Fate Brought Me to Chestnut Hill…

…or a confluence of errands and brunch, but whatever.

For the uninitiated, Chestnut Hill is a lovely neighborhood in the Northwest corner of Philadelphia and perfect for one of those days when you want to walk around, window shop, and grab a bite to eat.  On a beautiful day, I can kill a few hours there.  However, as the post I shared last Friday indicated, winter is extending into April this year, making good outdoor days few and far between.  Last Sunday was sunny and the temps were going to hit 40 degrees (BALMY!), so I wandered out for an hour or two (half of Philly seemed to join me).

On a normal day in Chestnut Hill, the many small, independent shops are enough for me, but today the neighborhood also hosted the Clover Market which visits a number of places throughout the Philadelphia area in the spring and the fall.  People, I need to win the lottery, because I would have bought sooooo much from the many vendors today.  While I did not blow up my credit card, there were a few vendors whose merchandise really caught my eye and I thought I’d share them.  For the record, these are not paid or requested endorsements. I saw their stuff, liked it, and grabbed a business card.

Paul Carpenter Art – Full disclosure…Paul is my cousin, but I’m not rich enough to have two shelves full of his pint glasses or a drawer full of shirts if I didn’t like his work (how do I not have the Dawk poster?).  His Etsy shop is Philly-centric, but he’s also done a number of corporate projects and they look great, too!  Bonus – Paul and his wife, Kate, are great people.  You really want to give him your money, I promise!

Candelles – I bought the Lavender Sage candle.  My apartment now smells amazing.  I regret not getting a second candle!

Lavender sage and my little buddha-like guys.  So zen.  So…staged! Half this picture is a fire hazard and I moved the candle immediately after taking the picture!

Susan Rifkin Jewelry Designs  – Love me a simple, classic design.  I didn’t buy today, but have bookmarked Susan’s sight for future purchases.

This is just a small sampling of the over 100 vendors  who were there.  I saw a lot of great stuff and hope you’ll look at the market’s traveling schedule and stop by when they’re in your neighborhood.

Today was also a great reminder to be a tourist in your own town.  I’ve said it before, but the Philly area has so much to offer.  As much as I want to see the world, its silly not to take advantage of what’s in front of you.  In this case, that includes the many hard-working vendors and small business owners patronized today in Chestnut Hill.  I really just want to give them all my money (so glad I have a little self control)!

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