I finally stopped at Vintage Hearts (sorry, no website), a little shop in downtown Eau Claire that I've been eyeing for the last year. Packed in between a few office buildings and a slew of college bars, its easy to miss, but what a find! The inside, although small, is just as cozy and hip as the window display-perfect for a 10 minute lunch break browse.
Items that are obviously handmade charm the heck out of me, so I picked up a cute handmade makeup/accessories pouch, which looks a lot like this one from bagsbymelanie.
This experience brings me to a pertinent question: What are the photography etiquette rules in boutiques, specialty and antique shops? I'm frequently struck with a case of 'shutterbug' while exploring these places, because everything is so wonderfully displayed...but can never quite bring myself to whip out my camera inside. I love taking window shots (like the one above) but I can't help but feel like I missed out on some prime photo opportunities by being too timid to ask.