Aug 29, 2014

attention shoppers: the mecca of furniture has been discovered!

This post is really more of a public service announcement, because whenever I come across a really good tip, I just have to share it. If you have ever searched high and low for that perfect table, or rug, or known someone who was on the hunt for just the right bed or sofa, this is for you. I'm still in shock, really, because I was pretty certain I already knew every online and every brick and mortar furniture store in existence, and here was this big old gem, right there under my nose. Okay, it was two hours away, but still.

Behold, Greenfront Furniture…

I took a little road trip to Farmville, Virginia the other day, to help my sister pick out some new furniture. I wasn't really expecting much out of a town with a name like "Farmville," and honestly wasn't impressed until we turned down main street and the plethora of furniture shops and warehouses came into view. Then, it was exactly everything I had hoped it might be. Greenfront Furniture has over 12 different shops and renovated warehouses devoted to furniture. The buildings are categorized, with a few devoted solely to rugs, and the rest grouped by type of furniture, accessory, or clearance. The warehouses were by far my favorite, because really, who doesn't want to shop for furniture in a building that looks like this:

 really, who?

For the record, I am so glad that we weren't actually shopping for any kind of kitchen furniture, because I might never have left this particular room.  But believe me, I will be back.

We made a day trip out of it, but for serious shoppers, I might recommend making it a weekend trip. The Greenfront website suggests a few B&B's and hotels for weary shoppers, and I can envision a nice girl's weekend (or romantic if your s.o. happens to be into this sort of thing!) browsing through the merchandise, taking rest breaks at one of the cute coffee shops, peeking into a few of the antiques stores and then resting up to do it all over again the next day. And if you're making a weekend out of it, might I suggest hopping on over to Lynchburg to check out the J.Crew clearance warehouse while you're at it?

I still can't believe that after all these years of living in Virginia I just now found out about this place!  If you are within driving distance of Farmville, I highly recommend giving it a visit. And if you're not, I do apologize for teasing you with all of this furniture shopping goodness.

Have you ever heard of Greenfront Furniture before? 

Have you discovered any hidden gems of your own lately? Do share!

Aug 22, 2014

a bittersweet goodbye

After five months of being back on land, the time has come to say goodbye to our trusty sailboat, Winbrandt. When we first returned from our sailing trip, we envisioned keeping her, returning her to New Bern and maybe even taking her up to the Chesapeake Bay. It was hard to part with her after five months of living aboard, and we couldn't really foresee selling her anytime soon. However, as time passed and we started getting settled back into life on land, our perspective began to change. The idea of maintaining a sailboat that is kept six hours away began to feel like more of a burden. Riley especially, had this constant worry hanging over his head, and issues like hurricanes certainly weren't helping. It was also becoming clear that keeping a sailboat at a marina six hours away was a financially irresponsible decision for us to be making in light of the monthly slip fee and the cost of visiting even only once or twice a month.

On the bright side, we are really enjoying our new life back on land! We find ourselves wanting to spend our weekends here in this city, instead of traveling back and forth to the boat. So, when we received an offer after only having her listed on Craigslist for three weeks, we were able to recognize it as a blessing. Of course, after the deal was finalized, I did shed a few tears!

December 2012: Washington, NC
Riley, the proud owner of a new old boat.
Winbrandt, all fixed up and ready to go.
October 20, 2013: New Bern, NC
Getting ready to set sail on the first day of our adventure!
December 21, 2013: Somewhere in the Keys
 Riley, living the dream.
March 1, 2013: Southport, NC
The last day of our great sailing adventure.

Winbrandt was truly a good boat and she gave us the adventure of a lifetime. The time that we spent fixing her up and sailing her down the coast is something that we will never forget. We feel so fortunate to have been able to see this dream through to the end. Winbrandt helped us to accomplish exactly what we hoped to, and I think that is what gave us enough closure to be able to let her go. I only hope that she will continue to make dreams come true wherever she finds herself next.
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