Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Where I shop

I am currently enrolled in a blogging class taught by Holly of Decor8 and Leslie of The Creative Mint.  It's a great class jam packed with information for bloggers both seasoned and beginners.  You can find more information about this class here.

I chose, as my homework, to produce a post about a retail store where I like to shop and thought you might like to as well.  It is called Little Shop Around The Corner.
It is a resale  shop.  Do I shop anywhere else?  All the merchandise here is donated and the proceeds support the Missouri Botanical Garden which is right around the corner. 
Which means it is in the Garden District at 4744 Castleman in St. Louis, MO.  Their website gives directions if you want to check it out.  They also tell you how you can donate items and receive a tax deduction.  It is also a good idea to check for their SALE dates.  Members of the Missouri Botanical Garden receive a 10% discount AND on special days an additional 10% discount.  At certain times of the year there is a 20% discount for everyone which means members get another 10%.  See why I like shopping here?  But that's not the only reason. 

Like any resale shop, you never know from day to day what you are going to find.  The merchandise rotates rather quickly here, so it is a good idea to check in often.  Today I saw something I did not even know existed.  Do you know what this is?

I did not, so I asked.  As always the staff was most helpful.

See, at the very bottom, it says washing machine. 

They opened it so I could see where you put your laundry.

So that's how it works!  A mechanized washboard. Turns out this was not something I was looking for today.  But I certainly learned something and I have a greater appreciation for my washing machine.

It is a great place to shop for an anniversary or birthday gift.

You will find antiques,

and you will find collectibles.  These canes are just a small part of a collection that was donated by a collector.

They always have quality pieces of furniture.  The range is from antiques to very contemporary pieces.

Sometimes there will be a very unique item displayed in the window.

I was lucky enough to pop in the day this couch went on the floor.

Now it is resting comfortably on my living room floor.
I want to mention here how very helpful the manager was in getting this delivered to my home.  Mark Currington manages the shop and his genteel manner compliments such a fine establishment.

There is also artwork, jewelry, linens, silver, and china.  So plan to spend some time browsing.  Check the many shelves for decorated glass vases and beautiful lamps.  Don't forget to look up as there are chandeliers hanging from the rafters.
There are even chairs hanging on the walls.
 Take the time to look around and then come back again because there will always be something new.  I did, and this is what I found.

This mirror measures 50" in diameter and is still sitting in my studio because I have plans to change the color of the frame.  Stay tuned.  I see  a later post on this project. (the canvas you see is an attempt to block the view of a bit of a messy studio at the moment.)

If you live in the St. Louis area or plan to visit here soon, take a little time for the:

You will be glad you did.  Shopping here is tax free, you know. And be sure to check their website for more details and pictures.  There is an interesting mural painted on the side of the building which you will see on the website.  Be sure to let me know what you find at this little shop.  Shoppers love sharing their stories and I want to hear yours.


  1. Great post!! you've got some great images captured too!

  2. Great shop and post! I see a few things that I'd like to get my hands on. I'm a byw girl as well, by the way.

  3. What a great store! I'll have to tell my St. Louis friends about it.

  4. Fellow BYW'er here to check out your site. I grew up around STL & miss it terribly. I'll be subscribing to your feed to catch glimpses of my hometown.

    Julie from Knittlebits

    PS Love your pink font!