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: Boone and Blowing Rock, North Carolina

Junkin’ Journey: Boone and Blowing Rock, North Carolina

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…Read more ›

Shotgun!: Brevard, North Carolina (A Junkin’ Journey)

Shotgun!: Brevard, North Carolina (A Junkin’ Journey)

I love to sit down, study the map, and figure out where I want to head to next for my latest junkin’ journey. For obvious reasons (money, time…), I tend to stick relatively close to home- with the occasional longer sojourn to further-away stops. But for right now, I decided to head back into western North Carolina.

What can I say? I’m a sucker for a mountain town.

So we headed up the mountain- literally- to Brevard, North Carolina. Home of the White Squirrel Festival, Brevard is a charming little town with an equally charming Main Street. And I’m happy to report, several charming little shops to explore…shall we?Read more ›

Shotgun!: Antiquing in Hendersonville, North Carolina

Shotgun!:  Antiquing in Hendersonville, North Carolina

I know I’ve said it before, but I’ll go ahead and say it again- living in Upstate, South Carolina allows for easy access to a LOT of fantastic towns across the South. From Georgia to North Carolina to Tennessee to Virginia (and even Florida, Alabama, and Kentucky), the Southeast is truly my playground by car. Jon and I visited Hendersonville, NC (and its little sister town to the South, Flat Rock) shortly after moving here. As autumn approached, we kept hearing about North Carolina apples (Honeycrisps! Pink Ladies!)…and we were bitten by the bug. And the charming, vibrant town of Hendersonville just happens to be at the heart of all things Apple, including the annual NC Apple Festival.

Luckily for me, Hendersonville is also the home of some fantastically fun antiques and thrift shops, which I wanted to share with you! Let’s go junkin’… in between bites of apple cider donuts, of course…Read more ›

Shotgun!: Bee Happy Vintage Market (Asheville, North Carolina)

Shotgun!: Bee Happy Vintage Market (Asheville, North Carolina)

If I could paint you a picture of my perfect day, it would look this: sunny and mild (temps in the low 70s)…a drive through the mountains…and a vintage-y festival to fill my day. And you know what? That’s exactly the day I had when I explored the Spring 2015 Bee Happy Vintage Market in Asheville, North Carolina!

As you may recall, I’ve already professed to you my love of Asheville. So I had high hopes for this new-to-me vintage festival (hosted by Bee Happy Wares & Whimsies), held within the delightful Biltmore Village. Ya’ll know I love to explore new markets, meet new vendors, and procure new treasures- and I’m happy to say I did all three of these on this blissful day!

So, who did I meet and what kinds of treasures did I discover? Let’s find out…Read more ›

Sadie Spotlight: Hawks and Doves

Sadie Spotlight: Hawks and Doves

You may recall that I attended something called the Indie Craft Parade back in September…a weekend-long festival dedicated to handcrafted, functional, obtainable arts and crafts right here in Greenville, South Carolina. I bought a fantastic tote bag there- handcrafted from waxed canvas and a salvaged feed sack- from Hawks and Doves. Now, truth be told, this was my SECOND Hawks and Doves purchase because I just LOVE her stuff.

My beloved H&D bags.

My beloved H&D bags.

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Shotgun: Charlotte! (Pickin’ and Beers)

Shotgun: Charlotte! (Pickin’ and Beers)

It’s a rare Saturday that my husband, Jon, and I can go on an all-day adventure. We’re usually going in opposite directions on Saturdays…but with a busy March ahead of us, we decided that a day trip together was in order. It had been a while since I’d gone treasure hunting in Charlotte, so that’s where we directed the car to go.Read more ›