Your Kitchen’s Role in Your Home

by seacoast_ashley 20. August 2015 16:13

Your Kitchen’s Role in Your  Home

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On most afternoons, usually around 4:30pm, you can find me frantically searching the Internet for recipes utilizing the few ingredients that I have in the pantry. I am in this dash because at some point I got too busy--and forgot that I need to stop at the grocery store. Around 5:30pm, I have usually given up on my Internet searches, and given into just cooking everything that I have.

By 6:30pm, the family is all sitting around the table--some content and some grumbling-- over the “rice bowls," “big salads," “homemade soup,” or “pasta thingy” that I have concocted.

By 7:00pm we are talking and usually laughing about something funny the 2-year-old did or some crazy thing that the 4-year-old has decided to invent. And in those moments all of the food stresses have vanished and we are fully and presently with each each other. The whole family knows that we will do it all again tomorrow.

No matter what food is eaten there is a special togetherness that eating with the family fosters.

I grew up with a grandfather who farmed almost everything that my grandmother made. A few times a week our family would casually stroll into their house and have dinner, watch PM Magazine, and talk. On the days that we didn’t eat from my grandfather’s garden, my father would cook elaborate versions of soul food that far outweighed even my mother’s most ambitious meals.

I can remember every detail of my grandparent’s kitchen. I know what the countertops were made of (a white formica with tiny gold flecks), what was in each of the cabinets, and most certainly where my grandmother hid sweets. My mother still owns the table that my grandmother so extravagantly set night after night (with only white plates, bowls, etc. and Smurf glasses from Hardee’s), and when I enter my mother’s kitchen I am immediately taken back to dinner as a child.

My parents grow a lot of the food that they cook, and I can trace some of those smells back to toddlerhood. I also know that a proper tomato sandwich is made of only whole bread, Duke’s Mayonnaise, home grown tomato slices (heirloom), and a sprinkle of black pepper. It is best served with a cold Coke.

As many of you who follow the blog know, my family is in the midst of moving. We are under-contract on a house that does not have the greatest kitchen: but I am determined that when we move in, that kitchen will house the memories that my kids will look back on. It is in that kitchen that I will try to replicate (and hopefully one day master) my father’s soul food and my grandmother’s cottage cheese pie. The point is THE KITCHEN IS IMPORTANT!

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For me to work my kitchen magic I need 3 things; sturdy counters, room for five, and a nice set of pans. The backsplash (I want subway tile), the appliances (stainless would be nice), and the cabinet color (these will one day be refaced) really are just minor details in the story of my kitchen. I am willing to give the minor details up for countertop cupcake making, loud excitement whether it be over a ball game or tears over a broken heart, and the ability to just whip up what I already have in the pantry (granted I made it to the grocery store anytime in near past).

Trends in kitchens change. Some are beautiful and some are questionable after a decade. Big is nice, but small can feel just as nice. Let your realtor show you some things that aren’t on your wish list. Let them guide you into a memory maker. Let go of perfect unless it's going to make your tomato sandwiches top notch!

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Tracking Down the Food Trucks!!!

by seacoast_ashley 24. July 2015 04:53

Work up an appetite this weekend visiting some of our open houses then find a food truck! The food truck scene in Wilmington has grown exponentially in the past few years. Our family loves to do a good food truck hunt! The best way to love where you live is to explore it. Here are a few of our favorite conquests!

  1. Catch - Sliders, street tacos, and more filled with locally caught yumminess. There is a reason that the movie studios loves Catch so much. It is divine. This is by far one of the best road restaurants out there!! http://www.catchthefoodtruck.com/home#menu

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Image via WECT

  1. Poor Piggy’s BBQ - Specializing in North Carolina BBQ, and you know how seriously we take our BBQ here! Just like strolling into your favorite sit down BBQ joint, Poor Piggy’s serves up the sandwich or plate options (with hushpuppies!!!). http://www.poorpiggys.com/#!

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Image Vis Poor Piggy’s Facebook Page

  1. A&M’s Red Food Truck - If you are out exploring and hit a hankering for brunch food, I would highly suggest that you hunt down this truck! Chicken and Waffle sliders....need I say more? Fresh fruit, crepes, breakfast casseroles?!!?! What?! I know. https://www.facebook.com/Aandmsrft

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Image via A&Ms Red Food Truck Facebook Page

  1. Funky Fresh Food Truck - Funky and Fresh! The name says it all. This truck serves up FRESH! The menu may include corn fritters, snapper, mac-and-cheese bites! You are free to go on your search now! https://www.facebook.com/funkyfreshfoodtruck

  1. Soulful Twist - Need some comfort food? This is the truck that you need to find. Cozy on up with fried okra, cornbread fritters, and so much more made from the heart. Dare I say that it competes with my Mama’s food! https://www.facebook.com/pages/Soulful-Twist/1397800603835622?fref=ts

Anyone crazy enough (and I mean this in the best possible way) to operate a food truck may find it cumbersome to commit to just one menu. I can guarantee you though, that you should trust their menu decisions! Go. Explore your city. Support your neighbors, and fill your belly in the process!!

I know that with so many great chefs taking to the road I have missed quite a few. Who should we hunt next? Tell me what your favorite food truck is! https://www.facebook.com/seacoastrealty


**After writing this post, I stumbled across this story in the Huffington Post. I love a good read on people doing extraordinary things. Have a look! http://huff.to/1JAQMOl

Meet Sheri McDermott and Tom T. Cat

by seacoast_ashley 17. April 2015 04:09

Meet Sheri McDermott and Tom T. Cat


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When I moved into my current home, the previous owners left behind a couple of small items. These things seemed to be left as “welcome home,” gifts. A few extra light bulbs, a can of touch up paint, and a new houseplant were greatly appreciated.


When various Realtors took potential buyers to a home on the market, they began to realize that the sellers left behind another type of “gift.” It was their cat! Can you imagine packing your dishes in the u-haul, packing the sheets, packing the toiletries, and then leaving your cat? I can’t, and neither could Sheri McDermott.


Sheri has been a full time Realtor since 2006. She is an avid beach lover, and is lucky to live just five minutes from her Surf City office. She is also lucky to have found a lifelong family member in Tom T. Cat. Compassion is a trait that good Realtors have. Oftentimes, circumstances surrounding the buying or selling of homes are not great. Coldwell Banker Sea Coast Advantage is glad to have a person unwilling to turn a blind eye to an abandoned animal. This is Tom’s story.

 

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Tom was abandoned by his "family." Realtors would show the home, and he would try to get back  into the house. They posted his photo on Facebook. Finally he tried to get into a Realtors car!  After a week of watching the events unfold on Facebook,  and knowing a full-grown cat would not be adopted in time, I finally caved. I asked the address of the home. I went to pick him up, and there he was waiting on the porch! I put him in a cat carrier and he howled the entire drive home....ironic that he now loves car rides!!!!


Tom loves to garden with me. He greets us everyday when we come home from work, and loves my car so much! I take him for rides to the ICWW & back home.


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Tom was obviously an animal that loved his home. He was so fortunate that Sheri was able to give him a permanent one. We wish him an easy ride for the rest of his life!


If you or someone that you know is in a situation that leaves no choice but to give up a pet, we urge you to contact you local rescue organizations.

http://www.adoptapet.com/


https://www.aspca.org/

http://www.humanesociety.org/issues/animal_rescue/


http://dog.rescueshelter.com/northcarolina

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Farm Fresh Eastern NC

by seacoast_ashley 31. March 2015 05:55

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Spring is one of my favorite times of year in eastern NC. At the coast, we have a brief period of time before the tourists arrive in droves to enjoy our pretty towns and beaches. We get surprise beach days, where the parking is ample and the weather is warm. We rejoin the community that we had to watch from cold glass windows in the winter and we get outside!


Every year my family eagerly awaits the opening of our many local farmers’ markets. We countdown the days until we can visit places such as Lewis Farms and pick strawberries until we collapse at picnic tables with a cone of fresh ice cream. Mmmmmm.....ice cream. I have compiled a list of some of my favorite farmers’ markets and agrarian adventures. To be honest, I will be putting this list on my refrigerator so that I don’t miss visiting any this season. Enjoy!


Poplar Grove Farmers’ Market

Opens April 1st

This farmers’ market is one of my very favorites. It is the perfect place for families. We usually take a long walk on the trails then buy all of our yummy treats. There is a family day scheduled in June. You can find more information about Poplar Grove and their farmers’ market by visiting

http://www.poplargrove.org/farmers-market/


Carolina Beach Farmers’ Market

Opens May 16th

The Carolina Beach Farmers’ Market definitely conveys a bit of an island flare. We love to visit this market if there is time in our schedule to take a quick ocean dip or to boogie to the music that is performed at the market. This market also has a large array of crafts made by local artisans. To see the vendor lists, schedules, etc. visit

http://carolinabeachfarmersmarket.com/


Riverfront Farmers’ Market (downtown Wilmington, NC)

Opens April 4th

This market is the one that my family visits most frequently due to its proximity to our house. Although it has typically been a bit smaller in offerings than the others in previous years, each year it gets bigger. I hope that this market continues to expand. I love picking up gifts for friends and family at the Riverfront market. From pickled peppers, fresh flowers, to local honey I can always find something that makes for a unique gift. Pickled collard greens anyone?

http://www.wilmingtondowntown.com/events/farmers-market


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Eagle Island Fruit and Seafood

Open Year Round

Though Eagle Island is not a farmers’ market it is an amazing place to buy fish, fresh produce, and plants. Eagle Island has a rotating inventory and the best is when they have fresh cakes made by locals in stock. They also serve up a HUGE cup of ice cream for not very huge prices. This place is a true general store. It is the kind of place that I grew up hanging out in with my Pawpaw, and I take my kids here to experience the slower pace of a lot of regulars talking farm out front.  Oh, and if oysters is what you want then you might want to bring the pick-up.

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Eagle-Island-Fruit-Seafood/146282825406866


Lewis Farms

Opened March 27th

There are a few different Lewis Farms locations. The one that I visit (and love) is the Gordon Road location. I have more Lewis Farms buckets (you get one to fill when you enter) than I do drinking glasses! This place is kid heaven, and it isn’t too bad for parents either. We go to pick strawberries, though they do sell plants and pre-picked veggies. The berries are very reasonably priced, and picking them yourself makes them taste better, I’m pretty sure. Because the berries are planted in long rows on knee high mounds little kids can only go so far. They have a long row to run, and you are usually the only group in your row. This place became a favorite when I had toddlers. After picking berries heading to the picnic tables to enjoy fresh berry ice cream is the best. Sometimes we drive out to Lewis Farms just for the ice cream, it's that good.

http://www.lewisfarms.com/lewis-farm-markets


Greenlands Farmstore

Open year round

Greenlands Farmstore often becomes one of our family stops to or from Oak Island. The farm is located on Midway Road and it opened in 2001. This place has a little bit of everything and you never quite know what you are going to get. There is the farm store which offers  everything from jellies to goat’s milk soap. There is the cafe serving up super yummy sandwiches. There are pony rides and a petting farm. My favorite offering (even though I have not had the chance to explore it) is the Homestead and Jr. Homestead Dinners. These are farm fresh dinners that are scheduled two times a month. There are too many awesome things to list (like hayrides for the kids and s'mores). I will definitely be making room in my summer schedule to experience the farm to fork dinner.

http://www.greenlandsfarmstore.info/homesteaddinners/


There are so many great places in our area for buying (and eating) amazing locally grown farm fresh foods. I will be adding to this list as the season progresses and I have the opportunity to explore more of them. Where should I go? Guide me by commenting on Facebook

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Meet Sean Skutnik and Brunswick

by seacoast_ashley 27. March 2015 05:53


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The word Brunswick conjures up two images for me...beautiful beaches and stew! I am comforted by both of these things. Sean Skutnik comforted a sweet abandoned pup some 8 years ago, and that pup was given the name Brunswick! Sean, a self described adrenaline junkie, is a Broker in our Leland office. Originally from Binghamton, NY, Sean has lived in Wilmington for the past 22 years. Living at the coast has given Sean the opportunity to explore his passions of motocross, biking, surfing, and just about anything else sports related. We are honored to have someone so willing to stop and help as a part of our Coldwell Banker Sea Coast Advantage team. This is Sean’s best friend, Brunswick’s story...


I was driving around on hwy 210 in rural Brunswick Co, when I encountered a pack of five puppies that ran across the road. It was near dusk. There were no houses in site, so I pulled over and got out of my truck. As I walked towards them all except one, jumped into a deep ditch with cat tails, mud, water, etc. The one that didn’t, surprised me and came running to me when I whistled. He was scared and immediately fell onto his back. I could tell he was in bad shape. He was very malnourished, hair was falling out, bugs and ticks were all over him. He was so cute though. I picked him up and put him in the passenger seat. He thoroughly enjoyed the AC blowing from the vents. He sat there like he belonged. I knew I had an amazing dog right then and there! I continued to look for the other puppies, but unfortunately they got off into the woods and it was getting dark. I regret not saving them all, but was glad to have saved one of them. His name is Brunswick Skutnik.


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Jumping forward to now, Brunswick is 8 years old, in great shape, and there is not one person he comes across that he does not like! He has the sweetest soul.He does so many funny things. He loves to hunt lizards around the perimeter of the fence during the warmer days. He has one squirrel that waits for him every day on the back fence that he thinks he will catch one day (while running after him with a ball in his mouth growling as if he is mean). If he did catch him he would probably only sniff him!

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On Saturday’s he enjoys the dog park and a trail run at, “Brunswick Nature Park” in Leland. I let him lead the way on the trail, and I follow on the bicycle. He keeps a good pace for about 1 mile before he gets pretty tired. Like myself, “Brunswick” loves adrenaline but loves his downtime too. He has his own chair, 2 beds to relax on, a screened in patio, and doggie door for keeping the back yard clear of squirrels and lizards! Brunswick is also proud to be the reigning “King Of Paw Jam” from the last event held at Battleship Park. Yep, he has it made!


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Fun Places to Go In and Around Wilmington on Your Dogs’ Day Off

by seacoast_ashley 24. March 2015 03:47


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Empie Park

This is my favorite pooch place in Wilmington. The dog park is large and located right near the front of Empie. Two acres are divided up by chain fencing to separate the dogs by size. There is one area specifically for dogs under 20 pounds. The park is well-maintained. Empie is a great park for humans too! It boasts one of the best playgrounds, tennis courts, walking trails, and picnic areas. As Wilmington’s first off-leash park Empie has proven to be a huge success. There are always furry friends enjoying the dog park.

This is the link with the list of rules for Empie Dog Park (and I believe all New Hanover Dog parks):

http://bit.ly/1tKcHzL


Ogden Dog Park

Another dog park that satisfies both human and dog friends is Ogden Dog Park. Ogden Park is on the newer side. The only complaint that regulars have is the sand in the dog area. Some dogs have gotten sand spurs in their paws, and we know that cleaning sand out of dog fur is a never ending process.  But, as a human living at the coast, I have come to know two things quite well...sand and sand spurs! Ogden park offers a great walking trail, good playground for the kids, and covered picnic areas. Ogden Park is currently raising money for a new skate park! As the Ogden area grows I expect that this park will gain popularity pretty fast.


Hugh Macrae Dog Park

Hugh Macrae Dog Park is set up much the same as Ogden and Empie. There are both small and large dog areas. Because Hugh Macrae is so large and popular with Wilmington residents, this dog park tends to be a bit busier than the others. If you are looking to meet a human dog-loving friend, this might be the park for you. With the larger crowds here, it is important to watch your dog a little more closely. This park does have more grass than Ogden Dog Park, so there is a slightly lower risk of sand spurs.


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Oak Island

The beach at Oak Island is not a dog park, but is a great place for you and your dog to run! Oak Island allows for leashed pets on the beach year round. They do require a leash from March 15 - October 15 (peak tourist season). A day trip to Oak Island is easily accomplished as there is ample free parking on the island, most beach accesses are equipped with waste baggies and waste receptacles, and it is only 30 minutes away from downtown Wilmington. I often find it easier to shoot down to Oak Island than to battle parking at Wrightsville. Bonus, I get to take my dog!


Abbey Nature Preserve at Poplar Grove

If you are looking to exercise yourself as well as your pooch, the Abbey Trails might be the thing to do. The trails are dog-friendly and are often used by pet owners. The trail is 2.4 miles long with a beautiful pond located at its end. You will want to bring your pets water, etc. with you. This trail is easy to hike but will most likely take over an hour. At my last visit there were no rules posted. Many people have dogs off-leash, so be aware that you may have overly excited company! You may want to check the Poplar Grove calendar (its located http://www.poplargrove.org/). Some events are extremely popular and people often take to the trail while visiting Poplar Grove.



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Lucky

by seacoast_ashley 18. March 2015 08:32

The Merriam-Webster Dictionary defines the word "Luck" as, “A force that brings good fortune or adversity”. On St. Patrick’s Day, we frequently heard the word luck. This had me thinking about the ways in which I have been lucky, and what I would do if Big luck struck.


I have been the winner of exactly one contest in my life. When I was 11 years old, I purchased a raffle ticket at my local pharmacy. The ticket sales were to sponsor a Special Olympian in my hometown. I won! The pharmacy called, and told me that I was the winner of one of the five or so prizes that were up for grabs. I pictured over and over the bucket of beauty items that I would be picking up later that day. When I arrived the counter clerk handed me what every 11 year old girl would want...an oscillating fan.I did not win the make-up. I won the fan.  Lucky streak number one seemed to have come to an end. As an adult living in Wilmington, North Carolina I can now see the benefit of winning a fan!


I may not have won very many contests, but I am still prone to buying a lottery ticket if the jackpot is huge. Luck can change in an instant, right? As soon as the ticket is mine, I think of all the ways that I could spend the money. I wonder what the very fortunate lady from Brunswick county (she won $188 million) will do with her riches? For me it always goes back to charity (animals and the arts), my family and friends, and my home. And, I mean a big home with a stunning view and a pool.


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6454 Shinnwood Rd. Wilmington, NC

Coldwell Banker Sea Coast Advantage gets to be a vehicle for luck everyday. When a seller gets his/her offer or when a buyer has his/her offer accepted, those people feel lucky. Once a month we call one very fortunate person to tell them that they are the winner of our ongoing Coast in and Win contest. This person is the recipient of a $500 check from Coldwell Banker Sea Coast Advantage. How did they enter the contest? By walking in and looking at one of the beautiful homes hosting a weekend open house! What luck!


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It is a pretty big stretch to think that I would ever win the lottery, but $500 seems pretty possible. I think I would treat myself to a shopping day at some of my favorite local stores, and hire a really nice babysitter for the evening. What would you do with an extra $500? Would you donate it? Would you treat yourself?


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You can find more information on the house in the photo above by visiting http://bit.ly/1CrMonj

(Home listed by Jessica Edwards and Associates The Carolinas Finest)








Meet Madison Preble Pet Person of the Week!

by seacoast_ashley 16. March 2015 03:54

Madison Preble (from our Jacksonville office) is our Pet Person of the Week! Madison has adopted many times, and currently has three pets. All of her animals are rescues. She has her dog training certification, and has worked as an animal shelter volunteer. Berrin was her first rescue. Her second rescue, Marley, was saved during Madison’s time at the shelter. The third member of the pack is Blintz...the cat!  As any pet owner knows we would do just about anything for our animals. Once our pets pick us out, we will jump through hoops to help them. This is Berrin’s story...


Berrin, my beagle/border collie was the first animal I got on my own. I went to visit a friend in Kentucky, and we took a trip to the pound. Berrin was one of 3 puppies that had been separated from his mom (at 4 weeks old). The adoption fee was $100 which I didn’t have at the time.  I told the guy working at the pound that I would give him the best home he could possibly have. He made me go back to the kennel that Berrin was in, pick him up, and show him how much I wanted him. I picked Berrin up and loved him. He got so excited he peed on me!!! I got to take him home, and he has been my best friend ever since!

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Coldwell Banker Sea Coast Advantage is committed to helping animals in any way that we can. We will be participating in the Canines for Service Walk and Dog Dash on March 28, 2015. To learn more about the Canines for Service organization, to sign up to walk (or dash!), or to make a donation please visit

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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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