Shh! Don’t tell anyone, but a few of us bloggers played hooky from our regular lives and went shopping together.
Junking, that is. Treasure hunting and inspiration seeking at some of my favorite places in and around Greensboro, N.C.
And in the middle of the week, no less.
Meet my fellow shoppers:
Suzy of Worthing Court
Kristen of Sophia’s Decor
We fueled up for our marathon shopping excursion with scones and orange juice at my house. (Thank you ladies for giving me the kick in the butt I needed to get my house cleaned).
Then, we headed to Total Bliss in Summerfield, N.C., to scope out the gorgeous Christmas decor.
Photo via Total Bliss
Next stop, Golden Antiques & Treasures in Summerfield, N.C., where I have my booth. The antique mall is home to more than 70 vendors, and we each scored some finds here.
Suzy took home an old wooden craft and an adorable ceramic squirrel, which you’re sure to see in her Thanksgiving decor. Kristen bought a little something, too, but I’ve blanked on what it was. Don’t worry, she’ll be showing off her finds soon on her blog.
And it’s funny how you can see a place anew through someone else’s eyes. I’m in Golden Antiques several times a week, adding new inventory and fluffing my booth, but I rarely take time to really look and shop. But I did with Suzy and Kristen, and I found several things I couldn’t pass up.
A trio of old Metropolitan Seminars in Art books, which are the most gorgeous shade of aqua. And the industrial lamp, which I’m thinking will look terrific with an Edison bulb.
I also found a pair of verdigris colored iron planters, which I’ll show you just a little bit later.
These babies were definitely my “find of the day” because just a few days ago, I decided I needed to find some planters like these after seeing how Kari at Thistlewood Farm had used a pair of planters on her hearth. As soon as I said, “I want those,” I was certain I would never find planters like those — or not for any price I could afford. But I found a pair, very affordably priced, and perfectly suited to my bedroom.
Next, we headed to Rustic Romance, a new artists’ co-op that was just our style.
I met the owner Lynn years ago when she had another store in town, The Painted Daisy. Lynn closed that shop (one of my faves) after her mother died and went back to her other career as a hairstylist full time. In fact, that’s how I became reacquainted with her; she used to have the chair next to my stylist’s. We’d all cut up and talk furniture and furniture painting when I was getting my roots done. So, it was nice to finally visit Lynn at her new fabulous shop.
Here’s Lynn, paintbrush in hand, cutting up with one of her “customers.” (Photo via Rustic Romance.)
Kristen bought a huge hornet’s (wasp?) nest at Rustic Romance. I believe Lynn thought she was crazy. But nests are definitely “in” in home decor, and Kristen’s was a beautiful specimen.
I scored at Rustic Romance, too, taking home a gorgeous basket that will make its home on my living room armoire.
Now, you can see those planters of mine. Quite stunning, aren’t they?
Kristen, who lives near Raleigh, was quite smitten with all the antique, thrift, junk, home decor and repurposed shopping destinations we have in Greensboro. She swears Raleigh doesn’t have this kind of selection and these prices. But I think it may be a case of the “shopping is always greener in another city.” Because I’ve been to Raleigh and shopped Suzanna’s Antiques, where Kristen has a booth, and Twelve Forks Junction, and let’s just say, I’m plotting a return trip very soon!
At this point in our shopping marathon, Suzy, who somehow escaped my camera, had to abandon us to pick up her granddaughter from preschool. A grandmother’s work is never done.
Meanwhile, the two mamas headed to Me & E, a cute little gift shop, where Kristen scored a pretty paper lantern that epitomizes her style. She plans to use it in her booth.
Photo via Me & E
It was time for lunch, so we stopped by Pastabilities, an old favorite.
Then, a few doors down to Summerhouse, definitely not a thrift store or a place for bargains. But, oh the eye candy and the inspiration.
Photo via Summerhouse
Over the years, I’ve left lots of money behind at Summerhouse, but this time, I resisted temptation quite well. So did Kristen, though she did score a few beautiful Cavallini & Co. decorative papers, which she has some clever plans for.
Our final stop was The Red Collection, a huge furniture and home decor consignment store with two locations and an ever changing selection of merchandise. In fact, the store claims to be the largest consignment store in the southeast, and I can certainly see how that could be true.
Photo via The Red Collection
At The Red Collection, you’ll find a mix of old and new home furnishings. Many furniture manufacturers in High Point sell their showroom samples at The Red Collection. In fact, I saw my favorite piece ever from Somerset Bay for sale there, the Pamplico Half-Round Cabinet.
I didn’t buy it.
But I always find something I must have at The Red Collection, like my living room settee, so I try not to go too often.
This week’s visit didn’t disappoint either.
I bought a bee skep for $5, and Kristen got a mini version for even less.
She also bought a large wooden dough, a pretty porcelain bowl and a chair from the “back room” for $13. (You must visit the “back room.” You know what they say about back room deals! There are lots in this back room.)
At this stage in our shopping, my feet were aching and it was time for me to pick up my son from school. And Kristen’s husband, who was in town for a meeting, was ready to be rescued from Starbucks. So, we put away our wallets and said our goodbyes with vows to do it again soon.
And Kristen left saying that the junking is so much better here. And you know, I didn’t even take her to all the places I would have liked, like Design Archives, Spade and Broom, Chartreuse, Rhyne’s Corner Cupboard, The Farmer’s Wife, Adelaide’s, Coco La Rose or Aubrey Home, just to name a few.
OK, I’m beginning to think Kristen is right. We do have some amazing home decor, thrift stores and junk stores in Greensboro, N.C. Perhaps its our proximity to the High Point Furniture Market?
I rediscovered many of my old favorites thanks to Kristen’s visit, and there are many more I’m dying to visit again (or for the first time).
So much shopping, so little time.
Now tell me, where do you like to shop for your home? I’m not opposed to making a pilgrimage for some vintage goodness.
And if my post inspires you to come to North Carolina, look me up. I’m always up for a shopping day!