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At under $25, these bird houses make great gifts! Crafted by skilled artisans in a fair trade center in Kathmandu, Nepal, and made of hand felted wool. they can be hung outside. Yes, small birds like wren, chickadees, nuthatch and titmouse may nest there! The 1 ¼" hole is sized for use by small birds but can be enlarged to 1 ½" to appeal to larger birds such as Bluebirds and Tree Swallows. Made of 100% naturally water repellent wool and rarely gets wet inside. Surface moisture from dew, rain or snow quickly dries in the open air. Wool is also naturally dirt and mold resistant. Generally, a good brushing is all that's needed. Otherwise, work the spot with mild soapy water, then rinse and air-dry. Do not use a washing machine or dryer. It will last forever in a protected place such as a porch or inside where its highly decorative qualities are sure to bring a smile to everyone. Use it as a door greeter, a porch ornament, or to enliven a kitchen, bath or bedroom.

People and Planet Friendly
That's the philosophy behind our selection of products. We are constantly looking for the best selection of gifts for all ages and interests. Our mission is to do the research and bring you products that are safe, sustainably produced and, of course, fun!  "Made in USA" is something we are focused on as well. "Made in New England" is even better!

We love finding creative products for children, whether toys or the stuff of daily living, from lunchboxes to toothbrushes. Some of our recent additions include ecological bathtime products from Health Science Labs, baby items from Greensprout, upcycled toys, made in USA by Green Toys, Maine's Roy Toys, and responsibly made art supplies from Faber-Castell. Of course, we still have all the wonderful wooden puzzles and toys from Maple Landmark of Vermont, and the DIY craft kits from Kiss Naturals of Canada, as well as the fantastic multicultural books and games from Barefoot Books, and the delightful puppets of Folkmanis.

Local Consignment
We proudly support the Backroads Studio Tour and several of the artists in the tour also exhibit in the Nook.

Traditional New England: Bells made the old-fashioned way, plus some new-fashioned twists (like the angel keepsake bell ("Every time a bells rings, an angel gets their wings."). Original art, prints and cards by local artists including Nancy McLeod, Lin Bourie, Ariana Berns, Julie Pepper, Cheryl Adams, Charlene Cloutier, and Ann Hicks. Bowls and one of a kind wooden objects by Frank White. Handcrafted art and books by Elisabeth Hyder. Upcycled treasures by Marlaine Burbank, Lou's Upcycle and more.

Books about local places, local faces
-- And by local authors. We have a large selection of Arcadia Books about area towns: Barre, Charlton, Oakham, Spencer, Ware, The Brookfields, to name a few. Also "The Lost Towns of the Quabbin Valley", "The Worcester Lunchcar", "Massachusetts Covered Bridges", "Fenway Park", "Red Sox Legends", "Cape Cod National Seashore", "Massachusetts Audubon", "The Celtics", "Worcester County Polish Community"

We have other books by local authors as well, from poetry to inspirational to children's stories. Perfect gifts from $10 to $25.

Wonderful selection of local and fair-trade gift items.
Unique note cards and journals as well as greeting cards, including: Shanti Foundation for Peace, Life Celebrationz, Patience Brewster, Compendium's Positively Green collection and the Fair trade Tibet Collection of cards and journals.

In addition, we are excited to be able to offer fair-trade Andes Gifts, Triloka Incense and Windrose Trading Company, Global Crafts, Tibet Collection gifts, and more.