Antiquing in Tarrytown

Tarrytown

Now that Spring is slowly approaching, the weather is getting slightly warmer making it more enticing to explore new places. While I have been to Tarrytown numerous times, I had previously only checked out one of the consignment shops. Today, my Mother-In-Law and I strolled around the town and visited many of the antique & thrift shops that frequent this quaint riverside town. Our first stop was Pretty Funny Vintage which I had been wanting to check out for awhile. I didn’t make any purchases, however, I adored the store. The beautiful wrap around porch of the store overlooks the picturesque Hudson River & is equally pleasing to the eyes once inside. From the structures of the house to the large collection of pearls, books, & housewares, there are many beautiful elements to take in. Our next stop was The Cherry Door thrift shop on Main Street. They had a nice array of goods from books to dressers and records, all at reasonable prices. We peeked in Carol Master Antiques next. The music selection combined with the eccentric collection of furniture made me feel like I walked into 1970s LA–in a good way. There was a wide variety of eras represented through the furniture & decor, but I thoroughly enjoyed the 70s vibe I was getting. This shop is highly recommended if you are looking for a special piece to make your home complete. We headed around the corner to the side street Kaldenberg Place next and got a two for one deal in the refurbished firehouse which houses Hank’s Alley & The Thrifty Squirrel. Both places had excellent prices. My Mother-In-Law acquired some great house goods from Hank’s Alley & I purchased a beautiful scarf and two pairs of earrings from The Thrifty Squirrel. The Thrifty Squirrel was one of my favorite shops of all of them. The shop owner was extremely friendly, passionate about her job, and created a welcoming space in her store & the deals were great! I look forward to seeing what more comes to the store. We ended our excursion with delicious coffees from Coffee Labs Roasters, a terrific way to end the day. Now that it is getting warmer out, I highly recommend a day trip to Tarrytown to enjoy the antique & thrift shops, as well as all of the other charming places Tarrytown has to offer.

 

Pretty Funny Vintage porch

View of the porch at Pretty Funny Vintage

 

Pretty Funny Vintage typewriter

Beautiful vintage typewriter at Pretty Funny Vintage

 

A Nu Toy Store

Awesome K’Nex Ferris Wheel at A Nu Toy Store

 

Tarrytown Music Hall

Front View of Tarrytown Music Hall

 

Tarrytown Music Hall 2

View of Tarrytown Music Lab from the benches in front of Coffee Labs Roasters

 

The Thrifty Squirrel

My awesome finds from The Thrifty Squirrel

 

xoxo,

Jessi

 

 

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Christmas Shopping in the Hudson Valley

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Christmas shopping is among us! As convenient as it is to order gifts online, there are so many great stores to visit in the Hudson Valley area. Whether you prefer shopping malls, quaint boutiques, or a combination of both, there is something for everyone!

Here is a list of places to shop categorized by price, type, and location.

Price Key:
$=Gifts Under $25
$$=Gifts between $25-$50
$$$=Gifts between $50-$100
$$$$=Gifts $100 and up

Please note this key is designed as a guide and does not guarantee there are only items in the price ranges listed next to the stores.

=My personal favorites (I’ haven’t been to every place on this list so my favorites could definitely expand!)

Boutiques & Quaint Shops:

 Bop To Tottom Kingston, NY $, $$

The products in this store are as much fun as its name! This has always been one of my favorite go to stores for fun and affordable jewelry, handbags, and accessories. You never know what goodies you will find in here. They recently expanded so now there is twice as much fun stocked inside.

Wondrous Things Briarcliff Manor, NY $, $$, $$$, $$$$

Bella’s Boutique Tarrytown, NY $, $$,$$$

Nectar High Falls, NY $, $$, $$$, $$$$

High Falls Mercantile High Falls, NY $, $$, $$$, $$$$

Green Cottage High Falls, NY $, $$, $$$, $$$$

Global Home Beacon, NY $, $$, $$$, $$$$

Say Cheese and Thank You Dobbs Ferry, NY $, $$, $$$

Woodstock Chimes Saugerties, NY $, $$, $$$, $$$$

Dry Goods Saugerties, NY $, $$, $$$, $$$$

Merriweathers Rhinebeck, NY $, $$

 Paper Trail Rhinebeck, NY $, $$, $$$, $$$$

Paper Trail is one of those stores that makes you feel enchanted once you step inside. The layout of the store and all of the wonderful paper products and other fun finds make shopping here a divine experience. This is the ideal place to get unique gifts as well as creative paper to wrap them in!

Hammertown Rhinebeck, NY $, $$, $$$, $$$$

 Cocoon New Paltz, NY $, $$, $$$, $$$$

From quirky to elegant, you can find an array of great products here. They specialize in items for the home, jewelry, and children’s gifts. I am a huge fan of all the great kitchen and cooking related items they have in here!

 Groovy Blueberry New Paltz, NY$, $$, $$$

The Groovy Blueberry is home to many great products. This is a great store to go accessory shopping. They have a wide variety of unique jewelry, scarves, and other accessories to adorn your gift recipients (and of course yourself)!

Antique Shops:

 Antiques Barn New Paltz, NY $, $$, $$$, $$$$

Antiques Barn has fueled my enjoyment for antique shopping. Of all of the other antique shops I have visited, none have been able to replicate the experience I have when I am here. You never know what great finds you will have here. This is the ideal place to look for vintage gifts. Check out their vintage Christmas related  gifts such as ornaments and figurines for some unique gift ideas!

Tivoli Mercantile Tivoli, NY $, $$, $$$, $$$$

Fed On Lights Saugerties, NY $, $$, $$$, $$$$

Cold Spring Antiques Center Cold Spring, NY $, $$, $$$, $$$$

Pretty Funny Vintage Tarrytown, NY $, $$, $$$, $$$$

Malls, Shopping Centers, & Department Stores:

Ridge Hill Yonkers, NY $, $$, $$$, $$$$

The Westchester White Plains, NY $, $$, $$$, $$$$

 Bed, Bath, and Beyond Elmsford, NY $, $$, $$$, $$$$

There are many Bed, Bath, and Beyond locations in the Hudson Valley, but this is my favorite. It is two floors and houses Harmon and World Market inside as well. World Market has an awesome collection of gourmet goods that are often difficult to find other places. This is a great spot to visit if you are thinking of putting together a gourmet food basket. They even have miniature versions of many goods, as well as baskets so you can put them together there!

Bookstores:

 Village Bookstore Pleasantville, NY $, $$

Village Bookstore is a quaint place with a friendly atmosphere. If you are looking to give books as a gift, I recommend a visit there. This is also a great way to support your local community while you shop!

 Womrath Books Bronxville, NY $, $$

Womrath Bookstore has a wide selection of books and gives you that comforting experience that smaller bookstores offer. It is nestled among other great stores and restaurants in Bronxville where you can visit and grab a bite to eat whole you are shopping.

Oblong Books & Music Rhinebeck, NY $, $$

Our Bookshop Saugerties, NY $, $$

Toy Stores:

A Nu Toy Store Tarrytown, NY $, $$, $$$, $$$$

 Tinker Toys Woodstock, NY $, $$, $$$, $$$$

Tinker Toys brings out the kid in everyone. This is the ideal toy store for kids toys and nostalgic items that can be used for stocking stuffers for adults.

Wood Workers Toy Mount Kisco, NY $$, $$$, $$$$

Try and Buy Toys Pleasantville, NY $, $$, $$$, $$$$

Art Supply Stores:

 Manny’s Art Supplies New Paltz, NY $, $$, $$$

Manny’s offers an array of awesome art supplies, unique paper goods, calendars and other great items that are perfect for gifts at wonderful prices!

Catskill Art Supply Stores in Kingston, Woodstock, & Poughkeepsie $, $$, $$$

These are just some of the many great places to shop in the Hudson Valley. Please post more suggestions in the comments section!

xoxo,

Jessi

A Walk Along the Hudson

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One of my favorite places to view the Hudson River  is at the park that is located next to the Dobbs Ferry train station in Westchester County, NY. It offers wonderful views all year long and was especially beautiful when I visited over the weekend, and walked along the river. The flowers and trees were blossoming, the ducks floated by, and kites were flying high as the river’s breeze elevated them way above.

Perhaps one of the greatest aspects of the park is that it offers a variety of unique views from one spot. When facing the water, you can see mountains directly across from you. If you turn right, you have a view of the Tappan Zee bridge as well as the Sleepy Hollow lighthouse. If you face left, you get an amazing view of the Manhattan skyline.

This park is a great place to have a picnic, walk your dog, or relax and read a book. There is also a playground there for children to enjoy. It is also a nice place to spend time if you are waiting for a train. Right beside the park is the restaurant, Half Moon, which I have previously written about. This is a great place to eat before or after taking a stroll through the park.

If you are in the area during the summertime, the park offers  free jazz concerts on Wednesday evenings. Bring chairs and a blanket and enjoy the music as you watch the sunset over the Hudson River. It is a unique and wonderful way to hear new music while relaxing and enjoying the outdoors.

I hope you will all get a chance to visit this park or any of the other wonderful ones along the Hudson River. Please share any of your suggestions of great parks along the river in the comments section!

-Jessi