Bakelite: A Love Story

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At Buffalo Trading Post, we get interesting things coming into the store on a daily basis. It’s truly a treasure hunter’s dream come true, and if you are into Bakelite, your dreams are about to become a reality. But first, a brief history:

-Patented in 1907 by Belgian-born chemist Leo Baekeland, Bakelite was originally used for its nonconductivity in electrical insulators,  radio and telephone casings, and such diverse products as kitchenware, pipe stems, and toys. It is known today as the first thermosetting plastic.

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Antique Bakelite items—from household appliances to jewelry—today are displayed in museums and sold for large sums. Their appeal to collectors may lie in Bakelite’s distinctive look, as well as the way they represent a particular era: a time when more and more consumers were able to take advantage of previously out-of-reach fashions and consumer goods.

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In honor of Bakelite and our love of it, Buffalo Trading Post is running a 20% off sale of all Bakelite items on Valentine’s Day! Come pick out the perfect pieces for your collection, or start your very own collection.

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The 5th Annual Cat Mountain Station Pet Fair

Glenda the Good Witch was part of a Wizard of Oz group costume that won best in show.

Glenda the Good Witch was part of a Wizard of Oz group costume that won best in show.

Cat Mountain Station had its 5th Annual Halloween Pet Fair on Sunday, October 26th, 2014. Every year, pets and their companions come out to this event decked out in their most creative costumes and get a chance to interact. There was a raffle, a wheel spin, a face painter, and a pet psychic with all proceeds going to benefit the Hermitage Cat Shelter. We raised $142.00 for this charity!

Our resident face painter showing off his skills to a very happy customer.

Our resident face painter showing off his skills to a very happy customer.

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A pet psychic came to spread Halloween cheer to our four legged friends.

The biggest draw to our fair was the actual costume contest! Cat Mountain Station had 14 constants, all of which deserved the grand prize.

A Poodle Angel.

A Poodle Angel.

A Yorkie Picnic Table.

A Yorkie Picnic Table.

A Cute Little Devil.

A Cute Little Devil.

A Skeleton Terrier.

A Skeleton Terrier.

We even had a cat dressed up as a Crayola Crayon! She was a very well behaved cat, considering there were 20 dogs having a party around her.

A Feline Crayon and a Crayola Box. This little girl has so much fun parading around with her cat.

A Feline Crayon and a Crayola Box. This little girl has so much fun parading around with her cat.

The wining contestant went to The Wizard of Oz cast. We had Dorothy, The Tin Man, The Cowardly Lion, The Scarecrow, Glenda the Good Witch, and even the Wizard himself!

Dorothy and her troupe getting ready to walk in front of the judges.

Dorothy and her troupe getting ready to walk in front of the judges.

The Wizard, The Scarecrow, The Cowardly Lion, and The Tin Man all of which are rescued dogs.

The Wizard, The Scarecrow, The Cowardly Lion, and The Tin Man all of which are rescued dogs.

Dorothy even had the Wicked Witch of The West following her!

The Wicked Witch of the West following Dorothy and her cast.

The Wicked Witch of the West following Dorothy and her cast.

All in all, it was a very fun fundraising event. Hope to see you next year!