Okay, so now I can post about my shopping day yesterday and my personal effort to help stimulate the economy First was my visit to Pam at Antique or Not. What an absolutely wonderful shop! If you are anywhere in the Carolinas, you have GOT to go. It's on Hwy 74 between Charlotte and Monroe so it's a straight shot from Hendersonville or Wilmington. She is closing soon (near the end of April) so everything is at least 30% off. So here is what I got yesterday.
Here is my favorite....well, one of my favorites. One of the reasons that it took me so long to post was that I was so excited that I needed to put everything out first. The picture doesn't do this one justice. It is punched tin so at night when the light is on, it throws the neatest light pattern on the wall.
This is a tart warmer that already has a pomegranate smelling tart in it. Another really cool pattern of light thrown on the wall.
Five little berry rings for my chandelier.
Love, love, love this little plate and wrought iron plate hanger. I also bought a grubby candle for this but it was blocking the words and I really wanted you to see them.
And the rest that I haven't found the perfect spot for yet. A cute white feather tree that I plan on making some small Easter decorations for, a dozen grubby Easter eggs, a punched tin star night light, the grubby candle, a bag of juniper berries, and a surprise gift. In the bottom of the bag was a small votive candle that smells yummy. Thanks, Pam, for a wonderful visit.
Pam's shop is 45 minutes from my house but there happens to be 3 quilt shops on the way back home if I take the back roads! Two of them I had never been to. I just went to those since I had spent so much time at Pam's.
The first shop is the Overall Quilter in Indian Trail, about 2 miles from Pam's. There are no quilt shops in the greater Charlotte area that carries the fabric or patterns or books that I like and they will admit it. But I shopped just the same.
I bought a pattern to make a travel case for my Ott-Lite and the notions to go with it at the Overall Quilter.
The second shop is called The Quilting Nook. A wonderful shop in the quaint town of Waxhaw (named for the Waxhaw Indians). There are so many antique shops in this little town. They have a festival twice a year on the village green, once Memorial Day weekend and once in the fall. They have a great selection of fabrics although no plaids, Jan Patek fabrics or the like. No Jan Patek books or patterns or Cheri Saffiote-Payne, none from Lynda Hall (Primitive Pieces by Lynda). I even asked about the Aurifil thread #1318 that Judy used when quilting her Sweet Land of Liberty quilt. The owner said that color is too dark and noone would buy it. I did get her to order it for me though. In the meantime I did purchase these.
I'm not used to shopping so this was a full day for me. I had a great time. Next field trip has GOT to be to Apex where Mary said there is a shop I would like. It's probably close to 2-1/2 hours away!