As many of you who know me probably know, I am an avid thrifter. I look forward to Angel’s Attic on Tuesdays, antiquing on the weekends, and I brake for yard sales. One part of our St. George Island trip that I always get excited for every year is going to all of the thrift stores and cute little shops in Apalachicola! You just never know what you’ll find and I think thrifting is even more fun when you’re miles away from home because it’s all “new junk”! I found some really cute treasures this year at some of my favorite Apalachicola shops that I can’t wait to share with you all!
Our first stop was The Shop. This is the place where we normally buy most of our favorite thrifty treasures! This store is so adorable and is always stocked with beachy home decor and lots of cute and inexpensive jewelry. Here I found a 3-set of gold, dangly earrings that I love and some adorable mix match crescent moon & star earrings! The set of 3 cost $12 and the moon & stars were $5! Our other favorite thrifty store, which we call “the one with the orange cat” was closed for what we believe to be renovations. We were so disappointed because this “cat” shop also has very pretty home decor and we usually always find something there that we love! Maybe next year.
After The Shop stop, we strolled next door to the Downtown Bookstore. This is an adorable little store, complete with an impressive knitting section and a grey, lounging house cat to greet you at the door. I was so excited to discover an adorable Emily Dickinson card and envelope set (She is one of my favorite authors)! The set came with 4 different colored cards that all have Dickinson quotes on them. My favorite is “I hope your rambles have been sweet, and your reveries spacious”. The envelopes are all embellished with neutral floral designs. I love them so much that I don’t know if I’ll ever actually use them. Just know that if you receive one of these cards from me, you must be very special! My mom suggested, since the cards are so pretty, that I frame a few of the quotes and hang the set of them on the wall as decoration! I love this idea and I’ll definitely update once they find their home on my walls!
The next store we went to was The Shed. This is a very cool and rustic place to browse. It has everything from old paddles, driftwood and surf boards to maps and compasses. I didn’t end up buying anything here, I actually spent most of my time chasing lizards that seemed to be hanging around every corner. That’s another thing you should know about me; I’m a huge animal lover! I’ve been catching frogs, turtles, rabbits, lizards and beagles ever since I was a toddler. These geckos, however, were just too quick for me this time.
The next place I had to make a stop at was Oysterbones dog shop. They have the cutest dog cookies I’ve ever seen and my pups love them!! They come in all different colors and designs; seahorses, popsicles, sea shells, strawberries, fish, donuts. I always have to bring these adorable treats home for my sweet pups! Oysterbones also has lots of t-shirts, toys and dog collars! One thing I love about Apalachicola and St. George Island is how pet friendly they are! Every store welcomes dogs; there was one store that even had a sign on their door that said “please hold your dogs” and another that said “Where do you go when your dog loses their tail? The retail store!” It makes me miss my pups because I know they would have fun down here although they’ve proven to be very stubborn on a leash. I like to call them “free range” beagles.
Later in the week, we went back to my very favorite store in Apalachicola- Go Fish! One of my favorite things about this store is that it’s a Christian boutique, and they have the cutest t-shirts with inspirational quotes and scriptures on them! I am a huge fan of graphic tee’s. I wear them almost every day because they are casual, comfy and cute! Some of my favorite t-shirts ever have come from Go Fish, so I always have to pop in every year and see what new styles they have come out with. Last year I got an adorable grey shirt that says in yellow letters “Let the sun shine”, and this year I bought a light grey shirt that says in pink block and cursive letters “It is well with my soul”. This store not only has the sweetest t-shirts ever but also has all kinds of cute jewelry, trinkets and clothes.
The last place we’ve checked out so far is St. George Island Trading Co. This is basically a giant St. George Island gift shop. On the outside window they have a huge sign displaying the words “FREE HERMIT CRAB” and once you get much closer, in 12 point font reads the subtext “with purchase of cage”. I wonder how many children and Madison’s that has lured in over the years? We really love going to this store because they have so many SGI t-shirts! This year I got an oversized, long sleeved St. George Island shirt in a mauvey-purple color (I also have it in hot-coral). I was also ecstatic to discover, after pilfering and sorting through the M’s for about 10 minutes, a dainty, gold Madison necklace. The reason I was so excited was because I am a huge Sex and the City fan, and these necklaces look exactly like the “Carrie necklace”. To my surprise, after making this blissful $12 purchase, I read in tiny print on the package (what is it with this place and their fine print?) “bracelet”. Yep. Heart= shattered. The fam told me to return it, but, me being the crafting soul that I am, figured that I could buy some gold chain links online and fashion it into a necklace nevertheless (I’ll let you know how that goes).
We still have a couple thrifty places with weird hours that we want to check out before we head back home, including a church thrift store called “Twice Blessed”. If I find anything worthwhile there, I’ll be sure to share! Thank you so much for reading and I hope you enjoyed hearing about my thrifty Apalachicola finds and adventures!
Sweet Maddie Jane