Come with me on my antique hunting day trip.
My husband has a newly discovered love of antiques. He has always been fond of them, but lately he seems to be on a mission for all sorts of antique hunting. We recently took a day trip to Greensboro, NC and spent many hours wandering around one of our favorite antique shops – The Antique Marketplace.
The southern part of the US is deeply rooted in American history. It was the place where many of our first settlers made their homes and the grand estates are quite something to behold. Many of these estates, complete with furniture and furnishings, are passed down from generation to generation. The area around Greensboro and Burlington in North Carolina has so many lovely antique shops. It is fun to make a day of it and wander through aisles and aisles of lovely old furniture and collectibles.
And yet another cork piece…this time it was a wine cabinet with cork door pulls and a hand painted cottage chic design with grape vines. Love it!
Each booth seemed to have its own theme. Even though all sorts of pieces were in the booths, you could see that the owner of it had a fondness for one thing or the other. This person obviously loved pictures. Since that was my main reason for the antique hunting day trip, I spent a lot of time in this booth.
I had told my husband that I was interested in an unsual and tall Santa Claus for Christmas. He looked but could not find one. Pity he didn’t come to this antique shop on his hunt (with a spare $575!) He is over 4 feet tall and something else. See my Santa Claus collection here.
I wanted these so badly. I have pretty much zero use for them, but they are so unusual. It was a set of 6 sherry glasses with nude opaque glass stems. $65 for the set, and if we thought we would have used them, I would have bought them. I passed on the purchase but talked about them all the way home!
Near and dear to my heart! In addition to writing articles for this blog, I also have run online vintage jewelry site called Vintage Jewelry Lane. These rings would fit right into my stock and turquoise jewelry is very, very popular.
Quite a lof of the booths featured rustic “funky junk” decor like this. Not quite my style but it is very popular. If you love it too, be sure to visit my friend Donna’s blog Funky Junk Interiors.
So many of the shops had antique plates. Took one took my attention, not so much for the plates but for the bookcase they were housed in!
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When I had better eyesight, I loved to sew, so this collection of vintage thimbles took my eye right away. They are very collectible now.
One last booth to share. One of my sisters if fond of country style antiques so this made me think of her.
In the end, I never did find the pictures I wanted. I needed a matching set of two in a particular size but they were not to be found. We did find a bunch of other photos that we almost ended up buying but decided to sit on our wallets instead.
If you love antiques and also enjoy of day of antique hunting like my husband and I do, be sure to visit The Antique Marketplace in Greensboro, NC. You will be glad you did.
Are you an antique hunter? What is your favorite place to hang out for an antique hunting day trip? Please leave your comments below.
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