Keep It Quincy Local!

I gave myself a goal this holiday season: to purchase as many of my Christmas gifts locally in Quincy as I possibly could.

The great thing about this challenge is that it motivated me to visit some stores and retailers that I had not yet had a chance to explore (in addition to all of my tried-and-true haunts). As a result, I had so much fun exploring the diversity that Quincy has to offer and got to know some of the great business owners to boot! And bonus – all of the money I spent went to hard-working merchants who have taken the risk to open businesses in our community and improve our quality of life!

Now, for all of the cool loot I scored…

1. Item: vintage perfume bottle // Gift for: best friend // Retailer: Junktique

2. Item: vintage perfume bottle // Gift for: best friend // Retailer: Junktique

3. Item: jeweled cuff // Gift for: me! // Retailer: Linshell’s

4. Item: vintage platter (complete with // Gift for: mother // Retailer: Junktique

5. Item: black ceramic dish // Gift for: best friend // Retailer: Junktique

6. Item: froggy planter // Gift for: mother // Retailer: Christchurch Ministries Thrift Store

7. Item: wooden birdhouse/planter // Gift for: father-in-law // Retailer: Daisy Mae’s

8. Item: wildlife wool socks // Gift for: father // Retailer: Junktique

9. Item: shotgun flashlight // Gift for: father // Retailer: Junktique

10. Item: camo soft cooler // Gift for: father // Retailer: Bell & Bates Hardware

11. Item: expandable bag // Gift for: father // Retailer: Junktique

12. Item: African hemp & vetiver soap // Gift for: husband // Retailer: Dversity, Inc.

13. Item: homemade lavender soap // Gift for: niece // Retailer: Damfino’s Cafe

14. Item: homemade earrings // Gift for: mother // Retailer: Gadsden Art Center

15. Item: set of toe rings // Gift for: friend // Retailer: Dversity, Inc.

16. Item: scuppernong jelly // Gift for: mother // Retailer: Davis Farm

17. Item: pickled okra // Gift for: mother-in-law // Retailer: Davis Farm

18. Item: kosher dill pickles // Gift for: Aunt & uncle // Retailer: Davis Farm

19. Item: Fannie’s Drunken Figs // Gift for: mother // Retailer: Damfino’s Cafe

20. Item: Sump’n Hot hot sauce // Gift for: friend // Retailer: Damfino’s Cafe

21. Item: Hoppin’ John // Gift for: friend // Retailer: Gadsden Art Center

22. Item: Bumpy Roads Grits // Gift for: friend // Retailer: Damfino’s Cafe

23. Item: gingerbread cookie // Gift for: friend // Retailer: Damfino’s Cafe

24. Item: burger & fry seasoning // Gift for: father // Retailer: Daisy Mae’s

25. Item: Full Moon Apiary honey // Gift for: friend // Retailer: Damfino’s Cafe

And some detail shots…

While I didn’t purchase the watch in Quincy, I was able to get the battery repaired at Padgett’s Jewelers.

Sooooo many cool, hidden gems to be found! And my hats off to these awesome retailers who are making Quincy a cool place to visit and live!!!

Here’s a little more about each one:

Bell & Bates Hardware – a local, longstanding gem originally founded in 1902. They are still family-owned and offer general hardware, power tools, gardening items, and housewares. They are also a retailer for Benjamin Moore paints.

Christtown Ministries Thrift Store – this is my favorite secret place to score vintage furniture and lamps!

Daisy Mae’s – a handicrafts and gift store set in the back of an old cigar factory. They also host art parties here for kids and adults, alike.

Damfino’s Cafe & Market – a Farm-to-Table cafe set in the square. They also have a grocery section featuring local veggies, dairy, jams, jellies, frozen goodies, take-home meals, and kombucha!!!!!! Simply lovely people and lovely food (and they serve TEMPEH!!!)

Davis Farm – great seasonal selection of fresh fruits and vegetables, plus delicious jams, jellies, salsa, and pickled yummies. Located on Hosford Hwy, this is also my favorite place to grab hot boiled peanuts on the way to the beach!

Dversity, Inc. – tucked in the Carriage Factory Shoppes, this boutique carries jewelry, baskets, clothing, body care, essential oils, gifts, greeting cards, plaques, trophies, and nicknacks that are all very affordable. Pat, the owner also specializes in party supplies and some print services such as color copies and photo printing.

Gadsden Art Center – a regional gem housed in the historic Bell and Bates location offering rotating curated fine art exhibitions and a gift shop that features art, crafts, jewelry, and other one-of-a-kind items by local artists and artisans.

The Junktion – I’m so excited to have this vintage/thrift/DIY treasure downtown! Tammy, the owner, is so creative, fun, and welcoming. She always says she has something for everyone, and it’s true! You could browse for days! From vintage beaded purses to repurposed industrial lighting to farmhouse chic accessories, she has it all! And she has a fantastic eye! Love Love Love it all!

Linshell’s Boutique – a women’s apparel and accessories shop (although they are expanding their men’s section)! They also specialize in custom orders and formal wear. Their jewelry selection is fantastic (and affordable), and the owner, Linda, is a true sweetheart!

Padgett’s Jewelers – Padgett’s has been a staple in Quincy since 1976! They have a beautiful selection of jewelry, and Mr. Padgett can fix just about any broken watch or clock! They also have a great selection of china, figurines, and gifts!

A few other places I shopped but don’t have items pictured for:

Mr. Earnest Pecan Shop – the best place in town to purchase pecans and pecan-related gifts. They are a third generation family business and have been offering delicious pecans and treats since 1950!!! They are seasonal, though, so you’ve got to look for the “We’re Open” signs!

Around the Corner – a little hidden cafe that is located below the Carriage Factory. This family business offers a great selection of soups, salads, and sandwiches. They have cute gifts, Coca-Cola memorabilia, and cool shabby-chic furniture for sale. And there’s an indoor rope swing! They are also florists and house their florist shop in this large accommodating space.

What A Blessing – I somehow did not realize we had a consignment store right in our downtown square! Imagine my delight when I stumbled in to find a fantastic selection of clothes and shoes priced at quite a bargain! They also specialize in clergy and church wear.

And lastly, we have friends that we always gift Memorial donations to, instead of physical gifts. This year I was so excited to be able to donate to Elephant Aid International, since they are in the process of establishing an elephant sanctuary in Attapulgus (a 15-minute drive from my house!!!)


This is how Quincy does July 4th…

The George Dismukes Munroe-Dickerson House

The Infamous Spot(less) (photo courtesy of Joe Munroe)

Damfino’s Cafe

4th of July Ice Cream Party

Southern Craft Creamery Brownie Sundae (with Blackberry Patch raspberry syrup and toasted pecans)

Summer marigolds

The Courthouse Square

Frank & Janet’s Love Street Cottage

First Baptist Church

Jones-Lines-Munroe House

It’s a Re-Wrap

I decided to keep all of my citrus and ginger bags this year mainly because I couldn’t bear to toss them in the trash. I like to recycle, reuse, and repurpose as much as possible; so I decided to utilize all of my little mesh bags as Christmas wrapping this year. 

I also save and reuse tissue paper and bows that I receive from other gifters. So I picked up a couple of packs of these adorable 3D gift tags at The Dollar Tree and went to town. 

Using colorful, patterned tissue and wired ribbon makes each present really playful and festive!

Bar Cart Corner and Matchbook Collection

I inherited the most interesting matchbook collection from my grandmother (my father’s mother). I had so much fun letting my fingers get stained with phosphorous while rifling through all of her matchbooks. It brought a smile to my face to put together in my mind a kind of travel journal, if you will, of many of the places my grandparents traveled together during the 40s and 50s in their youth. New York City, Virginia, Miami, New Orleans, and more… The Waldorf Astoria, The Peabody, The Biltmore… I know my grandparents couldn’t have afforded to stay any of these places, but they must have visited their bars and lobbies just for the thrill of it. What a rich story these modest matchbook covers told. There were also lots of local and regional examples from places of business long since gone. The Floridian Hotel, Luten’s (Quincy), The High Hat, Ben’s Black Cat Soda Fountain…

I decided to pick out the local ones and showcase them in the corner where my bar cart lives. I picked up a front-opening shadow box from Michael’s…

…and went about using sequin/bead pins (I used these because the pins are shorter) to affix each matchbook to the backing.

I also picked out a few of the vintage wine, beer, and liquor covers and put them in a separate small shadow box I picked up while thrifting.

Combined with my “When Life…” graphic poster, apothecary cabinet, and various vintage bar accessories, my little bar corner is just about complete.

In the details:

Thrifted:  collapsible rolling bar cart, graphic placemats, vintage cut-glass liquor/soda dispenser, milk-glass ice dish, glass candy dish, cocktail spear set and holder

Gifted:  unicorn wine opener, vintage “occupied Japan” ceramic devil-costumed children, black and white enamelware tray

Inherited:  jigger, plastic party picks set (in glass candy dish), red bull (this was my husband’s grandmother’s; I love it because when my ma-in-law offered it to me, I already had a larger version in black that lives on the adjacent mantel that I inherited from my same grandmother that collected the matchbooks)

DIY:  personal apothecary, “When Life Gives You…” graphic poster (I saw something similar online that I liked, but it was for a vodka tonic, and whisky is my poison of choice; so I created this one and had it printed.  I put it in a vintage frame that I picked up at an estate sale.)

I put a bunch more of the remaining interesting matchbooks in an oversized brandy sniffer that I thrifted, but I still have half a box that I’m not even displaying! More fun to be had later, I suppose…