Junkin’ Journey: Fernandina Beach, Florida

Junkin’ Journey: Fernandina Beach, Florida

Despite residing in various parts of Florida for fifteen years, I never had the opportunity to explore Amelia Island and the town of Fernandina Beach. Let me tell you- I was missing out! What a great town, full of all kinds of shopping opportunities. I recently spent a little time there and obviously did some junkin’ around town…and compiled a list of my favorite spots. I’d go back to any of these in a heartbeat!

 The Dove Cote Brocante

Oh my gosh, this shop...

Oh my gosh, this shop…

The Dove Cote Brocante is truly perfection in a shop- wonderfully curated vintage items, all chippy and faded and glorious… with some complementary new items that have a Parisian feel… and wonderful handmade jewelry and funky jewelry fixings. Aspen, the owner of the shop, is as sweet as can be and we happily chatted about upcoming vintage festivals, her handmade leather cuffs, and my purchase- some awesome dead stock cameos from the 1960s. I can’t wait to create something new with them! There’s a little something for everyone in this shop- and it warrants a couple of laps so that you don’t miss a thing.

Welcome to Wonderland...

Welcome to Wonderland…

Well, what do we have here?

Well, what do we have here?

OMG Project!!!

OMG Project!!!

Cats Angels Thrift Store

Cats + Thrift Store = HAPPY SADIE

Cats + Thrift Store = HAPPY SADIE

Cats Angels Thrift Store is quintessential Sadie: A clean, full thrift store that is heavily stocked in housewares and has a kitty adoption center inside! It is 100% completely focused on cats- OBVIOUSLY they had won me over before I even stepped inside. But what pleasant surprise to find a well-stocked shop that had a TON of items begging to be repurposed. In fact, there are no clothes…and a just a small selection of shoes and handbags. So this is a perfect shop for an upcycler looking for kitchen items, china plates, glassware, and tchotchkes- and let’s face it, doesn’t that sound perfect for me?

Ideas for upcycling here...

Ideas for upcycling here…

Ideas for repurposing there...

Ideas for repurposing there…

And some vintage china for my cabinet...score!

And some vintage china for my cabinet…score!

Pickers Market

Living up to its name...

Living up to its name…

Stepping inside the Pickers Market reminded me that I was definitely in Florida, and definitely on the coast. Maybe it’s the location right on the river, or the serenity of the whites, aquas, and greens that greet you as you enter the door. Either way, this is a GREAT shop for outfitting your beach house (or your make-believe beach house in the middle of America’s heartland). There were plenty of “smalls” to contemplate and painted furniture to admire- and besides, who doesn’t love a longboard used as a shop sign??

Now I just need some iced tea to go with the sea breeze.

Now I just need some iced tea to go with the sea breeze.

Trailer Park Collectibles

With a name like that, it's got to be good, right?

With a name like that, it’s got to be good, right?

Ok, now this shop? 100% pure love. I found SO MANY project bits here…and I’m already jonesin’ to go back! Trailer Park Collectibles is a big rambling mall in a cute section of town…and each booth charmed me with treasures. This is the perfect mall to tap into your repurposing muse- I found kitschy old sewing patterns, old dominoes for more clocks (Hello, Etsy store!), and even some Christmas gifts for my mom…and no, Mom, I didn’t take pictures of those! But anyway- if you’re ever in Fernandina Beach, put this place near the top of your must-go antique shops!

Chippy love!

Chippy love!

Ya'll know what happened to these patterns. :)

Ya’ll know what happened to these patterns. 🙂



Island Treasures

The outside will tempt you.

The outside will tempt you.

By the time I got to Island Treasures, a Florida summer storm was brewing and I decided to wait it out in an antique shop- rough life, I know! But of course, I pick the store that has the most AWESOME stuff outside… so I took one for the team and braved the storm to take pictures for ya’ll and do a little shoppin’ for me. And yes, there’s an entire shop inside which is perfectly wonderful- lots of great gardening and kitchen wares!- but the outside junkin’ made my heart positively swoon.

For the love of salvaged junk...

For the love of salvaged junk…

My oh my oh my...

My oh my oh my…

So there you have it!! You’ll be seeing projects using some of my treasures very soon… I really was impressed with Fernandina Beach. And I didn’t even stick my toes in the sand! But I did wrap my fingers around some mighty fine junk.

Junk on!


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  1. Looks like a fun day! I wish we had shops like this where I live. Thanks so much for sharing at the Make it Monday Party! See you again next week.

  2. oh my. oh my. I would be standing on the breaks in a heart beat if I saw these shops from the street! I am just a tad jealous of all of the junkin’ in one day! I wish I could road trip down there right now, if it weren’t for the 20 hour drive…sigh. Maybe on our next spring break trip. Thanks for sharing.

  3. You make me want to take a road trip! I could do that in a day, might have to plan it soon!

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