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Retailer Spotlight: Quinstance

Get to know Quinstance, the latest Retailer in our Main Street series of shops who stock products from The Grommet Wholesale.
What's special about Quinstance
Spreading cheer and delight with its collection of U.S.-made and Fair Trade items. That’s the mission of Quinstance, a newly-opened shop in the Boston suburbs. Quinstance is a word owner Erin Sandler invented. “A mashup of the words coincidence and instance, it’s a serendipitous find that makes you happy each time you use it, put it on or look at it.” Passionate about filling a store with exactly such kinds of things, Erin started planning to open one (leaving behind her pursuit of a PhD). As she curated the future Quinstance collection, Erin was surprised by what moved her most: the stories and creativity of the small Makers, the artisans, the people pursuing their dreams one piece at a time.

She added another dimension to her plans: selling only Made in the USA and Fair Trade products. We find Erin as inspiring as the Makers featured on the shelves in her shop.

Quinstance's favorite Grommets:
Duke Cannon
1
DUKE CANNON
I haven't met a man yet who doesn't love these Big Ass Bricks of Soap. Smells like a perfect fit.
2
KEYSMART
One of my customers said, "That's the smartest thing I've ever seen! For keys." I replied, "And that's why it's there in the name - Key. Smart."
KeySmart
PocketMonkey
3
POCKET MONKEY
One for me. One for you. One for Dad. One for my sister. One for Ben. One for . . .
4
INDIEFLIX
One of the coolest items we carry. It's literally a film festival in a box! To see these movies without IndieFlix, you need to go to Toronto or Sundance.
IndieFlix
The Coin Laundry
5
THE COIN LAUNDRY
Gorgeous designs, absorbent towels. My grandmother had towels like these, and I remember us washing and drying dishes by hand.
6
FORMATICUM
To find the best way to store cheese, the Maker of these cheese papers and bags went on a pilgrimage to France. How can you argue with research like that?
Formaticum
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