Do you like to spend weekends visiting antique storesand searching for collectibles? I love to spend Sunday afternoons doing just that and I found a lovely store just a few short miles from my house that I didn’t even know existed until a few short weeks ago.
Why is it that we seem to explore and get better acquainted with areas far away from home than we do with the areas around our homes? I guess one of the reasons why is because we seem to drive though our own areas to get to other places and sometimes don’t even both to look around us anymore.
When I was searching for the home I was going to buy ten years ago, I remember paying attention to the area and noticing how I could see the mountains from the main highway that ran along side the town. It moved me so that I ended up purchasing my home there. I find that I have to remind myself now and then to look around when I am driving down streets around my house and on the highways and once again to take notice that I live in a very pretty area that is basically located in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains.
So one day I was driving down the highway not that far from my home and I came across and an area where there were a few antique stores. I pulled into the parking lot of this adorable white framed antique store, parked and as soon as I got out of my car and made my way across the parking lot this very healthy looking cat ran up to me and accompanied me inside.
It turns out that this cat lives at the antique store and in fact loves it there. When you walk in the store the first thing you see is a photo of the cat. Being a cat person I immediately felt at home and quite comfortable in this store.
A transplanted New Yorker named Donna Cannella owns Countryside Antiques & Collectibles. That is just one more reason for this transplanted New Yorker with the same name to feel right at home. Countryside Antiques and Collectibles have a little bit of everything from days gone by in it. It is a lovely place. I actually found some old pieces of Corning Ware that helped to complete the set that was handed down to me from my mother.
Donna informs me that the white frame building with the old wood floor was actually at one time the original schoolhouse in Braselton and you can really feel the history when you are in the building.
If you are ever in Northern Georgia near Exit 124 or 126 off the I-80 make sure to find your way to 115 Harrison Street, Braselton, GA 30517 across from Braselton Park.
You can check out their website at www.countrysideantiques.net