Tuesday, August 14, 2012

The Soulful Sparrow

I'm back in Chicago again - and looking for places to visit.  But I haven't even posted about the favorite place I visited 2 weeks ago.  I promised myself that I would get this post done before I allowed myself to go shop hunting - so here goes.

If you live anywhere near Elgin, Illinois (to me that means within 3 hours) you MUST visit The Soulful Sparrow.

It may be my favorite shop anywhere right now. 

Just so DANG charming.  





Filled with old stuff.  

Best birdcages on the planet.  

When I get my bicycle and paint it pink it is going to have polka dots.  

I give them my academy award for the best use of old wheels ever.   

And then there are the chairs where the clothes hang.  I want a loft where I hang my clothes from old chairs. 

I'm going to go back this week.  I just can't help it.  

If they still have this mirror, I am going to buy it. Please don't buy it first...

The owners of this fabulous shop are Judy Walsberg and Mary Pierce.  What talent!  And they take care of the birds.

This is Judy Walsberg.  She was great fun to meet.  I liked her very much!  She's cute.

Check out the Soulful Sparrow!  
Drop in: 10 Douglas Ave.  Elgin, Illinois
Give them a call:  1 (224) 223-7718

Make something wonderful today!  I'm going shopping...



Tami Rebekah said...

What a cute shop!!! So glad I found your blog from the Pinterest hop!! Ill be back for more!!

Kirby Carespodi said...

You can tell a midwestern girl when she says "within 3 hours." I am the same way! And I am going to Chicago maybe next summer?

The Gilded JunqueYard said...

I KNOW!!! RIGHT?!!! Luckily i live just over a half hour from this INCREDIBLE store with the sweet shop owners!! {although, i've been known to travel the 3hr thing, haha}
I'm going to link your post to the one we did because you've captured even more personality.....enough can not be said about this place!!
Thank you for stopping by our space for a visit...next trip into town give us a head's up and we'll treat you to lunch. If you're back in ChiTown this week, see if you can put Room 363's grand opening in Naperville on thursday in the trip itinerary.....Ask the Soulful Sparrow---they'll tell you that this store will get the ol' heart a pounding also!
PS...i LOVE that mirror!

Bliss said...

Did 'ya buy anything the first trip or just heading back for the mirror?


Cecilia said...

Oh I wish I was close enough to visit! What a charming shop. Guess I will live vicariously through your post. :o)

Liz @ Quirky Vistas said...

Between 21 1/2 to 22 hours...it may be a while before I'm able to stop by. If you go again, take some more pictures! These were great. I loved some of the ideas they incorporated! Such creativity!

The Cottage Market {Andrea} ♥ said...

I SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO wish i was closer!!!! It is FABULOUS with a capital FAB!!!!! WOW!!!! looks like tons of fun!!!!! thanks for sharing all of the great pics -- you are so precious! sending you tons of hugs...

Barb @ The Everyday Home said...

Thanks for stopping by my blog. This looks exactly like my kind of shop. Oh my. Debit card damage. Good luck with the Blog Header tutorial. Let me know if you have any questions.

~Damita's Pretty Wrap~ said...

oh my goodness they might be my favorite stores too....and I've never been there before! lol. Their shop looks fabulous! :) Thanks for sharing! xo Holly

Cathy @ My 1929 Charmer said...

Well I'm about 2 hours from here so I will be checking it out! Where do live? I'm south of Chicago, but have not heard of this shop! Thanks so much for letting me visit though you and finding out about it. Did you buy anything?

Kelly said...

What a fun place! The clothes-hanging-from-the-chairs trick is brilliant!

Kelly @ View Along the Way

fiona anderson said...

Wow, looks amazing and charming and very hard to choose what to buy !

Debbie-Dabble Blog and A Debbie-Dabble Christmas said...

What a fantastic shop!! I love seeing these types of shops as there are not a lot like these near me so THANKS so much for the Tour!!
I loved it!!


Karah @ thespacebetweenblog said...

So many beautiful vignettes!! I used to live in Indy (maybe close to the 3 hour limit) and never went ... now I'm bummed. :)

Holly @ Bella Nest said...

What a fun store! I see why it's your favorite! I got a lot of inspiration from seeing these pictures... those bird cages are fabulous and I've been considering painting and hanging up my bicycle somewhere in the new house... I don't use it to exercise, so why not to decorate?!!!

Patricia @ 9th and Denver said...

I love those chairs! for hanging and displaying ...such a great idea.

I pinned it... I'm looking for a place to use this idea. I love it.
(i've got the little chairs already)


Little Miss Maggie said...

Karen, this looks like a fabuoulous shop. I wish I lived nearby. Looks like it's loaded with inspiration galore.


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