Local Treasures: New York's Hidden Gems

Living in New York has some wonderful advantages, since there are a plethora of stores here that always keep my inspired. Every few months, I take a route that includes my favorites stores and am always rewarded with fun treasures to add to my craft closet for future projects.

  • Tinsel Trading, full of vintage findings, delicate ribbon from decades gone by, a wonderfully edited shop int the back with tons of Wendy Addison glittered art, the most beautiful vintage millinery flowers around and oodles of goodies packed into every nook. Let us not forget their beautiful store windows!

  • M+J Trim, the ribbon store jam-packed floor to ceiling with any button and ribbon ever manufactured. Whether looking for lace trim, embroidered ribbon or velvet in any hue imaginable, MJ takes the cake!

  • The Shop Across the Street, a new outpost owned by Tinsel Trading with a fabulously edited selection of ribbons, some adorable selected paper goods, not to mention the entire line of Martha Stewart Crafts 

Another great shopping day includes a trip down to lower Chelsea where you can find:

  • Apartment 48, the first place I turn to when in search of a gift. The owner keeps an amazing selection of women's, home accessories, baby and men's gifts! I have yet to visit their new location, but the old space was set up like an actual apartment, complete with a bathroom, kitchen, boudoir, men's study and baby's room and gifts were placed in the corresponding rooms. My favorite thing about this shop was that things were constantly repainted, rearranged and the merchandise always was changed up so you never really see the same items twice and its always very fresh! If you ever come to NY, make sure to visit!

  • Paper Access, along the lines of Paper-Source, with oodles of wrapping, cards, paper, pens, boxed stationery and general craft supplies.

  • Bill's Flower Market sells artificial birds, baskets, floral supplies (oasis, vessels, rocks)


Of course, some of the most intriguing shops I've found are far away, but I can visit them whenever I want online to check out their latest offerings. My favorites include: French General, Parcel, Bayberry Cove and thanks to What Junebug Loves, Bell'occhio.

What are your favorite local shops that feed your crafting addiction?

Posted on July 11, 2008 .