A Few of Our Favorite Things at The Museum Store

Posted on December 4, 2015 by Blaine Smith in

Scrollwork on buckles and antlers on tables

Brown leather handbags and signs for the stables

Funny stick ponies and bright turquoise rings

These are a few of our favorite things!

With the holidays quickly approaching, some of The Museum Store staff has selected their favorite items to share with you. Finding a great gift for a loved one can be challenging, so we hope you find inspiration at The Museum Store!


Leigh's Decor

Leigh Bloskovich, Home Décor and Local Flavor

The decorative items are some of my favorite offerings at The Museum Store. All the coordinating pieces from brands like Mudpie and Creative Co-op make is simple to transform an entire space in your home. The cowhide stools in particular are a great way to add some eclectic Western style to any room! I also love our Made in Oklahoma food products. One of my most favorite items is the Cowgirl Kisses sweet jalapeño relish from Over the Fence Farms out of Enid, Oklahoma. It is especially delicious when served over cream cheese with wheat crackers.






Madi's Books

Madi Sussman, For the Bibliophiles

The Museum Store has hundreds of titles to choose from, but I have selected a few favorites! The first being America’s National Parks: A Pop-Up Book, which depicts 1930s posters distributed by the WPA. The pop-up pages take the reader on a journey through the natural beauty of national parks with a few hidden treasures along the way. The next book is National Geographic: Greatest Photographs of the American West, which brings together award-winning photographers to build a collection of some of the most awe-inspiring and iconic images of the American West. Finally, The House of Owls by renowned Prix de West artist Tony Angell delves into the relationship between owls and human culture, unique qualities that separate owls from other birds, and scientific descriptions of the various types of owls found in North America. The highlights of the book include his journals where he recorded his observations of western screech owls and his drawings that the owls inspired. There really is a book for everyone at The Museum Store!



Eva's Apparel

Eva Vloedman, Winter Wonderland Wearables

One of my favorite areas is in The Museum Store is the fashion boutique. We carry a wide variety of clothing and accessories for every occasion. The winter weather accessories from Pendleton Woolen Mills are at the top of my list this year! The matching fleece lined headbands and wool texting gloves come in a variety of classic Pendleton patterns. This luxurious rabbit and fox fur knitted vest by Pat Dahnke is easily dressed up or down and is the perfect thing to keep you cozy by the fire! Lastly, a Western chic ensemble isn’t complete without a great leather handbag. Patricia Nash designs leather goods that are beautifully hand-crafted at very affordable prices.





Jon's Jewelry

Jon Burkhart, Southwestern Stones

One of the best things about my job is having the opportunity to hand pick the jewelry that we have available for purchase at The Museum Store. We take great care to select the most beautiful and unique pieces the Southwest has to offer. One of my favorite pieces is a gorgeous traditional wrap ten strand Heishe necklace made up of hundreds of perfectly matched clam shell beads. The necklace was made by Native American artisan, Nestoria Coriz. Another favorite piece is a new multi-stone cuff that is unlike anything I have ever seen. Crafted by Native American artist, Brenda Jimendez, it’s truly a piece of wearable art with coral, spiny oyster, Royston turquoise, Sleeping Beauty turquoise, and Spider turquoise from Tibet.


Meagan's Movies

Meagan Tiemman, Western Films and Tunes

Some of my favorite things in The Museum Store are the movies and music. There is a great variety of classics and contemporary films and music. One of my favorite movies is The Man from Snowy River, a love story that follows an Australian horseman overcoming adversaries and epic horse chases. Another favorite is the classic, Lonesome Dove, an incredible story of danger and determination all wrapped up in an epic cattle drive. In addition to films, we have a great selection of music. One of my favorite CDs is Mountain Smoke’s Blue Ridge/Lettin’ It Slip Away. Mountain Smoke is a fantastic bluegrass band, and this particular album features a young Vince Gill who got his start with the band. Another favorite of mine is Sons of the Pioneers Sing Cowboy Classics, with songs like “Cimarron,” “The Cattle Call,” and “Tumbleweed Trail.”



We hope our favorite things become your favorite things, too! Click here to shop today.

About Blaine

Blaine Smith works in the Traffic & Graphics Department at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum. His love of history and museums was spawned by his grandfather, who owns his own museum in southeast Colorado.