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Trinket: A Personal Museum of Accessories

By Elisha Neubauer

Rachel Cloutier always had an eye for design. Paper, art, quirky trinkets - you name it, she loved it. So when space on Church Street in Burlington opened up, it was no surprise that Cloutier jumped on it. Filled with whimsical and unique accessories, Trinket opened its doors to the Burlington community.

The store boasts an assorted collection, displaying everything from letterpress cards and locally hand-crafted jewelry to fountain pens and masking tape. Its display changes with the seasons, creating a fresh new selection every few weeks. "This holiday season we brought in hand painted French knives," says Cloutier. "Something that I discovered on a recent trip abroad."

"I wanted a place that would be my personal museum, filled with the things that I liked to look at," explains Cloutier. She opted to fill her storefront with accessory lines due to her love of their versatility. "What I like about accessories is their ability to change a look with a simple addition," she tells us. "A scarf or a pair of earrings are a simple way to elevate a look and can be timeless." Cloutier herself tends to side on the more eccentric style of accessories, but has learned to tone it down in order to appease her clients. "I have found that most local people are looking for an everyday basic that has character."

Trinket's clean lines and stark white interior make for a bold statement when paired with the colorful collections displayed within the walls. The passion and knowledge regarding these collections just radiates from Cloutier the moment you enter, making each shopping experience feel like a visit to an old friend's closet.

Since opening, Trinket has expanded its collections ten-fold, and now carries recognizable brands in addition to local offerings. The designs offered change seasonally, but the shelves often include options from companies such as Jonathan Adler and Hobo Bags, as well as paper and household goods from Seltzer, Izola, and Scout's Honor Co.. Cloutier also devotes a large amount of display space to local artists from the Burlington area. "Another huge love for me is our local jeweler, Jennifer Kahn," says Cloutier. "You can see her work on most women around town." Kahn is not the only local artist Cloutier supports, however. Trinket has become a kind of haven for local artists - a place for them to reach out to customers who appreciate having that access. "We have rotating group of local artists that we support," boast Cloutier. "Our customers are very interested in shopping local and supporting local artists."

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Elisha Neubauer is a freelance editor, ghostwriter, book reviewer, and author. She is...

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