Tidings of Comfort & Joy
And indeed, she does seem to have discovered the answer. Scout Vintage is a journey through a century of design and culture. The displays Cox says she enjoyed creating in the fields of central Massachusetts have put down roots and bloomed in Dennis village, beginning with her original petite and charming little shop of 5 years. When she realized she was outgrowing the space and in 2018, she spread her wings and moved just down the street to her current location. The rustic building was originally a horse barn, built in 1895 and includes two stories of hardwood floors that creak with age and history, all connected by an extra wide stairwell with a charming landing. It’s the perfect backdrop to Cox’s creatively curated collection of gifts, décor and indulgences such as jewelry, baubles and addictive French soaps.
It is not long before one wonders where Cox finds the curious and unexpected treasures that are invariably discovered on any visit to Scout. “One of my favorite things to do in the world is to attend the flea markets, or as the French say, ‘Brocantes’ in France. I love exploring Paris’ markets as well as in the south of France. Sometimes I have a wish list of what I’m looking for, but honestly, the most fun is when I stumble upon something I never expected,” Cox exclaims with a wry smile.
“There are many antique venues here in the states I shop, but I’m always drawn to certain pieces with a European farmhouse style. As far as the new merchandise I carry, I go to the big gift shows in Atlanta and New York, and I find companies that mix well with vintage and antiques, all while seeking out the unique and affordable.” That explanation is evident when considering the shop’s intriguing finds that include soapstone hearts, Grecian vases filled with guinea hen feathers, and miniature Eiffel Tower ornaments, all perfect as gifts for someone special: like yourself!
Cox’s treatment during the holidays is truly a spectacle to experience. Luxuriously soft cashmere scarves, hand-knit gloves and alpaca wool hats become a thoughtful gift for a hard-to-buy-for-someone. Glittering choker necklaces will acknowledge a niece’s transition from a little girl to a young lady. A leather-bound travel diary is perfect for the young graduate who is traveling before settling down, and a cuddly newborn’s blanket will be cherished for generations.All of these treasures are backlit and supported by a twinkling menagerie of sparkling lights, woodland creatures and natural elements like fresh greens spilling forth from rustic market baskets. “Christmas has always been one of my favorite times of the year,” Cox explains. “It goes all the way back to my childhood. It has always been a joyful time, and my memories are full of the years my grandparents and my mother and father just embraced the holiday for all of us. It was truly magical.”
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