Junkin’ Journey: Columbia, South Carolina

Junkin’ Journey: Columbia, South Carolina

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?

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Re•Find

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.

ReFind Antique, Vintage, and Architectural Salvage in Elgin South Carolina, near Columbia by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

ReFind Antique, Vintage, and Architectural Salvage in Elgin South Carolina, near Columbia by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

763 Antique Mall

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.

764 Antique Mall in West Columbia, South Carolina by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

764 Antique Mall in West Columbia, South Carolina by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

The Old Mill Antiques

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!The Old Mill Antiques in Columbia, South Carolina by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

The Old Mill Antiques in Columbia, South Carolina by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

The Old Mill Antiques in Columbia, South Carolina by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Ivy House Antiques

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!

Ivy House Antiques in Elgin, South Carolina near Columbia by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Ivy House Antiques in Elgin, South Carolina near Columbia by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Again & Again

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.

Again & Again Consignment Shop in West Columbia, South Carolina by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Again & Again Consignment Shop in West Columbia, South Carolina by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

St. Paws Thrift Store

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!St. Paws Animal Thrift Store in West Columbia, South Carolina by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

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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?

Explore on!

S

Comments

  1. Always, always fun to read of junkin’ journeys. Thanks for sharing!

  2. I haven’t been to Columbia in ages! I’m from York,SC. Going to Belmont, NC today antiquing!

  3. Thanks for taking us along on your junkin’ journey!

  4. Linda Stepp says:

    Virginia is close! Come to Norfolk. I know a few places but I.m not aware of any that support animals and wish I did. I will look into that! Thanks for that bit of information!

  5. Fonda Rush says:

    I’m thankful that you are paving the way, so to speak. I live in southeastern NC, and I have traveled to visit Donna of Distressed Donna Downhome in western SC for some junkin’ pleasure. I also have a cousin in Columbia that we visited while in that area. We didn’t go to the thrift/antique stores in that area, though. Now, I have a good reason to visit that area again.

    I have been mapping out my area. Hopefully, I will be able to share that information when I get a new blog started. Soon, I hope.

  6. Thanks so much for coming to Columbia and sharing about some of my favorite places!!! Sorry that I missed seeing you, but next time you’re in town, I’d love to treat you to lunch!!!

    • sarahwpb@yahoo.com says:

      We definitely need to catch up- I’ll definitely have more time next go-around when I’m not hustlin’ from shop to shop. So it is a date!!

  7. Wow, if I could visit this shop, i would be in hog heaven

  8. Was so happy when I turned on my computer and saw that you had gone on another junkin’ trip. I went and got a cup of coffee and got ready for the trip. I have made notes and a list of the shops that you go on each trip. I was so happy when you got in South Carolina. Can’t wait for the next trip. Go to Virginia and hit the back roads or you can save those for the Fall. The mountains, not the beach side. Thanks and let’s go.

  9. My favorite in Columbia is Old Mill. I see a couple I have passed by in recent trips. I am still awaiting riding the Ridge with you. Have you been to Statham, Georgia?

  10. They all look like such wonderful places to explore!

  11. Lots of goodies that I would have to let come home with me!

  12. I live in West Columbia, SC and love to go junk in’. You gave me some great ideas for several places I haven’t visited. Thanks!

  13. Wow…what fun places! 🙂

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  14. Thanks for sharing. I now a junkin rush. Definitely putting this trip on my list.

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