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Picket Fence contains garden of gifts

The scent of candles, coffee, soaps and spices are abundant in the little residential house on Main Street in New Castle – the new home of The Picket Fence Gift Shoppe.Owned and operated by longtime town resident Judy Gordon, the shop opened its doors on Aug. 27 and provides a wealth of local shopping for charming country collectibles and crafts.”I’ve always wanted to do this,” Gordon said with a smile. “I love being creative and I love shopping. I’m constantly on the lookout for stuff.”Handmade quilts are thrown over chairs, wreaths and vines adorn the shelves and vintage wooden signs hang on the walls.There is also a variety of designer jewelry, real leather purses, dolls, aprons and jackets, seasonal items and decorations.”Right now there’s a lot of pumpkins and seasonal gifts,” Gordon said. “I’ll be putting Christmas things out in November.”Whimsical products, such as night shirts for women, are adorned with fun slogans such as, “I’m still a hot babe … only now it comes in flashes.” Or “Live well, shop often.””I try to get a lot of quality things,” Gordon said. “I actually buy from local vendors. Nothing is on consignment.”Cookbooks, address and memory books and picture frames are also available, including a new book written by Shannon Bailey of Silt called “Her Knight With a Shining Star” – a love story set in New Castle.Custom gift baskets can be ordered containing items such as specialty coffees, flavored creamers, teas and ciders, bread mixes and herbs. Gift wrapping is also available.Gordon, wife of town council member Bob Gordon, is the sole proprietor of the shop, located at 742 W. Main St., across from the New Castle fire station. “This is convenient hometown shopping,” she said. “And it’s way too fun.”Hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday-Friday and 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday. Call 984-3550 or 1-800-984-3550.Hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday-Friday and 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday. Call 984-3550 or 1-800-984-3550.


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