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.

I tried to get a Peachoid photo for fellow “House of Cards” fans to show you that yes, it really does exist (in Gaffney, SC), but my phone cam was too slow.

Our first stop was the Catawba River Antique Mall, housed in a 107-year-old mill building. I wasn’t sure what to expect, but I was very pleasantly surprised and will DEFINITELY come back!

Photo courtesy of

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My favorite fun treasure was a WWII-era garrison cap (see feature photo at the beginning of this post). It made me think of USO dances, victory rolls, and the Andrews Sisters…and since it fit my often-too-big head, I snapped it up. But I picked up a couple of other treasures: an old colander for an upcoming project and an old watering can, whose patina is perfect for my Spring mantlescape.

Green, green, and more green. Spring is bouncing all over my mind!

Green, green, and more green. Spring is bouncing all over my mind!

For lunch, we headed to NoDa, the North Davidson district in Charlotte known for art galleries, funky shops and eclectic boutiques, and…craft beer. Jon WAS with me, after all. We ate at Heist Brewery which had AMAZING food AND beer- a double whammy (in a good way). They have homemade rosemary parmesan tater tots, ya’ll…

Did I mention they have amazing cocktails, too?

Did I mention they have amazing cocktails, too?

After tinkering around NoDa for a while (which deserves more time on our next Charlotte run), we headed to the Sleepy Poet Antique Mall, which is always on my list when I’m in the CLT. If you recall, Sleepy Poet is where I picked up the window frame for Sadie Seasongoods’ signature project, the Doily Display. But as always, I came away with a few treasures, including: (1) an old muffin tin, with a backyard project in mind for it; (2) a strange “Sap Lid” which is apparently the wooden lid of a sap container- but it’s coastal cottage colors work so well in our house, it seemed like the perfect canvas for…something; and (3) an old Uncle Wiggily game board. I’ve seen some projects on Pinterest using old board games and the cutesy artwork and catchy colors on this board (plus the $3 price tag) sealed the deal.

Project bits and muses...

Project bits and muses…

After all the antiquing, we headed towards SouthPark (another Charlotte neighborhood) so Jon could peruse his favorite craft beer store in the CLT, Brawley’s Beverage.

Jon's "project" bits. And the project is drinking.

Jon’s “project” bits. And the project is drinking.


All in all, a successful shopping trip for both of us…I forget how much I enjoy Charlotte! Need to work it into my pickin’ rotation more often. And before you ask, we purposefully did not hit The Depot at Gibson Mill, probably the most well-known antique spot in the greater Charlotte area. It famously supplied the producers of the Hunger Games with props for the District 12 set! The Depot deserves it’s own full day of exploring and certainly it’s own blog post…so, another time for sure!

Explore on!



  1. sheila miller says:

    Fun day and great finds!


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