Oct 25, 2013
02:14 PMStyle & Design
Target Darling Privet House Among Shops Making Tiny Connecticut Village a Destination
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Not bad for a village that very nearly fits in the palm of (a giant’s) hand. Also impressive is the caliber of the folks doing business here.
It was apparent early last month, when a “monster 40-foot container … pulled up and parked in front of Privet House. Orange safety cones were soon in place and the culmination of a summer’s worth of shopping began to unfold.”
A release from the New Preston folks explained:
“Both Paulette and John Peden of Dawn Hill Antiques (below right) and Suzanne Cassano and Richard Lambertson of Privet House and Volume 1 Antiques had traveled earlier in the summer to Belgium, Paris and Provence to purchase a container full of antique furniture and decorative items to grace their respective stores during the fall season. According to Suzanne Cassano of Privet House, ‘Although we love shopping in our own country there is no substitute for the wonderful items that can be found in Europe.’ Paulette Peden commented, ‘The kind of unique pieces that I am looking for seem to always turn up overseas and this year our trip to Belgium was particularly successful.'”
In terms of the scene after that container rolled up. “By 10 a.m. … the doors of the container were opened and goods were piled up to the very top. Ladders were produced, as it was impossible to reach anything from the ground. Then a group effort began to get it all out and unwrapped. All in all about 15 people worked for hours to empty the container and to ferry each piece to its respective home. Once it was all done and a second large truck pulled away packed to the ceiling with discarded boxes everyone involved commented on the team spirit and Richard Lambertson summed it up: “Who thought that so much work could actually be fun!”
So that’s the caliber of what’ happening in New Preston.
To connect with New Preston, see the village’s website, which offers, among its sections, the list of shops below:
DK SCHULMAN DESIGN (left)