Sunday, October 26, 2008

bibelot

i looked up the meaning of bibelot,
it means a small object of curiosity, beauty, or rarity; a small decorative object.

now i can see why this shop is called bibelot
~ all the little items inside are *bibelot*

i guess in my dictionary, it is equivalent to *zakka*

you won't believe how many times i have visited this little shop 
but only found disappointment each time.
i think i have been to the shop for no less than 10 times
but only found it to be closed each time.
and each time, i would be standing in front of the shop windows, staring at and admiring the little items.
wishing i could be inside.

today is the n-th time, and luck strike me!
after having tea with the girls, we went to the mall...  i wasn't hopeful that it would be opened today.
but it was!!!

gosh, and we were so busy checking this and that out.... and especially me, i kept telling the shop owner how many times i have visited her shop but only to find it closed; checking out each and every corner of her shop and how i like this and that in her shop. for a moment, i thought i was going to scare her.  i guess she must have been asked a thousand times about the items in her shop, as she wasn't annoyed with all our questions.  she told us about how she managed to find all these items from all over the world, how unique each piece is, etc....

so what is this shop about?  it's all about vintage and unique accessories plus decorative household items::
~ vintage earrings, handmade necklaces, brooches, bracelets, etc...
~ decorative glass plates, vintage perfume bottles, bowls, jewelry boxes, etc...

we spent almost 2 hours in the shop ~ yeah and strangely enough, my cold seemed to have disappeared during these 2 hours!  it was only when i got back home that the cold caught me again...  i guess shopping is the cure to all diseases!!!!  

and yes, each one of us dropped $$ in the shop...  will wait till there is good sunlight to take pictures of what i have got.

and of course, i will definitely return...  there are so many things i like but are not for sale right now....
the shop owner said a lot of the items are quite difficult to find and therefore she would only sell them when she find substitutes or something similar...  and almost each item i asked, she said there are already a lot of other customers who wanted to put a name to the item... i guess whoever is persistent will *win*!!! 

as i had my polaroid with me today, i asked the owner whether i could take pictures of her shop.... 

* a lace scarf and a handmade lace necklace (it's a little purse)
* inside the cupboards at the back are vintage wallets, watches, clutches, hairbands....


* i love the ceiling light ~ it's made of glass with carved flowery pattern.  shop owner said we can try our luck in japan....
* a map of paris on the wall
* vintage lace collar (not for sale right now) and dried flowers on the other side of the wall

i want to bring the whole shop home!

10 comments:

sabe said...

even the non-zakka sabe bought a piece of metal back home......the zakka disease has spread.....

kaekae said...

and i am the winner for today! i spent the most there arr!! i told you 2 i don't want to spend a cent gar mar!! but see what happened to me!!

KIM said...

HIHI,
WHERE IS THIS SHOP?
THANKS

joanna said...

wah!! is there such a shop in hk?? oh i could imagine the danger to the wallet if i go there too!! ^^

aileen :: motu said...

to kim:: it is in the underground mall called APPLE MALL in causeway way bay. it is near the entrance that is opposite to an optics shop, JDC and tai hing cha han ting. but the shop is closed on monday and only opens late during the day on the other days.

to joanna:: i must bring you there next time. but we need to go there late in the day cos it does not open until at least after 4pm.

joanna said...

oh that mall!! yes shops there are very mysterious...seems always closed...

ashlee 魚 said...

oh.. must visit there asap....
the ceililng light is my cup of tea !

show us what you bought !

aileen :: motu said...

joanna ~ you are so right! the shops are all so mysterious. never opens, i wonder how do they make money!?

ashlee ~ fai d visit the shop la... oh i don't think i have mentioned, it has recently opened a 2nd shop and it is just right across from the 1st one, i.e. small mall!!!

Anonymous said...

Is this the shop you mentioned you want to bring me to? where is it? most importantly, please don't leave me at home on sat afternoon... I was always doing shopping myself on Sat afternoon. Please call me out!!!

aileen :: motu said...

okok! will take you there!!!