Friday, December 7, 2012

Vintage Christmas Shopping Day

What a great day it was on Thursday.  Don't you just love spending quality time with good friends?  Yesterday a few of us met up for lunch and a little vintage retail therapy in the old Niles District in Fremont, Ca.  We were all on tight schedules, but I couldn't leave without taking a tour through My Friends and I, one of my favorite shops in Niles for over 20 years. They were all decked out for the holidays and packed full of vintage and vintage inspired treasures.  I allotted myself about twenty minutes, but I was in there for at least an hour.....so much to see.
















How's your Christmas shopping coming along?  My list is much shorter this year; I'm just about finished except for a few small things for my sons.
Of course every good vintage shopper deserves her own gifts.  What did I buy?  A pink jewelry box lined with turquoise velvet, vintage post cards, a mini cloche, little metal number tags, and some large cards from a 1961 game.  

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28 comments:

Anne said...

What a beautiful shop! I am sure you were there for sometime! So much to look at thank you for sharing! Oh I have so much to do! Have a wonderful weekend!
xx
Anne

Oklahomaredhead said...

What a gorgeous store! I spied several items I would have bought! Le 'sigh' wish I could find such a store close to me here in Oklahoma. Vintage who would have thought all the stuff my Mom has would be worth something today!

Trisha said...

So glad you had a good day with friends, beautiful shop, too. Blessings.

Into Vintage said...

I can see how 20 minutes turned into an hour! Love the little peeks of Christmas inspiration like the gloves filled with glass bead spikes.

My Christmas shopping list is short but there are a couple of challenging-to-buy-for folks on it. Time to google up some ideas...

And I haven't yet purchased my gift for myself -- that's my reward when I'm done with the shopping list.
:-)

Glenda/MidSouth said...

Places like that definitely need more than 20 mins. :D
Like the sign "Don't get your tinsel in a tangle".:D
Enjoy your weekend.

Susan said...

Oh I love the pink parison towers. They are gorgeous.

Kathy said...

What a beautiful and inspiring shop. I would totally lose track of time in there. Thank you for sharing the tour!

Rosemary@villabarnes said...

Oh yes, lots to see. I understand why you were there for a while.

Bohemian said...

Thanks for stopping by for a Blog Visit and Celebrating the #500 Mark with me! I'm LOVING those stuffed Vintage Gloves... what an Innovative way to utilize Orphaned Gloves and make Holiday Decor from them! Also Adoring the Bottlebrush Tree with Vintage Baubles.

Merry Christmas from the Arizona Desert... Dawn... The Bohemian

Linda @ A La Carte said...

Only an hour in that store? I would have been there all afternoon! I saw so many things I would love to buy!
big hugs, Linda

The Polka Dot Closet said...

Betsy, that shop needed more than an hour! I want a pink Eiffel tower and the signs are soooo cute. I love seeing other shops it is so inspirational!

Carol

Charm Bracelet Diva said...

Ok I just wiped the drool off my keyboard:) I, too, would have been there at least an hour. Love the signs, bottle brush tree, and all the vintage Christma ephemera. Glad you had such a nice day!

Susan Hemann said...

Wonderful shop! Love the "Don't get your tinsel in a tangle."

Margie said...

Oh Yes, I could easily have spent a few hours in that shop drooling over all those goodies! Thanks so much for sharing your pics.

Athena at Minervas Garden said...

Oh, I love vintage Christmas, and this shop certainly had that in spades! I just love the adorable card with the singing birds near the bottom of your post, Betsy--so cute!

Nancy Carr said...

What a fun place. Thank you for sharing and for a great blog. Happy Holidays!

Mary Palumbo Collings said...

Looks like a great place, so fun!
Ciao for now...

Marsha @ Tattered Chick said...

That was my go to store when I lived in the Bay Area!!

Doreta and I had a wonderful day shopping today too!!!!!

You need to stop by EG next time you're up this way and we'll go shopping at the RD and have lunch!!

xoxo

SavannahGranny said...

Betsy, Thanks for your visit and kind words. It really does mean a lot.
My friends and I sound like my kind of shop. I see so many lovely things in your photos. Love all the mercury glass and I definitely remember the Noma tree lights.
have a great day, Ginger

Sweet Cottage Dreams said...

I LOOOOOVE going to Niles and My Friends and I is one of my favorite stores, too. Lucky you live closer to there than I, but I like making the trip over and then cruising back through the canyon on the way back home. Just lovely.

Becky

Connie said...

This post is delightful and the one before it with the measuring stick Christmas tress is wonderful. Your quite a creative lady.
I Love your blog.
Your blogging sister, Connie :)

~ Liz ~ said...

I'm so glad you took the time and took us along on your shopping trip. I have so many things to make that I try not to leave the house to shop any more than I have to because the working hours disappear like that [snaps fingers]. What a fun store! Thanks for getting shots of all the sweet displays! It sounds like you found some goodies.
Liz

Laurel@chippingwithcharm said...

Looks like my kind of shop!! I'm almost done shopping too...feels great! have a great week!! Laurel

Ivy and Elephants said...

I just love spending quality time with friends, and what better way than shopping! Such a beautiful shop just chock a block with treasures. Can't wait to see what you did with all your finds.
Hugs,
Patti

20 North Ora said...

What a neat shop! So many beautiful things. I would definitely have been in there all day. Thanks for taking us on the tour.

Judy

Peggy said...

Oooo...to have the space to display such beautiful things...I'd never stop decorating!

Kadee @KadeeWillow said...

Thanks for letting me go shopping with you! I just loved all the eye candy! Ohhh... and did you spy the little metal number tags before me? Darn! LOL

Laurie said...

Oh, thank you thank you thank you for this! I used to live in Fremont and I cut my antique shopping teeth on this store!! So happy to see it again!