Gather is a wonderful shop located at 104 Main Street in the charming village of Ivoryton, Ct.. Our friend Deanna had a vision...she wanted to create a place where the people in her community could come together... where they could meet, sit and chat over coffee and pastries, hold meetings, work on crafts together and shop for antiques, a card or gifts.
The space is wide open, painted a cheery and welcoming yellow with high ceilings and wonderful architectural elements. The building was originally built by the Comstock and Cheney company and was their factory store and then later on a grocery store. It is filled with antiques, consignment items and handmade gifts of all kinds. In the rear of the store, behind the antique brass cash register, there is a huge table surrounded by chairs. There are comfortable sofas with newspapers for reading and a bowl of old buttons set out on the coffee table to sort through...The library is near by and children stop in daily to buy candy and sometimes just to say hi.
Here is a counter of seasonal items, ribbons, handmade cards and tags ... check out the Cathy Pendleton snowmen... Do you see that wonderful picture on the left? Paula fell in love with it ....it has all the creams and browns and greens that go so well with her palette... We took it home with us and it now resides comfortably in her farmhouse as if it always belonged there....perfect!
There are antique linens galore displayed in this lovely cupboard...
This little village is steeped in history... It was known for its production of pianos in the early 20th century and the village name, Ivoryton comes from that industry and the importation of the ivory tusks used to cover the piano and organ keys produced here.
Locally handmade items and wonderful antiques and treasures are brought in to sell on consignment. You never know what you will find at Gather...
You really need to click on the pictures to see the details!
These Mason "Vista" transfer-ware dishes match the set that I inherited from my great aunts, Nani, Fifi and Mimi (Anna, Freida and Wilhelmina).
Everyone is welcome here...it is a gathering place for all ages.... ...of course there is a "kid's corner"! ...and a pet's corner too!
Deanna makes everything look wonderful....her attention to detail, her flair for decorating and her beautiful and welcoming smile for each and every person that walks in the door makes Gather truly a destination not to be missed!
These are a few of the treasures I "gathered" and took home with me!
Deanna, her husband, their family members and friends have created something special here at Gather. They advertise it as a store for making friends, memories, laughs and traditions.... I love their concept and it all works perfectly in this charming New England village. For directions you may call them at the shop...(860) 767-7816. ...Pictures of Essex and the holiday tour tomorrow! :) Good night!
To live content with small means.... To seek elegance rather than luxury, and refinement rather than fashion.... To be worthy, not respectable, and wealthy, not rich.... To study hard, think quietly, talk gently, act frankly.... To listen to stars and birds, to babes and sages, with open heart.... To bear all cheerfully, do all bravely, await occasions, hurry never.... In a word, to let the spiritual, unbidden and unconscious, grow up through the common.... ...........this is to be my symphony.
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