Yes! We did do something other than our ‘exciting’
visit to Lauritzen Gardens and continuously eat when we visited our son and his family this
past May. David II took us to a unique shopping
destination. I’m not a shopper per se
but I do enjoy shopping at a quality antique store or consignment ‘mall’.
This is Omaha's Brass Armadillo Antique Mall.
Unlike most antique shops or dealer based malls, this shopping/browsing destination
occupies an impressive 30,000 square feet of space.
already have too much vintage stuff and antiques, it never hurts to look does
it? Anything we buy would be small or it
might be a gift for someone else… In any case, we love to see unusual or collectable 'stuff'.
were a few aisles at the Brass Armadillo…long aisles…where many of the booth occupants/vendors have their ‘valuables’ are all secured in these tall glass cases. The items in these cases tended to be small
collectibles ranging from medals, to sports cards/memorabilia to
coins/currency, a plethora of action figures, and die cast
cars/vehicles…including “Dinky Toys”, “Matchbox” and “Hot Wheels” models.
case you are curious about the estimated prices of specific models of these popular
toys, here are a couple of examples: Matchbox Quarry Truck $15,000; Dinky W.E.
Boyce Delivery Van $24,450, and; a ‘miss-painted’ Hot Wheels 1968 Chevy Camaro
you interested in? Variety is the word
at The Brass Armadillo. After all, this
antique mall isn’t home for a few dealers, but rather 375 dealers
selling just about anything that you can think of. I noted some interesting military memorabilia,
beer related collectables, advertising items, posters and stacks of vinyl
records…actually a hot item these days.
particular booth is loaded with small ceramic collectables, (including a huge
selection of rabbits), themed plastic and ceramic cups, and even themed
aprons. My mother would have gone
overboard here as she had a rabbit fetish going on…
taxidermy animal heads, skulls, bones, pelts, related artistic items…and more! Note the glass and ceramic collectables in
that mirror with that old geezer taking a photo…
these items aren’t what you’re seeking.
How about cow collections, an old washboard, antique and vintage
furniture, paintings/prints, books, comics, baskets, board games, oddities, old
phones, luggage, cameras or canning jars?
Few collectors, or even those just seeking décor items will wander through
these aisles and not see something that piques their interest.
included this photo just to provide another image that can give you an idea of
just how extensive…how large, this antique mall actually is. The items I can identify in this photo
include coke collectables, beer steins, old beer bottles…empty and full,
glassware, wall décor, vintage clothing, bird houses and even a vintage washing
have a den, game room or business where you need signs and related décor to set
the ambiance? While these signs do
appear to mostly be reprints, recreations or are about current new products,
this is the place to fulfill your theme.
the front desk at The Brass Armadillo…where you make your purchases. Note the happy enthusiastic employees! The fellow with the beard, braided hair and
headband is actually holding our purchases, limited as they were. Laurie picked up a “Barbie Doll” for her
great nieces and I was happy as I was able to find a few old postcards to add
to my collection.
especially hard to find postcards that meet my requirements unless I shop
on-line, where the prices are bonkers.
My collection requires that postcards still have their postage attached
and I need to be able to see the date the postcard was mailed…1920 or
earlier. In addition, the topic/picture
has to draw my interest. My preferences
include but aren’t limited to trains, boats, trucks, cars, streetcars,
airplanes (planes up to 1960) and interesting city or historical
addition to normal shopping hours, The Brass Armadillo also hosts seminars,
workshops, training events and social gatherings. The idea is to connect dealers and shoppers
who share the love for all things that are antique or vintage.
it or not, there are six (6) Brass Armadillo locations. In addition to Omaha they are in Kansas City
MO (400 dealers), Des Moines IA (400 dealers, Denver CO (600 dealers, and there
are 2 locations in Phoenix AZ. (550 dealers and 600 dealers) Omaha is the
Armadillo in Omaha Nebraska is located at 10666 Sapp Brothers Drive. Phone: 402-896-9140. Website: https://brassarmadillo.com/.
to eat at a place that fits into the antique or vintage experience following
our shopping at The Brass Armadillo.
David II had never been to Orsi’s Italian Bakery and Pizzeria, but he
had heard about it…and knowing that both Laurie and I love old time foodie
joints, he’d set this destination for our lunch.
restaurant and bakery was founded in 1919 by World War I veteran Alfonso
Orsi. This bakery and pizzeria is one of
the last remnants of Omaha’s ‘Little Italy’.
For over 100 years, their Italian twist bread and hearty Sicilia-style
pizza have been a community staple. Orsi’s
is still a family operation after all these years.
reality, Orsi’s is a take-out operation, although there is seating and tables
where one can eat their pizzas.
Customers place their order at the counter from either the menu board or
a printed take-out menu. We noted that
most of the customers were regulars and many stopped to chat with the owner
while waiting for their orders. Along
one wall you can see photos and mementos from years passed including celebrity
diners. Further along the wall one can
find a variety of mostly Italian specialty food items…
important and beloved is this local food icon?
In 1997, a fire gutted the bakery and destroyed the livelihood of the
Orsi family. But the community rallied
around the family. They helped clean up
the rubble and raise funds to rebuild the bakery in the same location…and so
the story and the food continues…
ordered 2 pizzas, one with just cheese and one with pepperoni and cheese. Jim, the owner, also insisted that we couldn’t
just order the pizza but we had to try his cheese garlic bread…no charge for it
either! The pizza was very good indeed,
as was the cheese garlic bread.
favorite food experience at Orsi’s was an item that sadly, they just don’t offer
for sale. Maybe because I’m an old guy,
or perhaps he ‘might have noticed’ that I’m ‘into’ food, he decided to make up
a sandwich for me with his fresh Italian bread and a selection of Italian cold
cuts and cheese. It was amazing! Laurie and David II can verify my opinion as I
did give each of them a small taste…just a bite…of my sandwich. No photo though... I liked it so much that I downed it before even thinking about taking a picture!
this photo of our son, David II, and our grandson/new graduate, Emmett Lee as we
waited for our pizzas. The whole
experience, Jim, his regulars, the tradition and the food…provided a true quality
ways, Orsi’s Italian Bakery and Pizzeria is really a local Italian
Grocery. In addition to the pizza,
goudarooni (double crusted pizza) and garlic cheese bread, Orsi’s offers 13
different meats and 14 different cheeses to go…1/4 lb. minimum. Then there are 7 different breads available
as well as 15 types of pasta, a selection of olives and peppers…and much more.
Bakery and Pizzeria is located at 521 Pacific Street in Omaha Nebraska. Phone: 402-345-3438. Website: https://orsibakery.com/.
click on any of the photos to enlarge them…
for stopping by for a visit!
Care, Big Daddy Dave