Hello Friends! Sorry for the late post this week. We took a quick little getaway to the mountains of North Carolina for the weekend. The trip was equal parts welcome home/anniversary/Fall family getaway. We’ve been wanting to visit Asheville, NC since moving to NC…and we were able to sneak in a great little trip between the 1′ of snowfall a few weeks ago and the Polar Vortex arriving this weekend. We had great temps, saw lots of Fall color and ate great food…AND my husband indulged me with LOTs of putzing and browsing through wonderful antique stores! It was a total treat as I could literally putz through antique and consignment stores all day long, day after day. And while I couldn’t stop in every store in this great little town (there’s a lot of them!), we did leave town with some awesome finds that I wanted to show you today!
My favorite and most exciting find was this solid wood antique Jenny Lind bed, complete with headboard, footboard, and rails for…wait for it…$45!!!! I was so excited, I couldn’t get it loaded in the car fast enough! We don’t really have a place or a need for this bed right now, but I have been so smitten with this kind of bed for years that I literally couldn’t pass it up. I think my husband thought I had lost it, but I was determined to bring this thing home. It’s sturdy and in pretty good shape structurally; the wood finish is pretty rough so I will have no heartache painting it a bright fun color someday! My sister-in-law almost dampened my spirits when she suggested that it was probably an antique bed requiring a 3/4 mattress. I was even more excited when I got home, measured and determined it’s a true double! Yay!
Next up, I found some brass accessories for super cheap. I always get bummed out when I find cute accessories like these marked up pretty high in antique stores, but the prices on these were so reasonable, I snatched them up! The large swan was $6, the small swan was $4, and the elephant was $8. The winged bowl was $4 and the brass trashcan was $15!
Out where we live on the coast, we don’t see a ton of mid-century-modern finds, which is fine, but I’ve been crushing over some of the cool things I’ve seen other bloggers pick up on their thrifting trips. I was super excited to stumble across these vintage MCM lamps. They were $90 for the pair (which I honestly don’t know if that’s reasonable or not), but I LOVED their shape and mix of wood/white and thought they would incorporate well into our home! Now to find just the right shades!
Asheville has a huge local artist population, with tons of galleries and workshops that you can browse through. I wish we had the budget for some grand “real” art (I fell in love with a $3,700 painting!), I still wanted to find a unique piece of art to bring home from our trip. I found this little print titled Watching Over a Little One and was really taken with it. The colors work so well with our house, and it just felt fun, modern and fresh. I LOVE that is mounted to a piece of wood with this cool glossy coating, so it’s literally ready to go on the walls right now! This little guy was $85, but considering I don’t have to frame or mount it, that’s a pretty good deal for unique/local art!
Last but not least, I found this really cool folded-paper star 14′ garland at 10 Thousand Villages for $5 each. I couldn’t decide on gold or silver, so I got both. I think it would look awesome on a Christmas tree, but also in a kid’s room or craft space as bunting! Can’t wait to find a home for it!
There are so many wonderful shops in Asheville, but in case anyone is going and wants some suggestions. here’s the ones we visited and loved:
- The Tobacco Barn (Biltmore Village area)
- Sweeten Creek Antiques (Biltmore Village area)
- Antiques at Riverview Station (River Arts District)
- Woolworth Walk (Downtown)
It’s funny how just a few small purchases can set off a domino effect of changes throughout the house! Just to get the painting on the wall and the lamps in the office, we’re moving and re-arranging and editing down what we have to make room! I hope to have updates for you soon how (some) of these new-to-me finds get incorporated into our home!
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