Since I’m on the subject of faerie shops I HAVE to talk about a shop more local to where I live. This one has a very simple name: The Fairy Shop
I wouldn’t call this a pagan shop, necessarily. The most pagan thing he sells here is some pouches of dried lavender. It definitely feels like it could go that direction, though. Like a pagan shop for little kids. The owner has all kinds of fairy (obviously), mushroom, mermaid, gnome and unicorn items. Interestingly, he also sells a lot of Alice in Wonderland stuff. This is a good place to go for fairy/mermaid jewelry, a crap-load of fairy dust…and stuffed unicorns. About 1/4 of his inventory is stuffed unicorns.
The Fairy Shop is located on Newbury St. in Boston, MA. I was surprised to learn it’s been open for 18 years over there, considering how small it is (maybe 10 sq/ft). I was on Newbury St for the first time in years and saw the shop’s tiny little sign during a time when my glasses were broken…and it was Litha, of all days! Coincidence? Fate? I’ll let you be the judge.
I still stand by what I said about this not being a pagan shop. However, there are inklings…For example the earthy colored pencils and woodlandy little journals “crafted by the gnomes”, fairy doors, and Lord of the Rings merchandise made me feel a little closer to home with paganism. Other than jewelry and unicorns, the store is best-suited for a young child’s first brush with the metaphysical. It’s there if the child wants to find it…they may just have to look closely. Since it’s more mainstream-fairy rather than pagan-faerie (like Enchanted Hollow, for instance) it’s a hit with the tourists and Boston vacationers. Like Enchanted Hollow, it has a magical feel, but less mischievous and more mysterious and fairy-tale-ish. The music in the shop is a nice touch. The owner takes care to specially gift-wrap everything in the lavender pouches that have dried rose-buds mixed with them and, of course, fairy dust.
I’m happy to say that the Fairy Shop’s website is almost as accommodating as the physical store, itself. You can find a lot of what is sold in the store on the website, as well.
**Disclaimer: The first and third photos are copyright The Fairy Shop. The second and last photos are mine.