Many Nova Scotians are beginning to see the benefits both for themselves and their local community of shopping locally through small businesses that emphasise the practices of environmentally friendly products and and keeping profit in the local area

People are also beginning to heed the buy local, buy handcrafted or vintage promotions we are starting to see everywhere.

In resoonse to the demand for local outlets featuring vintage and handcrafted items suitable for gift giving I have decided to host a “pop-up” shop on Saturdays and Sundays until Christmas – I may be open as well after Christmas, but that would very much depend on weather conditions. (Above is a photo of a rare circa 1920’s children’s book – a very sharpeyed shopper snapped this book up along with it’s companion books on France and Holland not long ago – I found another one – so grab it quickly!) 

Above: A vintage 1972 Holly Hobbie crib quilt kit put out by Paragon – one of the respected quilt kit producers during the last half of the twentieth century.

Shown above are two lovely vintage tablecloths:The first is a block printed large cloth by Charles Demery for Souieleado – a legendary firm in Provence that has given us so many lovely textiles – dates to the late 1960’s or early 1970’s and is most attractively priced.

The second picture shows a beautiful handcrafted at home luncheon cloth – lavishly hand embroidered and embellished with hand crocheted edging – again very reasonably priced for a pristine one of a kind textile. Pefect for give giving!

My standards are exacting when I choose vintage items to make available to my clientele, and I never release for sale any item I wouldn’t proudly own myself – you can be sure of quality and honest statements of condition when you shop with me.

So why not come out to the Annapolis Valley while the weather holds. Make a day of it – shop the local farm markets and meat markets, have lunch at a gastro-pub that specialises in local foods and brews and come out to Hall’s Harbour and view in person the lovely items I have hand picked for you,

Remember, I have a very wide variety of items: quilting fabric, patterns, notions, needlework kits of all kinds, vintage ceramics, vintage textiles, and fine and folk art. A free bonus item every day to the first person to make a purchase!!

If you would like me to make a pre-selection of specific items on your wish list why not contact me in advance and I’ll be sure to hunt up a good selection for you to choose from. Also if you cannot make it in person, I can supply you with pictures and description of items you are considering and will be happy to mail to you.

Contact me:

I am located at 641 West Hall’s Harbour Road

My OPEN banner will guide you – go through the village and climb the hill staying on the paved road – I’m on the right about 2km up the road. A wam welcome awaits you!


 I have spent the last fifty years collecting all kinds of lovely vintage items and have decided that now is the time to start downloading them as I downsize and simplify. In addition to collecting and making quilts, I have also a large collection of vintage table linens and bed linens and lovely faience and staffordshite items. I also have some good examples of Nova Scotian Folk Art and fine art as well.

I decided to hold open house every weekend from now until Christmas, and so far the response to my limited publicity has been very strong. So make sure you visut my “pop-up shop” soon and often over the next little while.  

a warm welcome awaits you at my christmas shop

So…..if you can get here, I am open Saturday and Sunday from 10AM until 5Pm at 641 West Hall’s Harbour Road – follow Hwy 359 North out of Kentville and go through the Harbour and up the other side staying on the paved road. My house is on the right hand side of the road about a km from the small white church. MY red white and blue “OPEN” banner will be out.

If you have any particular items on your wish ;list, email me your specifics and I will look for special items for you.

Remember: I have fabrics, patterns, quilt and needlework kits, vintage completed quilts, handknits, yarn from my stash, lovely household items and so much more.

Also remember, it’s green to shop local artists and artisans, and recycle antiques and collectibles. In addition, you will pay no sales tax.

I’ll be waiting for you with a warm welcome, and a gift to the first person making a purchase each day.

Janet Gordon

641 West Hall’s Harbour Road, Hall’s Harbour