My wonderful mother spent the better part of six months trolling house sales to amass this collection.
Do you remember when you were little how, after trick-or-treating on Halloween night, you would dump your treat bag out on the floor and sort it? My approach to these buttons was sort of like that.
While I was thrilled with the buttons, The Milk Belly Princess was more interested in the bubble wrap they were packed in. Notice the look of intense concentration on her face.
After coffee and doughnuts, I decided to venture out into the world before settling in to do some crafting. Since the Christmas season is upon us, I stopped at Hixson's to pick out this year's family ornaments. I've been visiting Hixson's ever since I was a child. I used to wish I could own the giant Raggedy Ann in the store's front window.
(Rumor has it that this is the same Raggedy Ann that you can see in Higbee's in A Christmas Story. I re-watched the movie today while I was crafting and, while there is definitely a big rag doll in the scene after Ralphie gets booted down the Santa slide, I'm not sure if it was her.)
It would make sense to say that we buy the ornaments at Hixson's because they have a large selection of glass ornaments, but I think I like having an excuse to go there because walking through the front door is like traveling back through time to an era before big box stores. I think it is the most eclectic retail establishment in the area. Hixson's does not have a clearly definable demographic or inventory and, as the sweet cashier said as she helped more than one customer this morning, "the dust is part of the ambiance."
However, that's not all they sell. You can buy anything from novelty items (I shied away from a box of "live rattlesnake eggs") to squirrel shaped cookie cutters to candy to music boxes...although they do have a rule about those:
Although the purchaseable inventory is interesting, there are parts of the store that seem more like a museum. In an era where big box stores insist on making every square foot profitable, I'm impressed by the amount of space Hixson's devotes to displays that don't relate to their inventory.
Although these figures are too old and shabby to serve as holiday decorations at the local mall, I find them beautiful.
I chose my ornaments, but I will have to wait to share them with you. Part of our ornament tradition involves getting the ornaments signed by Bill Hixon himself and he was not available today. Mr. Hixson has spent the beginning of the past 28 Christmas seasons traveling to Washington D.C. to help decorate The White House. According to the gals at the counter, he will be home tomorrow.