Staying warm at the Sweater Venture

sweater venture mittens

Mittens are always a good choice for staying warm.

By Amy Brozio-Andrews

The Sweater Venture in East Greenbush was a great place to visit on a day where the wind chills had me feeling like my cheeks were frozen. Just looking at the sheer array of sweaters, scarves, hats, mittens, gloves, and slippers made me feel warmer.

sweater venture scarvesThe Sweater Venture sells sweaters in wool and cotton yarns for men, women, and children, in monochromatic colors and patters, in cardigan, pullover, and zipped styles. The prices tend to run about $60 and up but you can get some really nice sweaters for $30-40 in the sale section of the store. These are serious sweaters, the kind my grandma would make it she knit: thick, heavy sweaters in classic colors and patterns, the kind that won't look dated after a few years.

More than just sweaters, The Sweater Venture's offerings include women's clothing (think washable silk separates, satin jackets, and dress pants), lined cotton jackets, jewelry, handbags, and gifts from around the world, like art, handbags, maracas, felted wool hand puppets, and paper star decorations from Nepal.

Some of the more notable items for sale include: fleece lined slippers ($14) and mittens ($16); felted wool handbags ($30 and up); short silk/wool capes ($93); and glass earrings ($9).

Sweaters and gifts are sourced from indigenous artisans from around the globe and you can shop online and through The Sweater Venture's catalog as well as in the store. The staff is really helpful and there are even chairs by a warm fire and a small play space for kids.

Find It

Sweater Venture
700 Columbia Turnpike
East Greenbush, NY 12061

(518) 477-9317


Is it just me, or does anyone else want to curl up and take a nap in one of those cushy mitten bins?

You can't - usually there's the store's cat curled up in one.

I would find a cat cozied up in a bin of knitted mittens the most freaking adorable thing in the world, and would likely make a trip to the store just to see that, if said cat wasn't impinging on my napping turf. Game on, kitty.

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