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Shopping Day – Franklin, NC

I really have not been shopping much in the past few months, due mainly to the cold and dreary weather combined with my sister’s illness and death.  But last week I suddenly got the urge to get out and visit some of my favorite vintage and thrift haunts.  I ended up in Dillard, Georgia and Franklin, NC, both of which have enough junk stores to fill an entire day.  One of my favorite things of the day was this pretty velvet evening cape from the 1930s.

This is a die cut cardboard advertising piece.  I suppose that originally there was a sample of the Shamrock Water Wave & Sport Cap that fit over the hair.  I’ve seen similar heads that were ads for hair nets.  It appears that the Twin City Beauty & Barber Supply Company  in South Bend, Indiana, may still be in business.

This is a sort of catalog folder for Beau Brummel men’s suits.  I liked that it was from a kind of local store.  Click the image to see an enlarged view and a sample of a suit.

The lid of this shoe box was pretty interesting.  It gives five reasons why Tarsal Tread shoes are good for your feet.  Unfortunately, there was only one shoe.  Click to read about the shoes.

And how pretty is this young woman in a canoe?  It is actually the front of a hanging magazine rack.

I didn’t find anything fashion related to buy, but that does not mean I did not have a good time, and did not learn anything.   And I was able to make a few purchases of some Johnson Brothers Christmas china that I collect.  And best of all, I bought a souvenir pennant from Rock City, Tennessee.  My parents took us there when we were kids.  I had talked about that trip with my sister to see how much she remembered, as she was quite young at the time, probably five.  She did remember a bit, probably because there was a Fairyland area.  And she had kept the little figures that she bought there.  I, on the other hand, had long ago lost the pennant I’d bought that day.  So finding this one was a special treat.

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Roadtrip: Chattanooga, TN

I just returned home from a little trip I took with my sister.  We went to Chattanooga, TN, and then ended up at the Unclaimed Baggage Center in Scottsboro, Alabama.  This was a general all-purpose vintage shopping trip, but we managed to throw in a bit of scenic splendor.  This is a view of “Lover’s Leap” at Rock City.  Rock City is one of the oldest tourist attractions in the country, opening in 1932.  It has a very interesting history that you might want to read about on their website.

We didn’t go in, because we had too many other things to do, but we did take the ride up Lookout Mountain for old time’s sake.  Our parents had taken us there around 1966 or 67.  My sister was pretty young, so she only remembers a little about the trip, but I was 11 or 12, and to me it is one of the highlights of my childhood.

The birdhouse symbolizes the 100s of barn roofs around the South and MidWest that were painted to advertise Rock City.  Some of them still exist.  And below is the original ticket house, constructed in 1930,  And yes, that is a rare sighting of me!

The Unclaimed Baggage Center is an outfit in Alabama that buys all the lost bags and their contents from the airlines after 6 months goes by and the owners cannot be located.  It was pretty amazing some of the stuff they had for sale.  There was everything from a 2008 Dior gown (Originally $5670, they had it for $250!) to bottles of partially used shampoo.  I actually found a pair of great Kedettes, circa 1966.  They looked to be practically unworn.

If this had been our only hope at shopping, I’d have been pretty disappointed.  I spent a grand total of $10.71 there.  But the town also had quite a few nice antique stores and we managed to pick up the slack!  And we stopped at every antique and shop we could on the way home.  My favorite place?  Sweetwater, Tennessee.

I’d been to Sweetwater before, so I knew how great it is.  There are three antique malls, and several more smaller stores.  Here is a shot of one:

And on the top floor of that building is this wonderful room:

I could just picture that fab space converted into a modern home.  Loft living in the little town!  And in closing, I did manage to make a new friend…

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