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September 25th, 2015

The Pear’s kid brother,


724 Ridge Road (the old 151), Mineral Point

is having a FLASH SALE this weekend (September 26 & 27).

On from 10am to 4pm Saturday and 11am til 3pm on Sunday.

A treasure trove of bargains, vintage goods, salvage, antiques, DIY projects and home improvements.

Check out what’s in store:


Antique fanning mill. Made up of a simple screen, a fan and slatted canvas, fanning mills turned threshed grain into clean grain. This one is highly collectible, and unusually decorative for a farm implement of its kind.  $365


Old wooden ladder. Perfect vintage accent for holding towels in a modern bathroom. $19


Waiting for some love and care. This 1940s sofa is the Bargain of the Century. $50!


Old school metal desk: $45


Indeedly doodle: a shopping cart, made back in the days before they were branded. Great prop. $25.


Slick looking galvanized metal and wood ice chest (works perfectly) $45


Log box? Quilt chest? Toy xox? Naughty small child’s time-out, confined space box? Munchkin store waiting to be painted? Oh, the possibilities…$45

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Beauty is in the eye of the beholder. Use it as a garbage can? Put a lovely, huge fern in it? Maybe shine it up? Maybe not? $65 and it’s yours.

We have so many  new pieces in. Goodies galore in store. Come and see for yourself.


September 14, 2015

Ooh, looks like The Pear’s ship has just come in. Check out the new swag of jewel-colored, fabric necklaces by Cutter ($26 a pop), as well as the haul of gorgeous and functional, look good anywhere you put them down, hand woven, Fair Trade baskets ($38 each).

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Handmade baskets

September 10th, 2015



724 Ridge Road (the old 151), Mineral Point.

The Pear’s salvage warehouse  is having a sale this weekend

(September 12 & 13).

On from 10am to 4pm Saturday and 10am til 3pm on Sunday.

A bonanza of bargains, treasures, antiques, and DIY projects and home improvements.

Rummagers and bargain hunters welcome! We hope to see you there.

Here’s a preview at what’s in store:


Antique corn shucker or new cool garden ornament? You decide.

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Old baskets and barbed wire waiting to be repurposed. See the trunks behind the barbed wire? There’s a swag of them here, just waiting for someone’s well loved goods & chattels.

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Clean up this chicken nester, and what have you got? A fabulous prop for towels? Horsey doll’s house? Guinea pigs? Spice rack? Sock repository?

Retro green vinyl and chrome chair  in need of spit and polish.


More spit, more polish, and voila! Another great storage display for shoes, gloves and accessories.


Hello newly demoed/recycled kitchen cabinets from Dubuque – looking for a new home.


Rustic antique wood & iron chandelier.

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September 1st, 2015

New throw cushions can refresh a tired looking room in a flash. These locally designed and handmade cushions by Paula come in a range of bright and sunny colors and designs, including this sweet yellow cotton number with appliquéd blue denim rose. $28 each.

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August 25th, 2015

Beautiful new handmade organic milk soaps by Placke. At $5.75 a pop, total bargain!


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Aug 23rd, 2015

From the dog days of summer to early fall – these perfect little trans-seasonal hats come in lovely, light colors. Hand made locally, they range in price from $35 – $52 each.





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These intricately patterned scarves are hand made made by Fair Trade company, Rising Tide. Priced from $20 – $44 each.

August 21, 2015

So The Pear has a kid brother: Frank & Arlene Byrne’s latest venture, the Salvage Warehouse DIY @ 724 Ridge Road (the old 151), Mineral Point is opening up early next year. If you are a DIY projects, restorations aficionado, or general fixer-upper type – then this place is for you.

Barring rain, you can get a sneak peek, as well as score a bargain this weekend (August 22nd/23rd) when there will be a one-day only garage sale. On from 10am to 5pm Saturday, and from 11am to 3pm on Sunday.

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The heady, uplifting aroma of one of our newest finds is filling up The Pear.
Come in and check out our range of Paddywax Soy Candles. Hand poured into gorgeous, jewel-colored, recycled Mason jars, the luscious scent combinations include tuberose & gardenia, lavender & thyme, dandelion & clover, fresh fig & cardamom, ocean tide & sea salt, and blood orange & citrus. Mmm hmm. $21 each.

Our favorite visitors from Dubuque, The Pinchuk Family, dropped by on Sweet Treats Saturday!

August 4, 2015


To celebrate the gorgeous summer we’ve been having, The Pear will stay open late this coming Saturday, August the 8th.

From 5pm until 9pm we will be serving deliciously sweet summer treats.
Come in, browse around, and indulge your sweet tooth.
Gray Dog Deli will be making their luscious lemon bars, and Arlena will weave her magic to assemble a delightful selection of scrumptious desserts, small batch lollies, and fancies.
We’d love to see you there!
Warmest regards,
The Pear
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August 2, 2015

Thanks to everyone who came out for Gallery Night on the weekend.

It was fun & delicious!


July 19, 2015

Joe Cole with pots

Gallery Night is coming up quick sticks!

The Pear Home & Salvage is pleased to present the work of master potter, Joe Cole.

Joe and his wife, Christy-Hamilton Cole are the creative force behind the renowned Windy Ridge Pottery studio and workshop.

Inspired by the rich global tradition of folk art and craft, Joe’s wood-fired pots are both functional and beautiful – full of warmth, depth, and character.

Come meet Joe Cole on Gallery Night, where he will be on hand to discuss and demonstrate his new collection of pottery on display, and for sale at The Pear.

In gratitude to our patrons, (and simply because we love a party), The Pear will also be offering a delectable array of complimentary hors’doeurves and hand-crafted, made from scratch, local market goodies.

Join us on Saturday, August the 1st, 2015 from 5-9pm.

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July 4th, 2015

It’s a beautiful day in the neighborhood. Happy 4th of July to one and all!

Here’s Miss Annie hard at work, wetting and shaping the new batch of colorful and sturdy, hand crafted, fair trade baskets, that have just come into the store.

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June 24, 2015

We, The People of The Pear, Declare a Day of Lovely!
Chief Lovely Pear, Miss Arlena was having a simply lovely time playing dress ups in the lovely Pear, when a pair of lovely out of town customers, came in and started trying on lovely silk scarves, designed & made by the lovely & talented Jane Potocki.
It wasn’t long before lovely Steve R Falconer dropped by, resplendent in orange, (& made even lovelier by popping on one of Jane’s scarves), when he began to wax lyrical about our lovely town, which in turn led him to taking the said lovely ladies on an impromptu tour of Mineral Point’s lovely opera house. Like we say, lovely, lovely, lovely. And while we’re at it – a tad delightful too!

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