It’s official- Fall Festival Season has begun and I couldn’t be happier! Just about every weekend in September and October boasts at least one festival or fair to check out- whether it’s arts & crafts…food…or antiques and vintage. And guess what? I love it all!
For several years now- literally, years- Jon and I have made plans to take a long weekend in Charleston, South Carolina…but for whatever reason, our plans have been scrapped due to any number of reasons. Finally, FINALLY, we made hotel reservations that we didn’t have to cancel, and a list of shops and eateries that we actually got to try!
And let me tell you- it was worth the wait. We had a MAGNIFICENT time and already have a list of places to check out during our next visit. If you are a junker, a shopper, a foodie, a beer snob, and/or a history buff, then Charleston needs to be on your Bucket List.
Now, truth be told, my kind of junk shopping does not fall under the category of “fine antiques”. While there is plenty of highfalutin antiques within Charleston proper- and we ambled all over the gorgeous downtown districts- most of my shopping happened in every direction surrounding the city! North Charleston, Mount Pleasant, West Ashley, and Johns Island offer plenty of vintage shops, none of which are very far by car. So hop on board and let’s get started!Read more ›
If you’ve spent any time on my blog or Facebook page, you’ve probably figured out that I’m a fan of architectural salvage… I’ve made baluster lamps… I’ve got a penchant for antique key plates… suitcase tables with spindles for legs… and I sniff out salvage shops wherever I go (Savannah, Nashville, etc.). Of course, I tend to gravitate towards smaller bits for my projects…but I constantly marvel at what others do with doors, mantels, even old staircases.
So when I stumbled across Encore Architectural Company’s shop in Saint Matthews, South Carolina, I was floored- pun intended! In fact, I may have even made an abrupt, illegal U-turn in the middle of the road because I was blinded with excitement!
My first post about my adoration of Greenville, SC and South Carolina’s Upstate focused on food- oh the delicious meals we consume here! But in between meals, I do quite a bit of shopping for project bits…from antique shops to thrift stores, we have a pretty good selection of options, which is handy for a crafter/junker like me! Here are some of my FAVORITE shops to hit- maybe some inspiration for you this weekend!Read more ›