I almost feel guilty for calling this a “thrifty” trip since everything in this cute shop is so very adorable.
We take a vacation to LBI (Long Beach Island) with my husband’s family every other year. We rent a large house for us to stay for an entire week…Saturday to Saturday! I will be blogging soon about this amazing year…so come back to see the house. It was AMAZING!
A few years ago, prior to Hurricane Sandy, while on our vacation I had ventured into this store. At that time I had barely started my blog since it was shortly after our fire. I had yet to dive into redoing furniture.
It was a day I had taken to myself…the fire was fresh, and my mom’s heart attack had just recently happened. Needless to say, I had a breakdown of sorts. This was a day that I just went…
shopping to clear the mind.
I remember that day very clearly. It was the store that sparked a few inspiration ideas for me. I just loved everything. And, this store was just what the doctor ordered...
So…I had to go back while on this vacation! When I walked in…the smell and the familiar surroundings gave me such a peaceful feeling.
Artifacts Consignment Boutique is owned by Amy and she is such a sweetheart. The first day I had gone in I spoke with Melissa. Who was so very kind and just dove right into the conversation about painting pieces with me... I was seriously in heaven!
I had to go back to see if Amy was in the next day and introduce myself. I couldn't leave the island without just saying hello at least... I am so glad I did...
I seriously could have stayed and chatted shop with each of them all day long, but they had customers in and out. It's a busy little boutique...and rightfully so. When you are as friendly & welcoming as they were...well who wouldn't be drawn in.
Amy also has a flower shop on one side of the store called The Container Garden. I spied several fresh flowers & potted plants around that were to die for!
Not that I would call this place "thrifty"... It is far from Thrift Store. Someone took the time to turn a piece of furniture from drab to fab or to find those special finds to clean up & bring into this shop for someone to enjoy for years to come!
Lots of reloved furniture, great salvaged items, and upcycled articles made this place feel like I was right at home!
You can see the love that has gone into each piece for sale.
|Ahhhh...that beautiful yellow scale.|
The enthusiasm by both Amy & Melissa when talking with them about painting furniture...and finding vintage pieces. Their eyes lit up. You could feel & see the passion the two of them have.
I love connecting with others that have that same love & passion for bringing new life into something old, worn & tired!
I wish Amy all the very best, and so happy she made it through Hurricane Sandy for me to visit her again. I will be back to visit in the years to come.
And, if you are around LBI for vacation, it is a must to go in and shop! And, if you are on Facebook...go like Amy's page to keep up with the amazing pieces she has coming in & out of her shop.
I need to have these.... To die for!
With much love, peace & happiness