Saturday, May 5, 2012

Vintage Shopping in Albuquerque

Along Lomas Blvd. between Washington Ave. and San Mateo Blvd. are a number of buildings that over the years have become more and more derelict and sad.  Traveling along here several times a week, I am always happy when I see signs of someone fixing up one of them.  Imagine my delight when the latest renovation turned out to be a new shop, Vintage Market & Design.  They opened on April 1, but I did not stop by until mid-month.  Still a wee bit shabby on the outside, entering is like stepping into another world.

Edward Martin (co-owner with Huy Nguyen) was there and graciously let me poke around in the new annex that was not yet open to the public. (This annex will be open at the time of publication of this post)  Everything in the whole place is beautifully displayed.
Beautiful linens (and don't you love the tags?)

Hobnail glass and quilts.
Lots of lovely green.

A few rabbits for the Easter season.
No time to dip into these books with the intriguing titles, "Great Men and Famous Women"
My favorite piece in the shop.  This girl reading reminds me of the books I read as a child when visiting my grandparents in Hobbs, NM.  My grandmother had purchased them as a lot at an auction with many other books. 
Annie Fellows Johnston wrote the Little Colonel Stories, based on real stories in her hometown and surrounding the surrounding area of Kentucky. They were highly sentimental, and when reading them, it was always a good thing to have a handkerchief at hand. Only slightly embarrassed now to admit I devoured them like candy.  Shirley Temple starred in a movie based on this novel. with the famous staircase dance with Bill (Bojangles) Robinson
The prices were very reasonable and the proprietors were friendly.  Good place to shop for a "one of a kind" gift.  4609 Lomas Blvd NE.  Hours: Monday-Saturday, 10:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.,  Sundays-Noon to 6:00 p.m.  One or two "hard to park in spaces" in the front, go around to the back!

1 comment:

  1. I can't believe you went without me. Only a couple of pictures made the trans-Atlantic journey so I'll lok forward to a guided tour when we get home.


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