Friday, January 30, 2015

Valentine's Day is Almost Here

Valentine's Day is Almost Here! I know you didn't forget ... but thought I'd mention it. Every February 14th the world is full of hearts and flowers and I love yous! ... and we are here to help. We've got heart cards and heart jewelry ... heart matches and heart boxes ... birds with hearts ... pins with hearts ... and just plain hearts!

Valentine's Day
Is a wonderful way
To make "I love you"
Easy to say.

That's a cute little ditty by Turlough O'Carolan ... and it's true. Some folks have a bit of a hard time saying those three little words ... I Love You. Valentine's Day is an easy excuse to say it ... in many ways.

There has been a lot of conversation ... and skepticism ... about St. Valentine. The celebration of St. Valentine's Day was "created" by Pope Gelasius I in 496 to legitimatize a pagan festival of fertility. St. Valentine himself has been discredited and his holy day was removed from the Catholic liturgy in 1969. But the holiday still thrives!

Valentine's Day did not take on its current context until 1381, Chaucer composed a poem in honor of the engagement between England's Richard II and Anne of Bohemia. As was the poetic tradition, Chaucer associated the occasion with a feast day. In "The Parliament of Fowls," the royal engagement, the mating season of birds and St. Valentine's Day are linked:

For this was on St. Valentine's Day,
When every fowl cometh there to choose his mate

Well I am not a poet, but here at Vintages we can link you up to some wonderful Valentine gifts and cards. Here is a gallery of some of what we have in the shop. For the rest you'll have to come on in!

Vintage, Handmade, Sentimental ... Valentines of all sorts!
Light a fire with your Valentine ... Boxed Matches $5.25 per box
Old Vintage Valentines ... Just like the old days! Starting at $2 each
Hearts ... Hearts ... Hearts
I Love You ... say it your way with chalk boards and labels
Little singin' birds can deliver your Valentine note ... just $14.95 each
Who knows what this LOVE box will hold? $14.95 each
You gotta have a card ... right!
How about a cute box with a glitter heart? or maybe hugs & kisses? Add your own special something. $14.95 each
Murano glass hearts ... $22.95 each * That beautiful vintage French porcelain box could hold a true treasure for you special someone at $39 (one only)
Glass hearts in many colors ... $4.95 each

This is a DIY kit to make your own decorated boxes and bags. Perfect for the office, the class or a party ... $18.95 per kit
Handmade red heart ... reclaimed wood and found objects ... unique ... $57.95 each

Susan has made a large number of heart pendants in glass and clay ... starting at $12.95 each
Cute little Valentine pins ... $1.49
Vintage images of all sorts ... perfect for cards, collages, and such
Love these handmade spice tin angels ... $79.95 each
 Happy Valentine's Day ...

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