GIVING THE GIFT: Delight

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Home Stager with Owner, The Refreshed Home White Plains NY

 

Of all the posts I planned for this series, this has been the hardest one to write. Have you ever had so many thoughts that all want to be heard at the same time, where there's gridlock in the brain?

Have written about my fondness for whimsy before, and the simple truth is, I am crazy about this place. Don't want to have this read as blather; but  just can't imagine a more aptly-named gift store than Whimsies Incognito. 

Whether you are scrambling for a last-minute hostess gift, or just haven't found that something special for that someone special, there is something wonderful here for everyone.

 

  Since first opening in downtown Tarrytown NY almost 30 years ago, and outgrowing 2 different storefronts on Main Street, they are now  located in their biggest location, right around the corner at 35 South Broadway.  

 Jacqueleen Golabek, the owner explains, it just evolved as she was trying to figure out what she wanted to do 'when she grew up'.

My pictures don't do the store any justice, but it's a sensory feast.  There is vibrant color and textures everywhere you look, and thoughtful, creative displays that beckon, and draw you in.

Unusual, finely hand-crafted gifts are their specialty. Whimsies represents about 500 vendors; some local, but most in the US, the others through Fair Trade. Recycled, and creatively re-purposed materials are prominent.

 

From the top: a hand-painted wood fish clock with lovely pewter details ($105.00), wooden cheese tray and slicer sets with laser-cut details at either end ($28.-38.00) and quite an array of multi-colored hand-blown glass hummingbird feeders ($65.00).

 

 

Look closely at tree to the right,  and you'll see hand-strung bottle-cap garlands on the tree  ($22.00 for 3 feet).  Below, figures of all nationalities holding hands encircle a round mirror, laser cut, then hand-detailed  Hatian oil drum art ($100.00 )

 

 

Colorful weathered turquoise shutters  have been re-purposed to display the handmade pewter and ceramic switch plates (starting at $20.00 for single switch/ceramic), and depression-glass plates are set into stained glass and framed ($98.00).

   

The printed word is also very important here.  A 2011 quote-a-month calendar starts the New Year boldly proclaiming  "HAVE FAITH IN YOURSELF, AND IN THE FUTURE".    ($13.00...I bought 6-how could I not??).

Ceramic squares with simple images that proclaim 'peacable' ( 3" x 3",  $30.00 each), a metal switch plate cover that states, in all different fonts-"Home is where you are happy" ($28.00).

 

Books with titles like "Today is Super", and local son Benjamin Cheever's ... umm...whimsical  "The First Dog", the story of Adam and Eve's dog.

Handmade jewelry, crewel belts from Guatemala, the list goes on.  I have shopped at stores that have tried this model before, but none ever came close to succeeding like this. 

                                             

Walking through, the store is a balm to the jangled-out soul. The care that has gone into selecting and displaying the merchandise is palatable, but never overdone or cliched.  

 

Those lucky enough to live nearby, go-even make an afternoon of it. Very walkable, the downtown is full of great places to relax and have a bite to eat. Your gift worries will be over, and your heart will be happy.

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"Home Staging is anything that betters the market position of a property, while easing the minds of both the seller, and Realtor

Decorating is the physical manifestation of a complicated set of circumstances that include time, money and taste; reflecting  family, values and the world at large"     ~ TRH

WHEW. Not exactly HGTV-ese, but it's the truth.

Our spaces affect us profoundly. SO many other things fall into place when they are all they can be...but getting there is more than the pursuit of an aesthetic.

Bettering Westchester, and lower Fairfield counties since 1981, The Refreshed Home is a client advocate, working collaboratively, bringing a thoughtful approach to a creative process.  Offering specialty services such as remote and buyer consults, listing photo/video prep, shopping, and accessory rentals.

                  

 

Marie Graham ASP, IAHSP, IDS Your Stager With A Mission!

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J. Philip Faranda
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I wholeheartedly agree- Tarrytown is a wonderful downtown. I am friends with the owners of Coffee labs. And I am very pro-whimsy. I'll check the place out. 

Dec 20, 2010 11:34 PM #1
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Stanley Stepak
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Wow it looks like a great place to check out.  I can imagine it gets some wonderful business. People are missing out on some great opportunities if they dont make a trip to that store.

Dec 20, 2010 11:37 PM #2
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Marie Graham
Owner, The Refreshed Home White Plains NY - White Plains, NY
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Phil-I think you would really like it.

Stan-you have to come and visit!!  SERIOUSLY-we all have really special and wonderful places right in our own backyard, we just have to remember to slow down a bit and look. Thanks for enjoying it!

Dec 20, 2010 11:46 PM #3
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Debbie Laity
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My mind gets gridlocked this year...every time. It's the time of the year, and my list to Santa keeps growing in my mind.

Dec 20, 2010 11:50 PM #4
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Marie Graham
Owner, The Refreshed Home White Plains NY - White Plains, NY
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Debbie-you got thru the blizzard, and your daughter learning to drive a backhoe (!!) you will get thru this, and it will be wonderful! I have family in Layfayette, and I think in Denver there is an artist's gallery of sorts, different artists have tables/spaces, I remember feeling the same way about that place. I can confirm specifics with my sister in law and get back to you...

Dec 21, 2010 12:21 AM #5
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Hey, Marie, Thanks for checking out my blogs. I have a full life, and a wonderful life with my family and friends. I have friends that are like family, and that's important to me. All of our relative family is so far away. This is truly a wonderful time of the year. Having kids makes it all the more special.

Dec 21, 2010 01:38 AM #6
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Ruthmarie Hicks
Keller Williams NY Realty - 120 Bloomingdale Road #101, White Plains NY 10605 - White Plains, NY

Hi Marie, You made me think about stopping by.  I haven't been in in a long time.

Dec 21, 2010 02:02 AM #7
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Debbie Gartner
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That is a cool name and looks like a cool store.  I will need to check it out.  I think I'll be in the area today.

Dec 21, 2010 04:26 AM #8
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Judy Klem
Transition Stage LLC - Shelton, CT
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Hi Marie - Boy, I wish I had a "Scottie beam me up" machine so I could get there NOW! It's exactly my kind of store - so delicious with all sorts of arty finds. Thanks for posting this!

Dec 21, 2010 09:34 AM #9
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Marie Graham
Owner, The Refreshed Home White Plains NY - White Plains, NY
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Judy-they are open year-round and very into seasonal, local and community things-so whenever you get here it'll be great! I so appreciate hearing from you on these!

Dec 21, 2010 09:49 AM #10
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Dawn A Fabiszak
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Marie ~ I love the name also and the depression glass plates!

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