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.

Maison St Germain vintage boutique - jewelry

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.


Woodbury Wandering: Carla Nichols Boutique

Carla Nichols Boutique in Woodbury

I’ve passed by Carla Nichols Boutique many times since they opened their pink doors last October, and every time I think, “Oh! I need to go in there!” Finally, the day before Suzi’s birthday, I did! {And I picked up a few awesome birthday/housewarming presents ~ right, Suzi?}

Carla Nichols Boutique table

It was even lovelier than I had imagined. A beautiful round table with a bouquet of fresh roses welcomed me in, and offered a great selection of skinny jeans. And where would skinny jeans be without the face that inspired their comeback? Large photos of Audrey Hepburn hang just above shelves that hold clutch purses and vanities draped with jewelry and handmade hair accessories.

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Woodbury Wandering: El Camion taco truck

It did not take me very long to add the El Camion taco truck to my list of favorite places in my new hometown {you’ll remember that Dairy De-lite aka Charlie’s recently made that list}. Conveniently, they park right next to Dairy De-lite, at the intersection of routes 6 and 64.

They don’t have a big menu, but what they do have is delicious! You can choose from chicken, fish, or carne asada tacos, and quesadillas. My usual order is one chicken and one carne asada taco.

The chicken is flavored with an amazing margarita marinade, grilled, and accompanied by pico de gallo, cole slaw, and sour cream. The carne asada taco is flank steak marinated, grilled, and served with tomatilla salsa, cole slaw, and sour cream. They’re always super juicy and delicious. I clearly need to have some tonight.

Visit the El Camion taco truck at the intersection of Routes 6 and 64 in Woodbury. They’re open Monday & Tuesday, Friday — Sunday, 11:30 – 6. They’re closed Wednesday & Thursday.


Woodbury Wandering: Dairy De-lite

I mentioned a few weeks ago that I was moving again. I’ve been in my new apartment in Woodbury for just over a month now, and I’m loving it. I haven’t had much time to wander around town and check out the local shops {lots of antiques!}, but I’m fairly certain I’ve moved into the same town as the best ice cream in Connecticut. Possibly the country. Possibly the world!

Stan, my Dad, and I stopped at Dairy De-lite yesterday after they helped me pick up and move some new furniture from Ikea. I asked for a scoop of lavender and a scoop of creamy peach and I got so much ice cream, it ended up being my dinner! {Also, I had a huge late lunch}. It was definitely a highlight of my day. My outfit was another:

Don’t mind my face in the image on the right. I was making funny faces at Stan, ha! My tank top with zebra print trim is from sugarplum, the white belt is a thrift store find, the pink jeans are from American Eagle {similar}, the rainbow stripey flats are from Urban OG {similar}.

If you live in the area, or if you’re visiting, definitely drop by for a scoop or two {or twenty} from Dairy De-lite, 705 Main St. South in Woodbury, CT. They have over 50 flavors of ice cream, plus gelato, soft serve, slushies, shakes, frozen yogurt, and lots of sundae combinations. I’ll be visiting often this summer!