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 Pig- 2014 Fairview Rd., Raleigh, NC 27608
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 Antiques.blogspot.com 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.
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?