Art and Small Town Charm
The challenge at Stampin’ Sisters in Christ today is to use a sentiment only. I’m excited about our sponsor today–Our Daily Bread Designs. I came to know them through their once a month challenge at OWH Stars and Stamps. Now I am in charge of that challenge post each month as part of the OWH blog team. ODBD has many fantastic high quality rubber stamps. They have lots to offer if you are looking for Scripture verse stamps. Here are two cards using ODBD stamps from my collection.
The inspiration verse for this challenge is Proverbs 30:5, “Every word of God is pure: he is a shield unto them that put their trust in him.”
“To everything there is a season…” Fall is soon to be upon us and we must replace our wood stove. Yesterday we went to a neighboring town to shop for a replacement. There we tripped over some interesting bits of charm and history.
Hechler’s Main Street Hearth and Home has been in the Hechler family for four generations and is in a lovely old building that was formerly an opera house. It turns out that Troy, Missouri was a stop in 1910 on the famed Orphan Trains in which children in poverty and adverse situations were shipped across the country to new families in rural areas. In Troy, people would meet their new children at the Opera House. For some children the orphan trains were an improvement and for some not. It’s something I would like to read more about.
After its opera phase, the building was a car dealership. But the car showroom was on the second floor! This hardware was part of an elevator system for loading the cars from the street into the showroom.
Hechler’s also has a hardware store that occupies a half block on the other side of the street. It is the original building owned by the great-grandfather Julius Hechler. It was a pleasure dealing with such an established family business–rare in these days of big box stores. You can read more about the Hechler business and building history here. Part of the charm of a classic small town hardware store is in what is sold side by side.
A little grass seed to go with your glassware and framed art? Or maybe gift books and fan belts?
I almost get chills when walking on the old wooden floors in these places just thinking of all who have gone before and what their lives might have been like. The floors are always a bit wavy and wonderfully worn.
What have you found when exploring your town’s history? After all, “To everything there is a season, a time for every purpose… under Heaven” (Eccl. 3:1).