Our goal is to provide our customers with a large selection of unique and reasonably priced western decor, southwestern, authentic Native American, and lodge decor home furnishings, collectibles, western art, as well as a select group of western holiday collectibles and ornaments. We take pride in our customer service, merchandise selection, and business ethic. Our products will be shipped as quickly as possible, to the location of your choice and all purchases carry a money-back guarantee if you are not completely satisfied with the quality or condition upon arrival.
The National Parks = Summer Vacation
The great west of the United States is home to many of the national parks we have the pleasure of enjoying at will. With views ranging from vast deserts to snow capped mountain ranges, one need only take in these majestic landscapes for a moment to feel nature eagerly extend the invitation to remain. Read more about Western Art »
Our ancestors came to these places in search of gold, and other enterprise. While some would not have cared to spare a single tree in the name of capitalism, others would, and they would take action. Our national parks came to be because of people like John Muir, Theodore Roosevelt, John D. Rockefeller Jr., and countless others. Their love of nature, camping, and even hunting, all brought them to the conclusion that they must preserve these places for the people - all of the people.
Today we can enjoy these parks on many levels, whether we just want to see the view from a scenic point over a light picnic spread, or entrench ourselves in nature by camping for a few days. Buffalo Trader Online has what you need to get out there and enjoy! For the day tourist, pack a light lunch in the Natural Willow & Brown Leather Fishing Creel Basket and a bottle of your favorite wine. Don't forget the wine key! The Faux Deer Antler Cork Screw & Wine Bottle Stop will do the trick. If camping is your pleasure, make sure you've got some culinary goodies on hand. Our Buffalo Branded Beef Jerky has the fast protein you need when roughing it. For cool nights by the camp fire, Wild West Cowgirl Hot Cocoa Mix will be a hit with everyone!
Western Traditions in Skin Care
Winter is finally subsiding, gardens and perennials are beginning to emerge, and the earth will once again be renewed. Spring also brings the remnants of winter's dry skin compounded by working the soil in your garden to prepare for summer's yards and gardens. Read more about Western Decor »
The settlers on the western prairies knew that buffalo tallow was an important component of keeping their skin healthy, and moisturized through the harsh winters. Our Prairie Soap Co. products can help you heal dry, itchy winter skin, and will protect your skin from drying sun damage. Our soaps, and skin care are all natural, rendered from only the purest buffalo tallow, lightly scented, and come in a variety of applications; bath soaps, body & linen sprays, body lotions, rich, smooth lip balms, moisturizers, and even a line of shaving balms, and beer soaps for the gents. Don't forget the 1 oz size lotions for your purse, or vehicle!
For soothing rehydration of dry gardener's hands, try Prairie Soap Co. Prairie Wildflower Gardeners Hand Soap, followed by Prairie Soap Co. Prairie Wildflower Gardeners Hand Creme. For that all-over hydration, check out Prairie Soap Co. Wild Huckleberries Buffalo Tallow Body Lotion.
Pioneers Soap Making
The soap that pioneers made was a combination of pot ash (lye), animal fat, and water.
The potash had to be made before the soap could be started. This was made by putting the fireplace ash into a bucket with a hole in the bottom, adding water, and letting the water leach through the ash... Ok, it was more complicated than that, but that is the quick version.
Once the pot ash (lye) was at the proper ph level - determined by floating an egg or potato in it - the fire was prepared to start mixing the ingredients.
In a large pot the water and animal fat was stirred, heated, and then the lye was mixed in. Occasionally some flowers or herbs were added in to give the soap a fragrant aroma.
The very early pioneers made their soap batches about once a year, and stored the mixture in a barrel for use throughout the year. As the process was improved the soap was poured into homemade molds to make bars of soap.
Spring Can't Spring Soon Enough!
As winter draws slowly to a close, we are lightened with the prospect of warmer weather, fresh tomatoes, and vacations. For many, thoughts of spring inevitably lead to gardening. The joy of trading in your snow shovel for a garden spade makes the heart smile, and tells the brain to get out in the sunshine!
Enjoy a classic spring/summer dish. Bon appetite!
With organic food coming back to the fore-front, there is no better time to plant a few veggies, herbs, or flowers. Having fresh herbs on-hand is a huge asset when cooking fresh foods. Whether you have little space or plenty, Buffalo Trader Online's Ceramic Herb Crocks are the perfect solution to get your herb garden going. For some outdoor flair, the Woodland Black Bear Wall Pocket Planter will liven up any wall. Also, the Western Wagon Wheel & Water Pail Outdoor Plant Stand makes a beautiful addition to your outdoor patio.
1 medium tomato
4 1/4 inch thick slices of fresh mozzarella (high quality is recommended)
4 Sprigs of fresh basil
1/3 Cup balsamic vinegar
Slice tomato into 4 slices and arrange on a plate. Place sliced mozzarella over the tomatoes. Pour vinegar into a small sauce pan. Heat until it thickens, but do not burn it. Remove from heat and allow to cool for a few seconds. Drizzle a little olive oil over the tomatoes and mozzarella. Then drizzle the balsamic vinegar reduction. Last, add the fresh basil over the mozzarella and serve. Read more about Western Art »