Grab a friend and enjoy some relaxed holiday browsing at the Wilton Historical Society’s Holiday Sip and Shop event on Saturday, Dec. 3, from 10 a.m.-4 p.m.. Enjoy a glass of prosecco and some seasonal nibbles while browsing and finding great holiday gifts at the Society’s Betts Store.
Known for locally made, beautifully crafted items, the Betts Store is featuring a select group of area artisans and their wares for one day only pop-up shops. Most pieces are made by hand, and shoppers will find bright ideas for stocking stuffers, winter warmers, hostess gifts, sparkly treats and one-of-a-kind surprises for hard to please friends and family.
Of note, the Betts Store will be the first retail space in Wilton debuting Cotelac, an internationally known line of women’s clothing and accessories.
The Society’s museum store, like the original 18th-century Betts Store, always features locally-made and one-of-a-kind items, many hand-crafted. Visitors can discover uncommon gifts for holiday giving, from jewelry, scarves, soaps, and letterpress note cards to nifty toys, games and puzzles for kids. The store is freshly stocked for holiday shopping, and is brimming with an eclectic and interesting collection of affordable finds and follies. There is an excellent selection of home accessories and hostess gifts–unusual candles, artwork, mugs, vases, and cups. The store is committed to supporting local craftsmen and businesses; some items are made in Wilton, some in Connecticut, and all are made in the U.S.A.
New offerings this season are an expanded section of carefully selected books; puzzles for all ages; beautifully crafted cheese serving boards and baguette cutting boards; honey infused with bourbon, and salted honey made in North Carolina; silk-screened tote bags, purses, and zipped pouches; candles in new shapes and colors by Greentree Home; Little Bee of Connecticut beeswax candles; and made in Maine wind bells, plus collectable Carol Andrews ornaments, cashmere scarves, Pendleton blankets and much more.
There is a particularly good selection of Wilton-themed items featuring local landmarks. There are dish cloths, mugs, plates, key chains, holiday ornaments, and even hand-painted marble coasters with familiar Wilton buildings. Books about Wilton, including the must-have “Wilton Connecticut: Three Centuries of People, Places and Progress” by Bob Russell are in stock.
For little ones, there are lots of options too. The store stocks adorable sewing kits, nicely crafted classic wooden toys such as spinning tops and Jacob’s Ladders, fun games like jacks and marbles, and a variety of games to be played outside on the lawn. A selection of puppets, craft kits, books and other unexpected treasures round out the children’s section.
The Betts Store at the Wilton Historical Society is open Tuesday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., and during the holiday season on Sundays, 12-4 p.m.. The Historical Society is located at 224 Danbury Rd./Rte. 7.