My Top 5 Secondhand Stores in Wilmington, North Carolina

by seacoast_ashley 13. March 2015 04:39


I recently wrote a blog on furniture that I regretted selling. This got me thinking about the ways that I have replaced the items that I regretted letting go of. Every single piece has been replaced by something found in a thrift / consignment / vintage store. Thrifting is an addiction for me, and luckily Wilmington, North Carolina has some great spots for finding a deal. Listed below are my favorite five. Please leave your favorites on our Facebook page.

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1. The Eclectic, etc.

831 South Kerr Ave. Wilmington, NC 28403

This store has an amazing array of vintage pieces. The prices are low. One of the nicest things about The Eclectic, etc is that the whole store is broken into “shops” that are stocked by different dealers. This gives the store a unique flea market feel. They have lots of great midcentury pieces.


2. The Ivy Cottage

3020 Market St. Wilmington, NC 28403

The Ivy cottage has been a Wilmington, NC staple since 1998. The Ivy Cottage is huge. It consists of 3 large buildings bursting with beautiful consignment items. They even have a jewelry counter! If I am looking for a truly unique gift, I head to this place. I have purchased anything from furniture, to artwork, to a jar of local honey at the Ivy Cottage.


3. Tin & Oak

709 N. Fourth Street Wilmington, NC 28401

The Tin and Oak is one of the new secondhand stores to open shop in Wilmington. It opened last year in the revitalized area of Fourth Street downtown (The Brooklyn Arts District). It is not a huge shop but is packed with quality items at amazing prices. Seriously, amazing prices! The Tin and Oak lists many of their items on Facebook and Craigslist, and often have “deals of the day.” I have seen beautiful furniture listed for as low as $49! Have you ever been into a secondhand store with a whole wall of clean beautiful throw pillows in every color? They have it!


4. Home Again Fine Consignments

1115 Military Cutoff Road Wilmington, NC 28405

Home Again Fine Consignments are just what the name implies. They are a large consignment store with flawless pieces. Everything in the store could pass as new. Most of the items in the store fit nicely in a coastal decor. If I am looking for a big piece of furniture that feels new, I head to Home Again.


5. GFC Drop-off and Donation Store

1745 Sir Tyler Drive Wilmington, NC 28405

Although finding a great piece of furniture in this store might be difficult as their supply constantly fluctuates, finding great home accessories is easy. The new GFC store is located right across the street from the Coldwell Banker Sea Coast Advantage building. This is especially dangerous for me as I work in the Coldwell Banker building. It opened just a few short weeks ago so supply is up and the building is very clean. Some of my recent scores were a cast iron skillet and a like new karate suit for my son. Another advantage? You could potentially find a new house and a new coffee maker for your new house with a couple of short steps across the parking lot!


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Have you ever regretted selling an item? I do.

by seacoast_ashley 10. March 2015 02:56

I can remember various furniture items that have been a part of and then left my house without much fanfare. Very few of the things that I have sold had any sentimental value at all. Three pieces of furniture are the exception...they float through my memory on a whim and instantly make me feel deep down remorse.


Long lost item number one: a dresser that my Mom had given me. This dresser had been mine since I was 3 years old. It was ugly, dog-bitten, crooked, and crayoned. I sold it. To this day I wish that I had kept that ugly old thing. If Pinterest had been a website at the time I may have covered it in chalk paint or turned it into my daughter’s dress-up area. Who knows?


Ghost furniture item number two (and possible the saddest one): my Mother’s childhood vanity set from the 1950’s. My Mother still has no idea that it is gone (sorry Mom). I had no idea that it was her childhood piece! I found out after a massive yard sale when she said, “Just as long as you didn’t sell that vanity. That would break my heart.” It was a perfect little mid-century modern design that would fit flawlessly into the decor of my home now. Mom thinks the vanity set is in my attic. I search Craigslist for that vanity at least one time a week.


My last and most recent furniture sell regret is an antique iron bed that my grandfather spent hours welding and repairing for me when I was a little girl. That bed served me from the time it was painstakingly restored until the 6th year of my marriage. It weighed 1000 pounds. I loved the bed, but as space got tighter and the bed’s condition deteriorated I had to either fix it or sell it. While scrolling through the pages of a Coastal Living magazine I found my bed. 100% positively my bed. I immediately texted my husband a pic of the bed with a crying emoji.


By giving up these pieces of my history I allowed for space to add new memory makers. I will grieve them always. But at least now I know what I’m looking for when I furniture shop!


Have you ever sold, lost, or given away something that you later regretted? Did you replace it or just move on? Where did you find the replacements?


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Stay in touch for the next blog highlighting some of my favorite secondhand stores, i.e. the places that I frequent to see if my old furniture has been turned in!

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