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On the Saturday during the Fourth of July holiday weekend, I decided to check out this toy show that was being held at the Maryland State Fairgrounds.

It was such a feast for the eyes as the toys and various other vintage items were displayed at various vendor tables. The whole show took on the air of a flea market with an emphasis on vintage stuff dating anywhere from the 1900s to the 1990s.

Toy Show, July 1, 2017

Someone had a jukebox for sale, which reminded me of my childhood when many of the local restaurants had them and people could choose songs to play for about a quarter each.

Toy Show, July 1, 2017

The jukebox played music during the entire event. (Which proved that it definitely still worked.) I couldn’t help taking pictures of the songs that were available on the jukebox. The majority of them were hits when I was a kid.

Toy Show, July 1, 2017

Toy Show, July 1, 2017

And speaking of music players, here’s a vintage 8-track player with an Elvis Presley 8-track tape. I once had a stereo system that included an 8-track player but I never owned one like that. But I could’ve sworn that one of my friends or maybe one of my cousins had a player just like that but I don’t know for sure. (Memory is one of those funny things where you remember something but you don’t remember when, where, or how you remember it.)

Toy Show, July 1, 2017

Late last year I did a series of blog posts with accompanying photos known as A Tabletop Christmas (so-named because I limit my Christmas decorating to just a single tabletop in my living room). Among the items I showed off was a small plastic Santa Claus puppet that I’ve had since I was a child. I didn’t know anything about the origins of this puppet. It wasn’t until I went to the toy show when I saw a tiny plastic Santa puppet on sale that’s identical to mine.

Toy Show, July 1, 2017

The only difference between the two is that this Santa still had its label at the base while mine doesn’t have any labels at all. (I suspect that whatever label it had must’ve fallen off a long time ago.) My Santa puppet is currently stored in a box with the other Christmas decorations in the attic but here’s a picture of my Santa puppet that I took last December.

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At first I thought the animal in the next picture was a stuffed animal until I saw the dog move his eyes around. He laid there the entire time I was at that show.

Toy Show, July 1, 2017

This show also had examples of how the mighty had fallen. I found this book by disgraced former Fox News talk show host Bill O’Reilly on sale for only $1 at one of the tables. (LOL!)

Toy Show, July 1, 2017

There was one token of something new that I found. Someone was selling glow-in-the-dark versions of the hottest toy of 2017: Fidget Spinners.

Toy Show, July 1, 2017

By the way, you can check out a video I shot recently where I unboxed and played with one of those Fidget Spinners for the first time (and, no, the one I bought didn’t glow in the dark).

Everywhere there were visual treats, many of which harkened back to my own youth.

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Toy Show, July 1, 2017

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Toy Show, July 1, 2017

As I was walking back to the light rail stop I shot this photo of The Cow Palace building because it had a nice small garden.

Toy Show, July 1, 2017

I didn’t buy a lot of stuff at that toy show due mainly to tight finances. But I managed to snag a couple of things at bargain rates. I found the second season of The Simpsons DVD set for only $6.

Toy Show, July 1, 2017

I bought a Monster High doll for only $5. I was attracted to her pretty winter-themed clothes. At first I thought I may have purchased a relative of The Snow Queen until I did an online search and I was able to make a definite identification. Based on this web page, her name is Abbey Bominable and she’s described as the 16-year-old daughter of the Yeti.

Toy Show, July 1, 2017

Here’s a closeup of her hair, which looks like it has glittery plastic pellets weaved throughout the strands. It gives a really cool ice/snow effect, especially when the light reflects off of her hair.

Toy Show, July 1, 2017

A few days ago I decided to make the annual pilgrimage to the Christmas Store at Valley View Farms. On the way to Valley View, I decided to stop at the former location of the Sea Breeze Pet Center, which was nearby.

As some of you may recall, Sea Breeze was the place where I got my late pet hedgehog Spike a month after my husband abruptly walked out on me three days after Christmas, 2011. I did a ton of driving that day to clear my head because I learned from friends that my husband had hooked up with a woman whom I thought was one of my friends (but it turned out that I guessed wrong about her being a friend). A month before Spike’s death in September, I headed up to Sea Breeze because I happened to be in the area for a different reason and I decided to stop by the store to purchase some more food for Spike only to find that the store had closed for good. The Sea Breeze sign was still up but the store was totally empty. Yet its website was still online.

So I stopped by Sea Breeze’s former location to see whatever became of it and I found that the space has been turned into a health care clinic. The windows are now covered with venetian blinds so one can’t peek in them. (In Sea Breeze’s heyday, the windows were open so any passerby could glance inside of the animal cages and fish tanks.) So the Sea Breeze Pet Center is officially history. Yet its website is still online as of this writing and it still lists the address as the place where the health clinic is now located.

I didn’t linger long at Sea Breeze’s old location so I drove five miles down York Road until I arrived at Valley View Farms, where I was greeted by this large Nativity set.

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Valley View Farms is a garden nursery center that has long had a reputation for having this giant Christmas store featuring ornaments and decorations from all over the world. The store has so many Christmas trees and lights on display that it is totally dazzling. Since I recently got my new Droid Ultra smartphone, I decided to try the panoramic setting on the camera in an attempt to take a wide shot of the store. I took three panoramic shots in different parts of the store. Even though it gives you an idea of what it’s like, these photos still don’t fully convey how big this store really is.

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I felt tempted to buy a lot of Christmas stuff but I managed to resist because I can’t afford to buy too many things and, having gotten rid of three boxes of Christmas decorations last year and having purchased a small three-foot artificial tree, I really don’t want to begin accumulating excess Christmas decorations again. I gave in to temptation and purchased only one item—this really cool looking yellow robot nutcracker. It only cost $24 because it was made in China and not Germany. (The German-made nutcrackers started at $80 for a small 9-inch guy and the larger ones were priced as high as $400.) But it’s still a very funky nutcracker nonetheless.

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I spent the rest of my time at Valley View Farms taking pictures of the various decorations that are available for sale this year as well as the outdoor light display.

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While nearly evey year I make at least one visit to Homestead Gardens (which I did a few weeks ago), there’s another nursery that has a Christmas shop that’s just as grand as Homestead Gardens. It’s called Valley View Farms and I still have memories of the time that my parents made a family visit to that place when I was a child. As an adult I don’t go to Valley View Farms as often mainly because Homestead Gardens is closer to my home. A few weeks ago I decided to attend another session of the Dr. Sketchy’s Anti-Art School at the Wind-Up Space in the northern part of Baltimore and I also wanted to make a trip to the nearby pet store to stock up on more supplies for Spike. I figured that while I was going to be in the area, I might as well visit Valley View Farms so I did so.

At the front door I was greeted by this giant nativity scene that’s available for sale.

Valley View Farms, December 3, 2012

According to Valley View Farms’ Christmas page, this store displays over 125 decorated Christmas trees decorated with a selection of over 6,000 ornaments under a canopy of 50,000 twinkling lights. The result is a very bright and festive shop that provides tons of eye candy.

Valley View Farms, December 3, 2012
Valley View Farms, December 3, 2012

Each decorated tree has a different theme. The ornaments used in each themed tree are sold under each tree.

Valley View Farms, December 3, 2012

There was even a tree with a theme based on the rock band Kiss. I never knew there were so many different Kiss ornaments to choose from.

Valley View Farms, December 3, 2012

You know that the video game Angry Birds have become extremely popular when you can purchase Christmas ornaments based on the characters in that game.

Valley View Farms, December 3, 2012

If there were any ornaments most destined for the bargain bins next year, my vote would go for these ornaments based on Snooki and The Situation from The Jersey Shore, which MTV has recently announced that it will cancel after this season ends.

Valley View Farms, December 3, 2012

I’ve always loved looking at Department 56 buildings. I’ve never purchased one for myself partly because they are a bit on the pricey side and partly because I don’t have the space in my home to do a really awesome miniature village layout. But I like looking at them on display in the stores.

Valley View Farms, December 3, 2012
Valley View Farms, December 3, 2012

This year Valley View Farms had two unique Department 56 nativity sets on sale in two different sizes. They feature Peanuts characters doing a live nativity scene and both are based on a scene in the annual TV Peanuts Christmas special where the Peanuts gang put on a Christmas pageant.

Valley View Farms, December 3, 2012
Valley View Farms, December 3, 2012

I purchased a nativity scene for myself because it looked more traditional while, at the same time, it was very uniquely made. It’s a wooden piece and I just love the look of contentment on the faces of Mary, Joseph, and Jesus. It’s small enough for my home and it’s a one-piece nativity set so I don’t have to worry about keeping track of small parts. Like many other things sold in America these days, this one was made in China but I think it was very well-made.

My new nativity scene I purchased from Valley View Farms

I also found some hedgehog ornaments at Valley View Farms, which was cool since I now own a pet hedgehog. Despite the fact that I had recently gone through great effort to downsize my Christmas ornament collection, I couldn’t resist buying two of the hedgehog ornaments to celebrate the fact that I brought Spike home to live with me nearly 11 months earlier. I bought two hedgehogs because I couldn’t decide which one I liked better. The left hedgehog in the picture below was made in the Phillippines by a company called Brushkins and it’s made out of bristle brush. The right hedgehog looks like it’s made from resin or some similar material and it was made in China and distributed by Kurt S. Adler. Both of them are very cute.

My new hedgehog ornaments I purchased from Valley View Farms

There was a third hedgehog ornament I saw that I could’ve purchased but I didn’t because this one was more expensive than the other two hedgehog ornaments combined. This type of ornament was made out of glass and it looked lovely enough that I took a photo of the glass hedgehogs available for sale.

Valley View Farms, December 3, 2012

The last few photos are ones of the parking lot light displays at sunset, which were pretty lovely.

Valley View Farms, December 3, 2012
Valley View Farms, December 3, 2012
Valley View Farms, December 3, 2012

So after visiting Valley View Farms, I made the short trip to the pet store where I originally purchased Spike back in January in order to stock up on his Ultra Bites fruit and vegetable treats and his cage litter so I won’t have to make any more shopping trips on Spike’s behalf before Christmas. (I wanted to avoid the increased traffic congestion that usually occurs closer to the holiday.) I ate a quick dinner at the pizza place next door then drove to The Wind-Up Space in the northern part of Baltimore where I attended another session of Dr. Sketchy’s Anti-Art School.

Snoopy Store Window Jewelry

It’s a necklace. It’s a pin. It’s BOTH!!! The photos are based on the ones that I actually took myself using my digital camera. I edited each photo in Photoshop, printed it out on Shrinky Dinks that are especially made for ink jet printers, cutted out the image, punched a hole on top of the image, baked the item for 3 minutes (when it shrinked to 1/3 of its original size), sealed the printed item in an acrylic varnish, placed a necklace loop on top, then glued a pin backing on the back. Regardless of whether you decide to wear it as a necklace or as a pin, it’s the ultimate in wearable art!

This particular photo is of a store window display full of Snoopy plushies in Washington, DC that was taken on December 24, 2006.

Approximate size is about 2 inches x 2 inches (5 cm x 5 cm). There is a necklace loop at the top so you can add your favorite chain and a pin backing in case you want to wear it as a brooch. I currently have it on sale right here in my Etsy shop but, if you’re looking for last-minute holiday gift ideas, I’ll warn you that I can’t guarantee that it will arrive on time. (If necessary, I will head to the post office for the final time before Christmas tomorrow morning but I still can’t guarantee that it will arrive promptly.)

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