Window Shopping Column: The Glitter Workshop Offers Cool Vintage And Craft Items

Take A Class Or Indulge In A Locally-Made Piece

By Shayna Miller Madison Magazine

Personally, I go weak in the knees for anything sparkly, shimmery or shiny. Call me a magpie. But one stop into The Glitter Workshop can satisfy my craving for sparkle?especially when the winter doldrums hit.

Open a little over a year, you might remember owner Naomi Richardson?s original location on East Johnson Street, which she ran from 2004 to 2007. After a three-year hiatus (during that time Richardson still ran her popular twice-yearly Craftacular craft fairs), she decided to open her ?handmade art boutique? on the west side. Here you can find ?alt crafts? like knit and crocheted scarves, recycled housewares, jewelry, vintage clothing and more. Think coasters made out of old children?s-book pages, jewelry crafted out of recycled elements and mittens sewn from reclaimed sweaters, made by about one hundred mostly local artists.

Adding to the nostalgia is stacks of vintage suitcases, feminine clutches hanging from the wall and a neat row of whimsical retro shoes, all available for purchase. In the back project room customers can make drop-in crafts as well as attend craft nights and host private parties.

?People like to be unique, and they like to know who they?re buying things from,? says Richardson of her customers. ?It?s a good feeling to know where your money is going.?

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COZY COMFORT Of course Richardson likes crafting as much as her artists. Here?s a crocheted poncho she made out of remnant yarn. $48

ACCESSORIZE THYSELF Hair accessories are still hot for kids and adults. Pick up one of Dainty Daisies? glitter headbands, bobby pins or fabric hair accessories for fun. $3?$20

MEMORY MAKERS Many of the shop?s vignettes, like this one, might bring about a little nostalgia as you peruse through vintage canisters, kitchen goods and more.

SWEET SWEATERS Richardson loves the Painted Daisy?s arm warmers, scarves and skirts, made out of reclaimed sweaters from vintage and thrift stores. $15?$75

HANDMADE FUN Love sparkle? You can use these baubles to create a button bracelet or picture frame during one of The Glitter Workshop?s craft nights. $1?$15

TWEET TREAT These sweet owls and other handmade toys are perfect for children. $8?$30

WHAT'S OLD IS NEW Richardson gets most of her vintage pieces from estate sales but also goes to vintage and thrift stores. ?I?m constantly looking?I go a few times a week!? These clutches are a fine example of what she finds. $10?$22

The Glitter Workshop 6138 Mineral Point Rd. 219-5933.

Owner Naomi Richardson takes us on a tour through Glitter Workshop and shows us how to make a craft?click here to watch!

Shayna Miller is associate and style editor of Madison Magazine.

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