If Spring Came In A Store - Schuyler Pond Home & Garden

Saturday, March 14, 2015

I'm going to confess right here and now.....I did not make it out of today's feature store without making a purchase. In fact, I made a few purchases and trust me.....when you see this place, you'll understand why my willpower failed me.   Holy cow, this series has been the most fun I've had in a long time, each shop I've featured has been beautiful in its own rite, but today's shop.....well, it just takes the cake!   When I began this blog, in my "About" section, I talk about the fact that in our retirement John (my husband) and I have found so many wonderful, unknown treasures right in our own area.  Schuyler Pond Home & Garden certainly falls into that category.  I cannot begin to count the number of times we've driven past it on our way up Route 29 between Saratoga and Schuylerville!  Each time we just kept on driving.  Why?  Because for some reason it's presence just seemed to indicate that it was too ritzy, too expensive for my pocketbook.  While there was certainly a lot that was out of my range, there was just as much that was affordable and reasonable.  I can't believe what I've been missing!
Look familiar?  If you're like me and haven't checked it out before, let this be a lesson.....don't pass these places any more!  I was in heaven.....so much so that I could have just moved in.  This place is beyond, beyond gorgeous.   So gorgeous that I took too many photos to post here, so I will post the entire collection on my Facebook page, Life As I See It Photography, (https://www.facebook.com/GAWelter) because I don't want you to miss one single shot.  I won't keep you waiting any longer....Welcome to Schuyler Pond!

As you will see, Schuyler Pond is housed inside an 1849 barn that has been lovingly restored and opened 15 years ago by Amanda Crames.  Amanda had been a publicist in NYC.  Her family is from Galway, so when she made her move back to this area, she purchased the barn and farmhouse and made it into the treasure trove it is today.  Filled with everything from antiques to chocolates, bedding to baby goods, and everything else in between.....there is something for everyone in this simply breathtakingly beautiful barn.  Honestly, it's worth a visit just to see the barn - its plank floors, its stained glass windows.....it is a masterpiece that is truly one of the most beautiful structures I've ever seen.  The only negative thing I can say is that if you are unable to navigate stairs, you'll miss the whole second level, and that would be sad.  Let me begin your tour on the first floor which is filled with everything and anything imaginable.  Take your time and really examine each and every photo because each one is filled with numerous treasures, each one special and unique. 



Take note of the stained glass window near the peak of the ceiling....
The paintings you see in the above picture, and throughout the store are original paintings by Jennifer Lanne, a local artist from Ballston Spa. http://www.jenniferlanne.com/  Talk about talent.......her colorful canvasses are right at home among the colorful vignettes Amanda has assembled.



 Don't forget, click on any image for a bigger view!

 Just couldn't stop....here's a few more.  Just like potato chips, I can't have just one! 
This hot fudge sauce is amaazing (thank you Amanda) and is made locally in Greenfield, just outside of Saratoga Springs.  In addition to the original basic hot fudge, it also comes in about 10 more delicious varieties.  If you're interested in reading about this company and its history...

 This is "Pretty".   Pretty came wandering out from someplace upstairs to greet us.  I could hear her before I could see her.  She has a motor louder than any cat I've ever heard, in fact, her purr doesn't even sound like a purr.  She almost sounds a little defective, but Amanda assures me the vet says she's purrfectly ;)  healthy.  I guess she is just an extrovert!  (If you haven't read John's guest post Introvert vs Extrovert, check it out by clicking on the January posts in the column to the right.) She happily followed us around, gladly accepting whatever affection we stopped to offer. 

I can't begin to tell you how much I loved this vignette!!!  But I will admit I shot it 4 times! LOL .....  Stunning!!
 If you happen to make a purchase, your goods will be packaged, gift ready and placed lovingly in this very pretty bag.  Note: neither of the items I bought came in these cellophane bags with raffia.  Nope, Chris, the lovely gal working today worked this magic.  Pretty, huh?
Schuyler Pond is located at 727 Route 29 East, Saratoga Springs, NY.  They are open Tues-Saturday from 10:00-5:00 and Sunday from noon to 5:00.
If you're still reading and not already in the car on your way to Schuyler Pond, I hope I've brightened your day with a little Spring!  I must remember all this color next winter when I'm in need of something to ward off the winter doldrums!  Don't forget to check out Life As I See It Photography, https://www.facebook.com/GAWelter for the complete gallery of photos.  Thanks for reading.  If  you liked today's post and know someone who would love this store, please share using the links below!   Bye for now.....come back soon.  I have three more installments yet to come!  Thanks Amanda for sharing your beautiful store with me today!


  1. Couldn't agree more with your assessment. Schuyler Pond is my absolute favorite!!!

    1. It sure is special! Thanks for the read and for taking time to comment! Stick around and read more!

    2. Be sure to stay tuned to my Facebook page so you don't miss the next 4 installments....many more beautiful things up my sleeve!


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