From ‘Eat Pray Love’ to Two Buttons

Art & Architecture, Film & Literature, Shopping
August 18, 2010 1:00 pm

Author Elizabeth Gilbert and her husband own an imports store — Two Buttons — in Frenchtown, New Jersey

The ultimate movie for wanderlusters (especially female ones) like Tara and me is currently out in theaters: Eat Pray Love. Chances are you’d heard of the story before Julia Roberts even took on the role; Elizabeth Gilbert’s memoir of the same title was released in 2006 and hit number one on the New York Times best-seller list. In it, she ventures to Italy, India and Indonesia on a journey that is as much cross-continental as it is internal.

The film version of Gilbert’s yearlong trip is out now, but it took place a handful of years ago. What has she been up to since? Well, we know from her most recent book Committed, she married the man to credit for the “love” part of Eat Pray Love. And thanks to my mom’s friend, I learned the couple own an imports store called Two Buttons in Frenchtown, N.J., about an hour from my home.

Curious and hopeful for a run-in with my absolute favorite author — which actually happened! See below for photo proof — I visited the store with my mom this past weekend. (By the way, we saw the movie last night and all I can say is, it’s beautiful. Beautiful Julia Roberts, beautiful cinematography, beautiful places and of course, beautiful Javier Bardem.)

The Two Buttons warehouse is an exquisite collection of predominantly Southeast Asian relics from the travels of Gilbert and her husband. Each piece seems as though it has been thoughtfully selected for the store, including adorable little stuffed elephant key chains, unique Indonesian fishing furniture, handmade decorative goods, colorful woven purses and Buddhas of all shapes and colors — including a 7,000-pound one out front. I am convinced anyone with a taste for travel would walk out of Two Buttons thrilled with a purchase, especially since the goods are very fairly priced. My find for the day was an artsy black ring, which you can spot in the last photo of my Two Buttons slideshow posted below.

Although it was her movie's premiere weekend, Gilbert was at Two Buttons the day I visited, so I had to get a picture with her. She was so gracious and friendly!One section of the warehouseI was lusting after this Indonesian chest of drawers. One day I'll be back for it...More Two Buttons merchandiseSale items and jewelry by the registersTwo Buttons jewelry and paintingsOutside Two Buttons with their reusable bag and wearing (left hand) the ring I purchased
Elizabeth Gilbert

Although it was her movie's premiere weekend, Gilbert was at Two Buttons the day I visited, so I had to get a picture with her. She was so gracious and friendly!

Two Buttons

One section of the warehouse

Two Buttons Drawers

I was lusting after this Indonesian chest of drawers. One day I'll be back for it...

Two Buttons furniture

More Two Buttons merchandise

Two Buttons registers

Sale items and jewelry by the registers

Two Buttons jewelry

Two Buttons jewelry and paintings

Outside Two Buttons

Outside Two Buttons with their reusable bag and wearing (left hand) the ring I purchased

Two Buttons, 62A Trenton Ave. (also called Route 29), Frenchtown, N.J. Click here for a YouTube video of Elizabeth Gilbert showing Two Buttons.

-Karina for TKGO

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