Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Antiquing in Haddonfield

I recently found myself in the vicinity of my former hometown, so I decided to make a day of it & go antiquing.  I first made a quick stop at the local Acme supermarket & was immediately greeted by so many of my friends who still work there.  Although I haven't lived here for quite some time, it was almost as if I hadn't left.  I was overjoyed at hearing how my many gifts of baking have been missed by all.  Naturally I told them about this blog, but their quick response was unanimous.  They all said that it would not be the same without my baking things for them personally.  After saying my farewells & giving lots of hugs, I made my way into town.  I was on a mission to visit my old haunts in this historic town of Haddonfield, New Jersey.  There are several antique dealers whom I've befriended over the years & I wanted to see what they had to offer.  I also wanted to talk shop and get their opinions on antiques.


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This is the main intersection in town.  Haddon Avenue & Kings Highway.  Those green awnings house The Happy Hippo Toy Store.  I bought many a gift for my dear nephews there.

 
This fish & chips restaurant is new.  You can see the historic colonial architecture of so many stores along this street.

 
This wonderful antique store, The General Store, is no longer opened.  My friend, Lydia Gorohoff, used to run it and over the years I managed to buy a lot of my best ironstone, Spode, mercury glass & antique linens from her.

The Owl's Tale is an institution in Haddonfield.  The estate antiques sold here are of the highest quality.  I bought some of my best pieces from them.  If you're looking for silver, fine china, glassware, etc., this is the place to visit.

 
The Polished Plate isn't technically an antique store.  They do have very fine glassware, china & linens here.  If you like Juliska glassware, stop by & take a look.


A street sign in front of the restaurant, The Corner Bistro.

 
This is Haddy.  The first dinosaur ever to be discovered in the entire world was here in Haddonfield.  The Hadrosaurus foulkii statue was erected by our town several years ago.


My favorite antique store in town.  The Haddonfield Antique Center.  This shop houses antiques from several dealers, so there is a mix of just about everything.  I love the variety, the quality of the antiques & the friendly attitude of its shopkeepers.

This is how I shop at any antique store.  If I find something I like, I pick it up & bring it over to the counter.  I make sure the shopkeeper holds it for me while I browse through the store.  This will keep anyone else from taking & buying it from under my nose.  This has happened!  I did purchase the yellow ware, as well as some other items.


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I had a wonderful afternoon revisiting with longtime friends & browsing through my favorite shops.  Even though I no longer live here or even visit with much frequency, I am very comfortable in Haddonfield.  I must have walked Kings Highway thousands upon thousands of times over the years, so it still feels like home to me.  There is a lot of colonial history here & the people really & truly are down-to-earth friendly.  I miss my former hometown and was a bit saddened when I left, but vowed to return sometime soon. 


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