This past Saturday Tranquil Acres of Alexandria took her daughter on the road to spend some quality time together. We ended up in the exciting town of Frenchtown, NJ. As has been the case for many years, my daughter is up on all "the" places to visit and insisted we went to "Two Buttons". "Two Buttons?" I said, "it sounds like a sewing store". My daughter just laughed and said, "you wait, I think you'll like it".
We drove along the beautiful river banks of the Delaware River and parked our car on Trenton Ave. Surprisingly, this wonderful destination is housed in a warehouse. Simple on the outside, don't let its appearance fool you as what you'll discover in the inside is well worth the trip.
I was completely taken back when I entered "Two Buttons". How in the world did I not know about this place I thought! WOW! Talk about 'eye candy', and a truly amazing destination to visit!
If you've never heard of "Two Buttons", let me tell you a little bit about them and then you can visit their website and read their entire story. "Story".. that's a good word to use to define "Two Buttons" as they sell all kinds of artifacts, furniture, trinkets, textiles, baubles, paintings, stones and so much more! They sell things that 'has a story' attached to it. Old and unique items that you would never find in your ordinary store.
If the walls and items in that store could talk, what stories they would tell full of rich history and mystery. As I walked about the store I didn't know where to look first as there is something interesting to look at and purchase in every nook and cranny of their store.
If you're planning on going to "Two Buttons" you may want to reserve plenty of time in your planner to get the full taste of all they have to offer. Their selection of artifacts and curiosities goes on and on in long rooms that deserves time to scour through all the goodies nestled in and amongst their fixtures.
I was thinking that it would even be a great place to bring a group of school aged kids while on a field trip as there is a lot of history filled items such as head dresses of long ago, statues that were hand carved, just to name a few. There's nothing better than actually seeing some of these history laden items and artifacts as opposed to just reading about them in a book.
My daughter and I walked slowly throughout the furniture, looking, admiring, laughing and amazed at the wonderful selection of interesting and unique, hand crafted items that primarily comes from Asia and Indonesia and any where else where beauty is bountiful.
If you're a Buddha lover, look no further as "Two Buttons" has them in virtually any size. How can one resist rubbing the belly of these incredible statues! Not only will you find Buddha's but you'll see a fine selection of other statues, busts and wonderful historic treasures.
Even if you're not in the market to buy such luxuries, "Two Buttons" is still a pretty special place to visit and I'm sure you'll find something that peaks your interest. It's impossible for one to walk out of "Two Buttons" without buying just a little something as you feel like you've bought a piece of their treasure. At least that's how I ended up with a wonderful key chain to remind me of my visit and some splendid incense sticks.
Now for the most interesting fact about "Two Buttons"... Did you know that one of the co-owners of "Two Buttons" is Elizabeth Gilbert? Perhaps you don't recognize the name, but surely you will remember the book that she wrote.. "Eat, Pray, Love" and was also turned into a movie back in 2010..
Click on the book to read about Elizabeth Gilbert!
The staff at "Two Buttons" are very friendly, informative and only too proud to tell you about the history of their employment. They were thrilled that Tranquil Acres of Alexandria picked them to be one of our "Local Favorites" and indeed we are happy we did as we will be bringing back guests time and time again.
If you're in the area of Frenchtown and in particular Trenton Street, give yourself and your family a little treat and visit "Two Buttons", it's definitely not your ordinary store, in fact, they are extraordinary to say the least!
Click on the "Enjoy" stone and enjoy the slide show of pictures we took on our adventure!
62 Trenton Avenue
Frenchtown, NJ 08825
Two Buttons: Website
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