Our friend, Stephanie’s store is day to our night.
We’ve been lucky to have our friend Stephanie join us on several of our trips to England. Stephanie has a store in Georgetown, Texas, just north of Austin. The store, Gatherings, is located at 1009 S Austin Avenue. In March, we finally got to visit her store.
First, we should tell you that traveling with Steph is a blast. She’s fun and sassy and always ready for the pub (shhhh, don’t tell James!). It’s important to travel with people you enjoy and also, with people who don’t necessarily buy the same type of antiques that you buy. That way, no one gets bent out of shape over who saw what first, etc.
We were not surprised by what Stephanie carries in her store. She roots through the different English antique centres and fairs looking for light French, while we’re searching for the heavy carved English. The store is a ying to our yang; light to our dark; lady to our store’s gentleman; religious to our sport; and day to our night. She has beautiful things, wonderfully displayed. She has a great eye for big furniture cabinets down to small pearl necklaces and rosaries.
Most of the store is full (and we do mean FULL!) of Stephanie’s merchandise; however, she does rent out several booths to other dealers. Their stock is equally as fascinating. When she moved into the South Austin Avenue address, she put old salvaged doors on all of the walls around the retail space, adding to the soft tone of the store. Here, you can browse for a long while, assisted by friendly staff members. This is the kind of store where you discover you love something new. It’s a place where you start a new collection. In Stephanie’s store, you could easily find just the right item for a BFF.
We enjoyed our visit to Gatherings and can’t wait to go to England with Stephanie again. Check out Gatherings website at http://www.gatheringsofgeorgetown.com. And if you are in the area, stop in and tell her the Robertsons say “howdy”. (that’s Texas talk for hello!)