In a new location, Village Trading Company remains a discerning shopper’s paradise.
By Vivian Haidas • Photography by Erika Fernandes
Village Trading Company, a local shop that specializes in unique home accessories, recently moved from Mashpee Commons to spacious new quarters on Route 28A in Cataumet.
In the 20 years it’s been open, Village Trading Company has built a reputation on quality brands, distinct products and outstanding customer service. When current owner Lynne Freedman took over the business 10 years ago, she decided to focus less exclusively on high-end tabletop items— although she still carries a large selection—and offer more gifts and home items in a range of price points and for a variety of tastes.
Village Trading Company has the largest selection of Simon Pearce blown glass on Cape Cod. Boasting a design that is simple, clean and timeless, the exquisite pieces displayed in the sunny front window are the epitome of fine New England craftsmanship. If Freedman is sold out of one of these customer favorites or doesn’t carry a specific item, she special orders it directly from the Vermont-based company.
Although Freedman is the sole proprietor of the shop, she views her staff as partners who share her vision of providing the ultimate customer experience. They pride themselves on being both friendly and helpful, whether gift-wrapping purchases or carrying them to the customer’s car. “We try very hard to make the customer feel comfortable, whether they are browsing, redecorating or in need of a gift suggestion,” says Freedman.
Always a go-to store for the finest tabletop pieces, Village Trading Company carries Nantucket Basket by Wedgwood, Sophie Conran by Portmeirion and more, recently adding Mariposa. Today, the store is expanding beyond tabletop accessories to offer home décor, including rugs by Dash and Albert, pillows by Marshes Fields and Hills, hostess gifts, baby gifts, lotions and soaps and, as of this year, beautiful wooden rocking chairs. “Although,” Freedman says, “we can’t gift-wrap those!”
Freedman encourages customers to let her know if there is a brand they are unable to find on Cape Cod, which indicates to her it is something she needs to carry. “I like to believe we have something for everyone,” she says.