Tuesday, 16 June 2009

Gypsy Honeymoon

Go ahead and make a cup of tea for this one, because you're going to want to sit and sip and browse a while. On Sunday I paid a visit to Gypsy Honeymoon, one of my favorite San Francisco shops. This is the shop I mentioned recently that I was really hoping to show you. The shop is near our apartment, but rarely on my way to anyplace in particular, so I often cut over a few streets just to pop in for a minute or peer into the windows. Gypsy is something to behold. In Robert Frost's "Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening," the poet, on his way to someplace unknown to the reader, is compelled to stop and take in the beauty of the stillness, the snow, and the woods, which are "lovely, dark and deep." That's how I feel when when I walk by Gypsy Honeymoon. Even if it's closed, it stops me in my tracks. And it, too, is lovely, dark and deep. More lovely and deep than dark, but dark in the same way as those woods--in a beautiful, captivating way.

Gypsy Honeymoon is filled with timeworn and found objects, some magical and mysterious, some everyday objects, that are given new life in the way, Gabrielle, the owner of Gypsy, styles lovely vignettes that are at every turn. You might see a tintype photo displayed in a flower frog; old photographs, buttons or doll parts in silver serving pieces; a bit of sea life "lighting" a lamp; handmade alligator and gold leaf buttons in a crystal candy dish; a square picture fitting neatly in a round gold frame. All delights to the eye that will have you taking a second look, only to realize you see something you didn't before. Just have a look for yourself.

















Wouldn't you like to go on a Gypsy Honeymoon? Me too.

Gypsy Honeymoon
3599 24th St
San Francisco, CA 94110
(415) 821-1713

11 comments:

nath said...

wowee, that is some shop! that post was ALMOST as good as being there myself... ALMOST..

coincidentally, Lauren and I were talking about you the other day (via email), and we both agree, your photographs have a transportative (did i just invent that word?) quality.

Helen said...

Wow. I'm floored. In addition to having such a well-edited collection of treasures, she does a bang-up job of hiding price tags ... I didn't spot a single one!

I'm in awe of that purplish sea fan, sticking out the top of a lamp. Thanks for this lovely tour.

Thrifted Treasure said...

That's it! I'm moving to San Francisco!!!

alex t said...

okay, everytime i drive by, i say to myself "i think i would really like it in there". now i know. next, week it will be my artist date to visit this treasure...

cyndeeanderson said...

Too bad San Francisco is so very far away! What a fun place this would be to visit!

littlebyrd said...

This looks so incredible I am coming back later when I can have a good looong look :)

littlebyrd said...

I would love to visit this gem of a shop. What wonderful pictures you've taken ~ I felt like I was right there in the shop. My husband and I ahve been wanting to visit SF for sometime now since it has been years that we've been there. I am hoping we can go and I can go to this shop. Oh~ and I was wrong about the blog you emailed me about - I was thinking of another and realized my mistake only now. I hadn't seen that one and I love it so thanks!!

LENORENEVERMORE said...

Lovely!!!
Looks like they have some fab treasuresss... Thanks for sharing this darling!
~XO*

Lynne said...

wow, I would love to visit this shop - it looks exactly like my kind of place!

Kim said...

OH Boy! what cool stuff! Just up my alley! I'll be back!

Robynne's Nest said...

WOW, this shop looks amazing. It encourages me to think 'outside of the square' regarding arranging my stuff and would be a good haunt on those day when I'm a bit bored with everything in the house...would definitely get the creative juices going again. Thanks for sharing. Robx