Part V: The Famous Winterthur Store!

 
The Photo Garden Bee hits the Winterthur Museum Shop! © Britt Conley

The Photo Garden Bee hits the Winterthur Museum Shop! © Britt Conley

As I am traveling from garden to garden I like to feature a day at the garden store. Why? Well more often than not the store is a primary source for the upkeep of the gardens. And that is always a great cause for “spending back” as I like to call it.

The Winterthur Museum Store © Britt Conley

The Winterthur Museum Store © Britt Conley

To be able to feature Winterthur’s store is quite the treat! They are famous world wide for their Winterhur Catalog. To come face to face with the actual store was a joy indeed! And was it as anticipated? Well, they have something for everyone. Literally from the $5. item to those of the highest end products that are in the thousands. Being a modest person I bought two candles that knocked my socks off and the best tote I’ve ever bought: The black and white canvas Wintherthur Tote. And It’s printed beautifully in stark deep black with the sturdiest weave white handles and a crisp white Winterthur logo adding “An American Country Estate”. Well I couldn’t ask for more. The woman before me however, easily broke a thousand dollars and didn’t appear to flinch.

Everything here is for sale © Britt Conley

Everything here is for sale © Britt Conley

What make’s shopping at Winterthur so special is that everything is for sale. I mean everything including the furniture, the pillows, the pictures, the decorations, the pens and I bet, if there is anything not readily for sale, one could buy it with enough money.

Items for sale include everything on the tree, in the desk and the desk itself! © Britt Conley

Items for sale include everything on the tree, in the desk and the desk itself! © Britt Conley

Money is the one thing Winterthur is never short of. It is the shop of the wealthy and of someone like me who simply loves the finer things but is always on a limited budget.

You name it, its here or at least is seems like it © Britt Conley

You name it, its here or at least is seems like it © Britt Conley

I found the preserves especially enticing and ended up getting the Strawberry Preserves with Champagne.

Preserves © Britt Conley

Preserves © Britt Conley

Of course being Christmas there were tons or ornaments to be had. These are just a couple of the ones I liked.

Ornaments © Britt Conley

Ornaments © Britt Conley

Many of the ornaments have a nostalgic feel. These come in their own wooden box featuring the Twelve Days of Christmas.

The 12 Days of Christmas Ornaments © Britt Conley

The 12 Days of Christmas Ornaments © Britt Conley

They also carry lots of modern decor as well. I particularly loved this Santa pillow with buttons for the hair and beard.

Santa Pillow © Britt Conley

Santa Pillow © Britt Conley

They also sell other goodies like these lavender sachets. If you look closely you’ll see even the vase they are in is for sale!

sachets © Britt Conley

sachets © Britt Conley

And one of the amazing things they had out were what looked like cream cheese rolled up in nuts, but it turns out on closer inspection they are the, “Rose Bath Creamer Ball: Infused with Lavender and geranium oils, each handmade ball releases cocoa and shea butter into your bath water.”

Rose Bath Creamer Ball © Britt Conley

Rose Bath Creamer Ball © Britt Conley

They had the best traditional Santa I’ve seen yet and fun nutcrackers and the sort.

Santa and Nutcrackers © Britt Conley

Santa and Nutcrackers © Britt Conley

And, of course, they had multiple trees with ornaments for sale below as well as stand alone table top items such as these fun carolers.

Trees and Carolers © Britt Conley

Trees and Carolers © Britt Conley

Oh and how can I forget! On a previous visit at the end of the Summer I saw these fantastic drink cozies and yes I did buy the one with the initial B for obvious reasons.

I just had to get one © Britt Conley

I just had to get one © Britt Conley

Now, these are all just from the main areas of the store. There is also the plant shop which carries everything from plants to bird houses and bulbs.

The Plant store © Britt Conley

The Plant store © Britt Conley

I really want to get Erika one of these bird houses. They are too cool.

Fun bird houses © Britt Conley

Fun bird houses © Britt Conley

The Museum store is a must see. Look for the lovely blue door.

The Museum Store © Britt Conley

The Museum Store © Britt Conley

Now if you get a chance to head up to Winterthur for the Yuletide extravaganza I highly recommend stopping off at the Winterthur Book Shop in the main Visitor’s Center. The collection of gardening and fine art books is some of the very best out there. They know their clientele. They also have teas and post cards here and other great items. I think I spent more time here than at the Museum store!

The Winterthur Book Store © Britt Conley

The Winterthur Book Store © Britt Conley

Well, Winterthur is a garden destination, that includes all things collectible, a museum and art gallery and a great place to just walk the woods. It’s a great place for photos and a fun trip any way you shake it. I am in the middle of restructuring The Bee to make it through the Winter months. There are far fewer gardens for me to be able to visit this time of year. If you have any suggestions for what you’d like to see more of or want to suggest something I haven’t thought of, please feel free! It’s a long few months ahead!

‘Til Tomorrow…

Britt : )

Related posts:

  1. Today’s Featured Post: Part I: Yuletide trees at Winterthur
  2. The Quarry Garden at Winterthur
  3. Part V: The Washington National Cathedral’s Herb Cottage Shop.
  4. Part III: The Gardens at Winterthur!
  5. Part II: Winterthur is not just a home to gardens it is also home to Art!

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2 Comments

 
  1. Eileen
    2009-12-18
    09:56:27

    Britt,
    A new wrinkle -- Photo Garden Bee self portraits! Love that main photo of the store. LOVE IT

     
  2. nancy f jordan
    2009-12-31
    21:18:58

    Britt - you have such a 'great eye'. kudos for your representations of the w'thur store. i was disappointed those rose bath creamer balls weren't edible...you made them look so yummy :)

     
 

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