2017 is underway, which means it’s a new year of junkin’ journey road trips! To kick it off, we recently headed down the highway to my home state capital: Columbia, South Carolina. Now, Columbia isn’t all that far away from me…and I don’t really know why I waited so long to explore the vintage/junking scene there!
Before I begin, though, I want to give a special shout-out to my Columbia-area friends that recommended some of the places that we hit- so thank you to Shanika Pichey, Melissa at Restoration 41, and April Blake! They pointed me in the right direction and helped shape my itinerary with some great suggestions.
Speaking of which, ready to see where I went and what I loved?
Of all the stores that were recommended to me, this is the one store that had universal praise. So, not only did I put it on our itinerary, but we hit it the moment we rolled into Columbia. And let me tell you, we were NOT disappointed! I loved just about every booth in this shop- which is a nice size (not too big, but not cramped and cluttered) AND wonderfully curated with a blend of primitives, MidMod, cottage-style, and all-around funky. I’ll DEFINITELY be returning here whenever I’m in town.
763 was definitely the sleeper star, as far as treasures are concerned. It has a nice selection of “mantiques”, which served us well on our hunt for cabin treasures (more about this coming soon!). But I also was able to do a little last-minute holiday shopping AND came away with a completely frivolous gift for myself. I have no idea where I’ll put this tin dollhouse, but it was too cute to pass up.
Old Mill is pretty famous around Columbia…and was by far the most crowded of any of the shops we visited. If you go, set aside a lot of time because there is a LOT to look at here…two stories filled to the brim with everything you can imagine. I do, however, highly recommend parking in the back and checking out the connected furniture repair shop- that’s where I found every single treasure we took home from Old Mill!
Full disclosure- I’ve been to Ivy House on several occasions before! In fact…Ivy House is how I met Restoration 41, as I purchased a dresser from her…which appeared in my very first blog post. So, I have effectively come full circle! BUT, back to the shop…Ivy House specializes in shabby chic/cottage and retro treasures…so if that’s your game, then it should definitely be on your Columbia itinerary. My favorite booth, however, was That Vintage Vibe– her retro style is so enviably cool!
So…I usually shy away from consignment shops, simply because they rarely have genuine antiques/vintage “stuff”. But…I took a gamble on this shop (based on their Facebook page photos) and ding, ding, ding- we have a vintage winner! I absolutely LOVED this shop and would put this near the top of my list whenever I’m in town again. I scored some more cabin treasures and regret that I didn’t have more time to putter around. Definitely a new favorite.
Now, it wouldn’t be a junkin’ journey if I didn’t hit at least one animal-charity-based thrift shop, right? So it had to be St. Paws, a longtime favorite of mine- not only for the shop but for the work they do in the Midlands (that’s what we refer to the middle of South Carolina). While they have plenty of clothing, I always go for the housewares…and there are usually plenty of older treasures tucked in here and there…just waiting for me to find them!
And another junkin’ journey is in the books! I can’t wait to explore new territory in 2017…and probably add a new state to the roster, as well. I added Kentucky in 2016…so which state (or commonwealth!..hint, hint) do you think will be added this year?