Junkin’ Journey: Marion and Black Mountain, North Carolina

Junkin’ Journey: Marion and Black Mountain, North Carolina

It’s hard to believe that 2016 is nearly complete, but we were lucky enough to find a weekend to squeeze in one final junkin’ trip this year. As you may remember, I have a particular fondness for the Appalachians in the fall- when the leaves on the trees wash the mountains in a perpetual sunset and “Nature’s glitter” swirls and twirls behind the car as we zoom by.

This time around, we didn’t go too far from home and explored towns along Interstate 40 just east of Asheville, North Carolina- focusing on Black Mountain through Marion. We checked out a BUNCH of shops but I’ve narrowed down my favorites- as highlighted below…Read more ›

Junkin’ Journey: Louisville, Kentucky

Junkin’ Journey: Louisville, Kentucky

When you enjoy exploring new places for vintage treasures…and your husband enjoys good bourbon… and you BOTH enjoy a fun road trip, then the perfect place to go is Kentucky! This time around, we decided to explore Louisville…but I can definitely see future trips to KY in our future (I’m looking at you, Lexington).

We spent an extended Memorial Day weekend checking out shops around town, distilleries in the area, and a vintage market that coincided with our visit. There was an awful lot to see and discover, and I know I didn’t even scratch the surface of all the vintage & antiques shops in the area…but I discovered a few and wanted to share what I found!Read more ›

Junkin’ Journey: Athens, Georgia

Junkin’ Journey: Athens, Georgia

Every now and again, I travel to a small or medium-sized town and realize just how unsung or underappreciated it is- and folks, that’s definitely how I feel about Athens, Georgia. College football fans and most southerners think of Athens as simply the University of Georgia and the revered Bulldogs. And music fans know of Athens thanks to hometown bands such as the B-52s and R.E.M.

But I’m here to tell you that for a lover of vintage, it is SO MUCH MORE than college football and alternative rock.  And here’s the skinny- I hit a BUNCH of shops without even getting into the heart of downtown where all the vintage clothing shops and mid-century modern home décor stores reside.

So, you see, my friends? It’s a vintage/junk/retro destination…just check the Saturday game schedule before you make the trip…ha! I hit it up the first Saturday of Spring Break, which was the perfect time to go junkin’… want to see what I discovered?

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Junkin’ Journey: Chamblee, Georgia

Junkin’ Journey: Chamblee, Georgia

Exploring the Atlanta area has been long overdue for me…I mean, I live a scant drive away from this cosmopolitan southern city and yet I rarely make the time to head down Interstate 85. So, let this blog post be the first part in rectifying an overdue trip!

Puttering around Chamblee, Georgia was never part of my original plan- I had focused on Metro Atlanta with only a stop or two scheduled for Chamblee.

WHAT WAS I THINKING??

For the person that loves antiquing- especially the person that loves to have a wide variety of stores- Chamblee hosts a varied collection of shops. From fine European to rusty “mantiques” to Mid-Century Modern to architectural/hardware salvage to shabby vintage…even to thrift stores!…you’ll find it in Chamblee.

My husband and I hit up several of the shops in the downtown area- not all, but most. And these, my friends, were our favorites…Read more ›

Shotgun!: Asheville, North Carolina (Part 1)

Shotgun!: Asheville, North Carolina (Part 1)

One of the many, many benefits of living in Greenville, South Carolina is our close proximity to Asheville, North Carolina. A pretty drive north through the mountains leads one to Asheville, a fun, funky, cosmopolitan town with a free spirit and welcoming arms for an upcycler like myself.

In fact, Asheville is truly a junk destination- there are so many amazing vintage-based shops, from salvaged junk to the highfalutin finery, that there really is a shop for everyone, regardless of taste. My husband and I go to Asheville more infrequently than either of us prefer, he for the beer, me for the pickin’…and since I have many more shops to explore for the blog, we’ll just go ahead and call this Asheville: Part I.

I’m pleased to say that we hit some old favorites as well as some new spots, all of which were fun and fruitful in their own way. Asheville truly never disappoints!Read more ›

Shotgun!: Blue Ridge Mountains Retreat

Shotgun!: Blue Ridge Mountains Retreat

Let’s say one of your girlfriends says, “I have a house in the mountains- why don’t we do a girls’ weekend of crafting and antiquing?”

What do you do?

Well, luckily for me, this wasn’t a hypothetical situation- it happened! So I packed my bag, grabbed a fistful of cash, and hit the winding road into the Blue Ridge Mountains. And let me tell you, there weren’t enough daylight hours in the day to do everything we wanted to do. These mountain towns are full of temptations- small shops, flea markets, vineyards…all backed by some of the most gorgeous scenery this side of the Mississippi.

So what all did we do? Well…a little of everything.Read more ›

Sadie Spotlight: Restoration 41

Sadie Spotlight: Restoration 41

If you read my first post here on Sadie Seasongoods, then you might remember the dresser I purchased from Restoration 41– large and proud, with its dark stained top and ever-so-lightly distressed off-white body, punctuated by robin’s egg blue knobs.

My beloved hunk of a dresser.

My beloved hunk of a dresser.

That’s how I first found Restoration 41- a store (Ivy House) I follow on Facebook posted pictures of the dresser…and I loved it immediately and purchased it unseen. Oh, the power of social media!

Melissa of Restoration 41 then went on to take my great-grandfather’s plain white dresser and turn it into a fraternal twin of the one I had purchased- she added legs and a matching paint job- Completely gorgeous. AND she even discovered the original price tag from 1920- how awesome is that?

Restoration 41 created fraternal twins!

Restoration 41 created fraternal twins!

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Price tag from 1920: $9.50

Since I like to spotlight favorite artisans- particularly those in my beloved American South- I obviously had to shine a little light on the artist that brought my bedroom to life!

 

If you were on Twitter and had to describe Restoration 41 in 140 characters, what would you say?

I enjoy bringing tired pieces back to life.  I paint, stain, upholster and even design and build furniture from cast off items. 

I have a feeling that there is significance behind the name of Restoration 41…how did you get started doing what you do?

In 2012 I was 15 years into my “job” as a stay-at-home mom.  While I often helped friends with their homes and even tried my hand at faux finish painting in new construction, it was always a struggle to find time to discover my niche.  With timing that can only be described as “meant to be”, The Ivy House opened in its current location in November of the year that my youngest kiddo headed off to kindergarten.  I was lucky enough to land a booth space and was encouraged to come up with a name for my brand.  After pitching names to my oldest son and having him shoot down everything, he suggested that since restoration is what I do, it should be in my business name.  So OBVIOUS right!?! But for me, having this business was also about a restoration of a part of me that I had ignored for a long time.  It was an avenue for me to explore my artistic visions and to focus on what I wanted.  At the ripe old age of 41, I got and amazing opportunity and Restoration 41 was born. 

You find some amazing furniture in need of TLC! Is the hunt half the fun?

You know it!  Whether I am at an auction, thrift store, garage sale or even scanning the curb, I am always looking for the potential in pieces.   Give me a broken down piece of furniture with good bones and I am a happy girl!  It is always fun uncovering a diamond in the rough!

There are a lot of furniture paint- chalk, milk, etc.- out there. Are you loyal to a brand, and if so, why?

I’ve tried a lot of different products, but I always come back to good old latex paint.  Since I like to mix my own colors, it is the most readily available, least expensive way for me to get just the right shade.  I also like that by using different sheens, latex paint works well on every style of furniture.  It can just as easily be used on a beat up primitive piece as it can on a sleek modern one.  It distresses well and doesn’t require any topcoats in most cases. 

Show and tell time- let’s see some of your creations!

 

Gorgeous chair

Gorgeous chair

Window furniture- LOVE!

Window furniture- LOVE!

Driftwood beauty

Driftwood beauty

From Paris, with love

From Paris, with love

For those of us that want to see your pieces and make a purchase, where can we find Restoration 41?

To see my work up close and personal, visit my space at Ivy House Antiques (10511 Two Notch Rd, Elgin, SC).  Online, I have a Facebook page, Restoration 41, and also share a lot on Pinterest.  For those of you with some tired furniture of your own, I take on custom projects…just message me at restoration41@gmail.com .

Parting words: What else should we know about Restoration 41?

The journey is the most exciting part of this business!   I never tire of meeting new people and hearing their stories…what led them to the pieces they acquire and their visions of what they can become.

 

I’ve tried my hand at furniture painting and it comes out “distressed” because I’m terrible at it- so I’ll leave it up to the masters like Restoration 41. If you are ever in the Columbia, SC area, make sure to swing by Ivy House and Melissa’s coveted corner booth- I promise you, she’s worth a visit!

Shine on!

S