Monroe NC


The past few weeks have found me pursuing a new pastime – stripping – wallpaper that is.  What I thought was going to be a fairly simple job has turned into a multiple-weeks long project with still no end in sight.  Fortunately, I only papered the bottom half of the walls, so maybe I’ll be done before the end of the year.  I am finally down to just the glue and I refuse to let it beat me, however, it will be a cold day in hell before I ever consider wallpaper again. (I know, Great One, you told me not to paper the bathroom.  Guess I don’t listen very well, do I?)

But even this project didn’t keep us from our weekly adventures, so Halloween morning found us making our way to Monroe, North Carolina looking for new additions to our favorites list.  First stop brought us to Then & Now Marketplace, which opened back in the summer.  They carry a mix of vintage and antique items as well as new gifts and home décor.  Be sure to check out the items on display outside the shop, as well.

Next, as we were searching for Pack Rat Antiques Shoppe, we stumbled upon A Hidden Treasure and although we had planned on checking it out, this place looked nothing like the picture on its Facebook page and obviously, was not the same address I had on my list for the day.  It turns out, A Hidden Treasure has two locations now.  Sara explained that her parents who opened the original Hidden Treasure, opened this second location in March.  They are growing and adding new vendors all the time.  A cute little wooden crate which housed 2 small pewter Svensk Punsch cups, jumped up and down on the shelf, stopping just short of doing back flips to get my attention and begged me to take it home.  Okay, maybe there was no actual jumping and begging, it just might have been lingering after-effects secondary to strobe light exposure. 

We did find Pack Rat Antiques Shoppe and they do have some really beautiful high-end pieces.  Well worth a visit if you are looking for unique, one-of-a-kind antiques.  Unfortunately, our budget doesn’t have a lot of leeway.

The original Hidden Treasure store was our next stop.  Its aqua blue storefront is hard to miss and conjures up scenes from pirate movies of yore as the swashbuckling hero, scans the horizon from the deck of his ship while searching for that ever elusive hidden treasure.  Give yourself plenty of time because there are many nooks and crannies with shelves from ceiling to floor and you won’t want to miss the opportunity to find your heart’s desire lurking just around the corner.  A treasure trove for PEZ enthusiasts awaits, as well as enough jewelry to fill a seaworthy chest. 

We ended our day at the Monroe Antique Market.  We had been there once before and found a cabinet to house my Made In Occupied Japan collection.  There were treats on the table to greet us and 5,000 square feet of take-us-to-your-house items, in particular a bread crate from Great Bend Bakery that would make a very unique coffee table.  Sadly, we had to leave it behind.  They do offer multiple opportunities to folks whose collections, not unlike ours, are beginning to outgrow their allotted spaces.  Booth rental as well as consignment arrangements can help you free up some space and get your cash flowing again so that you can get back to searching, because it is the thrill of the hunt that hooks us all.