We just got home from a week at the beach in Hilton Head Island S.C. and it is full of consignment shops and thrift stores! My favorite places to roam around next to a used book store! So while the Traveller golfed, I roamed! Thrift shops are the equivalent to your charity shops in Scotland, Katrina. The 'merchandise' is donated and the proceeds go to the charity that is running the shop. Consignment shops are a little different. In those you would bring your items and sell them thru the shop receiving a percentage of the sale for yourself and a percentage going to the shop owner. Prices are usually a little bit higher in the consignment shops. But in a town like Hilton Head you would find brand name items, that sell at top stores, for a good discount. Lots of 'well-to-do' people live on Hilton Head. But consignment shops don't usually have books and that is what I'm always on the prowl for!
I only managed to make it to the Animal League Thrift, the Cancer Society Thrift, Good Will and the very large Island Thrift.Roaming and prowling all thru all that wonder stuff takes lots of time you know! The Island Thrift was the biggest, well organized, small book section. Cancer Society was very cramped, small rooms and lots of stuff, small book section and half off all clothes! The Good Will was small, dirty and didn't have anything worth carrying home. Although we have been in some very clean organized large ones in our many travels. (The Traveller is good to pull over whenever we see one and let me loose). But the Animal League was the nicest one this trip. Small but very clean with really nice items and very organized and the largest selection of books. (I found '44 Scotland Street' by Alexander McCall Smith, Katrina!)
Book wise I got:An Irish Country Girl by Patrick Taylor (I loved An Irish Country Doctor by him!)
The Red Door by Charles Todd
Resistance by Anita Shreve
One Good Turn by Kate Atkinson
Mary Queen of Scots by Antonia Fraser (She has always intrigued me!)
Miss Seeton Sings by Heron Carvic
A Wreath for Rivera and Grave Mistake by Ngaio Marsh
and of course 44 Scotland Street by Alexander McCall Smith (I have never come across any of that series by him just the mysteries set in Africa)
I did not get the Book Ends on this trip I had those from a trip to Nova Scotia 8 yrs ago.
No real vintage books this time but I was tickled with my finds.
I also got some good bargains in the clothing department. A cute Lands End top, 2 pair of Anne Taylor Shorts for just $2 ea. (the white and the brown print), a pair of Anne Taylor denim capri's for $2, a couple other tops, the little floral tie top is for Baby Girl, and a gorgeous Izod sweater for $2, just like new and such pretty colors (doesn't show up good in the pic - white with brown, palest pink and lime green flowers) and the pretty basket to put my magazines in. Also got couple pair of shorts for The Best Boy and a jigsaw puzzle.
|Crescent Pointe - lots of sand traps!|
Speaking of Gators... they are everywhere on Hilton Head! They routinely pick them up wondering around in parking lots, you see them swimming in every little pond. Signs are everywhere to stay away from them and not feed them.
|We took this picture of one on Dafuskie Island. Click on it to see it up close!|
Here I am with an old stuffed gator at a museum...
A friend said to me upon hearing about the gator at the park that she had the urge to stand on the bank and shout 'Handbag'! Well, when we first moved to Florida when I was small I had an alligator handbag! It looked very much like this one.. shame I didn't keep it, this one sold for $450!!
In addition to beaching...
we also took a boat ride over to Dafuskie Island. An island rich in history. There were 11 plantations before the civil war. During the war the residents left and the soldiers took over the island. After the war freed slaves returned and made it their home. They were referred to as Gullah. The island now has a large gated community on one end where people like Ron Howard, John Cougar Mellencamp and Meg Ryan own homes. We got a golf cart and rode around looking at history markers and old cemeteries and walked on the beach.
|Trees full of white egrets! It was beautiful.|
|Mary Fields School|
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On another walk in a local park we found this cute statue of a bird reading a book.
And this statue of King Neptune at Shelter Cove Marina. You can see how large it is with the 6 ft. Traveller in there for comparison! Isn't it gorgeous!