Junkin’ Journey: Bristol, Tennessee and Virginia

Junkin’ Journey: Bristol, Tennessee and Virginia

As someone who does NOT follow NASCAR, Bristol has never been on my radar as a destination. No offense to NASCAR fans, of course! But, when I was researching potential Junkin’ Journey locations, I fell in love with the quirky geography of it. As it turns out, the Tennessee/Virginia state line falls down the middle of State Street, which is the heart of downtown Bristol…in both states.Read more ›

Junkin’ Journey: Chattanooga, Tennessee

Junkin’ Journey: Chattanooga, Tennessee

Twenty-some odd years ago, my mother and I drove the family cars down from the Chicago suburbs to southwest Florida as part of their big move south. It was a sweltering June day and an otherwise fun road-trip. The otherwise part, though? One of the cars- the one I was driving- overheated in Chattanooga, Tennessee…and I had to drive with the heat cranked on in 90°F weather.

I realize I should have blamed Ford, but instead I blamed Chattanooga…and I hadn’t returned since. But I’ve lived half my life since that sweaty day, and decided to lift the ban and take a long, junkin’ weekend to Chatt-town. I’m happy to say that we had a fantastic time…and in true Chattanooga form, the past is quite literally water (from the Tennessee River) under the Bridge.Read more ›

Shotgun!: Country Living Fair 2016 (Lebanon, Tennessee)

Shotgun!: Country Living Fair 2016 (Lebanon, Tennessee)

A couple of years ago, I attended my first Country Living Fair in Atlanta and just had a terrific time. If you’ve never been to a CLF before, here’s what you need to know: they are HUGE events and it’s impossible to see everything in one day…and the booths are amazing, so you’ll be plunking down some hard-earned dollars for unique treasures that you just may never find again. So when I had the chance to attend this year’s Fair in Lebanon, Tennessee (just outside of Nashville), I jumped at the chance!Read more ›

Shotgun!: Knoxville, Tennessee (Part 1)

Shotgun!: Knoxville, Tennessee (Part 1)

I don’t know about you, but I love to visit college towns. They are perpetually injected with youth and the funky vibe that comes from college coeds. And as all things “vintage” become trendier, college towns are really turning into hotbeds of places to thrift for cool, unusual, or wonderfully seasoned secondhand pieces. So, revisiting Knoxville, Tennessee moved to the top of my junkin’ journey list! Home to University of Tennessee’s main campus, it’s a fun mountain town that boasts a LOT of thrifting and antiques-shopping options.

I ended my weekend with a carload of goodies and a text message apology to Jon for everything I was bringing home. But, where, oh where, did I go?Read more ›

Shotgun! Retropolitan Craft Fair

Shotgun! Retropolitan Craft Fair

For months leading into Spring, I’ve had a heavy calendar filled with craft fairs and vintage markets, taking me around South Carolina, North Carolina, Georgia, and Tennessee.  And I’m very sorry to say that I’ve hit my last festival of the season- the Retropolitan Craft Fair in Knoxville, Tennessee.

I seriously love to explore new markets, meeting new vendors and finding new small businesses and start-ups to follow and buy from. And even though I don’t vend at these shindigs, I do feel as though I’m part of this fun, friendly community.Read more ›

Shotgun!- Nashville and Franklin, Tennessee (Part 2)

Shotgun!- Nashville and Franklin, Tennessee (Part 2)

If you read my previous post, then you know that we recently returned from a fun and successful weekend in Nashville, Tennessee. But we actually stayed in the town of Franklin, Tennessee- a few miles south of Nashville, covered in rolling hills dotted by beautiful horse farms.

I wasn’t expecting to spend much time in Franklin- surely Nashville would be the darling of this trip, right?

Not entirely true. Who would have guessed that Franklin would have some of the most splendid antiquing spots that made me positively swoon?!Read more ›