Tablescapes, Home Decor, Thrifting, Cooking

Monday, August 1, 2011

Junkin’ in North Carolina



One of my favorite things to do is go junkin.  I used to like antiquing until I discovered how much fun it is to go into a thrift store or truly a junk store only to uncover something that really speaks to me for just a small amount of money.




I really, really love to go junkin’ when we are visiting relatives in North Carolina.  When you are in a different region it’s obvious you are going to find a different variety of “junk”.  (did I really just call it junk??)

DSCN4465_503  The dishes are sometimes different as well as the prices. 



We did go into some very organized (but not nearly as fun) antique stores.  Out of the whole huge store where we spent a lot of time in New Bern, NC I only found this for 99 cents. 



I was excited to find the little onion pitcher because I already had one at home that’s a tomato.  Now it would be fun to locate a third vegetable little pitcher.



This good sized vintage Christmas tablecloth was folded up on a card table outside a junk store.  Loving dishes and anything to do with tables, it did catch my eye.  Having to pack it in a suitcase and worrying about not going over 50 pounds, I really was talking myself out of it until the man told me it was 75 cents!!  Seventy Five cents???  Why yes, I’ll take it!



I’m hoping my friend Sherry at Back 2 Vintage will be pleased with my next junk store treasures.  These little pyrex bowls were 50 cents each!! No lids, but they came home with me anyway!




Isn’t this store front cute as can be????

I met a cousin (the store owner) in here…never knew her before!  That’s how it is in small Southern towns!




Sorry for the glare, but can you get over this mannequin in this store window??

Just makes you smile


This was a Resale Thrift shop that we discovered in a little town called Zebulon.  It’s right outside of Raleigh.

We were on the way to the airport and had an extra hour so pulled off to see what we could find.





They had the cutest little dressing rooms and the proceeds went to abused women.  It was a really nice shop.









This little vintage print dress fit me perfectly!  I was so excited because I love little summer dresses that don’t look so dressy.

DSCN4482_520DSCN4484_522    It’s even lined!!  $7.00



We went in one more store before going to the airport when I found them!!



Six beautiful plates made in England.




By this time I was not as excited to be making a heavy purchase.  I knew it would have to go in my carry on bag and we were getting tired. Nah, I don’t need them!

But wait!!

What is that little mark that says “D”??  Could that stand for Donna? ???  Really??





I took a closer look for a sign…and there it was!!

The letter D meant half off!!


I got these 6 plates for $15.  Even the lady who packaged my dishes so carefully told me they were worth a lot more.  She told me to look on ebay.  I did, but didn’t find this exact pattern yet.  Anyone familiar with them?  I think they will be very fun in the fall.

There are two designs…DSCN4510_545





I have a few more old finds to share but I will save those for another time.


It was sad to leave N.C. for so many reasons.  I have gotten smart and have learned to check an extra suitcase for found treasures.


I am joining Rhoda at Southern Hospitality for Today’s Thrifty Treasures







Anonymous said...

Girl, you should have told me you were in N.C....not that far from me...really. Those bird plates are gorgeous and will be so perfect for the Fall and I love your little dress. It looks like you. :) I bought a little dress for $6.00 this past weekend that I just loved at a thrift. Had to do some taking in on it but it was worth it. I love simple cotton dresses in the summertime instead of shorts. Very exciting about the little one coming!! xo

Ann@A Sentimental Life said...

looks like you had a great time!! Some great buys, like your dress. And love your cousins store window, the cousin thing happens here in the Midwest too...when u get to talking!

Cathy said...

Great finds Donna! I love the plates especially and what a deal. I bet you look fabulous in the dress.

Miss Char said...

Dang Donna, we've got to go junkin again cause you are flushing out great stuff. I'm in love with the pitcher and of course you know I love the dishes.

Sherry@Back2Vintage said...

OH, MY! How could I not be pleased! How could I not be JEALOUS!!! 50 cents for a fridgie! WOW!!! I also love the mannequin!Hilarious!!!!

Pinky at Designs by Pinky said...

Great finds, LOVE those plates and the pitcher too! XO, Pinky

Anonymous said...

Donna, such fun and there were so many treasures. I love the plates. They are just fantastic and such a great buy. Hugs, Marty

Debbiedoos said...

ANd a junkin we will go Donna. You scored on those plates, the pitcher is cute too. Thanks for stopping by and your sweet comment!

Mid-Atlantic Martha said...

You had a great junkin trip! I love everything you found.

Dawn said...

Your junkin adventure looks like fun. I would love to do that, but nothing like it around here. You found some wonderful items:)

Anonymous said...

Donna, you did have some great fun and finds junkin'! I love your vintage summer dress and those gorgeous plates. For 75 cents you could have worn the vintage tablecloth as a shawl on the plane!

Your cousin's shop looks darling! Love her window display.

Anonymous said...

What a successful few hours before flying home!! I love the plates. You are right. They will make a beautiful fall tablescape. I collect pitchers, so I love the onion pitcher. Your new dress is sweet!!

Alison @ The Polohouse said...

Hi Donna!
Those bird plates would have FLOWN home with me too!
Love them.


Tootsie said...

What a great post!!! I love LOVE LOVE...junkin too!
I am just loving the tour of blogland tonight! I am so excited to have time to visit some of my favorite blogs...they are all so inspiring and I am NEVER disappointed! I am lucky to see are inspirations that I would never have found had I not found each of the my friends that I see online! I wish I had more time to visit everyone more often...I sometimes think of my online family and miss them so! Thank you so much for sharing with me/us!
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Sue said...

Junkin' while on the way to the airport?! Girl, you ARE addicted! LOL You sure hit the mother lode of goodies. Love that sweet dress and those pretty plates. I hope you find another veggie to match your tomato and onion pitchers- those two are awful cute. :-) Sue said...

Oh, you got some great stuff there Donna! Love the plates! I would of snatched those up too! I can't wait to see more of your trip!

Anonymous said...

Hi Donna! Oh, what wonderful things you found! I love junking too!
You did good and brought all of this home on the plane? :) Not that I've ever done anything like this! ;)
Oh, you can come to my party if you just have one yard bird! I would love for you to come.
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

Rhoda @ Southern Hospitality said...

Donna, you scored some great junk! what a fun trip. thanks for linking up.,

Tablescapes By Diane said...

Hi lovely lady.
I love your Beautiful bird plates, you got some great stuff sweet lady~~~ Donna. I hope you can come see me some time. I also hope you have a great weekend coming up..
XXOO Diane

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This good sized vintage Christmas tablecloth is superb and best to decorate in christmas. I like dishes and anything to do with tables, all are eye catching.

Linda (Nina's Nest) said...

Hi Donna, let's just call it "junquing", ok? It really is a treasure hunt of fun, isn't it! About those dishes, the white design on them looks like my Christmas plates - which are Cuthbertson out of England. The salad plates have the exact same border with the green ring and a tree in the middle (like Spode). Cthbertson calls this pattern "the original Christmas tree", so they may have designed it before Spode. Anyway, they are pretty! Linda

Babs said...

Donna, I want to go junking with you! Great finds and love the quail plates. I can tell you're a serious junker.
Love the pot with the tobacco in it. My grandaddy used to grow tobacco and when I was little, he'd let me help 'strip' and hang it. I still remember the sweet smell of it. Is that weird?
Fun post.

Curtains in My Tree said...

I love going to shops outside of my state lines. LOl

You found some goodies

I want that stack of pink & white pyrex bowls in the picture before the laughing mannequin LOL


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