Thrifting in Raleigh

I recently attended the Southern Bloggers Conference here in Raleigh, NC.  It was my first blog conference and it was fantastic.  At first I was just excited to have a weekend away from the kids, but it turned into so much more than that.  If you’re a blogger or even just someone who likes to read blogs I highly recommend attending one of these conferences.

Anyways, the last day of the conference, Brittany from Pretty Handy Girl took us on a shopping spree all around Raleigh to her favourite thrift stores.  It was a fabulous day of shopping with some of the most amazing women.

We started our morning at NOFO @ the Pig and had a fantastic breakfast.  It was once the local Piggly Wiggly and is now a charming little restaurant, with a great gift shop on the top floor.  It’s a great place to go for really unique gifts.  Perfect stop for your Christmas shopping.

NOFO @ the Pig2014 Fairview Rd., Raleigh, NC 27608

Twelve Forks Junction- 11723 Six Forks Road, Raleigh, NC 27614

Our first shopping stop of the day was a brand new shop called Twelve Forks Junction (they had only been open a week!).  It’s owned by Sherry, Elizabeth, and Laurie who had been over at at Suzanna’s and have just opened up their own amazing shop.

You must check it out, the ladies are beyond friendly and helpful.  And you can tell they absolutely LOVE what they do.  They were so kind and gracious, they even gave us each a little bag of fresh pecans picked right on site!  How southern is that!

The shop is filled with furniture, art, beautiful candles, tea towels, dishes etc.  They have great prices and if you’re looking for a fun shop to visit I highly recommend making it out here.

Just look how charming it is!

Holly from Storywood Designs trying hard at negotiating over this fabulous unfinished dresser.

Antiques at Gresham Lake- 6917 Capital Boulevard, Raleigh, NC 27616

Our next stop was Antiques at Gresham Lake.  It’s a big store with lots of little booths set up for their vendors.  It wasn’t really my thing, but luckily we were there on a Sunday and they had a fabulous little flea market going on right in the parking lot.  I had driven by the flea market a million times but never stopped in.  I’d say there were 25 vendors set up and the prices were fabulous.  Of course you have to pick through the junk but that’s half the fun, isn’t it?  I picked up 3 large wooden corbels for $4 total.  What a steal.  I think they were meant for my kitchen.

Suzanna’s Antiques- 9300 Durant Road Raleigh, NC 27614

Next stop was Suzanna’s and if you live anywhere near Raleigh you must visit.  It began with the little yellow shop in the back and just keeps expanding.  It’s like a tiny vintage village with the most adorable little houses/shops.  They even have a little farmers market!  And it’s the best spot in Raleigh to pick up your Fall pumpkins.

You can get EVERYTHING here, I mean EVERYTHING.  It’s filled with architectural pieces, furniture, vintage clothing, vintage fabric, art, lighting, everything.  They also sell Miss Mustard Seeds Milk Paint, and Annie Sloan Chalk Paint.  Good to know.

The owners are so helpful and fantastic.  You’ll never want to leave this place, I promise.  I think you could spend an entire day just here.  So give yourself a bit time at this stop.

The fabulous shop owner Jenny from Suzanna’s she is so much fun!

Revival Antiques and collectibles 1505 Capital Boulevard #14  Raleigh, NC 27603

Our last stop of the day was Revival Antiques.  This is a shop I had been dying to visit.

There is the shop that looks like a real store.  And it’s filled with beautiful finished pieces.  Warning this is not a spot to look for bargains.  I did find it expensive, but it’s a cool place to look around (but I’m also pretty cheap, so maybe it’s just me).

But the big secret is the long walk down to the end of the warehouse where they store the unfinished pieces.  The pieces are stacked one on top of each other and have 2 stickers on them.  One sticker is the price as is, the second price is what it would cost finished.  I found the prices really, really high, but it was fun to check out all the neat stuff.  This is not a bargain hunting kind of store, but if you’re looking for something very specific (furniture) they are likely to have it.

Walk all the way to the end and you will find the unfinished building.

I feel in love with these 2 pieces but I think they were each over $500, yikes!

Hope you enjoyed shopping some of Raleigh’s fabulous shops with me.  Raleigh is filled with so many great stores.  I would love to hear what hidden gems you have found in the area?

19 thoughts on “Thrifting in Raleigh

  1. You should check out HANDmeUPsThrift! Great store that employs people with disabilities and they have a huge selection of clothing, housewares, books and other stuff. The store managers are terrific!! I found their prices to be very competitive.

  2. Also check out Form and Function. It’s not really a thrift type place, but they have some great old stuff, some of it repurposed. Great for inspiration!

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  4. I only live an hour from Raleigh….READY for a day trip. Wish I had a truck. Credit card is empty LOL

  5. Also try Studio 123! It’s a mess, but they have some beautiful things, and have negotiated fairly with me. I don’t mind digging around a little bit, it’s not a junky store, but the place is packed to the gills!

    I have to go without my two kids though; they would destro the place for sure :)

    • Thanks I’ve never heard of Studio 123. I have the same problem, can never go shopping because I always have my kids in tow.

  6. You are so sweet! The thrifting day was so much fun with all of you guys coming to the shop. Due to some family issues I have not had a chance to post pictures yet, but I will!

  7. Thanks for this post. I’m from the area (though I no longer live there or blog), and I had never been to any of these places. But, I am definitely going to Susanna’s next time I come home! I have been to Thieve’s Market, but have only worked in N. Raleigh, not shopped much except at the malls and flea market, so I have something to look forward to doing next time! ;o) I’m sure my husband will thank you!

  8. Love seeing what you guys found in Raleigh. I’m a NC native and spent the past 6 years in Raleigh. LOVE browsing thry Revival and they do negotiate, but not much and thought I was the only person that thought they were way over priced! Glad to see I’m not alone! Glad you all found NOFO, it’s my staple!

    • Thanks Jennifer! I’ve only been in Raleigh a couple of years but NEVER get the time to go shopping since I have 2 young kids. So this was a real treat.

  9. I loved meeting you and sharing a table at breakfast with you too. Thanks for the little history about how Raleigh neighborhoods grew. :) These are great pics. I am enjoying seeing everyone’s pics because I had so little time to take any of my own. We have set up a Flickr account that is open to everyone. I would LOVE if you would upload your pics to the site, too. You can get a link to it on the conference blog. Such a great time and I am so happy you came. Hope to see you next year too, maybe sooner if a group of us gets together again before then. :)

    • Of course I’ll add those as soon as I can. Thanks for everything Barb. And I would love to get together before the conference! The best part of the conference was meeting so many wonderful people.

  10. Danielle….I love your post on the Thrifting Day…I have been to all of the places prior to our outing with the exception of Twelve Forks…..It is such a great place and I will be going back there soon…along with SuzAnna’s … I did buy a great item at Revival’s and they discounted it 25%….yes, I would say it is not a place for grabbing a inexpensive piece to paint!…but they do have great things…Kristen of Sophia’s found a wonderful clock there to add to her collection….Thanks for your participation that day…it was so wonderful!!!…

  11. Thanks for sharing, I have never been in Revival and good to know about the new shop on Six Forks. Love that little yellow dresser!

    • Twelve Forks Junction is worth checking out for sure. Revival for what you want April is way too expensive. You would never be able to make a profit on the refinishing.

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