Summer is the perfect time for treasure hunting.
It’s the midst of barn sale and pop-up sale season, where you can buy great items for your home from junkers, pickers, refurbishes and upcyclers. There are quite a few of these daylong and weekend-long sales that happen near Greensboro.
Most are no farther than 40-minute drive from the city. They make for a great day trip, especially if you love antiquing and finding unique items for your home, like I do.
Here is a sampling of barn and popup sales in the area:
Vintage Market Days of Metro Greensboro
Semiannual vintage show is held at various locations in the Triad; next event is Nov. 16-18 at Summerfield Farms in Summerfield
This indoor-outdoor market features handmade, vintage and reproduction items from a variety of vendors. The first Vintage Market Days was held in Tulsa in 2011, but now there are franchised events, operated by local owner/event managers, throughout the country.
The local event is held each spring and fall. The last was held this spring in Winston-Salem, and the next one is set for November at Summerfield Farms. It will feature a variety of local vendors, as well as those from other parts of the country who travel the Vintage Market Days circuit.
You’ll find lots of different types of items from the various vendors, including original art, architectural salvage, antiques, clothes, jewelry, handmade and upcycled furniture, outdoor furnishings, home accessories, plants and garden items.
The French Farmer’s Wife
1987 Beeson Road, Kernersville
Sales held seasonally; future sales are July 26-28 Sept. 6-8 and Nov. 8-10
Friends Gail Cekuta and Kathee Zurian met as dealers at a Greensboro antique mall. They soon combined their shared love of European antiques and vintage home décor and their talents for creating beautiful displays to host occasional sales in Zurian’s backyard barn.
Their sales offer a mix of French farmhouse décor and unique shabby chic pieces, imported from Europe or collected from high-end flea markets. You’ll forget you’re in a barn as you walk through the “gorgeous rooms” the shopkeepers create. Their flair for merchandising is inspiring; they pay such attention to detail. Sometimes, it feels like you’ve stepped into the pages of a decorating magazine.
When you shop at the French Farmer’s Wife, you’re likely to find embroidered linens, bread boards, baskets, enamelware, chippy furniture and architectural salvage, demijohns, French grain sacks, garden statuary, wrought iron and crystal chandeliers, vintage suitcases, unique lighting made from vintage model trains and toys, lavender bundles, ironstone, glass cloches, dough bowls, Santos dolls and olive buckets for sale.
2680 Jones Drive, Mebane
Sales held monthly on select weekends
Dates and Info: www.facebook.com/RustedRoots/
Husband and wife pickers, treasure hunters and upcyclers Candace and Bill Herrero host regular barn sales on their property in Mebane. They also have an online shop, The Online Barn Sale (https://theonlinebarnsale.com/) that hosts one-day sale events of antiques, barn finds, and rustic home décor.
If you’re into farmhouse decor, architectural salvage, industrial, rustic and rusty home décor, you’ll find plenty to like at Rusted Roots. The inventory is ever changing — a mix of items the couple finds on their cross-country junking adventures, along with antique reproductions reflecting that fit with their brand motto that “beauty stems from rusted roots.”
Merchandise includes galvanized tubs, milk cans, chicken feeders, pendant lights made from galvanized funnels, cast iron skillets transformed into mirrors, rusty graters reimagined as planters, wooden tool caddies, pharmacy bottles, old soda crates, seltzer bottles and more.
1247 W. Webb Ave., Burlington
Dates and info: www.facebook.com/salvagesistersnc/
Upcycling DIY sisters Heather Mize and Hannah Linares operated the home décor shop, Nest, in downtown Mebane before opening their pop-up shop, Salvage Sisters.
Now, they host occasional sales — usually once a month — of vintage, antique, upcycled, reclaimed and salvaged goods at a warehouse in Burlington. The space is subdivided into rooms, where shoppers can browse through rooms styled with hand-painted furniture, architectural salvage and vintage treasures.
The Salvage Sisters sell lots of furniture, mirrors, vintage quilts and linens, architectural items that have been reimagined as décor pieces, signs and iron garden items, as well as romantic, vintage clothing.
Chartreuse Barn Southern Vintage Market
326 Litwin Drive, Thomasville
Dates and Info: www.facebook.com/chartreusebarn/
Do you remember the Greensboro home shop, Chartreuse, with all the great repurposed décor and art? The owners, Steve and Paula Lynam, moved the venture to Thomasville a few years ago and switched things up a bit. Now, they host monthly sales in their refurbished barn in rural Thomasville.
Individual vendors set up booths inside the barn, so shopping there is like strolling through dozens of gorgeous shops. There’s a mix of farmhouse and vintage style goods, as well as industrial and shabby chic offerings, handmade items and select antique reproductions. If you’re a Fixer Upper fan, you’ll find lots to love at Chartreuse.
A sampling of what’s available: lots of hand-painted furniture, especially white pieces, wooden sugar molds, oversized metal letters, farmhouse style pillows, vintage china, wooden crates, architectural wall art, homemade bath, beauty and homecare products, farmhouse tables and original artwork.
Weathered Barn Pop Up Sale
5434 Foster Store Road, Liberty
Monthly barn held April through November in rural Alamance County; future events scheduled for July 13-14, Aug. 10-11, Sept. 14-15, Oct. 12-13, and Nov. 9-10
Don’t let the Liberty address fool you. The Weathered Barn Pop Up Sale is located in southwest Alamance County, not far from the Guilford County line.
The monthly barn sale event, held eight months out of the year, features an array of vintage and antique décor from multiple vendors, as well as handmade soaps from Wash Bucket Soap Company and artisan cheeses from Piemonte Farm. You’ll find a mix of decorating styles represented, including rustic, farmhouse, coastal, upcycled and shabby chic.
When shopping at the Weathered Barn Pop Up Sale, look for hand-painted signs, handmade furniture, vintage pottery, baskets, garden items, plants, handmade decorative pillows and seasonal décor.
Spade and Broom
7123 N.C. 62, Trinity
Dates and info: www.facebook.com/spadeandbroom/
Kristen and Kevin Varner have transformed part of their home in Trinity into a home décor shop filled with items reflecting their love of English garden and American farmhouse décor. The shop is open only on select weekends to give the couple and other family members time to search estate sales, thrift stores, auctions and yard sales for items to refurbish and sell.
Their merchandise often reflects the current season. Right now, you’ll see lots of beachy finds and vintage Americana for the summer. Come fall, Kristen Varner, who loves Halloween, will showcase lots of one-of-a-kind décor for the holiday. They also host a Christmas open house shopping event.