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Thursday, November 18, 2010

Shopping Neverland

A friend of mine recently told me about a fantastic place in our city where I could indulge my love for thrift stores, junk shops, and decorative arts. It's Liquidation Warehouse (whose web address is actually shopneverland.com -- how cool is that!?) !

Right near Virginia Commonwealth University, downtown in a section of old, old buildings, is this gem. The buildings are incredible; HUGE with massively high ceilings, and are all brick. Walking into this place is like walking into a huge costume and prop department on some movie lot or theater campus. The woman who greets you as you come in even says, "have fun! Let me know if you need help with anything....and don't forget to look UP!" The ceilings are indescribably high and all kinds of interesting stuff is hanging in the space above your head.

It's amazing in there! There were some antiques and stuff like that, but mostly there were piles and piles of stuff that used to be display items and decoration in large big-name department stores.
This picture is at the entrance to the 'Christmas Room', where there are tons and tons of sparkly and beautiful decorations of all kinds. This photo does not even remotely do justice to the extreme sparkliness of this place. All the lights and shiny Christmas ornaments, glittery trees and garlands...it's wonderful! And, one of the owners tells me this section of the building used to be a public icehouse. So fascinating!


I know there's someone out there who needs a bust of Napoleon with a neon hat brim...


Recognize the old Bloomingdale's shopping bag logo behind me??


There were more kinds of manniquins than I knew existed....and they had huge boxes of just parts...hands, legs, arms, heads...

For you, Kerry! Lots and lots of cool-looking (but a little too expensive) old suitcases!

Oh, and if you were wondering where Cloud 9 really is...I think I found it...


There was TONS of great stuff, and so much of it could have found a home with me, but I was good, and restrained myself. My total haul consisted of four heavy crackled glass ornaments for my kitchen window, two really fun wooden poseable mannequins, and a "neck" plastic display -- I needed something to photograph necklaces on, and this will work great! I just need to paint it or cover it in some way.

I think I'm going back tomorrow, with Noah. I got an idea for a Christmas present for someone...

9 comments:

TesoriTrovati said...

Oh.My.Goodness! I am swooning with delight over these treasures. I went to the website and found no less than a dozen things that I want! I wish that we had something special like that anywhere near me! Thanks for sharing. Looks like you got some great finds!
Enjoy the day!
Erin

Kerry said...

LOVE the suitcases!! I will have to come down and check that place out sometime!!

Courtney said...

Oh. Wow! That place looks absolutely amazing. Hours worth of browsing. Thanks for sharing, it is not to far from me. May have to make it a day trip. Thanks.

Laura Twiford said...

That really lives up to it's name of Wonderland! very cool, thanks for sharing, if i'm ever back in Richmond, will have to stop in and browse!

Melissa Meman said...

looks like fun!!!

Pretty Things said...

I would have been all OVER that place and you would have had to haul me out at closing time!

sundownbeaddesigns said...

Oh my...that place is totally cool! I'm love to visit but would be WAY overwhelmed by all the "stuff"

Cindy said...

Aw man, I found out about this place one week too late, since we were in Richmond last Saturday!! I would have headed right over for sure! What a seriously cool place you found...and right by VCU, my old stomping grounds. I'd love to check it out one day when things settle down here. I can see why you're going back!

Joe said...

We just put our updated site on line and as we were checking all of the links we came upon your wonderful comments. First we want to thank you for your kind description(s)and how well written. Please do come back as the scenery changes all of the time.
Warmest regards, Judy@shopneverland.com

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