Friday, October 28, 2011

Shopping in Charleston and Fall for Pink Sat.

It's Saturday so it's time for Pink and Sightseeing Saturday! Beverly of http://howsweetthesound.typepad.com/my_weblog/pink-saturday/ is hosting Pink Saturday but today, we can post Fall photos to welcome the season.

My home is welcoming you all. Happy Fall y'all and Happy Halloween!





And so the Charleston saga goes on for Sightseeing Saturday. Today, I will take you along shopping with us. This was next block to the hotel. The hotel occupies the whole block so I should say, this is diagonally right across it. Although Forever 21 is not an antique shop, this is the antiques row. The first antique shop we entered had this pair of iron planters with acanthus leaves in front. I wanted to bring them home. They will look so nice on the front porch.
There were a lot of nice things inside but we could not afford them, too pricey! I thought the plate holder in the center below was very interesting and unusual. I looked at the price and I was shocked although I cannot remember now how much it was exactly, either high 100's or low thousands. I like that secretary too.



I would really have so much fun creating tablescapes with these.


So much eye candy here!



Even John enjoyed browsing in detail.



I want that china cabinet on the left.





Exquisite furniture all over.



John has always been wanting to have stand up desk just like this but I always discourage him because I would not know where to put it.



Ok, that was enough antique shopping. My heart could not take it, lol.


These baskets were sold everywhere. They were making them right there. This was outside the market plate but more were for sale inside.



Our next target was on the other side of the hotel which is the more modern downtown.



I told you, the baskets were all over. Everything inside this shop is tax free because it is a non profit organization.


We get tired of walking and every now and then we sit and buy food. We had a bento box at a Japanese restaurant below.


And then we went shopping again. There's John at Pottery Barn hauling what I bought.
He is such a good shopping companion, because aside from pushing me to buy whatever I want, he offers to carry them for me.


We passed by an Apple store and this was right after Steve Job's passed away. They had a wreath in his memory. It was pretty touching.



This market place was right in front of the hotel so I would go there while John was at the meeting. I had so much fun just walking around while doing a little shopping. The second floor is Confederate museum and I feel bad because I ran out of time and did not get a chance to visit it. I guess we took it for granted because it was right in front of the hotel and we kept saying we will go there "later".

We spotted a fun store selling natural rocks.These salt rocks have a night light inside them. We already have one in the house in the family room but we bought another one for the bedroom. They are supposed to have healing powers. Maybe that's why I have so much energy:-)




Just look at all of these! I had a ball just touching each and everyone of them.

Here is my rock collection at home where I added what we bought, which is kept on one of the end tables in the living room, on top of a Meissen compote. I bought the coral at the Jewelry Convention here in Natchez a few weeks ago.


I love the different colors, amethyst, aquamarine, citrine, jasper, coral, turquoise, lapis lazuli, etc., etc. etc.



Thank you so much for stopping by and going on a virtual shopping trip with us.


And thanks, Beverly for hosting!


I am having a girls sleep over this weekend because John is going to FL to visit his daughter and meet his newborn grandbaby. I am afraid to be home alone so I asked my friends to stay with me and they very kindly obliged. It should be fun!


I decided to stay behind because I will be away from home for a while in the coming months, when my daughters' babies are born, to help them out.


I hope you all have a nice weekend!

31 comments:

Solange Belém said...

Hi, Christine, this is wonderful! I love it!
Have a nice day. Hugs.

Sol

Marigene said...

Oh my, you find the best places to shop...you are lucky John enjoys shopping...my husband sits in the car reading the newspaper!
Have a wonderful weekend, Christine.

Loretta said...

Lovely just lovely. These shops are amazing! Have a wonderful weekend! Hugs

Dolores said...

Wow, what an amazing and exciting shopping extravaganza.......thanks for sharing.
Happy weekend,

Glenda/MidSouth said...

First of all I need to get one of those salt rock night lights. :D
A husband that encourages you to buy then carries your packages for you ? I sure messed up somewhere ! :-D
Thanks for sharing your trip with us.
Have a great weekend.

Lynn said...

Your photographs are scrumptious! Lavish! Elegant! I got a couple of those baskets when we were there. They are durable!
Thank you for taking me along on your trip!

Envoy-ette said...

What a lovely day in a lovely city! How fun!

Blondie's Journal said...

You had some great places to shop! I love how John carries everything for you!! You saw things in Charleston that I didn't, I guess we needed more time.

I hope you enjoy your girls weekend...I am not crazy about spending the night alone but did it 2 nights this summer. I must have been very tired because I slept like a baby!!

XO,
Jane

Sue (Someone's Mom) said...

It was fun "shopping with you" because I'm very familiar with Charleston, the Market and the stores. I'm also glad to know that I'm not the only one afraid to stay home alone. I have my son spend the night when my husband is gone.

Susie Jefferson said...

Ooh, gorgeous! And how much of this did you actually take home with you, lol. Happy Pink Saturday, Happy Halloween and hugs from the UK.

Terri said...

Hi Christine,

Wow, you were so close to my daughter's apartment I was looking for her in your photos! LOL She lives on King Street across from Basil Restaurant. I so love Charleston.... Trying to decide whether to fly up for Thanksgiving or not. I miss my girl....

Maggie said...

Charleston is a lovely city to visit and it looks like you had a wonderful time.
Happy Pink Saturday.

The Decorative Dreamer said...

How fun Christine! Antiques shopping in downtown Charleston is very expensive. LOL! I never go in them when I'm in Charleston, I look for the junk antique stores in all the surrounding areas. But even some of those can be pretty pricey too. I think it is so neat you also found the rock store. I went in there last year and bought a few pairs of earrings. I love natural stone jewelry. I'm sorry I thought you were from Calif. before don't know where I got that from. I would love to see more of the touristy sights around your area as well. You certainly live in a beautiful part of the country too!

Country Wings in Phoenix said...

Happy Pink Saturday Christine Sweetie...
Once again, strolling the beautiful streets of Charleston. I love it. Just gorgeous. The architecture is so beautiful there and rich in history as well.

I loved browsing through the antique stores with you as well. Love those baskets too. The rock store was the best. I too love rocks, my Momma has collected them for years and passed that love on to me as well. Beautiful.

Hope you and John have a wonderful weekend sweet friend. Many hugs and much love, Sherry

Ricki Jill Treleaven said...

Christine, your rock collection is so neat! Have you posted about it before? I know y'all had a great time in Charleston. Happy Pink Saturday!

Richard Cottrell said...

Another beautiful trip. I am so glad you always share. You two have such fun and do wonderful things. I am so glad I get to tag along in the pictures. Please keep posting. Richard from My Old Historic House.

Entertaining Women said...

The antique store was wonderful. Oh for a trip to Charleston. thank you for inviting us to join you for your day of shopping. Cherry Kay

Pat said...

Fun post Christine!

We have one of those rocks. It holds a candle. Maybe we should bring it upstairs and see if it has healing powers. It's in J's "room".

I loved shopping the Market in Charleston and have two of the very small baskets.

Jacqueline said...

What a fun trip. I have only been there once and still dream of the southern food we had there. What beautiful antiques. Ooh, the silver, I would have loved to have seen it! How fun and what a great shopping companion!

Sarah said...

What a wonderful opportunity for you! Thanks for sharing your trip with us!

I would like to invite you to my weekend linkup. It involves anything related to homemaking: recipes, sewing, decorating, crafts, DIY, a story about what you did today, etc! I always enjoy reading your blog and I know you'd be a great addition to the party!

Hope you have a lovely weekend!

HaPpY pInK sAtUrDaY!
Sarah

chubskulit said...

Such fabulous collection ~!

Really Rainey said...

Looks like it was a great trip... I could have spent all day in the rock shop! Take care there and...
Happy Halloween!
~Rainey~ @ The Project Table

Lizabeth said...

Wow that's my kind of shopping! I loved so many things in the antique store! Too bad they always want so much money. I love that your husband is patient and helps you shop! That's always a nice thing and not too common!

FABBY'S LIVING said...

Fabulous my darling friend, I'm glad I'm not there for goodness sake, otherwise I'll be broke from shopping,lol! Your John is so sweet, my hubby likes shopping too as he's so opinionated himself. I love the china cabinet you liked too, gorgeous! Can't wait to see what you bought! Have a terrific week. FABBY

ℳartina @ Northern Nesting said...

Christine that first mosaic is just beautiful! What beautiful shops you visited, I bet you had fun!! Martina

Fun With This and That said...

Love your stones. Trying to fine small stone to wrap with wire for jewelry What great place to go shopping.
Laura

Farah Muzaffar said...

Oh Christine what a lovely tempting trip you shared...If i tempt only while seeing than I can imagine your temptations... very lovely trip..Love the crystal section an d secondly your outside stall... And yes we also have the salt lamps ... they not only look lovely but very healing for Asthma patients...
Thanks for sharing all of your trip...
Happy if you come to see me at
http://craftaworld.blogspot.com/
with love from
Farah

Sweet Meanderings said...

What wonderful place to shop! I could have spent days there exploring all the stores - and spending too much money!
Candy

Olive Cooper said...

Christine, you really have got me wanting to see Charleston again and it is only two house from our yellow house so why not? I have a Charleston coastal basket my Dad bought me in 1999 for $90.00 and it would probably be three times that now as they are terribly expensive. Your rocks are lovely the way you display them. Happy Halloween. Olive

Confessions of a Plate Addict said...

Charleston is such a pretty place! Loved the peek into the shops, Christine! My favs, though, are your pretty door basket and that lovely arrangement with the deer antlers. I just found some and need some inspiration! Happy week!...hugs...Debbie

Traci said...

What a great place to visit! It looks so unique.

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