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Wednesday, December 22, 2010

A Different Kind of Christmas Shopping

I think Christmas shopping should be fun.  Seriously!  It shouldn't be just commercials, crowds, and stores full of highly advertised gifts where you wait in line for the same amount of time you spent shopping just to overpay for something they'd probably rather have gotten a gift card for.  No wonder people get stressed and crazy during the holiday season.  They're doing it wrong. 

The other day Liz and I spent much of the afternoon wandering around the most eclectic place imaginable, the Quechee Antique Mall.  Its both antique store and flea market of sorts.  Inside is literally anything and everything, including this shelf full of creepy Santas.  Rows upon rows of randomness greets you at the entrance.  You go in not having a clue what to get or even what is in there and come out with an armful of the most genuine and creative gifts ever.  Now that is how you Christmas shop.

There was everything from vintage toys and oil cans to comic books and cooking pans crammed in every nook and cranny.  Hardly a sole was there and we spent our time playing with different items, oohing over prized antiques, laughing at the utterly junk, and wondering what some unusual objects even were. 

Need fencing equipment?  Yup, that's there.  A lamp made out of a trumpet?  Oh yeah, that's there too.  What about an old railroad signal lantern?  Of course!  I could go on and on about the randomness found inside...

...including a stash of old cameras!  

A few hours later we walked out of there with our Christmas shopping finished and genuine gifts in hand.  It sure beats the heck out of fighting for a parking spot and standing in line at Best Buy.   Hopefully you find a way to nix the stress of the holidays and enjoy your gift getting like we did!


Rachel Roushey said...

How fun! I had a lot of fun this year stopping in some really cute shops in a few of the towns near us. Only the "big" town near us has any chain stores the rest still have those cute little specialty shops where you can really find unique gifts for the ones you love. I have to admit I didn't do all of my shopping there, but it is so much fun to see what kind of treasures you can find!

The Queen said...

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Great photography!

SharleneT said...

Soooooo, did any particular OLD camera interest you enough to purchase and play with it? Or, was this strictly a trip to buy for everyone else? I would imagine you would have a ball with an old Brownie... So happy that you're having fun with your sister... Savor every moment. Come visit when you can and check out my other blog, too!

Alison said...

I am a Vermonter, too. Stopped at this antique mall on my way home from Cape Cod last summer...what a hoot! Love those santa photos!

Just discovered your blog and am so glad I did! Love the photos, and so happy to have a VT blog to read! Thanks!

Jen at Cabin Fever said...

No particular old camera interested me. Just having some fun. I basically spent the afternoon looking for gifts for my parents. What a great place to shop.

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