Stocking Stuffers: A conversation starter from downtown Modesto store

12/10/2013 5:26 PM

12/10/2013 9:23 PM

This is one of those Stocking Stuffers guaranteed to get someone to ask, “What is that?” Throughout the holiday season, we are offering suggestions of gifts for $20 or less, available at local merchants.

Name of the store: Crow Trading Co.

Item: Glass Chinese lady thread winder

Price: $12.88 each

Item description : Beautifully handmade of glass, each vintage Chinese lady thread winder is unique and measures about 5 to 6 inches long. Before sewing machines, thread in the home was transferred from a larger skein and kept on a thread winder for handy use. These are shaped like a Chinese lady in colorful dress. Crow Trading Co. owner Jennifer Williams picked these up in Beijing on a buying trip last month.

This is a perfect gift for: Anyone who likes something unique. It’s a real conversation piece at a great price. Colorful and interesting, a great stocking stuffer or perfect for that person who has everything.

About the store: Crow Trading Co. opened its doors on I Street back in 1996 and has been at its J Street location for more than nine years. Much more than your average antique store, the store mixes old and new, for an eclectic blend of treasures from around the world. It specializes in antique Asian furniture that works well in today’s home, as well as modern furniture and accessories. The owners enjoy sharing a carefully curated blend including antiques, vintage, collectibles and retro pieces from the mid-20th century.

Pertinent info: 1208 J St., Modesto. Open Tuesdays through Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., (209) 579-2173 or visit or

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