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JUNE 2015

It is Summertime at American Harvest and we have fun and exciting items in stock now.  Do you love the beach?  Check out our creative beach signs, towels and pillows, they are perfect for your getaway beach home.  They make great gifts for your family and friends too.

Are you traveling this summer?  We have the best travel journals with Paris, London, New York and San Francisco themes!  Do you need a special bag for your cosmetics?  If so, you’ll love our line of small travel bags.

Of course, we have the best vintage finds from France and the good ‘ol USA.  In stock now are fabulous antique and collectibles that celebrate July 4th, Independence Day!  For you “Francophiles”, don’t forget that Bastille Day is right around the corner, July 14th.

So here is a peak into American Harvest for summer 2015!

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Antique jewelry caskets

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Masonry building stars

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Vintage sheet music and flags

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Beach pillows

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San Francisco journals, books and more!

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Vintage gnome and collectibles

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French pottery and garden lights

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Antique cameras

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French souvenir items from the 1930-1960’s

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World travelers need a vintage globe

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Summertime and vintage baseball mits.  I also have two kids’ baseball uniforms and more gloves.

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Father’s Day is coming soon too….Dads like our old typewriters!

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Garden statuary is available throughout the store.  In the background is an original watercolor by Sharon’s mom, Barbara Blabon.

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Antique dishes from France

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French bowls

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Get inspired for outdoor entertaining!

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American Harvest has become well known for our antique religious items mostly from France.

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Bird prints, antique sieves and bird nests

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A French memorial plaque dated 1884

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More inspiration can be found in our many books that we stock.

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June is “wedding month”, we have beautiful vintage cake toppers.

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Need a gift for someone special?  American Harvest has incredible gifts ideas.

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Boxes for your girlfriends!

 

Come to American Harvest in downtown Pleasanton for your summertime gift giving ideas.

CHRISTMAS OPEN HOUSE 2014

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You are invited to the 18th Annual Christmas Open House at American Harvest.  Our theme this year is The Night Before Christmas.  The festivities will begin on Friday night, November 7th from 5-9pm.  The celebration will continue the next day, Saturday, November 8th from 10am to 9pm.  We will be closed from Nov. 3-6 to prepare for the Christmas Open House.

PREPARING FOR HALLOWEEN

We will be preparing American Harvest for our Halloween Party this Friday, August 22 from 7-9pm.  We will be closed Tuesday through Friday, August 19-22 and of course reopening on Friday evening.  Here are 13 pictures to inspire you for Halloween.  I took these pictures at the Pierce Ranch in Point Reyes area in July.

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I took these pictures in the early morning fog, which is quite common for Point Reyes.  Please ask me for permission before using any of these pictures whether the use is personal or business.  If you use any of these pictures for personal or business use, please remember to reference American Harvest.  Happy Halloween planning!

Thank you,

Rodger

AMERICAN AND FRENCH ANTIQUES

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American Harvest is known as an innovative little shop, specializing in artists’ creations and holiday decor.  We have always had antiques and collectibles, but now we are concentrating on more American and French antiques.  We have become a destination store for our incredible collection of French religious items, including statues, rosaries and prayer books.  Our French collection also includes French flags, ephemera, perfume bottles and vintage souvenir Eiffel Towers.  Our customers have been delighted with our American antiques and collectibles too.  From baseball mits to delicate glassware, from vintage pulleys to typewriters, cameras and movie projectors; customers have been snapping up these interesting American antiques.  As always, we do have antique furniture that we display our items and yes it is for sale.  Please come on in for a great selection of these items.  We look forward to seeing you soon!

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We hope to see you soon at American Harvest!

 

 

 

BEACH PARTY SALE

American Harvest is hosting a Beach Party Sale on Saturday, June 7, 2014, from 10am to 5pm.  Everything in the store will be on sale.  Please bring the postcard you received in the mail, a printout of the email you might have received or print this page in order to get 15% of your entire purchase on June 7th.

Here are pictures of a few items now in stock at American Harvest.

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We have a great selection of beach related signs.

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American Harvest has a terrific collection of antiques and collectibles from USA and France!

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We have fun, quirky French collectibles from the 1930’s, 1940’s and 1950’s.

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Sharon and I are always on the lookout for vintage typewriters, cameras and movie projectors.

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This is just one of the many Disney vintage collectibles from the 1950’s.

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We have vintage jewelry, new jewelry, handmade jewelry and of course jewelry made in Paris!

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Suitcases and valises make great displays and can be used for storage too.

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Looking for a fun gift?  Check out our line of bags, luggage tags and purses.

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What’s a beach party without a vintage picnic basket?  This one has the original plastic 4 plates, 4 glasses and 4 sets of utensils.

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I always try to carry a good amount of ephemera from France.  These are highly collectible weekly serial papers from the 1940’s.

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French plates and a Quimper bowl are nestled inside the small wood wheel barrow from France.

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AH has a nice collection of yard statues.

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Every boy (and girl) would love to have a surf board sign in his room!

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Fix up your beach house with fun signs and frames.  These make excellent gifts!

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French religious antiques are one of our specialties.  Perfect gifts for Confirmation, First Communion and more.

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People are amazed at our collection of Disney pins that are for sale at American Harvest.  These are official, licensed Disney pins that can be traded at the Disney Parks or added to your collection.   All at very reasonable prices.

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Talk about great gift ideas…French soap is a must for a nice and thoughtful hostess gift.  WARNING…once you try these great soaps from Provence, you will not ever want to use “grocery store” soap again.  We also have great glycerin soaps that are handmade in Berkeley, CA.

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I could not pass up this fantastic small guitar.  It features a drawing of Elvis Presley and his machine signature.

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American Harvest has a great collection of doctor bags from the USA and France.  These doctor bags are really collectible and usually difficult to find.

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We always carry a good selection of books on travel, decorating and children’s books.  Pictured is the hard to find book, Vintage By Nina.

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A garden pillow, French pots are found in this vintage bird bath.

We hope you have enjoyed a quick glimpse of what is in store for you at American Harvest.  See you this Saturday, June 7, 2014 for the Beach Party Sale.

 

 

URBAN FRENCH AT AMERICAN HARVEST

American Harvest carries a large and eclectic line of French antiques in addition to our nice line of American antiques and collectibles.  We combine different elements into a cohesive display of French antiques and new items.  We call it Urban French.  You can combine coal buckets, religious items, cameras, movie projectors and so much more to make inspirational vinettes.  Don’t be afraid to use items that at first may not seem like they would go together.  Find a common thread, such as color, texture or theme.  Again, don’t be afraid to use unrelated pieces.

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The wings help to anchor the collection of mercury glass containers.  A small dress form holds necklaces that were inspired by antique rosaries.

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The wine bottle is from France.  The two small St. Theresa statues are from France, while the two Madonnas are newly made.  The wall hanging is actually a bamboo floor mat.

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The French coal bucket makes for an impressive vase when filled with a large plant or flowers.

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Do you have old family photos of unfamiliar faces?  Display them with vintage cameras.

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A movie projector and reels are a great addition to your family room, den or office.

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An antique brass and copper fire extinguisher holds necklaces, a  great way to keep your chains from getting tangled.

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A lighted arrow and two clocks seem to say, “Time flies”.

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We found this beautiful sterling silver chain purse in the Province area of France.  It is in a display case filled with French compacts, jewelry and old tin types.

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Glass items look very enticing when displayed on glass shelves.  These vintage lampshades are from the Phoenix Studio.  The green iridescent hues are magnificent.

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This is a set of 8 lavender glassware with gold trim.  It is not easy to find a set of 8 antique glasses that are all in perfect condition.

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Sharon has a large collection of vintage wedding cake toppers.  She has released a few for sale recently.  Display them with wedding crowns or tiaras, along with vintage wedding photos and other memorabilia.

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Do you remember when a telephone was a means of communicating by voice and not a means to text, Tweeting, Facebooking or photo opting?  This is a heavy duty dial phone.  In front is a glass desk caddy.

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Here is a French watering can with an antique label.  Sorry it just sold as I was posting this picture.

We have so many more French and American antiques in the store right now.  Why don’t you come in for a visit?