Yesterday I posted about the objects we treasure, which got me to thinking about a recent visit to my mum's antiques shop, The Brick Store, on Front Street in Bath, Maine.
She and her partners, Barbara and Jan (who is also Mum's sister), and their other antiques dealer friends who sell in the shop find the prettiest antiques and collectibles. I always discover something I must have when I'm there.
On my last visit, this clock was one of my favorites, but I have to tell you that I also got a big kick from these "jewel"-encrusted vintage pet collars below!
From the graceful
to the nostalgic
to the beautifully practical (ironstone's my absolute favorite)
and the stunningly elegant (Tiffany bamboo flatware in sterling), their shop is just the best. I think some of these gorgeous pieces have sold since I was last there, but they always have new and enticing items. I just found an amazing little objet for a sweet friend for Christmas. I can barely stand keeping it secret until then. In fact, I'll probably break down before then.
Here's Polly (my mum), Jan, and Barbara at the shop. They are the friendliest and funniest gals around. There's never a dull moment when you visit Brick Store Antiques. On an average day, about half the town stops in for a chat. Their shop epitomizes what's best about shopping locally at funky places with pretty windows, creaky wooden floors, and friendly shopkeepers who love their work and know their merchandise. At Christmas I stay as far away from shopping malls as I can. Instead, I seek stores like my mum's, where the little bell rings as you walk in the door, there's a bowl of butterscotch candy on the counter, and the owners remember you from one visit to the next.