Saturday, August 10: As everyone knows by now, I hate the suburbs. Having to fight my way through them is one of the biggest challenges I face as I settle back into life in the old U.S. of A. Because of my continual annoyance with them, you will find me trying to escape these said suburbs as often as I possibly can. Today, I venture out to Lucketts, near Leesburg, Virginia, 33 miles west-northwest of Washington; sadly it is becoming a bit of a suburb itself, as the Washington metropolitan area insidiously reaches its greedy fingers into the countryside.
I remember an old store I used to visit that sold a bunch of junk, The Old Lucketts Store. The store has been around for 17 years this August. The last time I visited it was about 7-8 years ago, before Mike and I separated and when I was still into decorating my house.
Before I delve into the store to explore its many treasures, I stop at the Cowbell Kitchen where I order a sandwich with local sautéed kale, mayo and cheddar.
After lunch, I make my way to the front porch.
And then I venture inside the house where I’m so excited to find so many treasures, I can hardly breathe. 🙂
I’m surprised to find the store has now metamorphosed into what decorators term “vintage hip,” what I’ve always called “shabby-chic.” I wish I had taken photos years ago so you could see how the store has transformed itself. It used to be that I could walk through the store and find maybe one or two items, for very cheap, that I might use in my house. Now, I am tempted to buy everything, if only I didn’t already have a house full of “stuff.” Sadly, I couldn’t fit one more thing into my house. Which is a good thing financially. Because now that the store has become trendy, its prices have gone up.
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So, instead of buying any of the enticing things in this store, I just go on a picture-taking excursion, which is just as much fun as buying.
And when I venture outdoors, I find even more enticing things, set up in these little spaces that look like children’s playhouses.
The Old Luckett’s store has its own blog: The Old Lucketts Store. Now you can even buy things online! They really are getting with the modern age. 🙂
Across the street, I see there’s another shop, Really Great Finds, that sells yard ornaments. I cross the dangerous Route 15 and then wander around that place for a bit.
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I love these kinds of places, off the beaten track, with their colorful arrays of “stuff” arranged neatly into little still life portraits. 🙂