small town weekend

In an attempt to get my "handmade/support local businesses" Christmas shopping done early, my husband and I headed about 20 miles out of town to peruse what small town Illinois had to offer. It was a Sunday when we decided to go on our adventure, and it's a fact that next to NOTHING is open on a Sunday here. But we still found a few interesting places. The largest store we found was Winterberry, and it was filled to the brim with knickknacks, soaps, and antiques. It also smelled like a Christmas cookie factory.
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This well-used bicycle greeted us as we walked into the large, brick building. As we walked in, the scent of cinnamon, maple, and cloves blasted our nostrils, and we assaulted them back with violent sneezes, calling the attention of the shopkeeper. She greeted us gingerly and eyed us up and down, the look of "ugh, young uns" apparent in her face.

The whole front part of the shop was full of Christmas paraphernalia. These Santa ornaments are all made of wax. Even those tiny candy canes are meant to be burned.
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The holiday area of the store was divided into color-coded sections, and I managed to snap photos of the traditional red section, since after that the shopkeeper decided she would keep her eye on me and my shutter-happy fingers. 
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Towards the back of the store, loads of furniture and antique decor were housed. If I were a few hundred dollars richer, that union jack pillow would have come home with me. 
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Even though the store had so many items in stock, from lotions to candles, to purses and every single table napkin design known to man, I came out with only two teeny purchases, which I cannot reveal since the recipients may read this post. Two pressies down, more to go. 

Have you started Christmas shopping yet? 

27 comments:

  1. I love visiting small shops such as these, its gives off such a cozy feel! I have not done any Christmas shopping yet. 2 more weeks until I am due, must get started now!

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  2. ahh I wants that flag cushion of my homeland!! Looks such a cute shop!

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  3. I am planning on knocking out all my shopping in one insanely busy day. I know, it's got bad idea written all over it. Also, can you mail me that pillow?

    Courtney ~ http://sartorialsidelines.com

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  4. Sounds like my kind of weekend. There's a big craft fair going on around here Dec 1st and I'm really looking forward to getting some presents from it. Omi started Christmas shopping beginning of Nov, and now I'm fighting the urge to wrap it all!

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  5. What a cute shop! I love shopping in small town shops like that!

    I've slowly started my Christmas shopping - we have four birthdays to cover during the week of Thanksgiving, so I have to get through those first.

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  6. I really liked the bike! I haven't done any Christmas shopping and the best person to spoil this Holiday is myself. :P

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  7. Oh yes I have. I got Ron's big present last week just to get it out of the way ;)

    xo,
    janmloves.blogspot.com
    I'm having a giveaway on my blog if you're interested. :)

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  8. Haha, I hate it when shopkeepers know you're taking pictures and follow you. It's why I just don't even try half the time. My phone camera is LOUD.

    One of my coworkers had access to Best Buy's pre-Black Friday online sale, so he helped me pick up one thing (a camera for my mom) I also got the thing from your store which is a present (I won't say what it was just in case my bff stumbles upon this comment)

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  9. Haha who knew that small-town shopping could be so difficult?

    xx
    Sophisticated Lace

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  10. I love small little shops like this! I have not started yet-Uggh. I am horrible at gift shopping!

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  11. So many cute things! That's what's so great about small cities - you can find local goods you can't find anywhere else :) ♥

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  12. Looks like a cool shop! I've started my shopping, though I typically shop online, rather than in-store.

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  13. Oh, that bike! So cute!

    I try to support local businesses too, but it's hard. They don't stay open past 5:30 and a lot of them aren't open on Sunday's either. I'll keep trying though. ;-)

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  14. Wow...such cool finds!
    I only barely started Christmas shopping. Mainly we shop for the kids in our lives since Christmas is so much more fun with them. The excitement they feel opening a gift is so palpable! =)
    xo,
    nancy

    Have a great holiday!

    http://adoretoadorn.blogspot.com

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  15. Hi lovely! I've just discovered your blog and it's awesome!
    I think it's a huge example for me to follow, and a great inspiration!
    For that I'm gonna follow you on GFC and I'd love if you do the same, so we could stay in contact and I keep learning about you!

    XOXO, Collage Minimalista

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  16. the owner sounds like a riot! hahaha it's amazing what happens when you start taking pictures. either they get overly "can i help you" or "hmmm, what are you doing" hahaha that union jack pillow is nice. i also like the paintings of the various figureheads.
    http://www.averysweetblog.com/

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  17. Saturday is small business saturday after black friday. All of the stores I consign to are having sales for it.

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  18. I've only bought one Christmas present yet. I'm usually a last minute shopper.

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  19. I haven't started my Christmas shopping yet, but I can't wait to! These picks just make me want to go rushing to the store and decorate our home with holiday season stuffs, lol.

    I'd love to follow you, would you be interested in following each other?

    Abby, XO

    www.fashchronicles.blogspot.com

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  20. Such a cute store. I love the holidays and seeing how different places decorate. I can't wait to find out what you bought...if you're going to post it??

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  21. Yay for supporting small businesses! (I laughed so hard over the nothing being open on Sunday part, I feel your pain!) This looks like such a cool shop, that spindle is really cool looking! (Not that I'd have any place or a reason to have a spindle in my house, but you know, it's cool.) I've started work on a few Christmas presents, but I haven't managed to get out and buy anything yet, so you're way ahead of me.

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  22. Yay for shopping at small businesses! I always prefer to support them as opposed to spending money at the big box stores, those little stores really do have such an impact on the local economy. This looks like it was such a cute little store, that spindle there is just screaming my name! (Well, not literally, that would be creepy.) I did laugh over no stores being open on Sunday, I so feel your pain!

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  23. love this bike! and yay for small trips!

    Lyosha
    Inside and Outside Blog

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  24. Good for you for already starting on your Christmas gifts. I've sooort of started planning presents in my head, but haven't bought anything yet. I might just do that this week!

    www.thejoyoffashion.blogspot.com

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  25. sounds like such a great day, I seem to always head to small towns on Sundays to do a little local shopping and it always drives me nuts that the shops are either closed or have such limited hours. I always felt like Sunday was the perfect thrifting/antiquing/walking about/local shop exploring day. I'm not sure if it is obvious but my left shift key is stuck and it is driving me nuts, I just thought I'd explain my lack of capitalization.

    <3Honeysuckelle

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  26. This sounds (&looks!) like a fun excursion. I really enjoy visiting shops of this nature. In fact, there's one nearby where I plan on doing the bulk of my Christmas shopping. There are some really talented artisans and craftfolk around these parts :)

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