After 18 years in business, Galadriel’s, the jewelry, crystal, and curio shop in downtown Oak Bluffs, is shuttering its doors for good. Owner Amy Sklar has enjoyed being a part of the Oak Bluffs business district for close to two decades, but she says that it is time to move on.
The pretty little shop, located right in the middle of Circuit Avenue, across from Post Office Square, has long been a mecca for crystal hunters and jewelry lovers. But there are numerous other treasures to be found among the store’s extensive inventory. A trip to Galadriel’s is almost like a visit to a museum gift shop.
In preparation for a March 31 closing, everything in the store, including original artwork and home décor items, is now 50 percent off the already affordable prices, making the closing sale a virtual garage sale of unique objects.
The half-off sale also extends to the small but well-curated collection of oil paintings by Newport and Cape Cod artists that Ms. Sklar has amassed over the years. The selection represents many styles, from colorful abstracts to impressionistic landscapes, to a couple of expertly executed maritime scenes. All are beautifully framed. With prices ranging from $200 for a medium-size oil to $1,000 for a large realist depiction of an Asian seaport, the artwork is moving fast. Another great bargain can be found among the quickly dwindling selection of stained glass Tiffany-style lamps, which are now priced from $125 for a tabletop style to $200 for a striking standing lamp.
An array of display cases holds a wide variety of jewelry from turquoise Native American pieces to unique sterling silver and gold items, featuring semiprecious stones. The prices range from $4 to $8 for some costume jewelry items and nautical-theme charms, up to $400 for a large Tahitian black pearl set in an 18-karat gold pendant.
Crystals in raw chunks and polished stones abound — from the common (quartz, labradorite, citrine) to the more unusual (aquamarine, druzy). The shop was originally a bead store, but as her clientele grew, so did Ms. Sklar’s selection. “We’ve always dealt crystals to collectors,” says Ms. Sklar, noting that some of her faithful customers have been collecting since childhood. “I’ve always had an affinity for crystals.” From beautiful raw chunks and geodes to small polished stones, there are still plenty to chose from.
Over the years Ms. Sklar has expanded her inventory to cater to collectors of other types. The shop carries an eclectic selection of artifacts including scrimshaw, African art, and fossils (shells, fossilized walrus and wooly mammoth tusk pieces, and more).
Gift items include vases, obelisks, candleholders and lidded jars carved from onyx, and lots and lots of beautiful shells and coral pieces. The closing sale offers a great opportunity to stock up on a year’s supply of inexpensive birthday and house gifts.
“It’s been very nice to be a part of this community for so long,” says Ms. Sklar. “I want to thank all of my loyal customers and neighbors.”
Galadriel’s will be open every day throughout the end of March.