So, I’m going to be real with you. I don’t have tons of money to throw out on new furniture, so I look for short cuts. Lucky for me, antiques and repurposed furniture are typically much cheaper AND much cuter than buying new, so it works out. Although I’ve visited lots of quaint, wonderful antique shops during my nomadic wanderings across the world, I feel it necessary to give a shout out to High Cotton Antiques in Woodbury, Georgia. For those of you who don’t know, Woodbury is the quintessential small Southern town with one main street sporting antique shops, a small cafe, and an old drugstore, bookended by large plantation-style homes and rolling farm country. It’s also the location used in AMC’s The Walking Dead (the town itself, not the antique store), in case that rings a bell for any zombie fans out there. The Undead aside, High Cotton brings in a surprising amount of traffic for its location, and when I’m visiting at home, this place is like my catnip.
On the other hand, there’s Rescue Me Market in my hometown of Thomaston. Although it isn’t exactly like High Cotton–they feature more repurposed furniture, crafts, and “junktiques” than actual antiques–on the rare occasion that High Cotton fails me, I can usually find something to spend my money on at one Rescue Me booth called The Blue Door. Since a large portion of my apartment furnishings have come from these ladies, I feel it’s only fair to mention them, too. They have a second booth at High Cotton, where I got this very cool chair, for example:
Yep. I bought that. I love the shabby chic floral print, and did I mention how incredibly comfortable it is? It’s coming soon to an Arkansas apartment near you (as soon as I persuade someone with a truck to bring it out here to me).
I also want to showcase my study area for you, since approximately everything about it either came from High Cotton or The Blue Door. Here’s a snapshot:
I’ll break it down. Antique desk and chair from High Cotton, purchased several years back while I was a senior in college. Antique white chair also from High Cotton, same time period. Old ladder (which is hard to see in this photo, but which displays old quilts) and milk bottle vase from Freeway Emporium in Searcy, Arkansas. White egg basket is my mother’s from her childhood on a chicken farm (and she made it very clear that I’m using it on loan). Cotton, of course, is from Georgia, and pink flowers were snagged for $5 from Walmart, because I’m not above Walmart flowers. I love how the pink and white set off the blue tones in the wood. It’s all very shabby chic and creates a calm work environment.
As you can see in this closeup photo, I’ve got some very old books here. Most of those were purchased in England during my time studying there (one of my favorite bookstores of all time is a quaint little place called the Chaucer Head Bookshop in Stratford-on-Avon). I also acquired a few of those from my late grandmother’s estate. The cast iron ship bookend is something I picked up from as a child from an antique store long forgotten. I’ve kept it all these years because no matter how much I try to deny it, there is still a part of me that loves all things nautical. Ships and globes and maps and spyglasses remind me of travel and adventure, for which I have a deep passion. I dream of someday having a musty library with sliding ladders and floor-to-ceiling bookshelves filled with leather-bound volumes and nautical nicknacks. But until then, I like subtle hints–like this ship–here and there.
Next to the books sits a milky white lamp my mother picked up at an estate sale and gave to me as a gift. The ceramic owl, chicken wire basket and bottles, beautiful painted wood frame, and distressed clock, however, all came from The Blue Door, and I love them! Open frames are a fixation of mine right now, and I was actually getting ready to attempt painting and distressing one myself when I stumbled upon this one at the Rescue Me booth. So, thanks, Blue Door! You saved me a lot of time and effort.
Until next time!