As soon as the first inkling of Fall hits- be it a nip in the air, the faintest color on leaves, or pumpkin ANYTHING- we get a hankering for a road trip into the mountains. Autumn and mountain life just seem to go hand-in-hand…and since it’s September, it seemed natural for us to pack up the truck in search of vistas and vintage. This time around, we decided to go back to Boone, North Carolina- a place we’ve been before but never fully explored.
Home of Appalachian State University, it’s an energetic college town smack dab in the- you guessed it- Appalachian Mountains. And since we were driving through Blowing Rock, North Carolina on the way to Boone, we couldn’t help but stop at a few shops along the way…
So, right off the bat, I fell in love with a Mission style desk at Possum Hollow. I just wanted to put it out there in the open…but I didn’t buy it…and yes, I’m still thinking about it. BUT, back to the shop…this is a small (but full) shop set in the upper floor of a furniture restoration business. I didn’t catch a photo of the desk- we got to talking about weather with the owner…but perhaps that’s for the best. But as you can see, the shop is FULL of furniture options with plenty of smalls here and there.
Hominy Mill Mercantile
This two-story “general store” is a primitive lovers dream. Located at 3894 US Highway 321 S. in Blowing Rock, it is filled to the brim- from the porch to the second story- of primitive, handmade pieces that are one-of-a-kind…and have LOADS of possibility. Now…I’m worried this shop is going out of business due to the liquidation signs we saw…which always saddens me. But, I did my part and took a few of the owner’s wares off his hands.
Believe it or not, but I wasn’t overly thrilled by the thrift shop selection on this trip…but Thriftique was definitely worth a mention! It doesn’t feel like a thrift store at all, but more like an underpriced consignment shop! Plus, it was predominantly housewares and furniture, with just a few racks of clothing in the corner- definitely a bonus for a DIY repurposer like me.
Of all the antiques shops/malls we checked out on this trip, Antiques on Howard was probably my favorite. I’m easily overwhelmed at endless/massive antiques malls, but this shop was the perfect size…and had SEVERAL booths that were right up my alley (boho-shabby, mantique tools, vintage clothing/accessories). I found a few treasures here and would definitely go back whenever we’re in Boone again.
Creeky floorboard alert! (Sorry, I always get excited about antiques shops in old buildings that have creeky, squeaky floors). This shop is probably Boone’s best-known antiques store, as it sits proudly on the main drag through town. We thought we could escape the throngs of people outside by tucking into this store, but there were throngs inside, too! It offers a LOT of treasures, though- so the crowd inside wasn’t exactly a surprise.
I really do have a mountain soul, so the landscape of Boone and Blowing Rock really speaks to me. And I’m so glad we finally got to do a little exploring- plus, if I ever decide I want to learn how to ski, I’m pretty sure Boone will be at the top of the list. Of course, skiing would take away from time spent junkin’ or DIYing, so… we’ll just have to see about that.
Ok, so- where to next?? Any suggestions?
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