Visiting Ruffin’s Roost in Mt Pleasant, North Carolina was a real treat, particularly for my nose. I have this hypersensitive sense of smell, so the first thing I usually notice about my surroundings starts there. Don’t even get the Great One started on that subject. After 40 years, he still doesn't understand. Unfortunately, while my other senses seem to have mellowed with age, my olfactory nerve fibers have definitely not followed suit. Walking into Ruffin’s Roost my first cranial nerve – the one that governs the sense of smell – sighed in relief. It may even have done a little happy dance. The scent was subtle and homey. And yes, you can buy a candle with that very same scent. Stupidly, I passed up this opportunity. You better believe, when we go back, I’m getting one.
Owner Tiffany Ruffin really loves what she is doing. It certainly shows not only in her smile, but in the way she greets her customers and the way she talks about her lifelong passion for antiquing, picking, junking, or whatever you want to call it. She glows when talking about her past experiences and pointing out some of her favorite pieces. She enjoys talking about her family, her animals and how they are making this old North Carolina farm their new home.
Her shop is not the typical run of the mill antique/vintage store. The building itself was originally an old harness shop. She has furniture and accessories that you will not find in other shops in the area. There are no vendors, just Tiffany’s eclectic collection of pieces that speak to her keen sense of style and search for timeless beauty. Some will jog the memory, reminding you of grandma or great grandma. Some might inspire you to begin a collection of your own. She knows each piece because she found each piece herself. She isn’t just selling dusty-rusty old things that somebody else got tired of, she is selling treasures that have spoken to her on her journey.
On the way to Ruffin’s Roost we had spent hours searching through Cline’s Country Antiques (a story for another day) for casters to put on an Electro Acoustic Magnavox Symphony floor model record player. Our hunt eventually yielded a dusty, multi-braced old headboard and footboard with wooden-wheeled casters so we snapped them up and though a bit dusty ourselves, headed on to Ruffin’s Roost.
To our surprise, lying in a bowl on a table right inside the front door of Ruffin’s Roost we found the set of casters pictured above. Even more surprising, Tiffany had just put them there earlier that day, so if the Roost had been our first stop, we might have missed them completely. What a shame that would have been!
Mark your calendars, Ruffin’s Roost is having their first Spring Event on May 9th. Follow the link below to their website to see pictures from their prior event - Fall at the Farm. What better way to spend a beautiful spring day?