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.