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Fireside Camp Supply's Christina Saboe on the One That Got Away

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Welcome to Playing Favorites, wherein local shopping and fashion gurus provide their hidden retail gems—those unique stores around Philly that we might not all know about. Cue the Beatles: We're about to get a little help from our friends.

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Years later, Christina Saboe, the owner of South Street's s'mores headquarters Fireside Camp Supply, still rues the day she passed over "the one." That is, the perfect leather jacket from the KOP Mall's Madewell. Nowadays, Madewell's Walnut Street store lands a spot on Saboe's favorite Philly shopping spots, along with six other stores, where Saboe shops everything from Warby Parker frames to cacti and harmonicas.


· Fireside Camp Supply [Official Site]
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Open House

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Open House is my go-to for birthday and holiday gifts. I never fail. It's great for inexpensive, lighthearted gifts. I love that it has a whole Philadelphia section of gifts without being touristy. I've found harmonicas, sewing kits, and kitchen gadgets all in the same spot. [Image credit: C. Gabello for GPTMC]
When you have a close friend who's crazy for sparkles, Verde is the place to go. Here, you'll find beautiful jewelry and accessories that are up to date, cozy and chic. Let's not forget that they sell chocolates.

Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction

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I've always been a fan of a shop where I can buy a one-of-a-kind screen-printed t-shirt alongside a bottle of Root liqueur. I've spent hours in Art in the Age trying on Warby Parker frames. Check them out of First Fridays when they have unique lecture series. I stopped in once to find a seminar on how to keep chicken coops in an urban space. Genius.

Madewell

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When I found out Madewell was coming to Philly, I sunk deep into a flashback from years ago when I tried on the perfect leather jacket at King of Prussia. It didn't get purchased that day, but it haunted my shopping spree dreams ever since. It was definitely the one that got away. My advice to the Philadelphia shopper: If you find it, buy it! [Image credit: Madewell]

Era Atomica

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This small shop on Passyunk is beautifully curated for the retro homes of Philadelphia. They carry one of a kind pieces of furniture that were obviously hand-picked by a pro. I love it because the shopper doesn't need to hunt through a store of clutter to find that perfect addition. [Image credit: Era Atomica/Facebook]

Urban Jungle

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After countless dollars lost on cacti and ferns, I found my new plant heaven, Urban Jungle. It never fails to astonish me. Now, I feel good about shopping local, and my plants stay alive! You can see for yourself with the bushes in Fireside's front window. [Image credit: Urban Jungle/Facebook]

Moon & Arrow

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Impeccably set up and revamped after its unfortunate brush with smoke damage, Moon & Arrow inspires me as a store owner to go against the grain. Located in the heart of Fabric Row, it seems to be one step ahead of every store in town with its presentation. I'm at a loss for words when trying to categorize it, so I'll take a line from their own website: "Linking outdoors to in, primitive to modern, small artisans to a diverse urban community, Moon & Arrow is many things." [Image credit: Moon & Arrow]

Open House

Open House is my go-to for birthday and holiday gifts. I never fail. It's great for inexpensive, lighthearted gifts. I love that it has a whole Philadelphia section of gifts without being touristy. I've found harmonicas, sewing kits, and kitchen gadgets all in the same spot. [Image credit: C. Gabello for GPTMC]

VERDE

When you have a close friend who's crazy for sparkles, Verde is the place to go. Here, you'll find beautiful jewelry and accessories that are up to date, cozy and chic. Let's not forget that they sell chocolates.

Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction

I've always been a fan of a shop where I can buy a one-of-a-kind screen-printed t-shirt alongside a bottle of Root liqueur. I've spent hours in Art in the Age trying on Warby Parker frames. Check them out of First Fridays when they have unique lecture series. I stopped in once to find a seminar on how to keep chicken coops in an urban space. Genius.

Madewell

When I found out Madewell was coming to Philly, I sunk deep into a flashback from years ago when I tried on the perfect leather jacket at King of Prussia. It didn't get purchased that day, but it haunted my shopping spree dreams ever since. It was definitely the one that got away. My advice to the Philadelphia shopper: If you find it, buy it! [Image credit: Madewell]

Era Atomica

This small shop on Passyunk is beautifully curated for the retro homes of Philadelphia. They carry one of a kind pieces of furniture that were obviously hand-picked by a pro. I love it because the shopper doesn't need to hunt through a store of clutter to find that perfect addition. [Image credit: Era Atomica/Facebook]

Urban Jungle

After countless dollars lost on cacti and ferns, I found my new plant heaven, Urban Jungle. It never fails to astonish me. Now, I feel good about shopping local, and my plants stay alive! You can see for yourself with the bushes in Fireside's front window. [Image credit: Urban Jungle/Facebook]

Moon & Arrow

Impeccably set up and revamped after its unfortunate brush with smoke damage, Moon & Arrow inspires me as a store owner to go against the grain. Located in the heart of Fabric Row, it seems to be one step ahead of every store in town with its presentation. I'm at a loss for words when trying to categorize it, so I'll take a line from their own website: "Linking outdoors to in, primitive to modern, small artisans to a diverse urban community, Moon & Arrow is many things." [Image credit: Moon & Arrow]