Unique Places to Purchase Locally Handcrafted Goods
Looking for something unique to commemorate your visit to Amherstburg? Why not begin at The Park House Museum, an 18th century building set up as a living museum?
The Park House Museum is well regarded by museums around the globe for its quality tinware, forged by committed volunteers who keep this centuries old trade alive. When you enter The Park House you are greeted by the shiny creations, which include handcrafted cookie cutters, candle holders, graters, Christmas ornaments, and the most beautiful tin lanterns! This museum and its volunteers do a fabulous job mixing the historical value of period pieces with relevant, pop-culture inspired designs. Be sure to check out the Amherstburg themed tin lanterns!
The Museum is home to a meticulously kept tinware workshop, outfitted with original tools of the trade.
It isn’t uncommon for movie production companies to request period tinware pieces for a set or two. In fact, the series ‘Alias Grace’ (written by the famous author Margaret Atwood) featured The Park House’s tinware throughout the production. If you had a glimpse of a washboard or tin cup in the series, you can be sure it was lovingly crafted here in Amherstburg!
Just a few steps South on Dalhousie St. is Terra Green Gardens. This store is one of the latest additions to Amherstburg’s downtown retail.
They feature over 25 local vendors from the Windsor Essex County Region. They want to “Share the joy of homemade”. From bathing products to handmade jewelry to wall art made from reused products they want to share with you what is locally made here.
Stop by. You are bound to find something you would love for yourself or to share with someone you love.
Pink Pisces is the latest “kid on the block”. They carry locally made and sustainable artisan goods (candles, cosmetics, jewelry, pottery etc) In addition to this they reclaim vintage furniture and add an updated mid century boho vibe to previously loved items.
They believe that sending furniture to a landfill is environmentally irresponsible. At Pink Pisces they inspire creativity by reinventing and reimagining new designs and new trends. Showing others what can be done to transform previously loved items will not only reduce waste but result in a one of a kind treasure.
They work with 15 vendors as well and accept consignment sales for vintage items. They aspire to feature many more local artisans as they grow. They carry new, original and one of a kind products daily. As their neon sign states “buy now or cry later”.
Lastly, explore the authentic treasures at the Gibson Art Gallery which is housed in a heritage building that was once a historic Michigan Railroad station. The Gallery not only showcases a number of exhibits from April to November, but also hosts a gift shoppe that features artists from Amherstburg and the surrounding region. Artworks available for purchase may include jewelry, pottery, wood turnings, or lovingly knitted clothing.