A shop called Punch
Punch is an antique collective of about twelve dealers located on State Street between Victoria and Anapamu on the west side of the street. It is at the beginning of a small 'nook and cranny' called Victoria Court, which has the feel a a small European street full of little shops.
That intro, however, hardly states what Punch really is. One of managers described it as hip vintage, swanky antiques and fun bits. But you truly must walk through this store to experience its eclectic collection. It is vintage meets playful.
Many of the items are what is being now called 'upcycling.' It is a form of recycling which creates new forms, and uses, for older items. An example are small squares (maybe 5" x 4") of an old barn floor. A small sign is painted on, such 'Gone to Paris' (my favorite) or 'Welcome,' and others. Add a ribbon to hang it on and you are not only recycling, but 'upcycling.' Many items in this shop boast this creative approach, which makes these people not only antique dealers, but craftspeople.
Yet there are straight retro and antique finds as well. The dealers make their various estate sale rounds and bring fresh and fun jewelry, books, clothing, kitchen paraphenalia and all manner of...well...fun stuff. It's like walking through a very clean, organzied version of your grandmother's attic.
Punch made its original home in Carpinteria about three years ago. They have relocated, much to our great luck, to State Street in Santa Barbara.
The word 'punch' has, per definition, the idea of some use of energy. A 'punch' is something that puts a hole in leather, metal or other material. When we think of that word, it does have a connotation of some energetic action. I asked the then owner, Sara, known to her dealers as Guardian Of All This Stuff, how she came upon the name Punch. She chose it from the decorating term 'punch it up,' which is to add color, drama, 'punch' in one's decorating. In Sara's words it means:
"Decorating should be colorful and fun!" That states it succinctly.
Punch has since changed hands, and the new owner has kept its spirit alive and well. The prices range from maybe $12 to over $100. It is a great stop for that little gift to give the friend who is feeding your animals and taking in your mail while you are vacationing in paradise. As well, the perfect gift for ___ (fill in the blank with the name of a person close to you). The occasion will eventually arise, but purchase the gift when you see it!
And if you have spent your budget, a walk through this wonderland doesn't cost a thing, and you'll exit smiling.
Punch is here
1223 State Street Suite #1
Santa Barbara, CA 9310
Email : PunchItUp@Yahoo.com
Punch is open 7 days/week
Monday-Thursday and Sunday: 10:30-5:00
Friday and Saturday: 10:30-9:00