A few years ago one of our favorite TV personalities came up with a great idea. She called it Favorite Things. Every year we'd watch her show or skim her magazine to see which items made the cut and we're deemed a favorite. As fun as those episodes were, I don't think you have to be famous to strike intrigue or excitement over your own list of favorites. I mean, isn't that what we do with our girlfriends over dinner, or coffee, or even just standing in line at the post office. When we find something we love, we so easily share, whether it's a fabulous new lipstick or that perfect brand of jeans that always seem to fit. Not only are these effortless conversations informative, they're inspiring! They give us ideas and direction for our own way of life, but even more, they help us get to know our friends, their personalities and uniqueness.
One of a kind finds...truly one of my favorite things about owning a shop! There are so many items that I have come to appreciate in the seven years we’ve been in business. Creating a home decor and gift shop, with a bit of clothing and accessories requires carrying various products that are pleasing to our customers. I love our candle lines, our unique decor, books, journals and especially our large assortment of locally made pieces.
Something old is always new at Sara’s House in Hamilton, a boutique featuring repurposed vintage furniture and accessories made by local artists. Interesting finds include a surveyor’s tripod and a megaphone that have found new life as a floor lamp, and a Victorian carpet bag that’s been transformed into a gnome hat fit for an infant.
“We don’t have a garage and a driveway, but this feels like a neighborhood to me,” Vallandingham said. “The other business owners look out for each other and reach out to each other, we’ll loan each other a power cord or window cleaner… My neighbors are the people who live on this busy street and who own businesses here.”
For Sara and Dave Vallandingham, a live-above, work-below setup wasn’t just a nostalgic idea of city life past: They renovated the building at the corner of Third and High Streets into a family home with their home decor and gift shop downstairs. That space is stocked with vintage pieces both in original form and creatively updated—like golf clubs Sara and Dave’s son Drew retrofitted into bottle openers—as well as jewelry, knit goods, and soaps from local makers. sarashousehamilton.com