GREETINGS FROM THE VIRGINIA SHOPPER!
As you may know, I am charged with wandering the state (mostly online) discovering the nicest things and places to share with other savvy shoppers. That’s the fun of it! But, what would I REALLY like to receive in my mailbox?
Of all the items I have ever loved about Virginia, there is one little thing I would really like to have. It’s the perfect gift for family and friends and the perfect gift to myself. Maybe it’s the perfect gift for you too. It’s definitely a gift “for the birds!” And I mean that in the most literal way.
Don’t go away please! I’m not done regaling the virtues of this phenomenal thing.
- It’s the most unique gift imaginable.
- I want one for myself – I mean, for my birds.
- I want one for Aunt Mary.
- It will add character to any outdoor place around the house.
- It is so odd looking that it will spark conversation
- It is so attractive, I may get four – for
Granny Smith, Aunt Mary, Uncle Joe, and me!
- It has a historical flavor and purpose.
- It’s lightweight for easy shipping.
- It’s reasonably priced.
- I LOVE it!
What is this perfect little thing?
THE WILLIAMSBUG BIRD BOTTLE!
A bottle for birds? Really? Look closely and you will see the face of a sweet little bird who has already made the bottle her home!
And here’s the history:
Williamsburg, Virginia is the nation’s largest living history museum! Would you believe over 4 million people visit there each year?
In the 18th century, Virginia colonists in Williamsburg figured out how to attract birds (who would control insects) by attaching this beautiful Bird Bottle to their homes!
The one in the picture is a wonderful reproduction made of redware pottery and modeled after an original bottle excavated at Colonial Williamsburg. How’s that for an interesting thing in the annals of American history?
What do you do with the Williamsburg Bird Bottle? With a single nail, you can hang it from a tree or on the side of any building, and guess what – the birds love it!
I recently received a birthday gift certificate from Virginia Born and Bred. What do I want from my favorite little store? There are so many things to choose from! And that’s how I decided on the Williamsburg Bird Bottle.
If you come for a visit, you will find one attached to a favorite tree within easy view from my living room window and another one attached to the house! Granny Smith, Aunt Mary, and Uncle Joe will all have theirs too.
Bird lovers beware. You may not want to stop at one!
‘TIL WE MEET AGAIN… The VIRGINIA SHOPPER!
P.S. The Bird Mailbox at the top of this piece is also available at Virginia Born and Bred.
The Raleigh Tavern in Colonial Williamsburg, Virginia, USA. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
English: A recreation workshop on Duke of Gloucester street in Colonial Williamsburg, Virginia. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Tourists on horse and wagon tour of CW (Photo credit: Wikipedia)