Sunday, March 3, 2013

"American Picking" in Hendersonville Thrift, Resale and Antique Shops

Our guest blogger this month is Allen Olmstead from Atlanta Georgia.  Enjoy!

Hi, I’m Diane & Darla’s brother, Allen.  I’m giving Diane the week off from the blog.  I came up from Atlanta to visit, and ran across a quandary.  It was beautiful outside the window today but when I stepped outside the door it was still too chilly for the things that I love so much in Western North Carolina.    I’ve already visited Tempo Music, the musical instrument dealer on Main Street, and any purchase there will be disastrous to my marriage.  There was no need to visit the grocery store, the mall or run errands.  I was not in the mood for a quiet corner and a book. was not time to find a restaurant.   Maybe a bubble bath?  Later.  We decided to spend the afternoon visiting the consignment, second-hand, and antique stores that Hendersonville has so many of.

Our first stop was Next to New Shop on Church Street.  I’ve been in antique and junk shops before, but the scale of this place is astounding.  There are a couple warehouse-size rooms and half a dozen or more smaller rooms all stuffed to the gills with items. 

Part of the fun is in imagining where we could place objects in our houses.  Another joy is discovering relics from our own past: glasses and ashtrays from our parents’ mismatched cabinets, stereo turntables from rock ‘n’ roll’s golden age (there are also singles and LP’s – vinyl is back, you know!), and furniture we remember.  Our more “eccentric” friends and relatives are mentioned and times shared are laughed about.  

I saw quite a few things that I could have incorporated into my house but Diane has the inside track on me.  1898 Waverly Inn has fifteen guest rooms, each uniquely decorated and accessorized.  They are constantly being updated, so she has no limits.  I was limited by what I could get into a Nissan for the trip home.  We went through four shops and there were twenty more waiting for me on the next trip.

I ended up spending $30 for the afternoon and walked away with a really cool “fiesta” condiment holder for those incredible dips that my wife makes, two record albums and a pair of golf clubs.  We found bargains, we were warm, and there’s still time for the book and a nap before dinner at Umi or Mona Lisa.  Happy Day!!!

We hope we've given you yet another reason to visit the 1898 Waverly Inn in Hendersonville, NC very soon!

John, Diane, Darla & Debbie
1898 Waverly Inn
Bed and Breakfast Hendersonville NC
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