Friday, March 20, 2009

Treasure Hunting

What a better way can you even imagine to spend the first day of spring? I was up early this morning, looking in the paper (online) to see if there were any garage sales in the area when I stumbled upon an ad for an estate sale between Cleveland and Helen, Georgia, or about 60 miles from here. That didn't stop me, though! I got dressed as fast as I could, fed the dogs, called my hubby and hit the road shortly after 7:30.

It took me a while, but I found the sale, and it was pretty good. I'll tell you about my goodies in another post, but I just had to tell you about the neatest store I found along my way!

Now, some of you may know I have two dachshunds, named Bailey Sue and Bessie Mae (see pic in the sidebar to the right). But as I was going up Hwy. 115/52 between Dahlonega and Cleveland I saw a store named - Bessie Mae's!!! Of course I knew I'd have to visit them, but I didn't want to stop on the way - besides, they weren't open yet - so I made a point of stopping by on my way home, and I'm so glad I did!

The owner was so sweet, and her husband who was working the front counter was as well. They had some of the cutest things for sale, too! There were a lot of primitives, candles, gorgeous things for Easter, dried flowers, barn stars, vintage dishes and lovely tea towels and even some precious vintage Christmas decorations.

Look above at the chicken nesting box, filled with painted wooden eggs and such. The basket in front is filled with cute stuffed chickens.

Bessie Mae's had a nice selection of candles. I bought one of the soy jar candles with their name - Bessie Mae's - on it and the scent called "Ye Olde Homestead". The best way I can describe that scent is that it's a strange, but sweet, combination of clean linens and my great grandmother Ma Cook's Tea Cakes! Just scrumptious! There were also tart warmers and little wax tarts to go with them.

This was my favorite corner of the store, with the old wood stove, more chicken nesting boxes filled with tea towels, barn stars, and so much more. I bought a blue and white checked tea towel with roosters on it that I think I'll make an apron from if I can find those instructions, and a cute square sign in honor of 'my' Bessie Mae. It says "Beware, dog can't hold her licker"! And my Bessie certainly is a licker!

This corner was filled with spring decorations - chenille eggs, mini trees with small ornaments to go with them, bunnies and chicks galore!

And some of the cutest quilted and embroidered pillows! If I remember correctly, these were around $10 each!

I thoroughly enjoyed my visit to Bessie Mae's and if you are ever in the beautiful mountains of northern Georgia, I recommend it as a stop along your way.

Bessie Mae's Website

Have a great weekend, folks! Becky


Linda said...

Nice place to stumble accross. We go antiquing all summer Linda

Anonymous said...

What a fabulous find! I could spend an afternoon in a place like that. That is one of those places that you could send your hubby into and say "anything from here would be fine with me!"

Ladybug in TN said...

Seems as though you found more treasures than you anticiptated as well as made some new friends.

Heather said...

What a darling store! I found your blog through A Southern Dreamer. It's always nice to meet fellow Georgians!

John's Arts & Crafts said...

Sound like a place I like to go and hunt for neat stuff! New blog on the Hx. of the ladybug:

Picket said...

Hello friend....I adore your furbabies names!!!! What a sweet little store....I saw alot of good treasures in there! Thanks so much for coming by...I hope you are having a great weekend!

English Cottage in Georgia said...

What a fun looking place to hang out and shop for interesting pieces. I am bookmarking their website. :-)

Liz said...

Great store! I could really spend some time in a place like that! said...

What serendipity!

Anonymous said...

Becky, thank you!!! You are so sweet to help - and it was a big help - that map makes it so easy to visualize where Long County is... I will keep you posted -- kim