Saturday, December 2nd is Candlelight Shopping in Mineral Point and The Pear is decking its halls and ringing its bells. Join us for some magical Festivas fun from 5pm to 9pm.

We have Christmas elves serving Sock It To Me Santa Christmas Punch, homemade cookies, artichoke & garlic dip with veggies, and artisan Wisconsin cheese and charcuterie by Fromagination in Madison.  

There will be a drawing/giveaway for one lucky shopper to win an original oil painting of Santa by Karen Tarlton.

For those in search of the perfect gift, The Pear has oodles of lovely, unusual, handmade, 
one-of-a-kind, lust-inducing artworks, home goods, hand-knits and jewelry – something for everyone.
Can you hear those sleigh bells jingling, ring ting tingling too? Fa la la la la la la la la.



Paddy Wax Candles are a fave here at The Pear. Gorgeous scents and long burning, a welcome addition to any room.


Pommes Frites Candle Co is a small batch candle company based in Los Angeles. The candles are individually hand poured, and made using domestically grown soy wax, cotton core wicks, fine fragrance oils, and apothecary inspired packaging.



Hail The Carpetbagger: Harriet Story designs and makes these masterfully crafted handbags and purses. A truly original heirloom gift for the accessory lover in your life.


We will be featuring DIY Charcuterie & Cheeseboards by Fromagination in Madison. Impossibly delicious artisanal Wisconsin cheeses and meats.
Hand crafted cutting boards and Fair Trade hand woven Baskets.


Put your name in the bowl and be in the draw to win this original oil painting of Santa – an 12×12 abstract palette knife impressionism on canvas by Karen Tarlton.




Fabulous selection of original and unique hand knitted hats, scarves, gloves & mittens.


Vintage home goods.


Original artworks by Susan Colby:


Original art works by Audrey Christie


Handmade fine silver jewelry by Lauren Powers



Here’s the buzz: Best honey hands down in Wisco and the world. Long reign Queen Bee.


The Pear & Salvage Home @ Gallery Night


The Pear & Salvage Home is delighted to present the beautifully crafted work of fibre artist and teacher, Harriet Ridnour for our first Gallery Night of the year. Harriet will demonstrate her craft as well as showcase her meticulously crafted rugs, scarves, shawls, mittens and hats, which will also be available to purchase. Vintage textiles have been a passion for Harriet for many years. She has been involved in fibre art all her life, sewing and knitting when she was younger, and selling antique textiles and sewing tools later. Harriet finds knitting both relaxing and meditative. She also loves to teach. Fifteen years ago she began rug hooking and now helps beginners, sells supplies, organizes annual classes, as well as work on her own projects.

During winter The Pear has undergone somewhat of a transformation. To celebrate spring and beyond we have a vast array of fabulous new products, vintage wares and household goods to help brighten your home. Come and see for yourself.

On April 1st, 2017, from 5pm to 9pm.

We will be serving complimentary punch and delectable hors d’oeuvres catered by Mineral Point’s favorite pizzeria, Popolo. https://www.facebook.com/popolopizzeriaMP/ Everyone is welcome.

NB: Beginning April 8th, The Pear will be open 5 days a week, Tuesday to Saturday 10am – 5pm.

Hand hooked rugs by Harriet.
Harriet herself killing it at the knitting game.
Miaow! Hand hooked rug by Harriet & supplies galore to make them with too.
Hats by Harriet.
More hats by Harriet.

Here’s a sneaky peek at our new lock, stock & barrel:

Retro enamel ware that is running out the door.
New apothecary products. Glorious aromas and gorgeous designs.
“How you doing?” This handsome, laid-back chap is part of our new garden section.
Vintage glamour dragonfly art jewelry.
Easter baskets for the little bunnies in your life.
Lots of lovely sight, smell & touch worthy new goodies.
A hale & hearty fellow. Ring a ding ding ding ding ding ding ding (Theme to Deliverance at your service).
Chirpy chirpy cheep cheep.
Free as a vintage ceramic boid.
New hand crafted soap line. Lashings of new hand woven baskets too.
Beautifully detailed, handcrafted cutting boards. And what about the beauty of a basket those babies are in?
Rustic hand crafted bird house.
I’m board. Chairman of the board. Linen bread bags. Brilliant for keeping your carbs fresh & well dressed.


Just Hear Those Sleigh Bells Jingling, Ring Ting Tingling Too

Can you believe Christmas is almost here? Nope, neither can we. The words, zoom, fly, and how can it possibly be, all come to mind.

Good to know The Pear is chock full of lovely, unusual, bright, amusing, warm, snuggly, blingy, sparkly, handmade, vintage, gorgeous, one-of-a-kind, lust-inducing goods and chattels.

We have a 20% discount on select hand knitted items – perfect for helping to keep the polar vortex at bay. The sale runs until January 2nd, 2017.

Shop small. Shop local. Shop like you love them.

Outside the snow is falling
And friends are calling “yoo hoo”,
Come on, it’s lovely weather
For a sleigh ride together with you.

Exquisitely made, uniquely designed handbags and purses by artist Harriet Story.


Fab jewelry by Lauren Powers.


Trunk Show Sale. Hand-knitted with love.


For the cutie-pie in your life. Cupcake hats and hand-knitted dollies.


A couple of likely lads.


Perfect seasonal accent cushion.


Locally handmade pillow slips.


Rare antique & vintage jewelry.


Treasure trove: new, vintage, collectibles, desirables.


Snuggle Bunny Central. Adorable hand- knitted beasties.

It’s lovely weather for a sleigh ride together with you…


We love December Gallery Night at The Pear & Salvage Home. Our charming little town of Mineral Point becomes even more impossibly so, as it transforms into a glittering wonderland courtesy of the hundreds of luminaries that line the streets, especially for this annual event.

Mark your calendars Peeps:  Saturday, December 3rd, Gallery Night at The Pear with special featured regional artist Susan Colby (from 5pm to 9pm).

Artist Susan Colby


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Painter, designer, clothing manufacturer, businesswoman, raconteur, canine lover and all-round creator extraordinaire, do come and meet the dynamo Susan Colby herself. Susan, will be accompanied by her beloved hound Bracken aka The Flooze (on account of being an excellent flirt).

Susan & The Flooze

Possessing the drive and energy of someone half her age,  one might be forgiven for thinking that at 75, Susan Colby might consider slowing down.  Hell to the no on that one. Designing and running her own company alongside longtime business partner Burt Avedon, Susan divides her time between Avedon & Colby International Outfitters and painting. Originally an art teacher, she says, “Because my career has always been involved in ART…I see that and me as living an Adventure Responding to what is True.”

For more info on her company Avedon & Colby International Outfitters, check it out here: https://www.avedoncolby.com

Using mixed mediums, mostly oiled crayon on gesso “released” with turpentine  and controlled with pencil line, Colby’s paintings are rich, playful, beautifully textured and filled with color.

The Pear will also be brimming with gorgeous, locally handmade scarves, hats and mittens (perfect for warm and toasty gift giving).

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We have a swag of interesting vintage silverware platters too.



Join us for scrumptious Yuletide snacks and beverages, including Christmas Punch, sugar cookies and Bûche de Noël.

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The first lucky 30 customers to make a store purchase on Gallery Night (from 5pm til 9pm), will be given a unique handmade glazed clay ornament by artist Stephanie Corridori.

Glazed clay Christmas ornaments by Stephanie Corridori.


The Pear will be open on Saturday from 10am – 9pm. Gallery Night with Susan Colby (and The Flooze) starts at 5pm.

Meanwhile feast your eyes on some more of Susan’s wonderful paintings. Some are huge, some are medium sized, others, small and dainty. Come on down to The Pear to see for yourself.



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Bracken “The Flooze” as Ballerina