Copper Country Antiques, known for “Fred the Buffalo” that sits atop its roof in a boat, has opened a Christmas shop in the middle of its store on Speedway at Rosemont Boulevard.
“Fred’s Fabulous Christmas Festival” is packed full of ornaments, trees, trinkets and knick-knacks of Christmases past.
Prices range from 50 cents to hundreds of dollars, depending on the item. Hot sellers include aluminum trees from the 1950s, vintage bulbs and manger scenes.
“People love vintage Christmas stuff because it reminds them of their childhood,” saleswoman Zetta Dowdy said.
Many of Copper Country’s vendors have Christmas stuff they don’t have room to display at their booths. So they decided to put it all in one place.
“It’s an addition to the mall and a place people can find Christmas stuff they couldn’t find anywhere else,” said the store’s owner, Phill Gaillard.
This is the first year Copper Country has had a separate Christmas section. So far, customers have been receptive to the idea.
“We had a lot of people come in on the weekend,” Dowdy said. The Christmas store opened Saturday and will remain open through Christmas.
As the holidays get closer, Dowdy said, she will encourage vendors to offer sale prices.
Customers can find seasonal items sprinkled around the antique mall, at individual booths as well as in the Christmas section. Fred’s Recycle Bin in the back of the store, which offers discounted items, also has holiday bargains.
Copper Country offers a wish list for customers who are looking for something specific, where they can leave contact information and details about the item. When a vendor gets such an item in, they will get in touch. “People love it,” Dowdy said.