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A Better Black Friday

We know we promised a post yesterday afternoon, but we literally shopped until we dropped yesterday. Now that we’re rested and fully caffeinated we feel like we can properly share our Black Friday secret. The secret that will change your shopping strategy forever.

A few years ago we decided to ditch the crowds, chaos and 4:00am alarm clocks and opt for something a little different. Sleeping in, stops for coffee and snacks, significantly less crowds and antiques … all of our favorite things!

This year’s Black Friday destination was Lebanon, OH. Lots of history, adorable shops, and lots of really great bargains on really great stuff. So we thought we’d bring you a guide to turning your Black Friday shopping into a little overnight, because that’s officially on our calendar for next year…


Where to start: 

On our way to Lebanon we stopped by Ohio Valley Antique Mall, one of our favorite local spots. We very rarely leave there empty handed. This time we found a booth packed with these old ads, and at only $2.50-5.00 a piece, we couldn’t pass them up. We also found this piece of an old soap crate from the Andrew Jergens Company. Stay tuned for how we use them!


Where to Shop: 

Miller’s Antique Mall – Another one of our favorites! Everything from vintage gloves to china cabinets, you’ll find it here.

Broadway Antique Mall – They also have a little bit of everything. Lots of antique jewelry, records and old radios that actually work. So cool.

BluClover – The perfect place if you’re looking for a one of a kind print for your home, most hand painted by the owner’s daughter. We spent at least 20 minutes planning the nurseries of children we don’t have yet in this place. Everything is heartbreakingly sweet and beautiful.

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A little peek inside BluClover, compliments of their Facebook page. 

Blume – We love love love Blume. Gorgeous additions to your home decor, gifts for the perpetually-impossible-to-shop-for person on your list and lots and lots of our latest obsession … tea towels. We can’t get enough. See ya what little cash we had in our wallet.

This beautiful photo courtesy of Blume’s Facebook page. 

Green Country Market – Another great little gift and home decor spot! Like we died and went to a Joanna Gaines designed heaven. This place is like a tiny little piece of Magnolia Farms.

Ambassador Antiques and Fine Linens – remember our post about Jessica’s bedding? This is where she found all those beautiful frilly features. Easily #1 on our to-visit list every time we make it up to Lebanon. You’ve never seen such a perfectly peaceful store, we’re sure of it.

Another great shot from Ambassador Antiques Elegant Baby and Fine Linens Facebook page. 

Where to Eat: 

Breakfast: Royce Cafe & Coffeehouse

Lunch: Village Ice Cream Parlor 

Dinner: The Golden Lamb Inn & Restaurant


Where to Sleep:

The Golden Lamb Inn & Restaurant – Hands down one of the coolest places to rest your weary, shopping exhausted head. Presidents, authors and other people from history have all stopped for a stay at The Golden Lamb. How many other places can offer a chance to stay in the same room as people like Harriet Beecher Stowe, James Whitcomb Riley and Ronald Reagan just to name a few?

Bonus Fun…FREE CARRIAGE RIDES!  We stumbled upon free carriage rides on the way back to the car and couldn’t pass it up.



Tell us what we’re missing! Do you have a favorite antique store we need to check out?


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