Looking for a gift that’s one-of-a-kind? Consider the Gifted Hands Shop, an artisan cooperative in Fairfield County. Local independent designers create handmade jewelry, accessories, paintings, clothing for adults and children and home décor items. Currently 50 accomplished artists and designers are showcasing their high-quality products at the shop. Rye resident, Holly Malkasian Staudinger, opened the boutique, which also runs workshops and special events organized and led by the designers. What’s more, designers take shifts working at the shop, making your shopping experience all the more personal. The shop is open Monday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. 251 Mill St., Greenwich (Byram). 203-531-6029.
Rhythm in Rye Too
If you’re looking for a feel-good feeling head on over to Rhythm in Rye Too, a designer boutique, that is contributing the peace and health of the local community. Shop owner, Renee Drummond, says there are many ways to participate. You can consign your designer items at the shop and make money off of what’s in your closet. Then you can either take those funds (and spend them there or elsewhere to stimulate the economy) or donate them to a local charity. Drummond works closely with many local causes donating expired consignment items on a regular basis. Young teens are also encouraged to get their first business experience by consigning their gently used items. And of course you can always shop the shelves for great buys on designer goods from Chanel, Yves Saint Laurent, Prada and Gucci or trendier merchandise from Juicy, Splendid and Anthropology. Shop hours are Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from 11:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. 85 Purchase St., Rye. 921-1117.
Head fairy Janine Logue says business was so stellar at her former Enchanted Wishes shop in Armonk she just had to spread her wings and fly. The move to her new bigger location allows her to carry more products for more fun. Find mystical mermaids, fanciful fairies, petite princesses, enchanted blooms, mischievous mice and Fairytale tutu poofs lining the shelves. Stop by Enchanted Wishes and prepare to be enchanted. Themed birthday parties are available. 111 Willit Ave., Port Chester