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Dirt Road Adventures And Vintage Finds

Happy Sunday, and welcome to Dirt Road Adventures. On Sundays, we review all the exciting events that occurred behind the scenes, on the blog, and the sources of inspiration I discovered online during the past week. This is a weekly summary to ensure you don’t miss any of our adventures.

This past week, we decided to beat the extreme heat and take off to the beach.

However, the heat followed us all the way to the ocean.

We were still able to do our morning walks, but Rudy only made it around the block once, and he was ready for a cool spot.

With all the heat, we decided to head into Wilmington for lunch and to do some vintage and thrift store shopping.

We had some luck at one of our favorite consignment shops, and we found a few new spots to add to our thrifting rounds.

So I’ll share all the details and what treasures I brought home.

Lunch at Indochine
Lunch at Indochine, Wilmington, NC

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Adventures at the End of the Dirt Road

This is a look back at all my adventures this past week.

Since we’ve been at the beach, I managed to convince Brad to do a little vintage and thrift store shopping.

Wilmington, NC, has some great shopping options, and I actually found two new spots this trip. You may remember that I shared this Thrifting with the Gals in Wilmington, NC post.

We started the day at The Ivy Cottage on Market Street. I’ve previously had good luck finding vintage decor at this location.

This trip was no exception.

Successful Vintage Shopping at the Ivy Cottage

After a delicious lunch at Indochine, we traveled to The Junky Monkey Thrift Store. It is a hodgepodge of unique finds.

I found a great deal on some porcelain napkin rings, a copper lobster mold, and some Dawn Dish Detergent.

Next, we stumbled across Azalea Antiques and were very impressed with their repurposed furniture and array of great antiques. Although we didn’t purchase anything, I’m ready to go back and explore some more.

Finally, the Island Cottage is a tiny thrift store right on Pleasure Island. We have driven by many times but, for some reason, had never noticed it before.

Although it’s a small shop, it’s packed with great deals. I scored three brass candlesticks to add to my growing collection.

Most of these items will be used at the farmhouse, but the lobster mold will likely remain at the beach cottage.

Thrift Store and Vintage Haul for Dirt Road Adventures

In Case You Missed It

Here are the latest and greatest blog posts that you may have missed.

First, this week’s trending Top Post is – 30 MInd-Blowing Upcycled Thrift Store Decor Transformations

I’ve been blown away by the response to this post. If you didn’t see it the first go-round, be sure to check out what all the buzz is about. Read More.

30 thrift store transformations

The latest posts from last week.

Fresh Peach & Goat Cheese Bruschetta Appetizer.

First, a new sweet and savory summer fresh peach appetizer. You will love this easy and refreshing Fresh Peach & Goat Cheese Bruschetta Appetizer.


Christmas In July was a fun blog hop that included 17 Bloggers sharing various ideas to help you start planning your Christmas decorating right now.

You will love these easy DIY projects that you can start making before it’s too late.

READ 27+ Easy Christmas Craft Ideas

27+ Easy Christmas Craft Ideas
Fruit and Free Flower Centerpiece Peach-Centerpiece-5.jpg

Next, learn how to make a budget-friendly Fruit and Free Flower Centerpiece for an outdoor dinner party.

Read Arrangement Tutorial

You don’t want to miss this Everything Peachy Summer Tablescape. The dinner table was part of our monthly Supper Club Series, so you’ll see creative table-setting ideas from all six hostesses.

See Tablescape Details

Everything Peachy Summer tablescape.
8 Peach Recipes

With peaches in season, it’s the perfect time for some mouth-watering peach recipes. You see 8 ridiculously delicious Summer Peach Recipes, plus some other summer favorites.


Adventures Off The Dirt Road

Why Didn’t I Think of That?

Each week there are so many wonderful blog posts, and I’m sharing some of my favorites with you today.

There are so many creative ideas, and I’m always asking myself, “Why didn’t I think of that”? LOL

Y’all know I love good trash to treasure, and this roadside score looks so good now.

Have you heard of paper clay? Me neither, but this tutorial has convinced me I have to try it.

I love collecting vintage tableware and loved this post on collecting colorful vintage goblets.

If you like boxwood wreaths, you are in for a treat.

I need to make these DIY coastal candles for our beach cottage.

Want to get organized? Check out these simple desk drawer organization tips.

These easy-care companion plants are perfect for your vegetable garden.

If you’re into low-maintenance gardening, check out these 25 Perennials to Plant.

Coming Soon

Y’all, believe it or not, I’m starting to think FALL!

This month will be all about planning and projects to get ready for fall decorating.

I also have a new coastal garland tutorial that you are going to love. I can’t wait to share.

Thank you

Thank you so much for showing up each week and lifting me up with your sweet comments.

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Mary from Life at Bella Terra

Sunday 30th of July 2023

Rachel, I have the exact same copper double boiler and I use it all the time! Love the picture of you and your husband~what a handsome couple! Love your Sunday posts~now I need to catch up on the peach recipe ones!


Monday 31st of July 2023

Mary, I can't wait to add it to my stove top. Thanks for stopping by.

Wendy McMonigle

Sunday 30th of July 2023

What a fun week you had thrifting!!! You found so many great treasures.


Monday 31st of July 2023

Wendy, It was fun. Great way to stay cool. LOL. Thanks for stopping by.


Sunday 30th of July 2023

I’ve been scouring the internet for a couple of fall looking things and haven’t found what I want yet but fall is on my brain. Might as well. It’s to hot for anything else. Looking forward to seeing what you do with your the goodies you bought. Thanks so much for featuring my boxwood wreath post. I greatly appreciate it! Enjoy your Sunday.


Monday 31st of July 2023

Cindy, Yes, it has been to hot for the beach. Might as well shop. Thanks for stopping by.


Sunday 30th of July 2023

Sounds like a wonderful week, Rachel. Hugs and blessings to you.


Monday 31st of July 2023

Renae, Thanks for stopping by.