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Hello, Dear Readers,


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I’ll miss my first little blog, but I’ve got a “new and improved” one over at www.sweetgumlife.com.

Be sure to move yourself on over there so I can reach my goal of 500 followers in 2017.

I’m doing bunches of giveaways to (hopefully) keep all of you faithful friends.

Hope to see you there!



The Story of Southern Accents Architectural Antiques


In 1969, Dr. Garlan Gudger began saving architectural odds and ends from buildings that were to be razed in the Cullman, Alabama area.  As news spread about Dr. Gudger’s collection, he began inviting people to come on Saturdays to see his salvaged collection, which he stashed in his garage. He eventually moved his inventory to a store in Cullman,  and Southern Accents Architectural Antiques was born.


According to their website, Dr. Gudger’s business is now known as the “South’s largest collection of architectural antiques.”


Southern Accents Architectural Antiques sells hardware, antique windows and doors, salvaged wood, ironwork, mantles, tiles, shutters, and more. It has been featured in several national magazines such as Southern Living and Southern Lady.


More stuff in the additional warehouse!

Southern Accents Architectural Antiques is one of my favorite places to visit and is worth a road trip to Cullman, Alabama.

You should totally go!

Source: Our Story



Wrought iron fencing outside.


They have more doorknobs–lots of doorknobs!–upstairs.


Spindles, anyone?

A Road Trip to Cullman — Festhalle Market Platz

veggies_farmers_mktThe Festhalle Market Platz is an outdoor farmer’s market covered by a huge wooden-framed pavilion that provides its customers a place to buy the freshest vegetables, artisan breads, canned goods, food trucks, and whatever else you can think of.


Located in the downtown Cullman area, visitors may shop there from April – October, every Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday from 8 a.m. until 2 p.m.

My friend K and I headed south of Huntsville last Saturday and found that Cullman had streets blocked off to promote the long pedestrian area. We parked for free and walked across the old train tracks to eat lunch at Rumors, a delicious Cullman, Alabama deli, where we both chose the chicken salad.

Oh, it was sooooo good!

Afterwards, we walked along the farmer’s market to see what was what.


Cindy of Cindy’s Creations offered her flavorful Hot Chow Chow that goes great on hotdogs or can stand alone with chips.


Cindy says, “This is one of the best things that I sell, along with the Cowboy Candy.” This entrepreneur is around my age and is in her 3rd year of business college. What an inspiration to me, personally!

She also takes pottery classes from a fellow Festhalle Market Platz vendor who runs  Abbott Pottery.


Beautiful texture–from Sandra Abbott.


Stay tuned for the rest of the road trip story, when K and I visit one of my favorite stores on the face of the earth: Southern Accents Architectural Antiques. (Note: Very photo intensive!)


Architectural Goodies at Harrison Brothers

Harrison Brothers' display window.

Harrison Brothers’ display window.

So before the St. Patrick’s Day parade on Saturday, Princess Buttercup and I were in the bowels of Harrison Brothers, digging through warped cardboard boxes to find the perfect old doorknobs to re-purpose as curtain finials.

Harrison Brothers is a treasure trove for customers who are looking to find cool (usually locally-made) gifts such as gourmet food items, pottery and jewelry, garden novelties, cast iron cookware, old-fashioned candies—like horehound candy—and more.

Door to Harrison Brothers.

Door to Harrison Brothers.

According to their website, Harrison Brothers is the “oldest operating hardware store in Alabama.” The original store was founded in 1879 and later re-opened by the Historic Huntsville Foundation. Since 1984, Harrison Brothers has been staffed with volunteer clerks.

The store is at a lovely location on South Side Square in Huntsville, Alabama.

Buttercup bought a handful of colorful marbles for 10 cents each as a reward for patiently going with me down into the basement.

Now, the basement…

…that’s the reason I wanted to go to Harrison Brothers last Saturday.

Down the rabbit hole.  The wooden stairwell.

Down the rabbit hole. The wooden stairwell.

Every first and third Saturday (or by appointment), from 10 a.m. to noon, the historical society opens the basement to the public.

You walk to the back of the store and go down the narrow, wooden staircase. There, amidst the dust, is a huge underground warehouse that’s full of architectural stuff like old doors, glass tiles, old wooden boxes, old wood, shutters, etc.

The proceeds go to the historical foundation.

The foundation is also taking donations, so please let them know if you see a house about to be demolished.

Harrison Brothers
124 South Side Square
Huntsville, AL 35801

(256) 536-3631
866-533-3631 (toll free)

P.S.: I got two big burlap bags for under $3/each! I found two other little fabric bags for cheap, too!

The marble bin.

The marble bin.

Cute stuff for sale!

Cute stuff for sale!

South Side Square.

South Side Square.

Foundation stones in the basement.

Foundation stones in the basement.

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