I have a confession to make... I am obsessed with antique/thrift/junk stores. I LOVE walking through a store with the anticipation of the perfect find. Sometimes I go in knowing what I am looking for whether it is for a particular room or specific pieces for a client or friend. My favorite time is when I am with my husband and we are just exploring for our own collection. Earlier this week, we took a mini vacation to Gatlinburg, TN for our anniversary. Of course we had to explore.
Our first stop was at Goodwill. Unfortunately, this one was a bit of a bust. It was heavily picked over and way overpriced. I was able to find a Christmas tree hand soap dispenser for $2. I followed a volunteer who was stocking the bare shelves with new donated items. Yep, I'm that girl.
Next door to the Goodwill was a store called Hammer's. It was very similar to an Ollie's with great prices but, maybe not the highest quality merch. What drew me in was this incredible deal of burlap coffee bean sacks for 99 cents. I bought a handful before even surveying the store. In my experience, burlap sacks go for $5-25 a piece in Raleigh. I am not sure how I am going to use the sacks but, the deal was too good to pass up.
While we were there, I picked up some glass milk containers, a cheerful little sign, a mat for Lexie and the Chis food bowls and a polka dotted pitcher My grand total was $25. YEYA!!
We also stumbled upon an amazing deal - vintage wooden Coca-Cola crates.....for 12.50!!!!!!!!!!! On top of that, FREE unlimited glass Coca-Cola bottles. I'm not a huge Coca-Cola collector but, I know anything vintage soft drink is worth picking up. I fantasize about having an open pantry with everything stored in vintage wood crates and baskets.
Once we scored the crates and the bottles - we ventured upstairs. OMG!!! I could have stayed for hours - china, milk glass, antique kitchenware (my FAVE), toys, quilts, etc. The deals were plentiful for those who were willing to dig for them. Like the other blogger mentioned - there was one booth with unbelievable deals. I scored a milk glass vase with top, a milk glass dish and a large round porcelain piece for less than 8 dollars!!! I was elated! It was as if the little cherubs on the porcelain container were singing in my ears.
Then I came across something I have been coveting for a while now. I have a bit of a thing for vintage fans. I love the industrial farmhouse style and the fact that most have beautiful patina. I believe they add charm to any space.
Just last weekend I found one almost identical at the Raleigh Flea Market but, the dealer wouldn't budge from his lofty $95 price tag. Downstairs at the Heartland Antiques I saw a few fans in the $60 - 85 range. I just can't justify that price tag on something that I will never plug in for fear of spontaneous electrical fire. I have an obsession but, I am frugal about it!
So anyway, I found a beautiful blue (yay!) fan for $30!!! We hemmed and hawed over the purchase because my husband doesn't share my affinity for rusted electronics. In the end, I went with my gut and took my prize downstairs. Now because we paid in cash (always pay in cash my friends) - we received a 10% discount. SCORE! We walked away with the crates, a fan, milk glass pieces, etc for around $60.
To be continued...I have some beautiful furniture to work on today. :-)
I am Ashley Hall - Owner/Designer of Lexie and the Chi. Every single day is an adventure. My husband and I often feel like we should SO have our own reality show. Since we do not have a camera crew following us around - this blog will have to do. The good, the bad and the sometimes really ugly. :)