Stock up on pottery, locally made soaps, and penny candy at Wild Goose Country Store (77 Main St., Sunapee, 603/763-5516, 8:30 a.m.–6 p.m. daily June–Feb.; call for winter and spring hours), the friendly little stop with scuffed wood floors, a helpful staff, and plenty to browse. Out front, an old checker board on a pedestal invites passersby to stop and jump a few kings.
If you’re on the lookout for incredibly well-priced heirloom-quality home furnishings, head straight for Rosewood Barn and Country Store (1386 Rte. 103, Newbury, 603/763-2882, www.rosewoodgallery.net , 10 a.m.–5 p.m. daily). The three-story red barn is brimming with the excellent- quality pieces that they import directly from the Himalayas. They also sell well-priced prayer rugs, plus marble vases, lamps, and chess sets.
Everything you need to accessorize your home (particularly your lake home) can be found at Deck Dock Home & Garden (81 Edgemont Rd./Rte. 103B, Sunapee, 603/763-3266, www.deckdock.com , 9:30 a.m.–5 p.m. daily May–Sept.; 10 a.m.–5 p.m. Thurs.–Sun. Oct.–April). Browse shelf after shelf of blown-glass ornaments, birdhouses, carved wood sculptures, and model ships. And if you don’t own a lake home? This place may just inspire you to get one.