Move over Easter Bunny! You’re not the only game in town. During Victorian times Easter Chicks were very popular all over the world as these Victorian postcards attest to. These cards are highly collectible. Usually very pretty. Sometimes cute, sometimes funny, always charming.
We are closed on Easter Sunday so that our employees and all of our wonderful customers can enjoy their day with family and friends. Happy Easter from The Mercantile. And Happy Easter from the Easter Chicks!
Carol Fenn 3-2018
Pie birds are small ceramic kitchen tools used to vent steam when baking pies. After a dish is lined with pastry, the funnel is placed into the center, the filling is added, and the top crust is molded around the figurine. While baking, the hollow center of the pie bird allows steam to escape the filling and prevents juices from overflowing.
The earliest pie birds were often plain white earthenware objects used to advertise kitchen product manufacturers, with company names, etc.
Taking inspiration from the popular “Sing a Song of Sixpence” nursery rhyme, which mentions “4 and 20 blackbirds, baked in a pie,” ceramic designers eventually moved away from utilitarian and came up with charming new forms.
While most pie birds are “birds,” they can also be almost anything else, but are still called “pie birds.” Elephants, dogs, people, cats, etc. They’ve all taken their turn as a beloved pie bird.
Pie birds are not only useful, but they also make a great collection. And, as any collector will tell you, the fun is in the variety! Pie birds have been made all over the world for many years so there are a lot of them out there. Come on into The Mercantile. The search will be fun and you just might find a pie bird … or two!
Carol Fenn 3-2018
Every fairy needs a garden
Of that there is no doubt
But fairies, they’re always busy
Granting wishes and flitting about
Perhaps you’d like to help them
Build a garden where they can stay
Cozy, cute and magical
I hope you’ll find a way
Come in to The Mercantile
And we can help you out
We’ve got the pots
We’ve got the plants
We’ll even show you how.
You’ll walk out of our door
Fairy garden in hand
And when you get home
Just give a little call
Your happy fairy will hear you
And will know exactly. where. to. land.
– Come to our March Mash-Up!
“Peter Cottontail Hoppin’ Through The Secret Garden”
March 1-4 Thursday – Sunday
We have everything you need to make your very own fairy garden.
Your fairy will thank you!
Carol Fenn 2-2018