Shotgun!: Atlanta, Georgia (Part 1)

Shotgun!: Atlanta, Georgia (Part 1)

If I haven’t mentioned it before, my husband’s favorite past time is sword fighting- with the long sword, to be precise. He studies historical European martial arts with various groups in the Carolinas as well as Eastern martial arts at a local dojo. When he had an opportunity to train with a sword fighting studio in Atlanta, Georgia, we decided to turn it into a long weekend…which meant I could go junkin’!

Truth be told, a city as large as Atlanta offers COUNTLESS options for antiques, vintage, and thrift stores…so this post will just have to count as “Part 1” in a series…because with Atlanta not all that far from me, you can be sure that I’ll be returning many more times…for many more blog posts.

Let’s get started- here are the places I hit this time around!Read more ›

Junkin’ Journey: Charleston, South Carolina (Part 1)

Junkin’ Journey: Charleston, South Carolina (Part 1)

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 ›

Junkin’ Journey: Chamblee, Georgia

Junkin’ Journey: Chamblee, Georgia

Exploring the Atlanta area has been long overdue for me…I mean, I live a scant drive away from this cosmopolitan southern city and yet I rarely make the time to head down Interstate 85. So, let this blog post be the first part in rectifying an overdue trip!

Puttering around Chamblee, Georgia was never part of my original plan- I had focused on Metro Atlanta with only a stop or two scheduled for Chamblee.

WHAT WAS I THINKING??Read more ›

Shotgun!: Asheville, North Carolina

Shotgun!: Asheville, North Carolina

Please note that this post will be updated in June 2019!

One of the many, many benefits of living in Greenville, South Carolina is our close proximity to Asheville, North Carolina. A pretty drive north through the mountains leads one to Asheville, a fun, funky, cosmopolitan town with a free spirit and welcoming arms for an upcycler like myself.

In fact, Asheville is truly a junk destination- there are so many amazing vintage-based shops, from salvaged junk to the highfalutin finery, that there really is a shop for everyone, regardless of taste. My husband and I go to Asheville more infrequently than either of us prefer, he for the beer, me for the pickin’…and since I have many more shops to explore for the blog, we’ll just go ahead and call this Asheville: Part I.

I’m pleased to say that we hit some old favorites as well as some new spots, all of which were fun and fruitful in their own way. Asheville truly never disappoints!Read more ›

Shotgun!- Country Living Fair 2014 (Atlanta, Georgia)

Shotgun!- Country Living Fair 2014 (Atlanta, Georgia)

For the past two years, something has prevented me from attending the Country Living Fair in Atlanta. Scheduling conflicts, the fleeting desire to be frugal, blah, blah, blah. But this year, I was determined! Nothing was going to hold me back.

I came, I saw, and I…well…I’m pretty sure it conquered me.

For junkies like me, this is the BIG ONE- something people pilgrimage to. And I was NOT disappointed.Read more ›