Favorite Places

Dear Friends:
Like most of you, I love to shop and I love to travel, and I really, really love to eat. I thought I’d share some of my favorite places with my favorite people — my readers. Please call before you go — just in case things have changed since my last visit. And tell ’em Mary Kay sez ‘hey!’


If you can’t get enough of Savannah, please check out SENTIMENTAL SAVANNAH by my dear friend, colleague and junking buddy Polly Powers Stramm, who is a life-long Savannahian. This is a non-fiction collection of Polly’s columns dealing with reminiscences and stories of Savannah and Tybee Island then and now. You can order a book from the publisher, History Press, or pick up a signed copy at Savannah bookstores like E. Shaver Books or Barnes & Noble.


Places to go:

Mermaid Cottages: It’s a really cool cottage agency run by a friend of mine on Tybee Island. The cottages are all shabby chic, many pet friendly, all wireless wired.


Metrolina Antiques Market: Held in fairgrounds similar to the now (sadly) defunct Lakewood Market in Atlanta, Metrolina has the same set-up, many of the same dealers. And it’s the first weekend of the month.

@Home Vintage General: Wonderful shabby chic antiques, adorable gifts. It’s even mentioned in HISSY FIT!
7 West York St., Savannah, GA. 912-201-0015.

Pinch o’ the Past: Architectural antiques, salvage, great vintage light fixtures, old porcelain tubs, hardware, etc.
109 West Broughton Street, Savannah, GA. 912-232-5563.

There are lots of clusters of antique shops in the area. Crabapple Community, in North Fulton has a great little group of shops and has spring and fall antique festivals. Chamblee, Miami Circle and Bennett Street (both in Buckhead) also have good concentrations of shops.

Eugenia’s Antique Hardware: This is the spot for glass doorknobs, brass escutcheons, or any other vintage hardware. They’re all authentic, no reproductions, meticulously organized, and you get to pet the owner’s elderly dachshunds.
5370 Peachtree Rd. Chamblee, GA. 770-458-1677 or website www.eugeniaantiquehardware.com.

Indiana Antiques: My favorite spot in the antique shops clustered in and around Broad Street in Chamblee…

Don Scott Antique Market: Also held the second weekend of the month. Higher end dealers of silver, crystal, big dollar antiques. Air conditioned, which is a plus in the summertime. And don’t forget to visit both north and south exhibit halls — a free shuttle bus runs between them.
Jonesboro Road exit off I-285 South.

The Stalls, Buckhead: Big dollar snooty-hooty booths, but the designer vignettes are fun to browse, and sometimes you may find an actual bargain. Bennett Street, Buckhead.

Fairgrounds Flea Market, Raleigh, NC. Held every weekend, except during State Fair in Oct. Outside dealers are the lure here, except for two inside dealers who have actual antiques. Good for primitives and shabby chic.
Ridge Road, off I-40.

NoFo @ The Pig: Located in the old Piggly-Wiggly store in Raleigh’s Five Points shopping area, NoFo is my favorite quirky, flirty fun shop. Has a café and restaurant, wine by the glass and great tabletop, gift, pet and girly-girl stuff.
2014 Fairview Rd. 919-821-1240. They also have a store in Wilmington, NC with even more fun stuff.

St. Petersburg, FL. Lots of great junk/antique shops on Fourth Street North, and also Central Avenue, downtown. Also, Gas Plant Antiques is a good antique mall.

Waynesville, OH. A whole town full of antique shops! Pure bliss.
Lebanon, OH. Same thing, and check out The Golden Lamb, which is an old inn — the perfect spot for lunch after you’ve junked.

There are no BAD bookstores, but here are a few of my favorite independent bookstores, run by caring, fun people who truly love to put books in the hands of readers:

Chapter 11 Books, any Atlanta store, although the Emory Village store was closest when I lived in Atlanta.

Scott’s Books, Newnan, GA. Earlene Scott is a career book person.

Shaver’s Books, Savannah, GA. Good antiquarian books as well as great selection of books by and about Low Country folk.

G.J. Fords Books, St. Simon’s Island. In the Harris Teeter shopping center.

Bay Street Trading Company, 808 Bay Street, Beaufort, SC.

Page and Palette, 32 South Section St., Fairhope, AL. 251-928-5295.

Park Road Books, Park Road Shopping Center, Charlotte, NC. 704-525-9239.

The Happy Bookseller, 4525 Forest Village Shopping Center, Columbia, SC 29206. 803-782-2665.

That Bookstore in Blytheville, 316 W. Main St., Blytheville, AR.

Inkwood Books, 216 S. Armenia, Tampa, FL. 813-253-2638.

Haslam Books, St. Petersburg, FL. Fantastic selection of used books as well as new, this store draws book collectors from everywhere.

The Book Mark, 299 Atlantic Blvd., Atlantic Beach (near Jacksonville) FL. Books right on the beach! 904-241-9026.

Lemuria Books, 202 Banner Hall, Jackson, MS. This is considered the hometown store of Southern authors like John Grisham and Jill Conner Browne (Sweet Potato Queen). And they have a pub upstairs!

Square Books, Oxford, MS. Great for Southern literary fiction, and you can usually find signed Grishams here.

Quail Ridge Books, 3522 Wade Ave., Raleigh, NC. My new hometown store. Great selection of signed books by local authors like Margaret Maron, Lee Smith and Kaye Gibbons.

Regulator Bookshop, Durham. Right near the Duke campus, fun coffeeshop.

Branch’s Chapel Hill Bookshop, 243 South Elliott Rd, Chapel Hill, NC.