The Party Animal- like it sounds this is a party store. They had a nice variety of small animal boxes, magnets, paper goods and these really cute little gift bags with your name printed on them which came with a bag of sweets.
Candles and Soap- Can you guess they had candles and soap? Also the most wonderful mustard bath, after a long hard day of walking nothing soothes your muscles like this soak and your skin feels wonderful too. They also have natural skin products and lots of candles. Oh yeah, some nice soap too, lavender, almond, oatmeal and more...
The Toy Shop- believe it or not we spent more time here than anywhere else. This is a great old fashioned toy store with lots of uniquely English toys. Joe bought Will a wooden duck on a stick that is hand made. I bought little cars for the boys, all with the steering wheel on the right side.
The Corn Exchange- this is an interesting gift shop. They had nice porcelain boxes, pretty paper weights and little acrylic vases that look like the flowers are sitting in water.
London House Antiques- a very upscale multi dealer antique shop which had several dealers who dealt in Chinese import china. Joe was very happy.
Windsor House Antiques- this is my favorite shop. It is a three story multi dealer antique shop. I hit the mother lode of my Mason's Watteau in Mulberry, I found 2 jugs that match my set. I was delighted and they gave me a 5% discount even though I paid with a credit card. That and a strong dollar encouraged me to spend.
There were also several book stores where we browsed but didn't buy. These are just a few of the many places more than willing to help you bring home the perfect souvenir or gift.
Parking is usually quite easy here. There is on street parking and a small parking lot right in the center of town.
October 24, 2001
From journal The Charming Cotswolds