduction furniture to help her customers decorate their homes in a unique way.  She loves her 8 (you read that right) fuzzy children and is renovating a 1920s bungalow in South Carolina.  Connect with or sign up to receive this blog in your inbox!

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