January 30, 2013

Building Character – Lancaster, PA

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Heard about a place called BUiLDiNG CHARACTER, and set aside a day to go. 
 It's located in downtown Lancaster, on the historic Uptown 300 block of North Queen Street.


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It's nestled in an alley that slides off of Queen Street.
That along provided a gravitational pull for me!


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Picture a huge warehouse marketplace filled with a conglomeration of over 35 shops.
Greenery-filled bathroom fixtures were a quirky and fun way to usher me in!


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Architectural salvage is abundant. Vintage clothing. Attic treasures. Handcrafted works of art. 
I just knew I'd be in heaven.


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Trays, serving pieces, vases. I could have chosen something from every shop to take home with me.


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Every corner I turned, I met up with another charming vignette!


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Oh, that cash register!

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These tin wastebaskets in soft muted colors had shabby chic written all over them.

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The feel of a little boutique! All pink and inviting. Lovin' that lamp on the left!

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Retro tin stacking canisters. Notice the rustic brick wall in the background.

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Skirts in a wide variety of colors, patterns, textures, and lengths.

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Old framed art layered in the rafters. So inviting!

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More lamps with pretty shades. A perfect cottage look.

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Wooden forms for children's shoes.

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Letterpress trays. Oh, the possibilities.

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Luscious hand-woven wool.

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Interesting hardware...

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The columns, shutters, more rugged brick, exposed pipes. Just wonderful!

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We're talking old windows, industrial gears, cogs, and who knows what!


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These old balusters were beautiful in their heyday, 
and will live again someday when they're lovingly included in a DIY or restoration project.


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Hooks with attractive patinas stand ready to hold your hat, or your robe, or an apron, or...

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Stately iron corner pieces. Salvaged doorknobs. 

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Chipped paint, tarnish, so many shapes and sizes. What a selection!

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Lovely jewel-tones. Like candy displayed in a candy store!

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View my earlier post on The Belvedere Inn, where we dined that afternoon!

Read more about BUiLDiNG CHARACTER and the Historic Uptown 300 Block
of Lancaster, Pennsylvania.






4 comments:

  1. BC is sure a fun spot! I Enjoyed seeing it from your point of view!

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    1. Yep, Amy. A real treasure trove!

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  2. Thank you for the wonderful record of your visit to BUiLDiNG CHARACTER! I agree with Amy ... you made the shop look excellent! Stop back soon!

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    1. Glad you think so, Marty. Thanks for the feedback. I loved visiting and will surely return. Cozy, organized, well-kept. Lovely, warm atmosphere! Hats off!

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