After a January filled with post-holiday recovery, Polar Vortexes, and a lingering chest cold, I was getting itchy for a little day trip to new territory. One of the Bad Pennies and I (the third Bad Penny was unable to go- boo, hiss) debated on whether we should go or not. Should we be responsible and stay home, cleaning and erranding and the like? Or should we play?
We chose to play.
I had already researched these little towns and had a few addresses to check out- both antique and thrift. So we hit the road in search of treasures.
Before we arrived in Rutherfordton, we were lured off the route by a sign for the Pie Shack- signs like that are why the U-turn was invented. But we quickly found out that the only truth on that sign was the word “Shack”.
Big bucks, no whammies! <Insert sad 80’s game show loser music>
But we continued into Rutherfordton and first stopped at a place called Encore!. I found one treasure- an old pinball type game to add to our wall collection of wooden board games.
So we were off to a good start.
Downtown Rutherfordton turned out to be small and cute, just as I had pictured. I do love a small town! We spent some time in the Victorian Lace Antique Mall and I came away with an armload of treasures.
Button sample cards, screwback earrings, an old yard stick and some small tea tins (not in the photo), and the smallest pulleys I’ve ever seen. I’m already envisioning a necklace future for each of them.
We lunched in Rutherfordton and it was a-m-a-z-i-n-g. I’ve already told Jon that we’ll be heading back to Rutherfordton just so he can enjoy some tasty meat-and-three vittles at Tangy Cafe and Eatery.
After lunch, we rolled south-ish towards Forest City where we hit a couple of thrift stores (and one was closed on a Saturday- who does that??) and tried to hit a very promising antique mall but it, too, was closed! Though I think the owners were on vacation…so I’ll give it one more try another time. We also peeked inside a charming old drug store (Smith’s Drugs) that tempted us with its soda fountain, but we resisted. They did, however, boast unusual and interesting remedies for a variety of ailments- which we enjoyed finding.
Our last stop was Robin Rose Antiques, which turned out to be the star of the day! We both had all kinds of luck here- jewelry, china, mid-century barware, cottage style pieces, etc. I hit the jackpot on project supplies, including the most perfect old window! This place will definitely be a regular stop for us in the future.
All in all, it was a successful day- save for three stops that were closed. Here’s hoping for a follow-up trip that includes all three Bad Pennies AND a few calls ahead of time to make sure they’re open.
Create (and Explore) on!
Feature images courtesy of http://goldfever.unctv.org/easy-gallery/7 and http://www.ashevilleguidebook.com/wnc/wnc-cities/forest_city.htm.