Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Wedding Wednesday: I am a blubbering sap

I've always been a pretty emotional person.  I cry over the news and Hallmark cards.  I can remember the first commercial that made me cry.  It was an AT&T commercial set to Elton John's Rocket Man.  A husband on a business trip makes a date (via fax sent from a plane) to talk to his wife.  It killed me.  I was a mess whenever that commercial came on.

Well, now I have a new commercial that makes me an emotional wreck.  I don't even think it airs on TV. The company airs teaser ads on TV and you have to go to youtube to see the full commercial.  Want to see it?  Well, let's start at the very beginning.

Now, the first time I watched that, I was in tears. After seeing it a few more times, I have some comments.

-That is the most cheesy commercial I've ever seen and I love it.
-I'm pretty sure the dad is the guy from Scarecrow and Mrs. King.
-I don't understand why the sister's boyfriend wears a polartech vest through Thanksgiving dinner.
-The children don't seem to be allowed in the dining room for dinner.
-The cat doesn't really seem to like any of them all that much.
-Is the guy an architect? What man draws out plans for a cat condo that precisely?
-Did he feed that cat out of Baccarat?

Now, there's a whole series of online-only videos that show the couple registering and planning a honeymoon (with product placements). The final video came out last week.

It's so damn cheesy, but I still tear up over it. I hate product placements, the bridal party full of models, and the fact that the cat sleeps on a cushion made out of Imperial Trellis. But I love this dumb commercial. Even Bruce Boxleitner (I had to look up his name) is kind of charming.

What do you think? Have I totally lost it?

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Monday, August 29, 2011

If I could do it again...

Lately, I've been reflecting on the first big project I tackled in Maison Small & Chic, the bathroom.  If you weren't reading the blog in the very beginning, you might not know that the tiny room originally looked like this when I first lived here:

I live in a condo community, so I can revisit my "before" bathroom fairly easily.  I don't think anyone has really renovated here.

I wrote about the bathroom renovation in July of 2009, a few months after it was completed.  I loved the final result.

The room is so tiny that it's hard to show all the detail.  The walls have marble subway tiles and trim.  The floor is tiled with marble basketweave.  Here's a peek at it.  My contractor put a quilt over it while he was grouting. 

That floor time took forever to track down.  I originally ordered tile from The Tile Shop, a chain tile store in Richmond.  Unfortunately, the marble they were getting was poor quality and the colors never matched what they displayed.  Their inability to deliver the tile pushed my renovation back about two months.  I was pretty frustrated.   Here's the floor tile that they tried to give me, with their samples on top of it:

What's funny about this now is that the basketweave is the one thing in my bathroom that I wish I could do over.  While I love it, design wise, it's not the most practical sort of tile to have on a floor.  There are so, so many grout lines and no matter how carefully you clean, they are apt to get a little dirty over time.

If I could do the project over again, I'd use large, square marble tiles on the floor.

One thing I'm glad I didn't do was install a frameless shower door.  I was convinced that having one would make the room feel larger.  I still think that's true.  However, I like being able to "hide" the tub and the shower curtain brings color and warmth to the room. So, while this is very pretty, I'm glad I don't have one in my bathroom.

Of course, after I posted that, I realized that they have the marble basketweave tile on the floor.  I wonder how the homeowners who have that bathroom feel about it today.

I'm curious. Do you have any renovation regrets? 
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Friday, August 26, 2011

You know you're a design blogger when... look at pictures taken in a shoe store and you wonder whether the wallpaper is still available.

And whether the light fixtures are from Circa Lighting.

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Thursday, August 25, 2011

75% off at Scarpa tonight! (no, this isn't becoming a fashion blog)

You know that I like to facilitate shopping, especially shopping in Charlottesville. You can imagine my excitement over this one.  Amy, the owner of Scarpa, who also maintains the Scarpa Twitter account said that if Dana from and I got a group of 10 people together at the shop tonight, they'd give everyone 75% off all the summer shoes that are about to go on sale this weekend.

If you want advance access to the Scarpa sale (this is huge, as Scarpa sales can be a bit...competitive), join us after work for a little shopping.  I'll be there around 6:00 PM.

Comment below if you're coming out!  I'd love to meet a few readers there!

North Wing
Barracks Road Shopping Center
Charlottesville, VA 22903

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Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Wedding Wednesday: The Unplugged Wedding

I can't remember the source! If you know, please tell me so I can give credit!

I came across an interesting picture on a wedding blog a few weeks ago.  It showed a sign that asked guests to turn off their phones at a wedding.  The sign wasn't especially cute, but I wondered if a nicer version was necessary at weddings these days.  

A quick google search led me to an article on Offbeat Bride about "unplugged weddings."  It seems some brides are walking down the aisle to a crowd of people hunched over their devices or people staring at their screens as they snap photos to be posted on Twitter and Facebook.  I also read an excerpt from a photographer's memoir in which she complained that guests who think their job is to take photos and video get in the way of the shots that the professional photographers are there to take.

Photo by Nora & Troy at, via Offbeat Bride

I originally hoped that our wedding venue wouldn't have cellular reception.  Our first visit confirmed that the signal is strong and a Facebook update announced that they have WiFi as well.  The social media addict in me was a little happy, but I know I'm going to turn off my phone and leave the ipad at home on our big day.

I'm curious about whether anyone has been to a wedding where guests on phones or taking photos/video have gotten in the way.  Do you think signs or notes in programs announcing that a wedding is "unplugged" are really necessary?

Along those lines, what do you think of this?!?

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Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Maison Small & Chic: The land of misfit tables

I think I'm in trouble.  Recently, I've been having a really hard time leaving sad, little tables alone.  Just the other day, I took in a knarly bedside table that had been painted with too thick coats of gloppy, white paint.  The two of the legs weren't connected to the lower shelf and the drawer wouldn't slide in and out without a bit of coaxing.

So, I took the little table in.  After a few days with rehab and a trip to Anthropologie for a pretty [pink!] knob, I gave it a nice coat of light gray paint. 

I'm going to give it one more light coat of paint and then finish the job with some wipe on poly. 

The problem: I love the little table now, but I have no use for it.  It'll be hard to pass on, but I guess I'm going to put it up on Craigslist later this week.

Anyone have a piece of furniture that needs a face lift?  This is getting addictive!
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Friday, August 19, 2011

J. Crew Warehouse Sale report

This morning's mission was to meet my Maid of Honor and "work spouse" at the J. Crew Warehouse Sale in the old Whole Foods here in Charlottesville when doors opened at 8 AM.  When I arrived, the line snaked around the building.  As I walked to the back of the line, I wondered if anyone there had heard about the sale from my blog.  I saw a few of my students about half way to the end and they said they had gotten there at 7:30 AM.  I got to the back and chatted with the other women there about our past warehouse sale experiences.

The doors opened and everyone walked in through the shoe section.  Most stopped there, but I headed for the bridal section in hopes of finding dresses for my bridesmaids.  You see, the color I was hoping they'd wear was from the spring/summer collection and wasn't being shown in the new catalog.  I was betting that some of the dresses in that color would be at the sale.

I found two boxes full of dress in my color.  I dumped them all in my bag to sort through later and browsed the rest of the sale rather casually.  I found my Maid of Honor and we decided to sort through our bags.  I found the dress she had wanted (one of the few one-shoulder dresses) and then picked out a few dresses for my other bridesmaids (who haven't officially been asked yet, but I'm hoping I picked well).  I picked up a few more dresses for work and wound up with a tally sheet that looked like this:

Yes, I bought nine dresses...but some are for work and some are for bridesmaids.  They were $30.  I was stunned.  I assumed they would be more at first because there was a sign saying silk taffeta and tricotine dresses were $50, but that was in reference to wedding gowns (they had some of the more structured wedding gowns for more).

See that pretty woman in the pink skirt?  She's actually related to a future post! Stay tuned!

As I waited in line to check out, I found myself wondering if there is any home equivalent to this sale.  I know Restoration Hardware, C&B, and Pottery Barn have outlets, but do home stores ever have these bare-bones sales? 

Okay, spill it.  If you're local, did you go the sale?  What did you get?
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Thursday, August 18, 2011

Three shopping tips for budget conscious brides

The J. Crew excitement from yesterday preempted my Wedding Wednesday post, so you're getting it on a Thursday.  I've read countless posts on wedding message boards and blogs written by brides who are shopping for their gowns. There's lots of great advice out there, but I'm adding my three cents to the pile. 

1.  Throw away the budget rule.
If you watch Say Yes to the Dress on TLC, you'll always hear managers Joan or Nicole (from Kleinfeld) or Lori (from Bridals by Lori) crow about how brides can't try on dresses outside of their price range. The show always follows these asides with some silly bride who doesn't understand the concept of shopping (you don't buy everything you like).  Perhaps the Say Yes rule makes sense for some brides, but if you tend to be mature and rational, I don't think you need to shun high end gowns.

I personally think that it's smart to start wedding gown shopping by trying on high quality dresses.  Becoming familiar with better fabrics and good construction will help you separate the wheat from the chaff when you look at dresses in your price range.  Do a little research and you'll start to see the different between the polyester (sorry, I mean "synthetic satin") dress made in Chaozhou, China (about half a million evening and wedding gowns are made in that one city each year) and the silk gown made in New York City. 

2.  Shop during the week and shop alone
My first wedding gown shopping excursion was on a Saturday, with friends.  We went to the kind of shop where you needed an entourage.  The dresses were on the sales floor and the staff was there to ferry dresses from the rack to the dressing room (not to actually pull dresses).  The dresses at the store weren't the best quality.  Some were nice, but none felt special.

After that experience, I shopped during the week, at better shops, and I always went alone.  During the week, you can work with a consultant without distraction and there probably isn't another bride coming in behind you.  I was never rushed.  The times when I expressed worry about taking too much of the consultant's time, I was always told that there was no hurry.

Another bonus to shopping solo: no one expects you to buy anything. At the three "better" bridal salons I visited, the consultants always asked if I wanted them to take pictures with my camera phone to show to my mother.  They always sent me home with their card with the names and prices of the 2-3 gowns I liked best written on the back.

3.  If you are on a budget, you need to be online
The brides I see on wedding message boards and blogs that are on a budget seem to flock to "big box" bridal super stores (I'm sure you know what stores I'm referencing).  Oddly, they're savvy enough to be seeking information from other brides online, but aren't savvy enough to know that they can use the web to get high end gowns for modest prices.  Being on a budget doesn't mean you have to wear polyester!

Regular readers know that my dress shopping ended with a big surprise, but if I was still in the market for a wedding gown, I would be shopping for a sample from one of these stores (some are online only, some also operate brick and mortar stores):

Church Street Bridal (online and b&m, proceeds go to charity, gets donations from Kleinfeld)
Vows (online and b&m)
Your Dream Dress
Le Dress Boutique (online and b&m)
Encore Bridal (online and b&m)
Fabulous Frocks of Charleston (online and b&m)
White Chicago (closing soon!)

I would also keep an eye on the websites where brides sell their own dresses.  Some sell new dresses about which they've changed their minds and other sell the dress they wore on their big day.

Pre-owned Wedding Dresses
Once Wed
Recycled Bride
Bravo Bride

What advice do you have for brides as they shop for wedding gowns?  Do you totally disagree with me?  If you aren't married, did I change how you might shop for gowns in the future?
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Wednesday, August 17, 2011

The J. Crew Liquidation Sale is back!

You know that Staples commercial where the father dances through the aisles to "The Most Wonderful Time of the Year" as he throws school supplies in his cart?  That's how I'm feeling right now.

It's time for the J. Crew Liquidation Sale to return to Charlottesville!  We're only an hour away from the factory, which has fantastic sales like this fairly regularly, but who can pass up all that great merchandise being trucked up here so we can pick through it close to home?

Here are the details:

J. Crew Liquidation Sale
300 Shoppers World Court 
(the old Whole Foods store)

Friday, August 19, 2011
8:00 AM - 8:00 PM

Saturday, August 20, 2011 - Monday, September 5, 2011
10:00 AM - 8:00 PM

They will have men's, women's, and children's clothing.

Now, there's some strategy involved in going to the sale.  First of all, they tend to put out new items twice per week, so there will probably be totally new merchandise there a few times during the sale.  Second, they tend to add discounts during the final days.  Last year, I think they added a 20% discount to entire purchases on the last two days.  They will not be offering a student or faculty discount.

So, while it's tempting to go nuts on the first day you go, pace yourself.  If you see a lot of something, go back a few days later to see if there's an additional discount being given.

This commercial is from 1996. Can you believe it? It still makes me laugh.
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Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Robert Allen vs. Pottery Barn (or peacocks vs. birds)

Remember the pretty peacock fabric by Robert Allen (for Dwell Studio) that I wrote about a few weeks ago?  I loved the colors and the whimsy of the design.  I could think of half a dozen projects (many wedding related) for the fabric.  It was a little pricey at Calico Corners, but I found it online for about $50 per yard. 

I didn't order the fabric right away.  I decided to wait a little while to see if I was still in love with the fabric after a few weeks.

When Pottery Barn's latest catalog arrived today, I almost tossed it in the recycling bin right away.  I decided to quickly flip through it because the cover had a pillow case that looked cute.  The fabric is different from what I originally liked, but has a similar feeling.

Needless to say, buying a drapery panel or shower curtain made from the fabric would give me a few yards at a fraction of the cost that the Dwell Studio fabric with the peacocks would cost.  I'm torn!

I think I like both fabrics!  Help!  

Is the Pottery Barn fabric too dark to use at an early summer wedding? 
Do you like the Dwell Studio Fabric better, even though it's two or three times more expensive?
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Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Wedding Wednesday: Checking in with the mainstream

I was going through some files yesterday and found a stack of wedding invitations that I saved (does anyone else save wedding invitations?).  They were almost uniform.  In fact, two were printed on the exact same paper, with the same border.  Some were from years ago, some were recent. 

Deliberately taken this way so you stalkers can't find my friends and family!
There was a time when I judged an invitation by running my finger across the text.  I cringe at how petty that is, but I thought the best invitations didn't look different.  They felt different.  I though the choices were engraving vs. thermography and that was it.  I'm glad my horizons have broadened.  

Looking through these invitations also made me realize that some people are going to open our wedding invitations and think they are strange.  They aren't white or ivory.  In fact, they have at least half a dozen colors on them.  They're square.  The text is printed, in a modern font.  They don't have our parents' names on them.  I didn't order them from a book at a stationary store. 

I'm wondering if my crowd is just more traditional that most.  If you looked at the wedding invitations you've gotten in the past, would they look like my stack above?  Or, have you gotten some less traditional invitations?

I think more of our wedding details will seem pretty common to bloggers, but a bit different to everyone else.  
I'm okay with that. :)
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Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Would love your advice for upgrading my camera skills!

My birthday gift to myself consisted of a Kelly Moore camera bag (which arrived in three days!) and a DSLR workshop in Richmond to help me upgrade my camera skills.  Living small by choice is wonderful, but not being able to convey that living small can be comfortable via the pictures on my blog frustrates me.  I need to upgrade my skills.

So, off I went to Richmond this weekend with my D5000 and it's stock lens in this snazzy bag.

Taken before I went to photography class...and it shows

The workshop was very basic, which was a good thing.  I've read about aperture and ISO, but can't say I was an expert at picking the right settings for every situation.  When I get a good shot, it's because I've tried almost everything.  It's often a happy accident.  For every photo I post on this blog, there are probably a dozen or two that I've deleted after looking at them.

There were a few things that still trouble me, which means I need to do some more reading.  The instructor also recommended a few investments that I was eager to make immediately after leaving (they should hold these things next to a camera store or Best Buy...they'd make a mint).  Apparently, my 15-55 mm lens is junk.  I need a 50 mm lens.  I need Adobe Lightroom 3 (no mention of Photoshop really).  I need some filter things.  I need an external flash and a diffuser.

Another thing that surprised me: the instructor said he always uses the "auto" mode for white balance, then fixes color in editing.  When I tagged along with Chris Scott when he photographed the images I used in my profile of Ami Smith, he used a gray card to adjust his white balance frequently.  The results were beautiful.

To be fair, the instructor let me put his 50 mm/1.8g lens on my camera and it look some really cool, close up pictures.  Food bloggers and crafts people on Etsy must love that lens.  But, I found myself wondering what lens is best for design bloggers (maybe something wider?).

I'm babbling right now because I'm a bit overwhelmed!  Design bloggers, I'd love to know what lens (or lenses) are you favorites and whether you use Adobe Lightroom, Apple Aperture, or Photoshop to edit you images.  I'm confused!
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Monday, August 8, 2011

Painted vanity reveal!

Remember this little vanity?  It was a cute, little thing, but needed a bit of help.

I removed the arms and unfinished wood block above the middle drawer and gave everything a scrub.  Then, I pulled off a few pieces of wood that had loosened up over time and used new nails to put them back into place.  The whole piece feels much more study now.

After a light sanding and two coats of primer, I went to the hardware store with Marc to see if there were any gray paints on the mis-tint rack.  On our way to the paint aisle, we ran into an old friend of Marc's.  We chatted for a while and she asked what we were up to.  When I explained that I was looking for "oops" paint, her eyes lit up and she asked if I wanted the four gallons of paint that were in her trunk.  She had two creamy white colors, a minty green, and a beige.  I happily took them.

Once home, I mixed one of her creamy paints with Benjamin Moore's Secret, the color I used when I painted my kitchen last year.

Pre granite counter tops

I used a few cups to mix test batches and eventually settled on a very light, but warm gray color.

Around this time, Anthropologie sent me a 15% off card for my birthday.  The staff probably thought I was nuts, but I used it on knobs.  While other people may fawn over the dresses or linens at Anthro, I love the hardware.  I decided the vanity, with its sad, dirty knobs, needed a feminine upgrade.

Enough is enough.  I know what you want...

A blue wall isn't the best background, but I hope you get the idea.  Isn't it a nice improvement?  Marc told me I need to sell it, but I want to keep it to use outside at the wedding.  What do you think?  Keep or sell?

Oh, I painted the arms and wood block and set them aside, just in case I DO sell it and someone wants to put a skirt on it.
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Thursday, August 4, 2011

Thank you, Graphic Image!

My birthday was Tuesday and I came home to quite a few packages at the door.  One of them contained two pretty boxes.  I couldn't fathom what they were.

When I saw the note that was inside the package, I realized that the Graphic Image ipad case that I won from Paloma at La Dolce Vita had arrived.   Isn't their company logo cute?

I thought the packaging was so pretty...and I bet the people behind the company spent a bit of time picking things out, so let's give the box a little spotlight, shall we?

Inside a fabric case was my beautiful, bottle green ipad case.  Rosella had emailed me ahead of time to see if they could also monogram my case.  Wasn't that sweet of them?

On top of sending me the case, they included a personalized date book as well!  I can't tell you how touched I was that they were so generous.  Thanks, Graphic Image folks!  I have to admit that I wish I had a Kindle so I could get the leather envelope they make for holding eReaders!

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Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Wedding Wednesday: The Cost of being a Bridesmaid

I look back at the first time I was a bridesmaid fondly.  However, I cringe when I think about how much money I spent.  I was just a graduate student, but spent as if I was comfortably installed in a lucrative career (I was always headed towards a job in academia, so that was especially silly of me). 

I wasn't really convinced that I would wear any of the bridesmaid dresses I've bought again.  I held onto a couple, but they sat in my closet for years.  I finally donated them to the Cinderella Project a few years ago.

When I think about my bridesmaids (who have not been asked to be bridesmaids yet), I wonder if they might have the cost of the role in mind.  I came across this graphic from Mint a few weeks ago and I wondered if it was accurate...

I expect my 'maids to spend much, much less than this.  First of all, I'm not having an engagement party or any bridal showers and I don't need a bachelorette party.  One bridesmaid is local, so only two would have to travel for the wedding.   I plan on picking dresses from J. Crew and I hope we can get the dresses during one of those ubiquitous sales (is it me or do I get an email almost daily offering some sort of discount?).  I hope some of the other expenses (like alterations) listed aren't necessary, either.

I want to be respectful of my friends' budgets, whatever they may be.  Now, I have questions.  Lots of questions.  Feel free to answer one or all.  I'd really love to get some different opinions on being a bridesmaid.

  • What do you think is an acceptable cost for being a bridesmaid?  
  • What's the most expensive bridesmaid dress you've worn?  
  • Did you wear it again (that might be a silly question)?  
  • Would you rather get an inexpensive bridesmaid dress that you would never wear again or a more expensive dress that you really would wear again?
I'm also noticed a lot of weddings on blogs where all the bridesmaids wore the same shoe!  I never had a bride pick a shoe for her that common these days?

Update: There are two dresses on sale on the J. Crew website in the color I want...they're $80!  Oh, how I wish I had already asked my bridesmaids to be in the party!
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Tuesday, August 2, 2011

It's a good day

Today's my birthday and I'm so happy with where I am right now.  Wedding planning is under control, I have three different furniture projects going (you all know how much I love to paint, right?), and I already received a present I really, really wanted (more on that tomorrow).

What's more, I got a lampshade...

Baxter had a cut last week and while I was away at a conference, it turned into a hot spot (due to his scratching it). So, the cone went on and a trip to the vet was made.  He'll be just fine, but he's on steroids and antibiotics.  We learned that steroids seem to make dogs really thirsty...and they also dehydrate them.  So, after a few accidents at home (his first accidents in the house since he was a baby), I started taking him to work with me.  Another bonus.  Who can have a bad day when this is sitting next to their desk?

Hope you're having a great day!
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Monday, August 1, 2011

Thrifty Me, Part 2

I spent a few hours in Richmond last week running from one thrift shop to the next, looking for a few small tables.  I thought I'd write a few reviews of the places I visited.

1.  Class & Trash - 11088 Washington Highway, Glen Allen, VA 23059
I think I was most excited to visit Class & Trash after seeing it mentioned a few times on the Richmond Thrifter blog.  It was super stuffy and hot in the shop, but furniture and accessories were piled everywhere.  It was a lot of fun to weave my way around the shop.  I saw a few tables that seemed to be priced really well (one console was $38, one drop leave table was $44).  Upstairs, there was a lot of vintage kitch and some furniture that has been painted (obviously, the painted furniture was selling for a little more than the stuff downstairs).  

It was the first stop of my day, so I wasn't really ready to commit to anything.

2. Billy's Little Dodge City - 12083 Washington Highway, Ashland, VA
Billy's is about a mile or so down the road from Class & Trash, so I decided to stop by while I was in the area.  Outside, it seems a little...sketchy.  However, they had those huge tobacco drying baskets out front in great condition (I didn't look at the prices), so I was hoping for some rustic, cool items inside.

The place is huge.  It looks tiny from the outside, but the shop goes back quite a bit.  It's heavy on collectibles and knick knacks.  The furniture that's there is way overpriced.  They price as if they have antiques, but nothing looked more than 40 years old.   

In looking for a picture of this place, I found write ups on Richmond Thrifter (she has pictures of the inside) and on Another's Treasure.

3.  Goodwill (Ashland) - 10485 Dow Gil Road, Ashland, VA
I wasn't going to stop at a Goodwill, but this one was right near Billy's.  As has been the norm, I wasn't impressed at all.  There was one campaign style filing cabinet.  That was it.

4.  Goodwill (Chamberlyne) - 5270 Chamberlyne Rd. Richmond, VA
You'd think I'd learn my lesson about Goodwill from the last stop, but I gave this one a try, as it was on the way to the next batch of stores.  This was a really big Goodwill and there were a few interesting pieces of furniture among the junk.  Nothing really interested me, though.

5.  Consignment Connection - 5517 Lakeside Ave, Richmond, VA
I was really looking forward to visited this place because consignment usually means pieces have some value to them.  Unfortunately, the day I visited, they decided not to open until 1 PM.  It was only 11:30 AM when I was there and I wasn't going to wait around for an hour and a half.  I left.  If I'm back in the area again, I'd love to check it out.

Too bad.  Their Facebook photos look promising.

6.  Feathernesters - 6118 Lakeside Ave, Richmond, VA
I didn't realize that Consignment Connection is part of a string of antique and thrift shops on Lakeside Avenue in Richmond.  Before my trip, I had Feathernesters on my list, but I crossed it off just before leaving because I felt like I had too many stops on my itinerary.  With Consignment Connection closed, I decided to head up to Feathernesters.

It's a cute shop, with a tea room at the back.  Most of the pieces were painted white and the prices were a little high as a result.  While I liked quite a few little tables, I didn't want anything that was already painted.  There were a few vanities like the one I posted about buying last week.  I got mine for $35.  They were mostly $100-115 at Feathernesters.  It's a good shop for someone who likes that old "shabby chic" look (does anyone still like that look)?  Or, for anyone looking for kids' furniture.  A lot of items looked perfect for a little girl's room.

 One of the vanities...$100+ vanities

7.  Mystery Antique Store
There was an antique store next to Feathernesters, but I don't remember the name of it.  It's a big enough place, with a wide range of antiques.  There were a few items that looked a little valuable (to be clear, I wasn't looking for anything of substantial value), but most of it was average stuff from the last 40 years or so.  Prices were good, but not amazing.

8.  Diversity Thrift - 1407 Sherwood Ave, Richmond
Diversity Thrift was just the kind of shop I was hoping to find.  It's full of junk.  Good junk, bad junk, broken junk, cheap junk.  Basically, you won't find anything of significant monetary value here.  You'll find plenty of cool things, though.  Prices are rock bottom and they price progressively, so the longer the item is there, the cheaper it gets.  This is where I found my little vanity.

9. DT2 - 2219 Main Street, Richmond
DT2 is Diversity Thrift's satellite location in a slightly better location.  There isn't much there, but they aim to cater to the apartment dwelling crowd at Virginia Commonwealth University and people living in The Fan and Carytown.

That wasn't the end of my thrifting...more on my very last stop next time. 

I came home with one item after making nine stops.  I was happy, but I'm not a routine thrift store shopper.  Are you a thrift/antique/consignment shop regular?  What's a "good" day shopping at those stores for you?  How often do you go to those types of stores?
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