A Dual-Purpose Day Trip to Lambertville

Lambertville is a city in Hunterdon County, New Jersey, known for its charming character. This city is home to restored centuries-old buildings, most of which now serve as sophisticated inns, antique shops, art galleries, and an assortment of artisan and novelty stores.

We set off for the 50-minute drive from our place to Lambertville with two missions: to find non-massed produced items for my husband's family in the Philippines, and to add another destination in our little places-we've-visited map.

It was no surprise to find a fascinating city like Lambertville flooded with a sea of people on a crisp, beautiful, summer-like day. It was lovely to see so many people going in and out of the quaint shops, a great number of them carrying bags of their purchases. While scouring the side streets closest to Bridge Street for parking, we took notes of the shops that we wanted to check out based on the satisfied looks on the shoppers' faces.

We walked along North Union Street on our way to Don't Toss It, a shop that reuses and re-purposes materials to create something new and one-of-a-kind, with plenty stops along the way. Shops carrying contemporary crafts such as 5 & Dime were just too intriguing to ignore.  

I mean, aren't these guys just adorable?! :) 

Say hello to my little friends.

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And then there was this huge recycling bin full of frame corners, which were up for grabs for FREE. We spent a significant amount of time digging into the pile, trading pieces with other scavengers like us, and discussing which ones to bring home. A little too much time, perhaps, that when we finally got to our intended destination, the underground art store had already closed. We were 15 or so minutes too late.

Thankfully, Barney Stone Glass & Kinetics next door was still open; and Barney Stone, himself, was eager to demonstrate some of his kinectic contraptions.

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With Don't Toss It closed,we were left without a purpose. In some Get There | Get Lost fashion, we were, well, figuratively lost. We had about four more hours of sunlight on our side, and it would be such a waste of a day trip if we went home unsatisfied with our loot. So, we took a moment to rest in one corner, take some photos and concoct a game plan for the rest of our afternoon.

We eventually decided to make our way across the Delaware River to Lambertville's equally charming, neighboring borough, New Hope in Pennsylvania.

See photos of our day in Lambertville on our Facebook and Instagram!

Born and raised in Manila, Philippines and briefly lived in California before moving to the east coast of the USA. I'm a digital marketing executive currently based in New Jersey and a digital nomad wannabe. I write mostly about family travel.