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The Making of "Our" Home

The Making of "Our" Home

“The Making of Home” by Judith Flanders has found its own home in our store’s nail bins, which now have the role of a bookcase. The book traces the 500-year history of home; its structural physicality, its décor and belongings, its rituals and traditions, but moreover how “house” becomes “home.” As many of you have gathered, history and home is an important part of our store’s breath and heartbeat. Walking through our vast, original 1810 brick and mortar structure elevates your soul to a total euphoria of contentment, perhaps a bit of melancholy, but in reality a happiness that is...

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Revive your love for the sock monkey, and all the retro toys from your childhood...

Revive your love for the sock monkey, and all the retro toys from your childhood...

The world of stuffed or plush toys most likely began in 1880s Germany. A well-known company, Steiff, invented the teddy bear in early 1900. The gray work sock with the red and white heel was housed in every male’s dresser drawer during the roaring ‘20s. Subsequently, your mother and grandmother introduced to the household, homespun toys fabricated from socks, and most notably from “the sock”. The mill that initially manufactured this tri-color invention, patented in 1915, rose to fame when they included instructions for the “Sock Monkey” with each pair sold. Thanks to Nelson Knitting Mills of Rockford, Illinois, we,...

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Foraging for Winter Comfort

Foraging for Winter Comfort

Deep in the mountains of Vermont, winter snows blanket our landscape creating a silvery close-knit feeling for, us, the shepherds of this beautiful state. Venturing outside, we smell the sweet scent of freshly fallen powder– crisp, bright, and cold. We hear the sound of snowflakes, perfect little dendrites – like the quiet whisper of a distant secret. The temperatures, brisk, cloak us, nearly taking our breath away. We delight in this calm feeling of existence, as we search for sustenance, nourishment, and provisions – for mind, body and soul. It is with excitement, and possibly greed, that we forage, so-to-speak,...

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'Tis the season at Vermont's oldest general store!

'Tis the season at Vermont's oldest general store!

Sleigh bells ring, twinkle lights shine, festive carols abound... Evoke memories at F.H. Gillingham & Sons in downtown Woodstock, VT, and shop for traditional, classic, and eclectic gifts, along with specialty foods, wine and beer. Everything you'll need for a stellar holiday season...since 1886. F ~ friendly staff and festive displaysH ~ housewares and home décor for the FHG lifestyle G ~ generous sprinkling of chocolate and confectionsi ~ is that really a peppermint pig?l ~ luscious array of local, artisan, and international cheesel ~ little did you know that you find that herei ~ I’m dreaming of sugarplums - yes we have themn ~...

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Ancient Flavors

Ancient Flavors

Archeologists are fascinated by the ancient foods they unearth around the world. From wine bottles discovered in tombs, to bones in small vessels, most likely flavoring soup, to bits of charcoal that turned out to be burnt bread from the European migration to Britain some 5,500 years ago. We’ve even heard about the 3,000 year old butter discovered in Ireland, albeit a little less creamy than its current counterpart. The oldest noodle (4,000 years old!) was found, not in Italy, but in the Lajia archeological site on the Yellow River in China.  Did you know that the cheese that was...

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