Monday, March 1, 2010

Cottage Charm Antiques

I was the owner of Cottage Charm Antiques for six years here along the beautiful Alabama gulf coast. Cottage Charm was located in several shops, with locations in Fairhope, Foley and Mobile. I truly loved my business and met a lot of wonderful people along the way. Cottage Charm had a "Shabby Chic" feel to it with all the "chippy paint" and distressed furniture, vintage linens, hats,handbags and clothing. To some people I was referred to as "The Linen Lady". My husband was a great help to me with my business, he was always there to load my merchandise when at market and local estate sales(husbands do come in handy). Maybe one day I will get a wild hair and open my own shop. Here are some pics from the past...hope you enjoy window shopping!














It's almost here...the BIG DAY is tomorrow...my first NIFTY THRIFTY TUESDAY PARTY...I'm soooo ready to have a FUN time sharing my THRIFTY finds and most of all... I can't wait to see all the TREASURES that you have to share!
Please don't forget to enter for my CASH GIVEAWAY...enter here!
 http://linda-coastalcharm.blogspot.com/

Today I'm going over to party with Coloradolady...please join me!

37 comments:

PlantSomeRoots@Lakewood said...

Linda,
Your business must have been a labor of love. It looks adorable and you have a flair for style. Years ago, I owned a country store and filled it with similar merchandise. The love for the business stays close at heart...
Cindy at Lakewood

Alma said...

Aww, I love your photos. I think I would have really enjoyed shopping at Cottage Charm Antiques!

sissie said...

Oh my goodness the booths are full of wonderful things. Sure wish I could have shopped there.
Someday you will be back at it again because it's your heart's desire.

hugs
Sissie

Debbie said...

What wonderful things you had Linda...that must have been so much fun to find them, hard to give them up though LOL!!~

marmielu said...

Oh, Linda, what wonderful things you had and you displayed them so nicely! Your pictures remind me of when my in-laws did antique shows and I helped with set-up.
I'm planning on "seeing" you tomorrow!
Mary Lou

Judi said...

Oh my what a beautiful shop you had. You must have just adored going in there to work each day. It is just lovely!! I could really spend so much time wandering around and looking at allll the beautiful pretties.
Thank you for sharing. I hope if you choose to have another shop you'll be able to do it. I too would love to have a shop...its been one of my dreams.
have a lovely day
Judi

Brushed By An Angel said...

I live in Pensacola and use to take trips to Fairhope and Foley to shop the Antique Stores. I think I have been to your shop and it was lovely. There aren't as many shops like yours anymore. Wish you were still open.

Happy To Be/ Gl♥ria said...

Linda, what a wonderful magical shop you had my friend...So many trausrers to see and take home...Thanks for sharing a blast from the past with us...Hugs and smiles Gl♥ria

Molly said...

wow, what a beautiful store! I'm off to check out your cash giveaway, thanks for posting my Le Creuset giveaway!

Sue (Someone's Mom) said...

I can see why they called you the linen lady. You had some wonderful treats and the presentation was beautiful.

Sue

Leigh of Bloggeritaville said...

Hi Linda!
We have MUCH in common. Visit my blog and you will see. I host Thrifty Thursday, I would like to invite you to join in on that day as well. I would love to have you!
I think I visited your store in Fairhope (we have a place at the beach), Fairhope has special meaning to me.
LOVE your store!
Hope you have a great week. Stop by my place if you get a chance. Would love to have you visit.
HUGS!
Leigh
Tales from Bloggeritaville
www.lbratina.blogspot.com

Leigh of Bloggeritaville said...

Oh! I added as a follower too. HOpe you might do the same, but only if you want to.

Diann said...

Oh, what a bunch of beautiful treasures!!

Linda said...

Your shop was wonderful! This is my kind of spot...I could spent some wonderful time there, poking around and buying a treasure or two...hugs, Linda

Donna said...

Linda, I wish I could have come to your shop! I love old linens as well. I am cleaning out my basement today and came across some of my old things today ... made me happy!
Looking forward to tomorrow.
Blessings,
Donna

Grace @ Ruby Moon Designs said...

Oh, it looks like it was a beautiful place to shop! I would have loved going in there!

Blessings, Grace

Love the Decor! said...

What fun that must have been!! You have a gift for display!
Linda thank you for visits to my blog! I lways love hearing from you!!

Blue Creek Home said...

Oh my goodness...your store was wonderful. Do you miss it? I wish I had known you were there!!!
We went to the outlet mall in Foley a lot when the girls were younger. I could have gotten my fix at your place!!

My NTT post is up - just waiting to link up!
Rhonda

Patricia said...

Oh wow ... how beautiful everything is!
I would love to visit a shop like that!!
Blessings
Patricia

Wendy said...

Your shop looks like a place I could spend hours! So many great items and ideas! Your tuesday party will be so much fun! See you tomorrow :)
Wendy

Lou Cinda said...

Oh Linda, this looks like my kind of shop!! Love everything in it! I am so excited to hear of Nifty Thrifty Tuesday! I have not been thrifting in the last couple of weeks so I am going to have to get busy so I can come to your party! In the meantime though, I can't wait to visit everyone!

Lou Cinda :)

Vickie said...

What a neat shop! I hope you get to have another one someday, Linda - my kinda shopping! I absolutely adore old linens. My hubby tells me to quit buying them, but they have such a tale to tell, and I guess that's what intrigues me about them. The baby clothes, the vintage dresses, the tablecloths, runners and the pillowcases that have been to carefully crocheted and stitched with such love! I can't get enough!

Jo said...

Oh your shops were just lovely ~ time would have run away from me looking at all your beautiful items. If you open another, please come my way :)

Jo

Angie said...

What a gorgeous shop you had! I bet it was so much fun to have such a lovely place..wow. Thanks for sharing..I enjoyed window shopping!

Hugs ~ Angie

Postcardy said...

I like your displays of old linens. I can see why they called you the Linen Lady.

Bella said...

To be able to play with so many lovely things is a DREAM JOB! So Beautiful! Bella

Coloradolady said...

I could not help but notice all the beautiful vintage linens...oh, glad this is not close to me...what a great place to be able to visit! Have a great VTT!

Elizabeth said...

I could sit and touch and explore a shop like that all day!

P. said...

What wonderful things you had in your store, so artfully arranged. Loved seeing these pictures!

Adrianna said...

I know I could've spent hours in your shop! All of those beautiful items...swoonworthy!

Charlotte said...

OMG! I am packing for Alabama right now!!

fitty's pinky rose cottage said...

oh gosh.. the booths are super beautiful! wish I am there to grab few of those pretties vintagey things.. thanks for sharing.. happy VTT

Stephanie said...

Wonderful store and everything arranged so well. Love it! Peace, Stephanie

CC said...

What wonderful finds you had..I loved everything you've shown..Ohhh,how beautiful vintage is.
Happt VTT..

Tara Beaulieu said...

Oh what an adorable store you had, I could've gotten lost in there for hours! Thanks for sharing! :)

Vintage Linen Treasures said...

Hi Linda!
So nice to meet you! It's always so much fun finding a fellow linen lover. I'm disappointed to read that you don't have your shop anymore. I was interested in one of your linens. Wow, did you have a gorgeous shop!! I read in one of the comments above that it must have been a labor of love. Oh yes, I can tell that it was. Your shop was gorgeous and I can promise you that if I had lived in your area, I would have been there a lot! Thank you for visiting my blog. I'll be seeing you soon as I'm now a new follower.
Patricia :o)

Trish @TheOldPostRoad said...

Those displays look like a fun place to shop! Thanks for sharing.
-trish

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