A couple of my former coworkers invited me to go on their Fall shopping spree. It has become a tradition every year to explore the galleries and boutiques in two small towns on the outskirts of our city. Many of these small towns have development initiatives to attract more patrons to their downtown shops.
We started out the morning at one lady’s house for breakfast. Then we drove the backroads to the first small town. We found THE best vintage shop called Halle’s Vintage Shop, which has become my new favorite.
Everything was clean and neat, and organized better than any vintage shop I’ve ever been to. (i.e., no boxes or piles blocking the aisles, waiting to be sorted)
The shop itself felt vintage, with the coolest tin stamped ceiling, and this great selection of funky hats. Have I ever mentioned that I love funky old hats like this? Too bad they were too high for me to try on.
Halles had a wonderful selection of vintage beaded clutches. If I were ever going to collect anything, it would be vintage beaded clutches. They are so dainty and feminine and impractical, and I love the nostalgia that comes with them! So far, I only own four. This was my newest purchase. It was in good condition (no stains) and quite usable.
We also found some great galleries that showcased several artists, including photography, weaving, metal work, and pottery.
We had lunch at the cutest little cafe, and moved on to the next town. Here we found a quilt shop, general store, jewelry shop and other boutiques.
We all fell in love with this valance, painted with different colors of a quilt block.