Toot Your Own Horn

Forgive me while I boastfully toot our own horn.

First, a bit of trivia before I talk about the beautiful furnishings we showcase in our two stores in Wichita and Overland Park, the fine service, the historic neighborhood locations, the great employees, and friendly atmosphere, but first, a word of explanation about the origins of the phrase “toot your own horn.”

Tooting one’s own horn

Proudly, America can claim this idiom as its own.

Toot your own horn,” originated in Colonial America about 1776. We proudly presume as a “declaration of our self-independence”. No more marching in step with a British band. No bending of knee to the British Crown. No proclamations from a bewigged foreign parliament.

We stand on our own.

The self-assured words appear in the “Warren-Adams Letters”* as “I think modesty is highly overrated as a virtue — my motto is ‘Toot your own horn lest the same never be tooted.‘” Sometimes we like to say “Beat your own drum,” that fits in nicely with the well-known painting by A.M. Willard, The Spirit of 76, better known as Yankee Doodle, that shows two drummers and a fife leading a column of patriot soldiers after a bitter fight. This painting was made on the centenary of the signing of the Declaration of Independence.

We here at Traditions Home in Wichita and Overland Park like to “Toot our Own Horn.” We carry the finest American manufacturers like Stickley, Vanguard, Sherrill, Century, and more. Beautiful furniture makes beautiful homes. Backing this up is the friendly, knowledgeable staff that will help you find the perfect sofa, table or bed for your home.

Traditions Home, tooting its own horn since 1984.

Closed Sundays and Mondays, because we can.

  • Warren-Adams Letters, 1767-1822, — letters between John Adams, Abigail Adams, and Samuel Adams; plus Massachusetts legislator James Warren, and author and historian Mercy Otis Warren. Correspondents include Governor of Massachusetts James Bowdoin, statesmen John Dickinson and Elbridge Gerry, generals Henry Knox and Arthur Lee, and George Washington. The particular author is not identified.

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