I went in search of treasures at Hodgson Antiques and was not disappointed in the least by what I found. The shop entrance had a rack of vintage clothing, which frankly, didn't interest me in the least. I was in the mood for a stunning piece of art or furniture or even cut glass. What I found instead was a treasure trove of vintage jewelry. I like jewelry as much as the next person, but my goodness, they had more than I'd ever seen in one place before! I'll admit, the little girl in me came out and I spent quite some time going through their pieces. I've since been back with my daughter and a friend of mine, both of whom were beyond happy with the selections we made. This isn't a large shop, but it's packed to the gills.
The 2nd Time Around Thrift Store is where we found some household goods and knick knacks to round out my niece's apartment that we were trying to furnish through the thrift store route. I was impressed by the quality of some of the things at this thrift store. The vases and picture frames were actually pretty nice and perfect for what we were looking for. We even found dishes for her for a bargain.
My niece and I found several pieces at the Son of a Vet Thrift Shop for her new apartment. We had been searching for some time, looking for things that would be functional, would fit her space and affordable. We tried to find pieces that were durable so they would last for a while as well. We hit the jackpot here. She was able to get her dresser, a night stand and an end chair, plus a coffee pot, microwave and blender for under $200. I was impressed.
Diane's Junk Box is a myriad of estate sale stuff, consignment stuff and a couple of antiques, all sprinkled in. We originally went there for my niece to find furnishings for her new apartment, but instead, I wound up buying a couple of lamps, a vase, a mirror and a shelf. I really liked what they had and look forward to visiting them again in the near future.
I took my niece to the Pink Plum to see what kinds of treasures they had in store for us. Our goal was to locate furniture for her first apartment. What we walked out with was a few outfits and accessories for my niece instead. I understand the draw - their clothes were neatly organized and tagged, the jewelry was eyecatching and the accessories were fun to look at. I did manage to look through the furniture; they had some very cute pieces that would have worked, if the furniture budget hadn't been blown on clothes. Ahh....to be 22 again!
Novotny's Antique Gallery is one of my favorite antiques store. I've purchased a mirror from them as well as an art deco light fixture. I love their variety and their quality. When my husband's grandmother died, we had them run the estate sale for the family, which they did with great care and dignity. They've been a pleasure to work with, especially Alex, who helped us with the estate sale.
My husband has all but banned me from buying anything else for a while from Divine's Furniture Store. If I had one weakness, this store is it! Divine's is a warehouse full of antique furniture and light fixtures from a collection of eras. I've literally spent the day there, happily lost in my browsing, lovingly caressing the wood of the victorian tables and Tiffany lamps. I've dropped some serious money here, but all to the beautification of my home. The friends and family members I've taken there have fallen in love with it as well. The best thing of all - they accept layaway!
I went with my niece furniture shopping for her first apartment when she graduated from college. It was so much fun! We looked at Emma Sue's Used Furniture shop to see what they had and to give my niece ideas. We found some nice pieces that weren't too badly beated up and a couple of chairs. My niece wanted to get more ideas, so we may be going back to pick up the pieces we found. The store was well organized and it was easy to find things.
A N Abell Auctioneers puts on some awfully good auctions. My friends and I make it a point to go to as many of their Thursday auctions as possible. Their inventory varies so much, it's exciting to show up just to see what they have. We've seen some beautiful pieces get auctioned off and have watched the bidding wars that are waged in the wings. It's pure entertainment on every level.
I was so impresssed by the quilted ottoman I bought at the Furniture Closeout store, I wound up calling several of my friends about this hidden gem. Furniture Closeout only sells new furniture. For whatever reason, when I heard the name, I had a vision in my head of second hand, used furniture. Not so! I believe they are more of a liquidator of sorts. Nevertheless, I stopped by on a whim and was not prepared for all the quality pieces they had. I immediately zeroed in on ottoman I wound up buying and had a great time exploring the other pieces they had. When I returned home, I called my mother, my aunt and my friends to tell them all about this treasure store!