CHRISTMAS SHOPPING IN BERLIN: A Successful Shopping Day!
Yippee, I spent the the day Christmas shopping in Berlin. OK, I confess it was really two half days, but only because I wanted to make sure Brad was on board with some of my picks. I had not even begun to shop, but I am now happy to report that I got most of my shopping done and that was all in Berlin! I am so lucky to have such a large selection of unique items to choose from, all right out my back door. For those of you who think you are going to get the inside scoop on your gift by reading my blog, be forewarned. There will be no spoilers. Sorry.
I started at JJFish, where I bought a couple of handcrafted items. I can’t reveal what, but they could possibly be handmade pottery pieces, or locally blown glass or hand stitched and quilted. It’s a small store packed with the products of very talented crafts people.
Then on to Tada, where it is very difficult not to spend my whole Christmas budget shopping for myself. I mean look at this shell lamp.
Amazing. Oh how I lust after that lamp, but I only bought things for my friends. Self restraint early in the game is important!
Next, on to Bruder Hill, where I saw a really cool Swell thermos. Again, that would have been a purchase for myself, so I had to refrain from buying, but I did find among the jewelry, clothing, and accessories something for my mother in law.
Then to one of my very favorite places, Sea-La-Vie. I always feel right at home in here and I could buy every piece of artwork that they sell! I mean look how inviting this place is.
Then to Inca, where I picked up some alpaca shoe liners for myself. I like my feet to be warm. Plus I just had to get something for that new puppy. By the way, I have decided that although that puppy’s name is officially Reina, I can’t call her anything but Fuzzy Butt, Fuzzy for short.
Next stop, Coconut Bay. If you need a truly unique trinket, this is a great place to look.
Plan on spending some time here because there is a lot to see in this little store. More secret gifts were purchased and I was starting to get hungry. A hungry shopper is a bad shopper, so I stopped at the Main Street Deli for a sandwich.
I was happily surprised to see an amazing train display at the deli. Nothing says Christmas better than a train display. I am fascinated by the miniature villages, people and cars as I am with the trains themselves. How fun to create a whole little world. Don’t miss seeing this. Grab a snack too, so you aren’t a grumpy, hungry shopper either!
After obtaining sustenance and playing with the trains (Yes, there are buttons to push, so you can actually play with the trains. I think I might be a six year old.) I headed across the street to Nest, where I scored more gifts. Every time I stop in here they have new goodies. Look at these felt nests
and this painting on an old door panel.
The painting is by Antionette Graeves, beautiful! While at Nest, Dee told about a new store that just opened, Bleached Butterfly, on Pitts Street. So of course I went right over. Bleached Butterfly offers a unique blend of flowers and gift items, many made from recycled items. Oh, I’m going to like this place. Check back in a few days for more scoop on what to find in the Bleached Butterfly.
Brad spent some time at Walt’s Train Shop, where Walt spent time helping him learn how his newly inherited trains work and how to get them running. By the way Walt, that little black engine is now running smoothly around the track. Thank You! I will have trains under my tree this year. Happy. Happy. Plus, Brad bought me a little red trolley. It is sweet!
Next I hit Una Bella Salute, the home of delicious oils and vinegars. Ok, I guess it’s pretty obvious what I bought there, but I’m not saying who it’s for.
Then one last stop at Main Street Sweets because their window is so pretty and who doesn’t deserve a little chocolate.
Many, many thanks to Blair, Devin, Dee, Autumn, Lee and everyone else that let me take pictures and chat them up about my blog. I hope you all have a great holiday season! If you want to read more about the shops in Berlin, just click here.