05 December 2010

A trip to Grannies.

A trip home to Durham isn't complete without stopping by Everything But Grannies Panties, a thrift-antique-junk-lil' bit of everything (as the name suggests) shop on Guess Road. I can't remember when Grannies opened up, it's just always been there. A shop in a house, much like a Grandma's house. And who didn't get in trouble for rambling at Grandma's house?
Each time I visit it seems there are more plates, and more iron beds in the yard. The brown and mustard plaid plate gets me every time. On this particular visit Grannies had been closed for several days in preparation for the Christmas season, when the entire house gets a much-needed clear-out and everything changes over to Christmas. I wasn't quite ready for all the red and green so headed up to my favourite room, the clothes. It is the most beautiful room in the house to me, with its low ceiling and natural woodwork. You're sure to find a vintage treat you can't live without, for anywhere from 2 to 20 dollars.
Afterwards I headed outside to the back yard, which looks a lot like a yard sale. You can have a good rummage and a few smiles, spotting everything from salt and pepper shakers to walkers and porta-potties! If you've got any energy left you can hit 'Grannies Island', an area off the side of the house where you can fill up a grocery bag for 2 bucks. Well worth a look if you like to dig.
The highlight for me this time around, though, were the old outhouses out back. They've been transplanted from nearby locations and feature a lil' sign telling you their estimated date and where they were found. And there are more old iron and brass beds back there, sigh.. . One thing's for sure, Grannies keeps me comin' back for more.


Lauren said...

I am dying over that cute place! I wish we had something like that around where I live!

veronika, tick tock vintage. said...

wow. this place looks amazing - i love how she (he?) decorates with plates, such a unique idea.

Dakota C. Walsh said...

How wonderful; too bad the plates aren't for sale-- that plaid one really is fabulous! I have a favorite antiques haunt back home a lot like this-- it's just a big Colonial farmhouse and barn filled to the brim with cheap old things. Thanks for sharing : )

FoofandFaff said...

Ok this looks like my idea of heaven! Wish we had something like this near me. Hope you got some good bargains! :)

One of us said...

Stunning, it looks blissful! I'm having a vintage give away on my blog if you feel like scooting on over my fellow clothes fiend x

Mandi said...

Wow! Looks like a magical place! (for the most part.... the walkers and things are kinda weird. haha)

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