Cumberland County’s Shopping Treasures

October 18, 2017

My mother-in-law is that person who starts her Christmas shopping in July and has her entire house decorated no later than Thanksgiving. And then there’s me, the procrastinator type who starts panicking a week out from Christmas. This year, I’m determined to take my cues from my MIL and scout out shopportunities to get a jump-start on Santa’s list. There’s one thing I know for sure about Cumberland County, and that's we have an abundance of antique stores, fairs and markets, and mom-and-pop treasures to explore.

Fayetteville

The Pickin' Coop Antique Mall

Driving by one day, I noticed the giant roosters out front and realized then I’d found a real Fayetteville treasure. I never know what I'll discover at this large antique mall. From classic Americana décor to antique furniture to niche collectibles, there’s always something to hunt at the coop.

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City Market at the Museum

One of my favorite area farmers markets is one that sets up every Saturday downtown, on the grounds of the Fayetteville Area Transportation and Local History Museum. In addition to an abundance of seasonal produce, vendors also sell handcrafted goods and gifts, like jewelry, candles, knitted accessories, and coffee beans. Add this market to your Saturday to-do list.

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51st Annual Holly Day Fair

Claiming to be “the largest holiday gift and craft show in Eastern North Carolina,” the four-day Holly Day Fair draws an average of 22,000 attendees and 200+ vendors each year to the Crown Expo Center. From November 2nd thru 5th, visitors will be shopping their hearts out here. You'll find me "testing" North Carolina wines and gourmet goodies for the foodies on my list. I might go a little crazy on holiday décor for dressing up my house this season, and I know I'll spend a couple of hours trying to find that perfect gift for the MIL (jewelry or a new purse?). There’s a good reason this wildly popular fair is considered a “one-stop holiday shopping event.”

Hope Mills

Boarding House Treasures & Tea Room

This recently restored house, built around 1907, once boarded mill workers in its prime. Now this historic gem is delighting Hope Mills' visitors with traditional low-afternoon English tea services, plus an internationally influenced menu for lunches, dinners and brunches. The antiques, artwork and vintage items make this a wholly delightful experience. You'll want to plan a ladies' day out around this treasure!

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Southern Roots Trading Co.

Another new addition to Hope Mills is this eclectic boutique, which sells a little bit of everything and specializes in monogram work. The perfect time to check out their goods is coming up at the boutique’s Holiday Bazaar on November 11th, when vendors, crafters and a food truck will be on site. Be sure to bring the kids and pets, too, for pictures with Santa and his elf.

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The Mill Antiques, Gifts & Collectibles

While visiting Hope Mills, do not neglect this treasure trove, which has been featured in the I-95 Antiques guide. The store specializes in china and clocks, but they also sell a variety of other collectibles and gifts. It’s well worth a stop.

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Christmas on Trade Street

The Town of Hope Mills celebrates the season during the first weekend of December with multiple festivities. On December 2nd, the night before the Christmas Parade and Christmas in the Village, Christmas on Trade Street will bring folks out for some holiday shopping and more. Shops like 1910 Apothecary, Chloe’s Corner Boutique, The Front Door and More, and Trade Street Sweets are what contribute to Hope Mills’ small-town charm. Gather up the family, browse the shops and street vendors, enjoy some entertainment and get ready for Santa to make his appearance.

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The Mill and The Pickin Coop are just two of 14 destinations you’ll find on the Antiquing Trail—a handy guide and map provided by the Fayetteville Area Convention & Visitors Bureau (FACVB). Discover even more shopportunities on the FACVB’s online list of Shopping. Also, dozens of other holiday events are coming up in Cumberland County, and details on those may be found on the FACVB’s Calendar of Events.

Boarding House picture above courtesy of @BoardingHouseTreasuresandTeaRoom.

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