Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Antiquing With A Blog Friend

I spent Tuesday with a special blog friend that I met a while ago.  Gretchen from Bird Nest Cottage lives about an hour and a half from me in Greenville, SC.  We get together a few times a year.  This time I convinced Gretchen to come to Asheville, NC since she had not seen my new home. 

First we went to Sweeten Creek Antiques...

We saw some wonderful chandeliers.

This cool paper mache rooster, that I bought and have some great plans for (stay tuned!).

Didn't buy this book, but the title is my life - lol!

I am in love with these two English lanterns.  They were originally $475.  Now $285.  When they become $95 they are mine!  They are about 24 inches tall.  They would look amazing on a deck, porch, entry way.  Think of the possibilities.  In the fall surround by giant gourds and filled with burnt orange candles.  At Christmas surrounded by fresh evergreens with a red bow and white candles...

After Sweeten Creek Antiques, Gretchen and I (Gretchen on the left) went to Biltmore Village and had lunch at Chelsea's Tea Room.

We both had the Chelsea Sampler.  The quiche of the day, chicken salad, tarragon pasta salad and fruit salad. Yummy!

On to the Tobacco Barn.  Another favorite antique mall I love to go to.  Look at these great book covers.  These are vintage books with vintage fabric covers.  They are tattered, faded and worn.  They look great!

This is an amazing LAVENDER toile French settee.  It was beautiful!

I have had a few of you ask in the past about the McDonald's that is in Asheville near Biltmore Estates.  Yes, it does have a FIREPLACE and yes it does have a GRAND PIANO.  It has been featured on the Travel Channel.  Gretchen and I stopped there for drinks on the way home.  Here is the grand piano.  It is a player piano and classical tunes are playing all of the time.

Here is the fireplace.  In the fall and winter it is always lit.

I had a wonderful time today visiting with Gretchen.  If you ever have a chance to visit a blog friend, please don't hesitate!  It is so much fun!
Welcome Home,


  1. Oh, Penny! I got a kick out of seeing the Judy Bolton book. (Gosh how I loved that series. I think it was my mother's set of books, but Judy Bolton was way cooler than Nancy Drew in my opinion.)The perfect title for so many of us, too!

    It sure looks as if you two were having a great time. One thing's certain among bloggers and that is a like-mindedness unequaled anywhere.

  2. Y'all look like you are having such fun! Those were some great places to visit. Can't wait to see what you're going to do with that wonderful rooster! laurie

  3. What a fun day, I would like to do that! I can't wait to see what you are going to do with the rooster! And I love those lanterns but they are a bit pricey! Come say hi :D

  4. I love your posting! Speaking of antiquing with a blog friend, please go to my blog. We have almost written a similar story. I messed up though and did not get a picture of Nancy and me. We've been friends for about 35 years. We don't live in the same town, but we manage to get together whenever possible.
    Love your pictures. I should have taken pictures of our shopping excursion but was not sure it was allowed. Next time!
    Ladybug Creek

  5. This post made me smile, Penny. It sure looks like you had a good time, and I hope that those lanterns go down, down, down in price so that we'll see them featured as you described!

  6. Looks like you gals had a FUN day!


  7. I know you two had fun. That lunch plate looks sooooooooo delicious! My kind of food! I'll take the red checked covered book. :)

  8. Thank you again! I received the book yesterday!

    Oh what fun! The shopping, lunch and time with a friend; you can't beat that!!

  9. Fun! The rooster certainly has possibility written all over it, and I can't wait to see what you do with it. The lanterns would be beautiful anywhere. It sounds like such a fun day!

  10. I love those lanterns, too, but I agree that I would wait for more price reduction. I have been looking for one for my sunroom. Isn't it fun that there is always something on the hunt?

    I know you girls had a great time. We think that is the coolest McDonald's, too.

  11. Penny, thanks for taking us along shopping. I love shopping in Asheville. I have been to a place by the railroad tracks that is full of different booths. They have some good prices in there usually. Been a while though. That lunch looks delish. How wonderful to meet up with a blog friend for a fun day. Those lanterns are nice, but I agree a little costly!

  12. Penny....How fun for you and your blog friend! The antique stores looked like a lot of fun...love the chandeliers! Thanks for showing the McDonalds too! I will have to show the photos to my hubby. I hope your wish comes true on the lanterns!~Hugs, Patti

  13. Looks like you girls had a wonderful time. Your lunch looks delicious. :)

  14. I can only wish that we had such wonderful shop way out here in the west. I can't wait to see what you do with the rooster!

  15. I can tell you had a great time. So cool to meet up with blogging friends!

    Now I seriously NEED that red crystal shandy in the first photo...

    Whose Vera Bradley "Yellow Bird" glasses case is that on the table? I have one just like it! Alas, the fabric, my favorite, is DC'd!

    Thanks for taking us along! Chris

  16. I love your neck of the woods and I hope to visit there again someday. Isn't it fun meeting blog friends in person? I have met two now and it was great.


  17. Looks like the two of you had a great time. So nice you are able to get together. Isn't blogging great!

  18. How fun Penny. It must be great to meet another blogger. That was some plate of food for a tea room. Very generous indeed.

    I couldn't believe my eyes the first time we saw that grand piano in McDonalds in Biltmore Village. I've been in a couple of other McDonalds with fireplaces. Very nice and appropriate for the mountains.

    I'm making notes of the different places you went antiquing near the Biltmore. We've been to only one antique shop near there and, although the merchandise was fabulous, it was priced for Bill Gates' checkbook. I can't recall the name, but it's on the main drag and usually has a Windsor chair in the window.

  19. I commented on another post about the sampler plate and then here is a picture of it. It looks as yummy as ever. Glad you had a wonderful day being with your friend. It is so fun meeting blog friends in person. Love & blessings from NC!

  20. Thanks again for the wonderful day Penny. Getting to see your house (in person) was so much fun and now I have to try to emulate all that you've done, in my house.

    Getting to know you has been one of the best things to happen from my blogging. I treasure your friendship and your kindness.

    Hugs, Gretchen

  21. Amen, to that Penny. We are looking forward to having you over sometime in June. Will email soon.

  22. The lavender toile settee is so YOU! Thank you for showing us your stops. I wish I oculd have gone too!

    Bella Rosa Antiques

  23. That lunch looks amazing! I'm so starving now!

    Lovely lavender toile...oh my! You should have bought that book LOL!


  24. Well, Penny, this looks like the perfect day! Shopping, antiques, toile, books, great company and food. What more could a girl want?!

  25. Lunch looks yummy and I definitely would have bought the Judy Bolton mystery. I loved Judy Bolton along with Cherry Ames and Nancy, of course.