A couple of weeks ago I posted about driving over the mountain to Brevard, NC to meet up with Mod Betty from Retro Roadmap. In the comments, Hollis mentioned that she’s been wanting to get to Brevard, and it reminded me that I really needed to do that myself. Though the town is close to me, it’s a roundabout trip to get there due to the mountains, so I tend to neglect visiting as often as I should. But I did make time last week, and I’ve now determined that I must get over there much more often.
Brevard is a small town of around 7600 people, though the population is higher in the summer when the summer residents are there. The town really benefited several years ago when it was named in one of the first surveys of great places to retire, and so today it is thought of as a retirement town. As any good thrifter will tell you, thrifting is best in affluent communities. Many of the retirees are affluent, and they have time on their hands, and so there are quite a few privately run thrift stores for local charities. It makes for a very good shopping experience.
The town has two antique malls, and several other stores with booths, some of which have old stuff. There are vintage clothes scattered around, mixed in with newer wares.
If I were a knitter, I might have wanted this little charmer as a mascot.
Paris and fashion and the early 1960s.
And while the antique malls are fun, where Brevard really excites is in the thrifts.
Yes, I bought this 1920s Whiting and Davis bag in a thrift store. I did not get it for $2, or anything crazy like that, but the price was far under what it would have been at an antique store, and the thing is in almost perfect condition, right down to the silk lining.
Another store down the street had this copy of Elsa Schiaparelli’s Shocking Life. I already had a copy, but mine is rough, and without the dust jacket. So I bought this one and will be giving the old copy away in January, so stay tuned if you are in need of that book.
I’m always in the market for some Cecil Beaton, so the first volume of his Diaries was a real find. I also picked up Oleg Cassini’s autobiography, a 1933 copy of Fortune magazine that features the emerging New York fashion design scene, some 1950s sales brochures from an Asheville department store, Bon Marche, and a 1983 Vogue.
I was so excited that I finally understood the rush that leads to youtube “haul” videos. Okay, I exaggerate a bit, but I was a very happy shopper.
8 responses to “Shopping Heaven – Brevard, NC”
We definitely loved our quick visit to Brevard, and your post makes me want to return there! Maybe I’ll plan a Retro Roadmap meetup! I hear their bowling alley is being refurbished, and we enjoyed our visit to the Sunset Motel.
I know exactly what you mea about the “Haul” videos – I often have Retro Roadhusband sit down and play Audience as I show him all the stuff I thrifted, What good is a find if you can’t share the excitement and thrill of the hunt!
Wow. Brevard. I am so jealous!! Schiaparelli and Beaton in one fell swoop? The bag is gorgeous. Where was the department store located in Asheville? I love this town. T. (I’m off now to check out Mod Betty’s site.)
Bon Marche was on Haywood Street where Earth Guild is located today. There was also a branch at Asheville’s first shopping center, Westgate. It was a fantastic store.
Thank you! Does the old building still exist? Off to Google Earth. Enjoy the week! T. (Asheville is also a great place for treasure hunting.)
What a purse!!
I really would love to explore the east coat more. I’ve only been once. And when I say explore, I really mean visit all of the antique shops with a few museum visits throw in! 😉
Hello Lizzy. I have just discovered your website! It is really impressive to read about your career journey and all history and fashion connected activities you did. I also travel and collect vintage clothing as well as vintage kitchen ware. I was in Toronto a couple of days ago and visited great vintage shops there. I recommend them for their quality. All the best to you Lizzy. I will follow your website. Lucy
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