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1650 Hartford-New London Turnpike, Montville, CT 06370


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Piggy Banks – Marketplace Spotlight

Why are children’s coin banks referred to as “piggy banks”? It is commonly believed that piggy banks get their name from a type of reddish clay used in the Middle Ages called “pygg”. Throughout the Middle Ages, people often made bowls, plates and jars from this pygg to hold small items. The pottery made from pygg clay was not very durable, it was a soft material that scratched easily and it was permeable – unable to hold liquids.

A popular item made from this type of pottery was a small storage pot used to hold coins. Coin boxes and money jars had been around for centuries, but the pygg clay coin holders became very popular in the Middle Ages. It was referred to as a pygg pot or pygg jar. Although the word pygg is actually pronounced “pug”, it did not take long for artisans to take advantage of the pun and make pig shaped banks and coin holders. Pigs have long been considered symbols of good luck in different parts of the world, so making coin banks in pig-shaped tied in well. Similar to modern piggy banks, if the owner of the pygg jar wanted to retrieve his or her coins, they would have to break the container open or slide the coins back through the slot with the aid of a knife.

There have been boar and pig shaped pygg pots discovered that date back to the 15th century. Many European countries have traditions of giving piggy banks to bring luck and good fortune. Even today, children are often given piggy banks for birthdays and holidays to encourage saving money. Many cultures consider strong financial management to be essential to a successful and teach these habits to children at a young age. This makes piggy banks a popular and educational gift to children. As they grow, so do their savings and monetary awareness.

The Past Antiques Marketplace has many vintage piggy banks and other models of coin banks available. Piggy banks always make a great gift as well as teach a valuable lesson of saving money. Visit The PAST Antiques Marketplace at Nature’s Art Village on Route 85 in Montville, Connecticut to see our full selection of antiques and vintage collectibles.

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Carved Animal Himalayan Salt Lamps

Beginning Monday, October 9th, 2017 until Sunday, October 15th, 2017 all carved animal Himalayan Salt Lamps will be on sale 15% off as part of our Featured Product of the Week Promotion.

These unique salt lamps are beautiful gifts that add a relaxing ambiance to any home. It is said that these lamps emit negative ions and can attract and clean the air of harmful positive ions. Positive ions are released by electronic devices, car exhaust and other industrial emissions. These positive ions can affect us in many different ways both physically and mentally. Positive ions can cause lethargy, anxiety and other mental stresses.

Visit The Shops at Nature’s Art Village on Route 85 in Montville, Connecticut to see our full selection of Himalayan Salt Lamps and other unique products from around the world.

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Himalayan Salt LampsSeptember 27, 2017

Himalayan Salt Lamps

Himalayan Salt Lamps are a beautiful addition to anyone’s home.  Himalayan salt ranges in color from the lightest pink or orange to a deep rich orange/brown.  The light inside the lamp makes the salt glow and sparkle.

According to popular belief these lamps emit negative ions and can attract and clean the air of positive ions.  Positive ions are released by electronic devices, car exhaust and other industrial emissions.  These positive ions can affect us in many different ways both physical and mental. Positive ions can cause lethargy, anxiety and other mental stressers.  There is also evidence that they can cause asthma symptoms to worsen.  They have been linked to blood pressure, immunity and lethargy issues.

According to belief (but no wide scientific fact or study) salt lamps emit negative ions by evaporating the moisture that the salt attracts.  The heat from the bulbs inside of the lamps helps to speed the evaporation and it is this process that causes the discharge of negative ions. Increasing the number of negative ions in the air help attract positive ions such as dust and other particulates.  They are then neutralized by the negative ions.  The negative ions also help counteract the ions emitted from your appliances and electronic devices.

Salt lamps do occasionally “weep” as the salt attracts water in the atmosphere.  If the light is not on and evaporation is not occurring this water can build up in the salt and cause water to pool around the base of the lamp.  The solution for this is to keep the light on for long periods of time.

Himalayan salt lamps add a soft ambiance to the home.  The unusual shapes and sizes are in themselves natural works of art and bring a sense of earthiness to anyone’s personal space. The Shops at Nature’s Art Village carry a unique selection of Himalayan Salt Lamps as well as many other Himalayan Salt Products for sale. They make wonderful gifts and beautiful additions to any home. Visit Nature’s Art Village on Route 85 in Montville, Connecticut to see our full selection of gifts and home décor accessories.