Maison St. Germain: A Vintage Boutique

Maison St Germain vintage boutique Woodbury CT

Nestled in a shopping center behind Dottie’s Diner at 744 Main Street South in Woodbury, CT is the sweetest little vintage boutique I’ve ever stepped foot in: Maison St. Germain.

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Owned by mother-daughter team Debra and Nicole, it’s filled with wonderful little treasures that make you think you’ve stepped right into an Audrey Hepburn film.

Maison St Germain vintage boutique - antique sofas

It’s only a few minutes from Timex, so my friend/co-worker/fellow thrifty shopper Ali and I popped in to check it out during lunch on Friday.

Maison St Germain vintage boutique - English pub table

I have been to quite a few vintage shops, thrift stores, and flea markets, searching for the perfect backdrop or table to set up in my office for photos and I finally found it at Maison St. Germain! I took this adorable little English pub table home with me and immediately squeezed it into my already-crowded office. But it’s okay because next year I’m moving my office into what is currently our bedroom — a much bigger space for all my crafty supplies and madness! I so wish the cute green chairs came with it, but they were sold separately so I didn’t take them.

Maison St Germain vintage boutique - orange dresser

I was also in love with this big orange dresser. Beautiful! And unlike many of the antique shops in the area, Maison St. Germain’s prices were very reasonable. I hate when shop owners find a trashy piece of furniture in a junk yard somewhere for pennies, and try to sell it to you for hundreds of dollars. It’s clear that Debra and Nicole carefully curate every piece they bring into their shop and lovingly transform it into something unique, filled with personality. Debra even writes a blog about their adventures: Capers of the Vintage Vixens.

Maison St Germain vintage boutique - vintage tea cups and plates

Oh, and if you’re looking for vintage teacups to turn into candles, you’ll find plenty here!

Maison St Germain vintage boutique - blue table

I love the way they merchandised everything. This table made me want to sit down and have a tea party.

Maison St Germain vintage boutique - pink vanity

I can’t even handle how perfect this pink vanity is!

Maison St Germain vintage boutique - dressing room small bust sign

…Or this sign I found in the dressing room. Ha! Amen, sisters!

Maison St Germain vintage boutique - vintage clothing

Their back room was filled with unique vintage clothing, shoes, purses, and accessories. I wanted that cute pale pink ballerina skirt, but I picked up a slightly more sensible purple pencil skirt and a gold purse instead.

Maison St Germain vintage boutique - cash wrap

Even their cash wrap/checkout area was set on a beautiful vintage dresser or countertop. I had a wonderful time poking around during my lunch hour, and am so happy with the table I picked up. I’m sure you’ll start seeing it here on the blog all the time now! ;)

If you’re in the area, or looking for somewhere to pick up unique antique furniture or clothing, please stop by Maison St. Germain and say hello to Debra and Nicole! Please note that the address listed on their website is their previous address. Their current address is: 744 Main Street South, Woodbury, CT.

Lead photo courtesy of Maison St. Germain. All other photos by me.

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Shop Mieux: the sweetest online consignment shop ever

Okay, ladies. You know how much I love consignment shops, right? (Peonies, Plato’s Closet, and Uptown Consignment are my Connecticut faves.) Well hold on to your stylish pants! I just found the sweetest online consignment shop ever: Shop Mieux. That’s French for “Shop Better,” which is pretty spot-on. (Edit: Mieux & Mieux officially changed their name to Shop Mieux this past December.) Here are just a few of the fun things you’ll find there:

Mieux & Mieux dresses via poorandpretty

Pretty dresses from Solemio, Kensie, Free People, Bebe, Zara… and more of your favorite brands, at crazy awesome prices. That Kensie dress is over 80% off. Seriously.

Mieux & Mieux tops & bottoms via poorandpretty

Tops and bottoms from J. Crew, Citizens of Humanity,  Fendi, 7 For All Mankind, all up to 90% off!

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And of course, shoes. From Ann Marino to Umberto Raffini and everyone in between, all in fantastic condition.

I must admit, I was a little nervous trying out online consignment. I have a hard enough time as it is finding clothes that fit (who doesn’t??). But Shop Mieux has a 14-day return policy (that’s 14 days after receipt, not 14 days after purchase), so I gave it a shot with this fabulous French Connection bow shirt:

French Connection bow top from mieux & mieux via poorandpretty

It was originally upwards of $150. I got it for $16. And I think you will agree, it’s perfect. I’m wearing it today! (I blame my wild hair on the windy walk up to the building this morning. Did I tell you our parking lot is ¼ mile from the office? Mmhmm.)

Here’s a slightly closer shot:

French Connection bow top from mieux & mieux 2 via poorandpretty

I would have never been able to afford something from French Connection if it weren’t for Shop Mieux! They have a physical location in Dallas, which I’m sure is a beautiful little boutique. If you’re in the area, stop by!

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Gift Guide: Him

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Is it just me, or is it really hard to shop for guys? If you’re having trouble too, here are a few things I’ve found across the interwebs for the dude(s) in your life!

1. Beer Making Kits from Brooklyn Brewshop. 2. The Gentlemen’s Deck via Cool Material — so he can play cards and learn how to tie a windsor knot and spit-shine his shoes at the same time! 3. Toy Soldier Bookends via Urban Outfitters. 4. Chef Salts via Fab — to spice up his grilling (or give him the hint that it’s his turn to cook ;). 5. All-natural After Shave Lotion by Sam’s Natural; Stan loves this stuff because it moisturizes and doesn’t burn. 6. 3-Pack Men’s Socks by PACT Apparel — made with organic cotton and without sweatshops. 7. Capsul Wallet by Capsul/Toboggan Design — this is a fantastically durable, minimalistic wallet made from recyclable & non-toxic polypropylene. I have one that I use for business cards! 8. Kitten Brains Skinny Tie by sugarplum USA. If your man isn’t man enough to wear this kitty tie, he isn’t man enough for you.

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Gift Guide: The Crafter

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15 days until Christmas! For those procrastinators out there, I’ve got another gift guide for the crafty peeps in your life. (Did you see my color lover gift guide?) These suggestions all make great presents for the friend/family member/significant other who likes to DIY everything under the sun.

1. Maybelle Calligraphy Workshop in a box by ink and belle. 2. Jewelry Starter Kit from Brit + Co. 3. Craft a Life bracelet via BRIKA (available in 5 colors!). 4. Carve-A-Stamp Kit from Yellow Owl Workshop. 5. The BUST DIY Guide to Life by Laurie Hensel & Debbie Stoller — this is truly the ultimate handbook for the hands-on; I love it! 6. For the Makers monthly craft box subscription. I love getting these every month as a reminder to step away from the screen and make things. 7. Craftsy gift card. With dozens of classes to choose from, your favorite DIYer can learn how to decorate cakes as well as Peeta Mellark, and knit, quilt, make jewelry, garden, upcycle furniture, and more. 8. Americana® Clear Chalkboard Coating will transform almost anything into a chalkboard.

See even more gift ideas on my gift guide: crafter Pinterest board!

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Gift Guide: The Color Lover

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I know, I know. Thanksgiving just happened, and now we’ve only got 22 days until Christmas! I thought I’d help out a little bit this year with a few gift guides. This one is for the color lovers on your list. (And yes, more than a few of these are on my own wish list!)

1. kate spade new york’s Things We Love is basically the color lover’s bible. 2. Turquoise Chartreuse Two-Tone Necklace by kluster. Get matching earrings here3. Large dots washi tape via Pretty Tape4. Neon glass wall clock via Leif. 5. Miss Pom Pom Graphic Bobble Beanie via ASOS. 6. Vegan, Formaldehyde-free nail polish in all sorts of fun colors from Madison Street Beauty7. As Good As Bold Sweater via ModCloth. 8. Multicolored Wool Ball Garland by murdock design.

 

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