Let's Shop: Joanne Rossman

Purveyor of the Unnecessary and the Irresistible in Roslindale.

Above: Clothes pin bags made from vintage kanthas hang between jewelry and paper mache animal heads. Photos by Kara Butterfield.

Just outside Boston in Roslindale Village, Joanne Rossman is the Purveyor of the Unnecessary and the Irresistible. She curates a personal collection of finds which she hopes inspire people to look at their own things in a new way. “I buy things I love,” she says. “I love the look of a good book with a quirky cover, and one of the most popular is Burning Man. People buy it just for the cover.” The store is a treasure trove of art, candles, stationery, jewelry, furniture, and inspirational gifts.

Joanne Rossman carries name brands like John Derian, Patch NYC, and Trilogy Products, but often purveys antiques that can be reupholstered in one of her favorite textiles: vintage cotton kanthas from Bangladesh and India. She also sells kanthas (similar to saris) as bed blankets, and has stitched them into clothes pin bags, scarves, and throw pillows.

An artful display of delicious things to eat and drink. Horn spoons rest in an assortment of silver cups and trophies.

A collection of glass paperweights sit on a tin tray. New pieces are mixed with old.

Joanne greets every customer like an old friend. Like the products she carries you will be sure to walk away with a smile and a story. Love her old fashioned cash register!

  • proud roslindale resident

    Thanks for featuring a local business!! Though the opening paragraph correctly states this shop is in Roslindale, the title says “in Jamaica Plain.” The 2 towns, though adjacent, are not the same. 🙂

    • Rachel Slade

      Oops–thanks for noticing. We’ll fix that.

  • http://www.documama.org Elizabeth Atalay

    This is one of my all time favorite shops! It is such a treat each time I visit to see what treasures I will find among the lovingly curated merchandise!

  • Julie

    This store is pure magic! You can walk around 3 or 4 times and still find an amazing object you missed on earlier go-rounds. Perfect place to find an unusual gift.

  • Deb Goldstein

    Thank you for featuring one of my favorite stores on the planet. When I want a gift, this is where I go and Joanne is a wonderful owner in every way that you want a shop owner to be. Great local story. Well done.

  • Kathi Kavanaugh

    A trip to visit The Purveyor of the Unnecessary and Irrestibles is a joy.
    I dare you to go in, and come out empty handed. Expect to be surprised at every turn of eye. Fabulous Joanne is so talented and a real treat. Love this favorite store.

  • Judith Hammerquist

    Lovely post about a lovely shop. This is where I go when I want a special gift or a treat for myself. The photos are very nice and show the shop well. But going into the shop and seeing Joanne is a treat in itself !