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SHABBY CHIC Vintage is back with shabby chic style


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HAT’S YOUR decorating style? If you like a look that is charmingly comfortable and


casual, then chances are you’re a fan of shab- by chic, a style created by blending vintage, slightly worn and hand-me-down pieces. Shabby chic include soft colors, floral


designs on anything from china to bedding, slip-covered furniture, ruffled table cloths and table skirts, painted wood furniture and distressed finishes. Now that you know what you’re looking


for, poke around your attic and garage for inspiration. Some old wicker furniture that has seen better days? Give it a fresh coat of paint, add a new set of floral pillows and it’s ready for your three-season porch. Freshen up those old quilts and use them as color accents in your guest bedroom. And the china tea set you inherited from your aunt? The perfect addition to your dining room buffet table. Area antique shops and shows through-


out Southern New Jersey have just the right chair, lamp or tablecloth. Near Cape May? Stop by Treehouse Antiques, with more than 20 antique dealers from New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania and Virginia. The selection at Treehouse selection includes antique furniture, china, glassware, linens,


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jewelry, stained glass, lighting and historical memorabilia. All their pieces are uniquely displayed in a restored 19th century Victorian farmhouse and carriage house. Antique shops, flea markets, second-


hand stores and consignment shops are everywhere, with a concentration along Route 9 from Cape May into northern Atlantic County. In Cape May County alone there are roughly 60 shops! Most are listed in a brochure available from the Department of Tourism or on their website, www.thejerseycape.com. If you’re in Cumberland County, just


follow Route 47 and turn down whatever side road looks interesting and keep an eye out for antique shops or even garage sales. Start collecting shells and sea glass,


especially blue and green pieces, and showcase them in glass vases on your coffee table. Or frame seashells in shadow boxes to add a charming, homey touch to your living area. Every time you look at the perfect


antique piece you stumbled upon or the shells found on a beach walk, you’ll think about your shore holiday and daydream about going back next year! ■


Nor th End Thr i f t /Nor th End Ant iques


LOOKING FOR THAT PERFECT little table at a bargain price to fill a spot on the porch, or that special antique piece, perhaps vintage Victorian, for the dining room? North End Thrift probably has that table or planter at a great price and it’s just as likely you can find a unique addition to your home at North End Antiques.


North End Thrift in the Villas specializes in a wide range of collectibles, furniture, household items, glassware and more at affordable prices. With a constantly changing inventory from auctions, clean outs, storage units and people with items to sell, it’s a great place to visit on a regular basis to find exactly what you want.


Best of all, North End Thrift is a green friendly company, looking for homes for forgotten treasures while minimizing waste and actively recycling and re-using items.


Across the bridge into Cape May, North End Antiques, 1400 Texas Ave., is an eclectic shop with the emphasis on the unique, one of the largest multi-dealer malls in the area for antiques and collectibles. Customers can browse through a vast selection of items from period furnishings to festive vintage collectibles, including unusual items or even things that are one of a kind for your home or garden.


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