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Mrs. Darling’s Christmas Gala!

Yes, it’s that time of year! The vintage Christmas ornaments, twinkly tinsel and a bit of bubbly good cheer will be out for Mrs. Darling’s Christmas Gala, 10 a.m.—8 p.m.  Saturday, November 13.

And it’s not just Mrs. Darling who will be celebrating… and not just Mrs. D and her neighbor, Patina Decor. There will not only be additional vendors on site, there will be a free limo shuttle from 3-7 p.m. to whisk merrymakers and savvy shoppers to Vintage Flair, Forget Me Not, Old Glory and Riverside Style Junkie — where there will be even more vendors!

Did we mention the food? Gifts? Sales? Door prizes?

Yes, this is the event everyone talks about all year — but this time it’s bigger and better!

We’ll see you there!

(And FYI, Mrs. Darling’s will be closed Thursday and Friday, Nov. 11-12, to prepare. No peeking!)


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Fall Open House on Sept. 25

The first day of fall is officially Wednesday, but it starts for sure on Saturday with Mrs. Darling’s Fall Open House.

There will be loads of new merchandise (and, of course, snacks). Come celebrate the season with Mrs. D as well as her network of neighboring antiques stores — Patina Decor next door, Old Glory General Store at 4344 Market St. and Vintage Flair down the alley at 3778 Elizabeth St. (Both Mrs. Darling and Old Glory will be closed on Friday for final preparations, so there will be no peeking….)

And for your holiday shopping pleasure, starting Sept. 29 Mrs. Darling will be open 11 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Wednesdays-Saturdays and noon-4:30 p.m. Sundays.

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You’re invited! Mrs. Darling’s turns 1!

It’s Mrs. Darling’s first birthday — and Mary’s inviting you to the party!

When: 5:01-9:01 p.m. Friday, Aug. 6

Where: Mrs. Darling’s antiques, 6500 Magnolia Ave., Riverside, CA

What: Food, fun, festivities — and lots of new old stuff!

No RSVP necessary!! Party crashers are welcome, so bring friends!

(Click here for photos from last year’s opening celebration…)

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Thanks for stopping by!

Well, THAT was fun! Thanks to all who came to Mrs. Darling’s and Patina Decor’s spring event… and a special thanks to Michael J. Mazgai, who brought along his trusty camera!

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It’s Mrs. Darling’s spring thing!

Mrs. Darling’s spring open house will be noon to 8 p.m. Friday, May 14.

Stop by for some refreshment and cheer!

And new old goodies, of course, including items for the garden.

Don’t forget to stop by our neighbors, Patina Decor and Rob’s Vintique!

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Welcome Patina Decor! (And yes, it’s the Vintage Bliss crew!)

Mrs. Darling is delighted to welcome a new neighbor, Patina Decor — and in case you hadn’t figured out the clues in the previous posting, it’s owned by Pat and Larry Whalen, former proprietors of Vintage Bliss.

Think sparkle and chandeliers and florals and cottage…

The grand opening — and boy, is it going to be grand! — is 5-8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 5 at 6510 Magnolia Ave. Mrs. D (who will offer 10% discounts during the evening) and Rob will stay open late to join in the festivities; there’s parking behind the building and all along Sunnyside Drive. Click on “directions” above for a map.

Patina — which will offer more vintage fare than the old Bliss — will then be open 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Wednesdays-Sundays; call (951) 683-0767 or e-mail

See you there!


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Open house sneak peek…

Photographer extraordinaire Carrie is out of state, but this should give you a general idea of what’s in store at Mrs. Darling’s open house on Friday. It’s all sparklier and brighter in real life…

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