Mixing Prada Shoes With 50s Kitsch
Introducing "B. Johnstone", a trendy boutique on North Main Street in Kent, CT which successfully mixes 50ish (and 60th) kitsch and collectibles with new and vintage clothing.
Trendy, Posh, Vintage
As luck would be, I found myself at the side entrance of this shop and I wandered inside. Hm...."Am I in a clothing store?" ...."Is this new stuff or old?" ...."Are those collectibles on the shelf"? ...."Where am I?"
I didn't want to ask too much too soon (very preppy guy at the desk). After all, if the clothes and decorative items were not second hand...I might be sorry I asked. So I wandered around a bit and returned to the desk. I was politely told that the shop carried a little bit of everything......whoa...I was in my comfort zone. The prices were fair...I stayed.
Schmaltzy Second Hand
As I started to spot vintage clothing, beverage sets, lamps, plates, clocks, dinnerware, pottery, serving pieces, vases etc. I calmed down....oh yes this is a schmaltzy (over the top) second hand store.
But let's be perfectly clear...this store was upscale. There was a certain "edge" to the collectibles on hand, as well as outstanding presentions by owner Bartley Inge Johnstone who is for sure a master designer!
4 North main Street
C. Dianne Zweig is the author of Hot Kitchen & Home Collectibles of the 30s, 40s, 50s and Hot Cottage Collectibles for Vintage Style Homes. She is also the Editor of Iantiqueonline.com an actively growing internet based resource community for people who buy, sell or collect antiques, collectibles and art. You can find Dianne’s fabulous retro and vintage kitchen, home and cottage collectibles at The Collinsville Antiques Company of New Hartford, CT, a 22,000 feet antique emporium with an in-house retro café.To read more articles by C. Dianne Zweig click on this link: C. Dianne Zweig’s Blog Kitsch ‘n Stuff Email me at email@example.comVisit my website, CDianneZweig.comDianne is a member of:The American Society of Journalists and AuthorsThe Authors Guild, Inc.