Bogart's is a great book exchange located right in the heart of the arts district in downtown Millville. Every nook and cranny of Windchimes is crammed with books! If you have never experienced a book exchange and you like to read, Wind Chimes is your chance! I have found all kinds of interesting and out of print books on a wide array of topics at Wind Chimes. They have a comprehensive section of classics, biographies, romance, sci-fi and horror.
Recently the store has changed hands and undergone major improvements. They've added reading nooks, seating both indoors and out, and a lovely coffee bar. The setting is very amenable to relaxing and browsing.
If you have ever heard of the excellent local magazine called Weird NJ (see weirdnj.com for more) and you are looking for copy, this is the place to get it! They have new issue and used copies for sale. It's a great magazine!
What to pay: Very very little. If you bring books in to trade, and they agree to take them, you will get fair trade-in credit.
Liz Ryan Gemstones is not your run-of-the-mill jewlery store. The jewlery, nay- the wearable (expensive) ART they sell is absolutely STUNNING. I despise jewlery- in general I think it is a self-indulgent waste of moeny, but I would proudly wear any of the lovely and unique jewlery sold by the Dondero family. Liz Ryan is a singularly special store. Any woman would be honored to wear one of the beautiful pieces from this store. I have NEVER seen a store that sold such unbelieveably gorgeous jewelery, save MAYBE somewhere in NYC. You've got to see this place to believe it.
What to buy: Oh my good gracious--- do I need to interject more superfluous adjectives? The jewelery, for Pete's sake!!!
What to pay: Exactly what it's worth
The Millville & Vineland area has plenty of liquor stores, but if you want to shop where there's an outstanding selection then Joe Canal's is the place to go. I don't bother with any other place because I know Joe's will always have what I am looking for. They sell just about any kind of beverage you want, from beer, to hard liquor, champange, hard cider, drink mixes, champagne and wine. Many popular items are available in bulk. They have lots of hard to find items such as one of my favorites "Samuel Smith's Oatmeal Stout." The only place in the area that has a more extensive beers of the world selection is The Bridgewater Pub in Bridgeton.
I'm not a big drinker, so the main reason I go to Joe Canal's is for their great wine selection. Many regions are represented. There is a large California wine section, in addition to local wines and wines from all around the world- Greece, Japan, Transylvania, Spain, Italy, France, Germany, Portugal, Australia, New Zealand, Chile and much more. If you are in need of assistance, they have a very helpful wine consultant named Christopher.
What to buy: At $4.99, Vina Rey Tempranillo is a great deal on Spanish wine.
The Incredible Bulk is an institution in Millville- been around forever. When they had a fire that gutted the store last year, everyone thought it was the end. But Mr. Bulk just packed up and moved his store down the street. Glad he did. The Incredible Bulk sells wedding and party supplies, but most passers-by stop in the the bulk candy.
What to buy: Jelly Belly Jelly Beans, swedish fish, etc YUMMMMMMMY! All kinds of candy and nuts. Small gifts too... something for the child or grandchild. Please grandma.....
What to pay: a few dollars for assorted bulk candies
I discovered the Rusty Heart a while ago and fell in love instantly. They've got a lovely assortment of interesting gift items ranging from perfume and nicknacks, to one of a kind hand made items that I couldn't even begin to describe. The coolest part about the store is actually the door to the storeroom in the back. It is a HUGE wood & iron door taken from a demolished palace in India. I have no idea how they got it in the store, but the owner is rightfully proud of it.
Then recently, I saw an article in the newspaper about this amazing place called the Secret Garden. It's located in the backyard of the Rusty Heart and I didn't know it was there. You have to follow a little gated alley to get to it and it's very inconspicous. It's a best kept secret (see photo in travelogue.) Obviously, it's only open during warm weather sesaons... They sell all kinds of wonderful and unique items like garden sculptures, outdoor bars, hammocks, and again- items I can't begin to describe. It's really magical. It's the kind of place you expect to find fairies and elves (if you are familiar with Ney Alley in New Hope, PA- this is just like that.) On 3rd Fridays they stay open til 9 or 10pm and I can imagine the Secret Garden is just magical when lit up at night.
What to buy: Ooooh bring your wallet. Buy everything!!!! Husbands, this is a great place to get something really lovely and unique for the wifey!
What to pay: A few dollars to $$$...