Astute readers who read my monochrome blog last week about the small town and the windmills will have seen the hint that there was a gigantic country store full of fun holiday decor and I was saving all those pictures for Market Friday. At last, it's Friday!
Before I share these, I just want to make sure you know about Market Friday. It's a very cool initiative hosted by the beautiful @dswigle, and it's all about stores, markets, places of commerce and basically anywhere money changes hands. If this is your first exposure, be sure to click the #marketfriday tag to see all the great posts for this tag!
A few friends and I visited this charming store. It was quite a drive, but well worth it. And it was a beautiful day for a drive out to the country. They had a whole notification system set up, via mobile phones, and you had to take a little key fob and turn it in when it was your turn to go in. They had it all arranged for safety and it was a top notch operation.
Let's start with the outside. There were many cute autumn decorations to entertain you while you wait. And of course most of them were for sale!
I am a person who loves fall decor, so this was challenging for me. I hadn't even gone into the store, and I found so many things I wanted to buy! (But I was very good! I really don't need more stuff!)
Okay, let's go inside. This will knock your socks off.
Every single display was so charming!
Whoever did all this window dressing was an absolute genius with window dressing and country decor, making every shelf and display look delightful and well-balanced.
Many of the displays were also color coordinated - like some in sepia tones, some in monotones, and of course many in colors of the season.
Can you believe the amount of stuff that was in this store? I loved the little luminaries! I may try to make some for gifts. (Shh! I was kind of stealing ideas.)
We wound our way through the store, following the line of people. It was well-designed for keeping the crowd moving along past every display on the way to the exit! Eventually we found Christmas.
I have to admit, even though I absolutely love fall color, I was quite charmed by the displays with lots of white, creating the look of a snowy winter scene.
I took so many pictures, I'm sure they wondered if I was casing the joint!
If you're thinking, "Does it ever end??" I'm with you. I was wondering the same thing.
You'd think I spent a fortune in this place, wouldn't you?? You'll never guess.
Well I didn't spend a fortune, for two reasons! One is that it was all a bit expensive for my taste, and the other is that I kind of felt like I needed to buy a whole display to get the "look" they had created. And I wasn't about to do that!
At the end of ALL that, I only chose two small things. One was some tiny cat tails which I will add to my display of autumn silk flowers. The other is a little jar of pesto aioli from this cute little shop at the very end of the line:
Thank you for taking a walk with me through a country store! I hope you're inspired to put out your fall decor!
(Ha ha, that rhymes.)
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