Am off on my yearly summer buying trip, which consists of driving and shopping my way up the east coast from Florida to Maine.
One great place I stumbled upon for vintage and antique finds is Selma, North Carolina. Just off interstate 95, at exit 98, it sits just about in the center of the state. This cute little town, with its dozens of unique shops, was a nice respite after hours of driving through what I can only describe as "Mullet Country".
Now, don’t get me wrong. The southern part of the US is beautiful in many ways. But its lovely landscape is often marred by a proliferation of men wearing very bad 80s hairdos. The mullet is a look that should never have been in style in the first place, never mind back in style.
But for some reason it has become the requisite retro coiff of choice for southern gentlemen who have a penchant for pickup trucks, bass fishing and nascar races. Here’s a picture of David Spade in "Joe Dirt" , in case you’re having trouble visualizing. From what I’ve read, they refer to this style as "business in the front, party in the back". How quaint.
Ok, now back to more pleasant subjects. The people in Selma are super friendly and I found the dealers in the shops very helpful. If they don’t have what you’re looking for, they have no trouble sending you to a fellow dealer who can help you out.
Here are just a few of the goodies I was able to hunt down. A very girlie 1950s GiGi Young black full skirted sundress trimmed with vertical strips of white cotton pique that have bow accents on the skirt, a stunning 50s pale pink brocade full skirted party dress with draped neckline, a 60s blue and green floral chiffon sheath style cocktail dress with ruched waistband, a cute DeWeese sundress and an 80s red polka dot Victor Costa strapless party dress. So far, so good! If I get around to it, I’ll try and take some photos.
There’s a nice little blog about Selma, including old photos, history and some links to the antique and vintage shops in town. Highly recommend stopping there if you’re ever in the area. This cute little town is a vintage shopper’s paradise. So don’t let the mullets deter you!