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…


Possum Hollow Antiques

So, right off the bat, I fell in love with a Mission style desk at Possum Hollow. I just wanted to put it out there in the open…but I didn’t buy it…and yes, I’m still thinking about it. BUT, back to the shop…this is a small (but full) shop set in the upper floor of a furniture restoration business. I didn’t catch a photo of the desk- we got to talking about weather with the owner…but perhaps that’s for the best. But as you can see, the shop is FULL of furniture options with plenty of smalls here and there.

Possum Hallow Antiques in Blowing Rock, NC North Carolina by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Can’t believe I didn’t take a photo of the desk I loved!

Hominy Mill Mercantile

This two-story “general store” is a primitive lovers dream. Located at 3894 US Highway 321 S. in Blowing Rock, it is filled to the brim- from the porch to the second story- of primitive, handmade pieces that are one-of-a-kind…and have LOADS of possibility. Now…I’m worried this shop is going out of business due to the liquidation signs we saw…which always saddens me. But, I did my part and took a few of the owner’s wares off his hands.

Hominy Mill Mercantile in Blowing Rock, North Carolina NC by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

A primitive-lover’s dream…

Hominy Mill Mercantile in Blowing Rock, North Carolina NC by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

A couple of treasures for me!

Welcome Home Thriftique

Believe it or not, but I wasn’t overly thrilled by the thrift shop selection on this trip…but Thriftique was definitely worth a mention! It doesn’t feel like a thrift store at all, but more like an underpriced consignment shop! Plus, it was predominantly housewares and furniture, with just a few racks of clothing in the corner- definitely a bonus for a DIY repurposer like me.

Welcome Home Thriftique thrift store in Boone, North Carolina NC by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Nicer than your average thrift shop, that’s for sure!

Antiques on Howard

Of all the antiques shops/malls we checked out on this trip, Antiques on Howard was probably my favorite. I’m easily overwhelmed at endless/massive antiques malls, but this shop was the perfect size…and had SEVERAL booths that were right up my alley (boho-shabby, mantique tools, vintage clothing/accessories). I found a few treasures here and would definitely go back whenever we’re in Boone again.

Antiques on Howard in Boone, North Carolina NC by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

One of my favorite booths…

Antiques on Howard in Boone, North Carolina NC by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Another favorite…

Antiques on Howard in Boone, North Carolina NC by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

The latest addition to my growing collection…

Appalachian Antiques

Creeky floorboard alert! (Sorry, I always get excited about antiques shops in old buildings that have creeky, squeaky floors). This shop is probably Boone’s best-known antiques store, as it sits proudly on the main drag through town. We thought we could escape the throngs of people outside by tucking into this store, but there were throngs inside, too! It offers a LOT of treasures, though- so the crowd inside wasn’t exactly a surprise.

Appalachian Antique Mall in Boone, North Carolina NC by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

I wish my kitchen looked like this!


I really do have a mountain soul, so the landscape of Boone and Blowing Rock really speaks to me. And I’m so glad we finally got to do a little exploring- plus, if I ever decide I want to learn how to ski, I’m pretty sure Boone will be at the top of the list. Of course, skiing would take away from time spent junkin’ or DIYing, so… we’ll just have to see about that.

Ok, so- where to next?? Any suggestions?

Explore on!


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  1. We’re in the process of hitting all the thrift and antique stores in/near Shallotte, Southport and points in between. There are quite a few — more than is listed from online sources. We took Holden Beach Road (Rt 130) out of Shallotte. There are a few down that way. Then, if you take 17 to 211 and go toward Southpoint, there are plenty there. We had enough time to stop at two. Then, we drove into Southport, and there are plenty of others to visit.

    In Shallotte proper, there are 3 thrift/consignment stores and 1 that is mostly larger furniture. (Shallotte, NC is about half way between Wilmington, NC and Myrtle Beach, SC on Route 17.

    I’m thinking of taking my time and going to each one of them. I think reviewing them and writing about them on my blog might be helpful to others. I’ll work on it, but it may take awhile. If you have any specific questions, let me know. I might be able to help you out. (I checked the box to be notified of new comments so I won’t miss an opportunity to help.)

    I wasn’t impressed with the thrift stores in the Calabash area, but others might be. There are quite a few. (I shy away from the places that have a lot of clothing.)

    • Oops! I forgot one already. There is the Fancy Flea (vintage, antiques and collectibles) on Route 17 just east of Shallotte. They have an annex they can point you toward. It’s just a hop, skip and a jump away (maybe 1/2 mile).

      There is a ReStore (Habitat for Humanity) and a furniture consignment store in Ocean Isle Beach, NC on Route 904/Beach Drive SW which is on the mainland.

    • I’d love to read your post when it’s ready! Wilmington is on my list of places to hit, as well- and it’s too far from where you’re talking about (I think?).

      • Because the area is so near the coast, that it’s marshy, and there are many wetlands, inlets, sounds, The Intracoastal Waterway and rivers. There are few bridges to give direct routes to many destinations. Around here, most of us don’t travel “as the crow flies”, but meander to get to where we want to be. There are a couple of ferries that can get you from one place to another, like from the tip of Hanover County to Brunswick County. It’s really a mess. We just have to work around it. You would have to travel from Wilmington to Supply (junction 17 and 211), which would take 30 minutes or more. Then, if you traveled straight to Southport from there on 211, it would take another 30 minutes or more. But, it is 211 where all the thrift/consignment/antiques stores are, so you would be making plenty of stops, I would hope!

        Alternatively, you could take cross the drawbridge near downtown Wilmington, then take 133 through Bellville to Southport. That would take 36 minutes or more. Once you get into downtown Southport, there are about 4 antique stores in that area, but the thrift stores are mainly away from town (on 211). The town is rather quaint {old brick}. {This is the town where a Nicholas Sparks movie was made — Safehaven, I believe was the name of it.} This route is rather scenic {the last time we went through}.

        Instead of going the ocean through Bellville, you could go the opposite way into Leland. There is a thrift store call The Hope Chest {benefits battered women}, a ReStore {Habitat for Humanity} and a consignment store (last I knew) with large furniture and decor.

        I’m not that familiar with the thrift/antique/consignment stores in Wilmington, but I’m sure there are plenty. I just can’t remember a single name!

  2. Lois Stimax says:

    When you go back north, go past Boone to West Jefferson. It is a cute little town and has a great antique store on the way to Main Street. Of course I don’t know the name of it, it’s just the biggest one in town! I’ll try out the ones in Boone on my next visit!

  3. I’m delighted you came to my neck of the woods! Thanks for the reviews!

  4. Love to hear where you are next. I love antiques, primitive shops, yes even good yard sales. I would love to take a trip with you. We would be hitting someone’s old barns, fields whatever to dig for stuff. Thanks for sharing with all of us.
    Betty Whatley

  5. I always enjoy scrounging through thrift stores, antique shops, etc. and enjoy the hunt for the treasures. I love the stuff at Howards!

  6. Love the framed embroidery and can’t wait to see what you do with the treasures you’ve found. You’ve got me thinking what I can recycle/recreate in the house. LOVE DIY projects; great fun when the hubby and kids join in, too.

  7. Love shopping with you! And I love the cross stitch and especially the saying…

    • It’s so good, right? Something for everyone to remember. 🙂

      • That’s a “Yankee” saying from New England, I believe. At least, Yankee magazine attributes it that way. I enjoyed reading about your antiquing adventures. I’m jealous that you got to see Blowing Rock, as I’m a fan of Jan Karon’s books, and her “Mitford” is supposed to be based on it.
        I picked up a glass shade at the Sept. Brimfield, since I had seen your
        Ghosts last year. I can’t wait to try it, and thanks for the mini glow stick link! I won’t need a whole package…maybe the extras can be grandkid treats.

  8. This looks like such a neat trip! how fun!!

    Thanks for joining Cooking and Crafting with J & J!

  9. Earlier in the week I suggested to my daughter that we have a girl’s weekend getaway soon. I don’t think this would interest her but I would be like a kid in a candy shop!

  10. Beautiful part of the country! Thanks for sharing at Funtastic Friday.

  11. I love boho and vintage stuffs so much. The Antiques on Howard look like a perfect destination for me to visit. Definitely go there when I have chance. Thank you for sharing btw!

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