Victorian Moon, a jewel box of vintage treasures, can be found just off of a hallway tucked inside a historic downtown Flagstaff building on North San Francisco Street.
The shop specializes in vintage clothing, hats, dishes, jewelry and knickknacks. It also carries a wide assortment of herbs, candles, lotions and potions. The shop is combination of owner Sharon Lynne’s dream of opening her own shop and her favorite hobby, antiquing.
Lynne said that she’s always loved antiques, especially things from the Victorian era. Her home is decorated with furniture inherited from her grandmother and other antiques that she’s collected since her 20s from various shops she’s visited around the country.
“I love the quality of the craftsmanship,” she said. “I love that even if you didn’t have much (in the Victorian era) you could still afford a little bit of lace or something to make things special. There’s a certain elegance about the era.”
Although the shop is small, Lynne has arranged her wares in such a way that it seems spacious, with enough room for most strollers and wheelchairs to navigate the fragile items.
Lynne has a little bit of something for everyone in her shop, including antique fishing lures and tools for guys and baby toys. The tables and display cases are loaded with delicate porcelain tea cups and dishes, crystal salt cellars and glasses and jewelry. The vintage clothing area has dainty white elbow-length gloves, vintage fur coats of every make and lace linens.
She also sells her own herbs and uses them in her skin care and essential oils. Lynne said she got into researching and using herbs to make teas and other items in her early 20s. She learned from exploring an herbal shop that was across the street from the post office in the town she was living in at the time.
She also makes and sells her own jewelry, miniature scenes and does some millinery (hat decorating and shaping) work, all of which adds to the Victorian atmosphere of the shop. Scattered throughout the shop is also the handiwork of local artists.
Victorian era shops always had a little bit of everything, she said -- clothing, housewares, toys, etc. They were the department stores of their era.
The door leading to the shop is sandwiched between Fire on the Mountain gallery and Aspen Sports on North San Francisco; follow the signs with the black cat to the door of the shop near the end of the hallway.