So glad you joined us for week 4 of our 10 part series
Where We Hunt. Today we visit small town USA…
Do you road trip much? Do you often drive to your family vacation destination? grandparents? weekend getaways? Any direction you head the open road is riddled with small towns. They are full of charm, each with their own, unique personality. These towns are my very favorite places to hunt for treasures. You never know what you will find and the prices are usually phenomenal. The small, less traveled, less commercialized towns are the best. They often carry the widest variety of store type. You usually have some type of hospice or local mission thrift, an antique store, an old hardware store and a resale shop or two. Some towns may only have one store of interest. That’s ok too! Most of the time you will find all the action centered around a downtown square. Amazing architecture, churches the like of which are made no more, an old courthouse as the crown jewel. The footprint is similar all over. Some towns are so small you just have good old Main Street. You know you have driven through these sweet spots traveling to wherever your destination may be. I know you have wanted to stop and look inside that cute little store that has troves of junk spilling out the door onto the great wide sidewalk. So stop. Leave early on your road trip…maybe even just 30 minutes. Allow time to stop and smell the roses. These towns are the fabric of America, life at a slower pace preserved right in front of you. Exposing my kids to these laid back venues has been such a joy and blessing. They love it, your kids will too.
Better yet, plan a day trip. Just to stroll the downtowns of yesterday. I recently did this with one of my favorite junkin cohorts. We spent the day making a big circle through small town USA and hit the jackpot. It was a fabulous way to get away from it all, not break the bank shopping and spend time together – deepening our friendship. You really get to know someone when you carve out intentional time like this to spend with them. You learn what they like to collect, how they decorate, what their kids are into, what is special to them…in a whole different way then you can over a cup of coffee. Two sets of eyes are always better than one when sifting through heaps of goodies. Not to mention the amazing store owners. They all seem to have a story. You will meet some really cool people. This particular type of hunting spot takes some intentionality and time, but is more than worth it.
In hopes of inspiring you to go on a small town adventure below is a picture of all the loot I found on my last day trip.
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