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Jan 4, 2011
04:23 PMWindow Shopping
Pick of the Week: Handmade Charm
I have a weakness for handmade, crafty things. When I was younger, my mom and I went to craft fairs all of the time. Granted, craft fairs back in the late '80s and early '90s were chock-full of country-inspired kitsch, but still, I loved seeing what could be made out of an old Ball mason jar or pipe cleaners and pom-poms.
The alternative craft scene is the new, hip version of craft fairs—crocheted items are no longer relegated to afghan throws and Good Housekeeping magazines become fodder for sassy magnets and découpage trays and notebooks (I'm sure you've seen some version of Anne Taintor's goods by now). That's why I love Anthology, whom I've written about before—they celebrate local and national crafters by featuring their handmade aprons, cards, buttons, jewelry, journals and more. I stopped in the other day and of course spent way more time in there than I was planning on checking out their quirky, yet impossibly covetable stuff.
They've always got a rotating selection of charm necklaces made by various local and national artists (and owners Laura and Sachi Komai make some necklaces themselves, too) but I literally stopped in my tracks when I spotted these adorable Fisher Price necklaces (above). Granted, it's probably nothing I would ever wear, but it took me back when I would play with these little guys with my neighbor. And there are lots of items in Anthology that will take you back depending on your age; I spotted $1 buttons that were images cribbed from an old meat cookbook ("rib chops" and "lamb shank" were just two buttons I saw) as well as children's books deconstructed into cards and journals and even beer bottle caps made into necklaces.
I suggest you stop by and check out their entire assortment of handmade jewelry—the necklaces shown range fro $15 to $42 and there's a style for everyone.
Anthology, 218 State St. 204-2644. anthology.typepad.com
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