Monthly Archives: November 2012

$25 FREE!!! SHOP SMALL BUSINESS this Saturday, November 24 sponsored by AMERICAN EXPRESS!


Support your favorite small business, Tons of Treasures!

Get a $25 dollar credit from American Express!

Register your card and then spend a minimum of $25 in a single purchase this Saturday, November 24th!

American Express will credit your AMEX statement with $25!  SIMPLE!  It’s like getting $25 worth of goods for FREE!

This November 24th is Small Business Saturday®, a day to celebrate and support the local small businesses that boost the economy and invigorate neighborhoods across the country.

Tons of Treasures is proud to take part in Small Business Saturday, and we’re encouraging everyone to Shop Small® here on November 24th.  Plus, we’re having a special Small Business Saturday offer! Come in on November 24th and you’ll get an additional 10% off!

Most importantly, get out there, Shop Small, and let’s make this November 24th the biggest day of the year for small business.

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Father Christmas Coat


My love for Christmas is one of the greatest things that I share with my husband.  Now that he is retired, I have decided to make him a Father Christmas Coat!  Well, that sounds simple enough.  I can sew and I have a creative mind… I collect Craft Materials and have lots available.  I can do this!  Next month, we are going to participate in the Piecemakers Holiday Festival as vendors and I want to get the coat completed in time for that!

First, I needed a pattern.  I went on line and found a Simplicity bathrobe pattern, (#5314), that looks to be just the structure that I need for the foundation.  I have this great coppery-dark red colored upholstery fabric in my collection that will make a perfect background.

I want to embellish the coat with some kind of minimal fur at the lapel and cuffs, but I am going to leave that for later thought.  On each upper arm, and around the bottom, I would like to add applique medallions.  Each one will be made of leather.  I have a stash of garment and upholstery leather and lots of old design ideas that I want to put together.  First, I took an image of a shamrock and thistle and transferred them to leather.  I cut them out and used stitch witchery to hold the pieces in place.  The first one was a disaster!  The leather curled and shrunk up on the edges (this may be something that I will deliberately do later for some other craft, so I am storing that mistake for future ideas.)  OK, so I gently ironed the second one and it looks great!  More medallions to come and then i will start sewing with a leather needle on my machine.  Originally, I thought that I could sew all of the appliques by hand, but quickly learned that sewing through 3 layers of leather is more than I can manage!

OK, so I used the line drawings of the pattern from the envelope, and added some very primitive drawings of what I wanted to add.  I will be working on the garment and more medallions this week.  preview pictures to come!  Please let me now if this project sounds like it till work out; or any ideas you would like to share!



Lucky Find! Vintage 1950’s Department Store Display Santas!


I found these Darling 1950’s Santa Claus Display Pieces years ago and just had to have them.  Now that the shop is transitioning to a Christmas theme, it seemed to be a perfect time to put them up for sale in Tons of Treasures in Laguna Niguel.

The larger one measures just over two feet tall, including his wooden base.  He has a mohair beard and eyebrows, red velveteen suit, black boots, and wooden base.  The boots and base are covered with mica for extra sparkle.  He can be positioned in many stances, beneath his clothes there seems to be some sort of mechanism that lets him rotate forward and back at the waist.  He probably was part of a large window display in a storefront.

The little guy has an identical face and measures about 11″ tall.  His suit is made of red velvet and he is wearing white boots!  More than likely, the little one was for display inside of a display case.  Both are perfect, Retro Santas for home or commercial decor!

Tell me what you think!  Are these Harold Gale Santas?  I am not the santa expert; just know when I see something that I like!  Ho Ho Ho!


Tons of Treasures has cleared out the Halloween Stuff and our Fortune Telling Gypsy has retired for the rest of the year.

Finally, we are able to start bringing out the Christmas Treasures!  First we emptied out the Wine Box Display Wall and

started filling it with Vintage Department 56 Village Treasures!  Check out the pieces from the North Pole, Dicken’s Village,

Christmas in the City and more!  All pieces are vintage and no duplicates at Tons of Treasures.  These are mostly from the 1980’s – the 1990’s.

More to come!  Tomorrow these should all be connected to power and light up the shop!

Small space demands creativity, so these Village Pieces and the German Nutcrackers are kicking off our holiday sale this Saturday .

Tons of Treasures ~ 27601 Forbes Rd, #50, Laguna Niguel  92677     phone:  949-310-6993

Vintage Dept 56 on the Wine Box Wall at Tons of Treasures now!