An autumnal boutique experience

Bailey Frost, one of five merchants hosting a seasonal pop-up shop Sept. 22-23, 2023, poses on the seasonally decorated porch of the historic cottage where the sale will be held. (Bailey Frost)

CULLMAN, Ala. – While some dream of temperatures dropping and leaves beginning to change color, many are choosing to switch out wardrobes and freshen up home decor with a little fall flair. A cozy cottage on the northeast side of town will be packed with a bespoke collection of everything an autumnal enthusiast might need for the transition. Handmade art, baked goods, boutique garments and vintage finds will be available Sept. 22-23, as friends come together to host an intimate, seasonal shopping experience that is open to the public.

Each room of the historic cottage will host curated collections from Bailey Frost, Tabitha Bynum, Robin Yates, DeLisa Hathcock and Sarah Lambert; or, as they might be better known, Gingham Girl, Art By Tabs, Middle of Nowhere Antiques and Vintage, The Sweet Shoppe Co. and The Ginger Fox Co., respectively.

Frost shared that while this pop-up concept isn’t entirely new for them, it will be one of the most fun yet as repeat customers and new clients show up for a more intimate shopping setting. The cottage venue lends to a more personal experience and opens doors for not only sales to manifest, but also friendships to form.

“We have enjoyed doing these pop-ups for almost every season,” chimed in Lambert. “We call them pop-up shops, but really they turn into a party with refreshments and a lot of laughing!”

Lambert said she is excited to bring her “spooky mama” flair with kitsch accessories and gifts, perfect for the new trend of “boo baskets”- a TikTok trend where people give fall and Halloween-themed baskets of goodies to their loved ones to bring in the spooky season.

Frost said that while she enjoys dressing up and is excited to showcase some of her more festive boutique pieces with sequins and such, she will also have more everyday pieces for all the family activities that many have planned this season.

“I’ll have some fall-themed sweatshirts, perfect to wear to the pumpkin patch!” she exclaimed, noting that both hers and Lambert’s pieces will be size-inclusive, going up to 3XL.

Yates said that the items she is most excited to offer again are autumnal-themed throw pillows made of upcycled vintage fabrics featuring spooky-season classics like black cats, pumpkins and jack-o-lanterns.

For those who love to host, Yates will also have a stash of vintage and antique buckets, steamers and vases that she says will be perfect for those harvesttime tablescapes. “Of course, we will have our breadboards, which are perfect for the upcoming holidays!” she smiled.

And no fall experience is complete without the scent of chocolate or pumpkin wafting through the air, which Hathcock plans to deliver on. She said the sensory delight of the pop-up shop will be complete with the fragrance of her handmade candies and baked goods. She laughed, “When walking into the cottage, you will know you are at the right place by the sweet smell of my fall treats!”

Bynum, a newer artist on the scene in Cullman who is known for her layering techniques and whimsical subjects, will be bringing various merch along with a seasonal offering of painted faux pumpkins and handmade Halloween décor. “I’m so excited to debut the new art for the shirts and bags – I’ll have three different prints to offer!”

“No matter what you are interested in, you will be sure to find something you will love in this special little cottage that we all have come to love so!” smiled Lambert.

The pop-up shop will be hosted at Frost’s cottage, which is located at 1205 Main Ave. NE in Cullman, Friday, Sept. 22, from 2-8 p.m. and Saturday, Sept. 23, from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. There is no admission fee.

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