Finding paper treasures – for pennies – in the Shenandoah

There is nothing more relaxing to me than lounging on the deck of our weekend getaway in the cool mountain air. Every Friday afternoon, my sweetie and I try to beat a hasty retreat to the Shenandoah Valley to enjoy the birds and the bees, the rabbits and the trees, and especially the inspiring mountain views that are all around us.



I had a special mission in mind this weekend, however; poking around in the numerous antique shops and flea markets in the area to see what paper goods I could find for my collaging projects. First, though, it was time to eat!



After a lovely lunch at The Other Place (, we took a short, leisurely drive down Rt. 11 (yes, the home of Rt. 11 Potato Chips is nearby) to Mount Jackson, a small town that’s home to the Bowman-Shannon Cultural Arts Center, and many dusty little shops selling some antiques, but mostly kitschy tchotchkes. I was out of luck at the first two stores we visited, but I managed to find some vintage floral cards at Search Thrift Shop.



The store was pleasantly merchandised, with everything easy to find. We had a good time looking in the kitchen department (no paper there, but lots of fun anyway) and the book nook. And I enjoyed chatting with Jana, the new manager. Proceeds from sales at the Search Thrift Shop ( benefit the Search Group Home, as well as a host of other organizations serving the community.



In addition to the floral cards, I picked up a paper bag with flowers that will pair nicely with some of the things in my paper stash. I think it comes from the ABC state liquor store.



And I was pleasantly surprised to find a copy of Handel’s Messiah – in a thrift store, of all places.



In all, I paid $1.50 for my finds – what a deal!



The little towns of Strasburg, Woodstock, Edinburg, Mt. Jackson, and New Market along Route 11 are a nice detour off of busy I-81. If you’re ever in the area, please stop by Search Thrift Shop and say Hi to Jana, Judy, and Mark. They’re nice people, and they’ll treat you right!