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Quirky Boutique Opens in West Hartford

Small business on Oakwood Avenue offers unique items just in time for the holidays.

Quirky, a new boutique located at 600 Oakwood Ave., is the perfect marriage between a business and its moniker.

Owner Gloria Delaney said in a telephone interview that she ran her wholesale business, Dwelling,  “for years and years,” buying for retailers like Coldwater Creek, Anthroplogie and National Geographic.

But now Delaney has decided to “take a step back” and leave that business to others.

Still, she has what she says are a lot of “beautiful, fantastic” products from far-flung places like Haiti and Kenya that she wants to sell.

“With all the stock I have, and I do not have any small local customers [read: businesses] in the area, and I know so many people, why not sell the stuff I have at wholesale prices?” she asked rhetorically.

Enter Quirky.

“Everything is handmade,” Delaney said. “They’re all-natural products.”

Among the items on display on Wednesday were hand-carved bowls from Kenya, salad servers, hand-made bowls from Haiti and an entire line of stuffed animals from Kenya.

The small store has Kenyan grave markers that were rescued from a bulldozer that was clearing a cemetery to make way for a mall.

Quirky also has animal masks hung on the wall along with an authentic - and legal - zebra skin.

The inventory is unique, which means what’s in stock today may not be there tomorrow. But, Delaney said, there will be other, ahem, quirky things to take sold items’ place.

“Because of all my travels, I picked up the things that other tourists didn’t want and brought it home,” she said.

Delaney plans on selling those items as well, all due to the demand in town.

“People in West Hartford want different pieces,” she said. “It’s good product. I have the best job in the world.”

Quirky is open Monday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Janeace Slifka December 05, 2013 at 09:02 AM
Quirky is FABULOUS! My daughter-in-law and I shopped there on Sunday and bought so many adorable and "Quirky" Christmas gifts. Returned yesterday and bought more. My granddaughter loved the knitted/stuffed animals - all so cute and cuddly. Great items at great prices - and the owner, Gloria Delaney is probably the most interesting woman I've ever met. A wonderful shopping experience! I highly recommend a visit.
Barbara Kellner Samberg December 05, 2013 at 06:34 PM
The above article says that the store is open Monday-Friday 9-3. Is it really opened on Sunday. What about Saturday. It might be a good idea to include all the correct info.
Ted Glanzer (Editor) December 05, 2013 at 09:32 PM
Hi Barbara, I can't speak for the Sunday shopping hours, but I can tell you that Ms. Delaney gave me the store hours that were printed in the article. tdg
Janeace Slifka December 06, 2013 at 03:20 PM
Hi Ted! Just found out that Quirky will definitely be open Saturdays from 9:00 - 3:00 at least through Christmas. That should help all the holiday shoppers!
Ted Glanzer (Editor) December 06, 2013 at 10:45 PM
Thank you, Janeace!
Gloria Delaney December 10, 2013 at 08:09 PM
Ted--- You are THE BEST! Many wonderful people have come in to Quirky, since your post!! THANK YOU! It's a win/win place to shop..... true genuine wholesale price for customer, and true genuine payment for my artisans, creating the wonderful items! For now, until I get organized.... it's cash or checks!! THANK YOU AGAIN, TED! Gloria Delaney, Quirky
Gloria Delaney December 11, 2013 at 04:23 PM
Have some fun!

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