New to Old & Old to New: Salvaged Style and Antique Charm in Raleigh, N.C....

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     Repurposed. Refurbished. Refinished. Salvaged. Vintage. Antique. Whatever you prefer to call your personal home decorating style, Revival Antiques in Raleigh, N.C. is well worth a weekend browse. They’ve got a little bit of everything when it comes to adding a touch of classic southern charm. From lamps, bookends and burlap place mats to mirrors made from window frames, farm tables and antique bureaus, Revival Antiques focuses on styles representative of times passed.      Young decorators know that these aren’t always your grandparent’s antiques, or maybe they are. Some of what RA sells is faux-antique, or vintage, made to look old by finishing painting jobs with a little bit of sand paper. Other pieces, like their farm tables and chairs made of Canadian Pine and shipped halfway from Ontario (Joe meets the...

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Gordon Ave. Book Sale

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  Thrifting may be on the upward trend in many places, but for most Southerners, it’s a way of life instilled by parents and their eye for antique furniture and hand-me-down valuables. In a brick-blazoned Southern college town, retro fashion boutiques are as common as the used bookstore. Combine the Southern obsession with second hand goods and the academic panache of Charlottesville, Virginia and you’ll find the greatest biannual book sale in the South. Forty-two books. Nine of them were bought to be given as Christmas gifts. Three were brought home and opened to find unexpected author signatures on the first page. This fall, I came out with all this for less than $25. I’m not talking about 42 ten-cent romance novels. A signed collection of Ann Beattie (most published woman by the New...

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Southern in: Keystone, SD

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We stopped for the sign that advertised $3 burgers and $2 beer, the kind of sign tacked to a white wooden building with a stuffed buffalo on the front porch. The sign that reminds you you’re in South Dakota and the only thing to quench the thirst developed over miles of dusty, rolling prairie land is a cold, cheap Budweiser. If you ever found yourself in southwest South Dakota, you were probably there for a reason. It’s a tourist-frequented region of the state that’s not within an easy drive of any metropolitan area. Yet still many find themselves in this enchantingly void land. Most are children thrown by Dad into the back of minivans, or Germans, Asians, or Parisians by the tourbus load sharing visits to Mount Rushmore, the Badlands, Custer State Park, Deadwood,...

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