Don't tell my hubby, but I have a new love in my life. Wait...he already knows. And how does he know? I took him to meet my new love. He wasn't as impressed as me. But I don't care. I am truly in love, with a store. And I'm not talking about Home Goods (my old love).
If not Home Goods, what store would that be? Why it would be, Tai Pan Trading. I originally heard about this store from some Utah bloggers. But the stores were in Utah & I'm in California.
Well, last week my sister's SIL wrote on their family blog how she went with some girlfriends to a fabulous store called Tai Pan Trading in Rancho Cucamonga. That's in California, in the Inland Empire, where I happen to live. I did the happy dance, at my desk, at work no less. I had to go. Rancho Cucamonga is only a 40 minute drive from my house. Dee Dee drove all the way from San Diego to go to this store. Which is more like 2 hours away. She said it was definitely worth the drive. I didn't need anymore convincing. I was on my way. But wait, I still had to work for a few days before I could go. I'd have to wait for the weekend. Drats!!! Work can put such a damper on my plans.
So Saturday I put my plan in motion. I was so excited. Hubby & stepson #2 wanted to come along for the ride. I was in such a good mood, I wasn't going to let them tagging along dampen my spirits. Just don't ask me about my mood by the end of the day. Let's just say, I wasn't a happy camper. Eighteen year olds can be such a pain in the butt.
I don't know how long this California store has been open. But it seemed pretty new. I was told this is their smallest store. Yikes!!! I could have spent all day in this store. (Only hubby & stepson #2 stopped me from doing so. Note to self, next time leave hubby & stepson #2 home and come alone or bring girlfriends.) I can imagine if the Utah stores are bigger you could spend a week.
There was so much to see in this store. Right now I am into seasonal decorating, so the majority of my time was spent browsing in this section. Don't you just love these roosters? And the florals!!!
Look at this harvest tree. Great idea and beautiful too.
They have a whole section of dishes, etc. I really loved this tablescape because it had roosters. I almost bought the rooster, but I couldn't make up my mind if I wanted the white or the red one. It was only $10 bucks. I should have got both. But alas, I got neither. I forget how much the cloche was, but pretty reasonable. The prices here at pretty reasonable. Oh and I just now noticed the rooster jars. How did I miss them when I was in the store. I've been looking for some like that. Good, I have a reason to go back.
And I know where all the Target S&P shakers have all gone to. They were having a birdy convention at the store. These were $1.98 a piece. I think the ones from Target were $5.00 for the pair. These are the exact same birdies. At least they look the same to me. What do you think?
Pewter seems to be big this year. There was a lot of pewter in the store. I liked this turkey. Forgot to see how much though. Sorry.
And soup tureens. These were the ones with the lion face (I guess that is what is is) on the sides. $10 bucks each. Great deal. I think I also saw the soup bowls that matched. I want one of these. But didn't buy one.
I loved all the fall displays. There is so much eye candy in this store, I really missed seeing most of it. I know this as when I'm looking at the photos I took I think, "I don't remember seeing that". I get sensory overload when I go into these type of stores, or most stores for that fact. I miss a lot of great things. I hate when that happens at the thrift store.
And we can't forget Halloween. They had lots of Halloween decor as well. I was just so busy oohing and ahhing that I forgot to take photos.
I loved these Halloween blocks. But I'm going to make my own. Hubby said to me "I know I will be cutting some more blocks". Hubby knows me too well.
And while you're at it honey, can you cut three more blocks as I loved this "BOO" one as well. Love the font.
See how easy it is to miss seeing things? There is so much to see.
I would love my arbor outdoors to look like this.
I loved these turkeys.
I wanted this pineapple finial. It was only $13 bucks. But I'm too cheap. I already have a concrete finial from spring/summer. I may just paint it up to look like this for fall. I love the metallic finish on the top portion. I'm so into metallics right now.
Here is a close up of my favorite turkey. I have a terracotta turkey I bought about 10 years ago. I think I'm going to whitewash it this year to look like this. But you'll have to wait for Thanksgiving time to see if I actually followed through.
Well there you have a small taste of what Tai Pan Trading has to offer. They have decor, dishes, floral, wedding, candles, seasonal, mirrors, planters, shelves, furniture. Everything you would need for Home Decor. Except I don't remember seeing lamps. I was more focused on the seasonal decor right now. Updated: I just went on their website & they do carry lamps. I just didn't notice any when I was there.
They did have an area for Christmas, but that is still 3 months away. I'm not big on the future, I tend to live in the present. So right now, harvest and Halloween have my attention with a little Thanksgiving. I'd love to go back when they are full blown Christmas. I'll bet it will be fabulous.
So, if you live in southern California or in Utah, or plan on visiting either place. Be sure to make time to visit Tai Pan Trading. You will thank me.
And what did I buy? Only a "trick or treat" sign and some acorns (I'll show you later when I decorate with them). I didn't have much money. If I did, I would have needed to rent a truck to take home everything I wanted.
But it was still fun just getting to window shop and get decorating ideas. Have you been to Tai Pan Trading? Or do you have a store that you are in love with?