I stopped overnight in Florence, and headed to her Old Tyme Marketplace Tuesday morning. Her shop is AMAZING! Marshville is just outside of Charlotte, and her adorable shop (complete with giant front porch) used to be he local general store. Even better: The Color Purple was filmed there and Spielberg left an enormous unit in her shop!
Although we'd never met, the bonds of invisible junky bloggy friendship prevailed and we were hugging like long-lost sisters. Beth is a RIOT—we couldn't stop talking. First up: a tour of her faboo shop.
At every turn, I was inspired by her displays, floored by her vignettes, and jealous of her finds. When I commented on one vignette in particular, she gave me some super-secret design tips (my lips are sealed!).
Beth has been in the junking biz for over 22 years, and IT SHOWS! I had my eyes on a few of her pieces, but we decided to hit the road first, checking out the 2 antique malls she has booths in, as well as an AMAZING little place that reduced me to a googly slack-jawed junker. Alas, I was limited by the ever-diminishing space in my trusty car.
I'll DEFINITELY be making a return trip soon to visit the Charlotte area again. Beth has a monthly Shopkeeper Sunday, when MORE dealers set up on the porch, and in the yard, and her beau GRILLS up some BBQ!!! Next up, I'll go into more details about our exploits.
In the meantime, check out the loveliness! And wipe that drool off your keyboard....