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Nestled in historic downtown Potsdam, in the building of the old Realto Theater, is Misty Hollow, the North Country’s largest independent craft shop. Locally owned and operated, Misty Hollow has been satisfying your craft and hobby needs and much, much more since 1995.
The Front Window
Our front window display is refreshed and changed regularly, and changes with the seasons, the different themes, and new products of the year. There are always displays for the holidays and for new trends in the store. The picture is of the window display the year we won the contest for the best holiday window display.
Maude the Manikin
Also located in the front window is our wicker manikin, Maude. Maude has been with us for several years, and dresses for every occasion, including the holidays. From Victorian Lady to executioner, Maude is ready for every season.
Floor to Ceiling
Once you walk into Misty Hollow, you will notice that our store is bursting with intriguing items from floor to ceiling. As you can see, even the ceiling is used to display different hanging items throughout the store.
Tikis, fish bottles, figurines, door mats made from old tires, fishing and pirate themed signs, incense, rocks and minerals, candles, books, t-shirts, earrings, brocade purses, and engravable items can be found near the front of the store, as well as throughout.
Engravable gifts include Zippo lighters, mugs, key chains, frames, albums, keepsakes, jewelry boxes, flasks, ID bracelets, charm bracelets, dog tags, Medic Alert bracelets and necklaces, and more.
If, when you walk in, you go to the left aisle of the store, you will find the beginnings of the yarn department, a 100 foot yarn display, to be precise. Down the wall extends our yarn department, shifting from wool to cotton to acrylic yarn. Some of the yarns you will find include Bernat, Encore, Lopi, sock yarns, alpaca yarns, Galway, Cascade, Andes, Brown Sheep, Sugar ‘n Cream, crochet cotton, baby yarns, and novelty yarns. Our yarns range from basic materials to all kinds of hairy, fuzzy, fluffy, bumpy, metallic, ribbon-style, and pom pom-style novelties. Samples are hung throughout the yarn aisle, including not only swatches, but scarves, purses, socks, sweaters, mittens, hats, and much more.
Hundreds of knitting and crocheting patterns are available for all size and age groups, including adult, teen, child, and baby sizes. Patterns for couples or families are available, as well as novelty patterns such as baskets, muffins, and stuffed animals. Of course, there are also patterns for afghans, blankets, purses, mittens, hats, socks, and books on using one skein or yarn scraps to make a project.
Knitting Needles, Crochet Hooks, & Accessories
An extensive collection of knitting needles, crochet hooks, and accessories is available from Susan Bates, Clover, Brittany, Addi, INOX, Balene II, and more. Whether you prefer plastic, bamboo, wood, or metal, the correct needle or hook is here. Knit counters, stitch holders, stitch markers, needle gauges, point protectors, purse handles, and much more can be found in the accessories section.
Helmet Liner Drive
Unfortunately, soldiers currently fighting in the Middle East are not provided with helmet liners. The winters there are extremely cold, and helmet liners are a luxury. Several years ago, we were approached to support a helmet liner drive, and to date, we have collected over 1,000 helmet liners for the troops. The Copy Shop in Potsdam has generously offered to make free copies of the knitted or crocheted patterns for all who need them, and we periodically have donations of yarn to supply to make the helmet liners. Helmet liners must be made of wool of specific camouflage colors. If you would like to be involved in this project, please contact us, or get the patterns for knitting or crocheting from our Helmet Liners page. It makes a tremendous difference in the lives of our soldiers.
If you had gone to the right when you entered the store, you would have soon come to the hobby department. In it, there are many models, including science fiction, super hero, fantasy, car, and military models. Submarines, tanks, and planes are found next to chariots and reenactment figures, along with older collectable items. Many models are available that could not possibly fit into our store, so if you have an interest, please contact us and ask. If we can find it, we will gladly order the item for you.
Trains and Train Sets
We are licensed distributors for Lionel, MTH, Walthers, Gargraves, and Thomas the Tank Engine. G, O, HO, and N scale trains, buildings, figures, vehicles, scenery, kits, track, and accessories are available. Subterrain is a new lightweight foam roadbed, trackbed, and terrain building system that we also carry.
Woodland Scenics and Scratch Building Supplies
We have an extensive stock of Midwest Woods, Evergreen Plastics, K+S Metals, Woodland scenics, Floquil, and Testors paint. Foam core board, plaster cloth, Badger airbrushes, compressors, parts, paint, thinners, books, and other materials are also available.
As with many of our departments, examples are made. Bob Porter, our resident art, scrapbooking, and diorama expert, has a diorama in the front window, and is always working on a model. The models on display are mostly his handiwork.
Collectables and Memorabilia
Among the models, as you could see above, are limited edition and collectable items, including Star Trek, Robby the Robot, Hulk, Lost in Space, and James Bond models. Additionally, we carry nostalgic memorabilia, including tin lunchboxes, tin trinket boxes, mugs, mini lunch boxes, and more decorated with I Love Lucy, Peanuts, The Beatles, Pink Floyd, your favorite super heroes, Dr. Suess, The Rolling Stones, Marilyn Monroe, John Wayne, and more.
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