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Kids Exchange in Raleigh NCBy Kristy Stevenson; Photos courtesy of the Kids Exchange

So the New Year is here, and although it’s a bit blustery now, spring temperatures will be here before you know it! Are your kids’ closets ready for the transition? Easter dresses, swimming trunks and flip flops are right around the corner. Get what you need without breaking the bank! The Kids Exchange – Raleigh–the Greater Raleigh area’s number one consignment event–will be in full swing, Jan. 19-26, at both the Jim Graham Building and Exposition Center at the North Carolina State Fairgrounds. Select from spring and summer merchandise at bargain prices. Here are our top 10 reasons to go:

1. “Clean closets and full pockets.” Consignment is a great way for families to make some cash by selling items they no longer need. 3,000 sellers, 700 volunteers and 30,000 shoppers can’t be wrong.

2. Sellers not only get a nice return on their investment, they also get the added bonus of de-cluttering their homes, closets, playrooms and garages.

3. New online building directory (via QR code), helping shoppers search for items and exact locations. If you don’t have a smartphone or QR reader, simply print the color-coded map.

4. Diapers are expensive. But as little ones tend to grow out of sizes quickly, you can often find a variety of heiny huggers from Swaddlers to Pull-Ups.

5. Books, educational toys, puzzles and games to keep your kids busy until the warmth of the sun calls them back outdoors.

Kids Exchange in Raleigh NC6. And speaking of the outdoors, check out the selection of bicycles, sandboxes, basketball hoops, playhouses and other outdoor toys for hours of enjoyment in your own backyard.

7. Swim suits in Jan.! Where else are you going to find a selection of everything from swim diapers to one and two-piece pool attire for your toddler or teen? Then head over to the sporting goods area and check out the pool noodles, floaties and other inflatables.

8. Seeking furniture or storage options for your nursery? They’ve got you covered.

Kids Exchange in Raleigh NC9. Barcoded price tags for fast checkout.

10. Helping your community: at the end of each sale, sellers have the option of picking up unsold items or donating to a worthy cause. Kids Exchange sales around the nation have given millions of dollars to families both locally and around the world.

Kids Exchange – Raleigh is open to the public. Consignor item drop off is Jan. 19-21, volunteers shop Jan. 21, consignors shop Jan. 22 and the public sale runs Jan. 23-25 with 50 percent off most items on Sun.

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Wake County Libraries Annual Book Sale in Raleigh NCBy Kristy Stevenson

Calling all bibliophiles!

Want to get a really good deal on an amazing selection of reading material? The Book Sale and Festival of Reading hosted by Wake County Public Libraries, an annual event featuring more than 350,000 books for sale, is coming Dec. 11-14 to the Jim Graham Building at the North Carolina State Fairgrounds in Raleigh.

Wake County Libraries Annual Book Sale in Raleigh NCHours of operation and prices:

  • Thurs., 5-9pm
    Hardbound books: $4 each
    Paperback books, children’s books and CDs: $2 each
  • Fri., 9am-9pm
    Hardbound books: $4 each
    Paperback books, children’s books and CDs: $2 each
  • Sat., 9am-9pm
    Hardbound books: $2 each
    Paperback books, children’s books and CDs: $1 each
  • Sun., 9am-7pm
    Boxes of books: $5
    Bags of books: $2

Wake County Libraries Annual Book Sale in Raleigh NCSat. is the best day to go with your kids.

Sat. will feature family-friendly activities with entertainment and crafts to make the day festive and exciting for children–including a holiday magic show, “Rock Star Magic!” with Chris & Neal, family band Baron von Rumblebuss and Barefoot Juggling.

Cash, checks and credit cards are accepted for payment. It’s recommended that you bring your own bags, wagons or strollers. Boxes will be provided while they last: the customer packs.

Wake County Libraries Annual Book Sale in Raleigh NCStock up for yourself and also stuff stockings.

“It’s a wonderful opportunity for all book lovers,” said Raleigh’s Don Vaughan. He and his wife attend ever year; they collect books in a variety of genres and always go home with a huge stack in great condition. “A few years ago, I added big-time to my Edgar Rice Burroughs collection,” Vaughan said. “And you can’t beat the prices.”

“One year, I did almost all of my Christmas shopping there,” said Katie A. Gailes of Holly Springs.

All funds generated from the sale return to Wake County’s General Fund, which in turn funds services offered in Wake County agencies, schools and public libraries.

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Elizabeth's Home and Garden Shop in Cary, Gardens shops in Greater Raleigh Greater Raleigh’s downtown Cary is quite the charmer.

The town’s attitude of “revitalize and they will come” has certainly worked. The other day, I popped in one of the town’s coffee shops on Chatham St. for a latte and to chat with Gather’s owner and textile designer, Michelle Smith.

Gather photoSmith handpicked downtown Cary to locate her co-working space that also doubles as a coffee shop, a DIY classroom and boutique for curated, locally crafted goods.

Gather“I chose Cary because it’s a very walkable town, and I felt downtown was the perfect spot for what I wanted to bring to Greater Raleigh. I love being in the foundation for an area that will change even more in the next few years,” remarked Smith as she began planning for the 2014 holiday season. Her husband’s own Peppermint Bark, which will be featured in Martha Stewart’s Holiday Gift Guide is just one example of the local goods she has curated for her store.

Gather productsDowntown Cary can even be described as a shopping destination.

Gather CaryI spent two hours in Ashworth Village alone perusing the local boutiques, art galleries, consignment shops and eateries.

From Elizabeth’s Home and Garden Shop to Cute Buttons Gift and Paper Boutique, it’s easy to get lost in retail cuteness.

Cary_Visit Raleigh storyPaisley Boutique is a new clothing store owned and operated by former clothing buyer Lauren King, who said she decided to locate her boutique in Cary so that people could find great fashion closer to home. She opened for the first time this fall, and she carries North Carolina-based clothing and jewelry designers in addition to small, Southern brands.

Cary_PaisleyThe Purple Polka Dot on Academy St. combines fashion and design. From monograms to fancy tea towels, you will be hard-pressed to walk out empty-handed here.

Cary Purple Polka DotPut downtown Cary on your list for holiday shopping, and there are also plenty of places to enjoy lunch or dinner. The downtown Cary shops are gearing up for the hustle and bustle of the holidays. Cary will host its annual Ole Time Winter Festival on Dec. 6. The annual town Christmas parade will be held on Dec. 13.

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530411_758287057531665_19791696_n2Are you ready to get your holiday shop on? Then check out all the seasonal arts and crafts shows Greater Raleigh has to offer. Make your list and check it twice to celebrate the magic of the season while shopping for that special something for everyone.

At this time each year, the area boasts holiday fairs aplenty! So treat yourself to a wonderful shopping getaway as you treat loved ones to heart-filled gifts this season.

a shopping spreeA Shopping SPREE!, Oct. 30-Nov. 2, Raleigh Convention Center, Raleigh
Celebrating its 30th year, the Junior League of Raleigh’s event has been a tradition for many in Raleigh and the surrounding communities since 1985. An annual four-day shopping fundraiser that showcases more than 160 juried regional and national exhibitors offering the latest in fashion and home decor trends, unique presents and holiday merchandise. Every shopper will receive a reusable SPREE! shopping bag to fill with fantastic finds. The Weekend Wake-Up event is Sat., Nov. 1, 8:30-10:30am, featuring gourmet coffee and complimentary beverage tumblers. And take part in Family Day on Sun., Nov. 2, 1-4pm. This fun-filled event was planned with the smallest SPREE! shoppers in mind. Special entertainment, local team mascots and a visit with Santa Claus are sure to be a hit.

856811e4_photo__2_Southeastern Seminary Craft & Bake Sale, Nov. 1, Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary, Wake Forest
At this annual event, students, student wives and staff from Southeastern Seminary utilize their talents and gifts to present unique crafts, delicious baked goods and much more! Part of the Women’s Life initiative. With more than 50 vendors. Free admission and open to the public.

st paulsSt. Paul’s Annual Arts and Crafts Festival, Nov. 1, St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Cary
This one-stop shopping extravaganza features home and garden décor, wearable art, clothing and jewelry and unique handmade gifts … there’s something for everyone on your holiday list! Who knows, you might even find that perfect something for you. Fill up on great food from two popular local food trucks or the festival coffee bar and bake sale. Bid on impressive silent auction items and enter to win prizes from a raffle and 50/50 drawing.

visions 2011 067Visions of Sugarplums, Nov. 6-8, Quail Hollow Swim Club, Raleigh
Celebrating its 40th year, this locally supported show includes artists and crafters featured by invitation only. The result is high-quality, hand-crafted items at reasonable prices. Start your holiday  shopping early! Shop for truly unique gifts for everyone on your holiday list. Free admission. Special anniversary surprises.

mistletoe marketMistletoe Market, Nov. 15, Wakefield High School, Raleigh
Now in its 14th year, the Wakefield PTSA presents nearly 200 vendors offering handmade arts and crafts, gifts, jewelry, fresh-cut wreaths, garland and Christmas trees from Western N.C., a bake sale, basket raffle and food court. This community event is highly anticipated and frequented by many of the same shoppers year after year. “The 2014 Mistletoe Market has expanded to include 17 outdoor vendor booths offering everything from reclaimed wood art sculptures and furnishings, to original prints and paintings displayed by the artist, to mosaic sculptures for home and garden,” said vendor coordinator Lynn Stuchel.

christmas41-e1411656815947Mistletoe Madness Holiday Market, Nov. 15, Ballentine-Spence House, Fuquay-Varina
A holiday showcase event with a variety of unique vendors and crafters to liven up your shopping experience! Vendors include everything local, from handmade crafts to art and gifts galore; there truly is something for everyone. A concert pianist will provide live holiday and seasonal music and holiday refreshments will be served throughout the event.

Vend Raleigh’s Holiday Sip and Shop, Nov. 21, Cobblestone Hall, Raleigh
A girl’s night out! Vendors are all Vend Raleigh members (moms with businesses)–either direct sales items or handmade goods such as jewelry, skin care, purses, home décor, kitchen gadgets, personalized gifts, candles and baby items and more. The evening includes door prizes, a wine cash bar and appetizers. Grab your girlfriends, mothers and sisters and come on down to the Moore Square District in downtown Raleigh.

ncsuCrafts Center Holiday Fair & Sale, Nov. 22, North Carolina State University, Raleigh
Featuring work by the Craft Center’s own artists and craftspeople. Enjoy complimentary refreshments while shopping for unique items during this 30th annual event.

christmas carouselThe Christmas Carousel, Nov. 28-30, North Carolina State Fairgrounds, Raleigh
One of the largest collections of arts, crafts and holiday gifts with more than 250 exhibitors from across the Southeast. Going strong for 27 years and showcasing thousands of one-of-a-kind items and unique gifts including crafts, jewelry, art, pottery and holiday foods. Santa will be there and admission is good all three days! Thanksgiving weekend at the Jim Graham Building.

CDCG45th Annual Fine Designer Crafts Show, Nov. 28-30, North Carolina State Fairgrounds, Raleigh
Presented by the Carolina Designer Craftsmen Guild, this premier, three-day show and sale of fine craft held at the Exposition Center Thanksgiving weekend includes more than 100 contemporary craft artists from across North Carolina and the U.S. Meet the artists and find glass, clay, wood, wearable and decorative fibers, metal, leather, printmaking, photography, mixed media, one-of-a-kind furniture and precious and semi-precious jewelry.

cary academyHoliday Shoppe, Dec. 4-6, Cary Academy, Cary
Finish last-minute gift-buying at this one-of-a-kind annual shopping experience as more than 100 vendors put their wares up for sale. Back for its 12th year, this event includes artisans, hand-crafters, clothing vendors and delicious food for immediate tasting or gifts! No tax is charged on Holiday Shoppe purchases.

2013 ChristmasFair 044Scandinavian Christmas Fair, Dec. 6, North Carolina State Fairgrounds, Raleigh
Featuring Scandinavian favorites like homemade foods, unique crafts and entertainment, as well as cultural exhibits and children’s activities. Come and enjoy a traditional Scandinavian Christmas, certain to get you in the spirit. Entertainment includes folk dancing, folk music and the popular Lucia-procession. The food court will have Swedish meatballs, salmon and homemade breads. Sponsored by SWEA (Swedish Women’s Association) and VASA (Swedish-American organization). In the Gov. James E. Holshouser Building.

st nicholas7th Annual St. Nicholas European Christmas Market, Dec. 6, Sts. Cyril and Methodius Parish, Cary
Decorative items, gifts and vintage collectibles from Poland, Germany, Ukraine, Slovakia, Italy, Ireland, Scandinavia and Mexico. Enjoy a hot Slavic lunch of piroghi, cabbage rolls, kielbasa and paprikash; the Little German Band; plus delicious traditional European Christmas baked goods. Preview night pre-sale and Market Stroll with St. Nicholas and popup vendors Fri. evening, Dec. 5, from 7-9pm. Come share a traditional Christmas and shop Europe right in the heart of Cary!

Holly Days, Dec. 6-7, Sanderson High School (SHS), Raleigh
A holiday shopping extravaganza with more than 150 vendors offering jewelry, crafts, holiday décor, food and commercial goods. Plus performances by SHS Vocal Ensembles.

Posada Navideña, Dec. 7, North Carolina State Fairgrounds, Raleigh
A Hispanic holiday celebration with international bands performing and booths offering health professional services as well as traditional Christmas related items. In Dorton Arena. Free admission.

Last Minute Christmas Shopping Expo, Dec. 20, North Carolina State Fairgrounds, Raleigh
In a bind and still searching for the perfect gift? Try your luck and come shop for those pesky last minute seasonal gifts at the Gov. James E. Holshouser Building on the Sat. before Christmas. Free admission.

And while you’re here, check out more than 20 Greater Raleigh shopping areas featuring big name retailers like Macy’s, Nordstrom and Saks 5th Avenue. The Raleigh area also offers local indie boutiques, specialty stores, festively-lit shopping centers, small-town main streets, downtown areas and more. All for you in Greater Raleigh this shopping season!

Written by Kristy Stevenson. You are invited to follow her online.

20140812_125320Whatever I expected upon driving into the little country town of Wendell, N.C., to visit a shop specializing in banjos, this was not it.

Entering a nondescript store marked “Zepp Country Music” on the main drag of Wendell, I found myself surrounded by banjos. Lots of banjos.

20140812_12281120140812_122826“Well, what did you expect?” you ask. “It’s a banjo shop.”

Zepp Country Music, Inc. is a banjo shop, sure. But it’s not just any banjo shop. Zepp Country Music, Inc., is the banjo shop, one of just a handful of businesses in the world that truly specialize in banjos.

I stared in awe. I’d never seen so many banjos. Here, on a Tues. afternoon, I counted 75 banjos on display. That number doesn’t even count the ones stored in the back! Ask yourself seriously: Have you ever seen that many banjos in one place (other than at Wide Open Bluegrass, presented by PNC and Bluegrass Ramble).

20140812_122739Since only a small percentage of the world’s population plays the banjo, and here I was in the instrument’s Valhalla, I guess I shouldn’t have been surprised to learn that it’s run by a former entomology professor at Cornell University.

Since the age of eight, Donald Zepp knew his calling was entomology, the study of insects. But in 1961, he started plucking on a banjo just in time for college. The resulting love affair created an internal rift.

20140812_123501“I managed to flunk out of my freshman year of college because I didn’t bother to go to classes or to take any exams,” Zepp said. “What I was doing instead was playing the banjo.”

After a miserable year working construction, a local music shop hired him to give guitar and banjo lessons. It was 1964 and the folk boom raged.

“I was pretty successful,” Zepp reminisced. “Within a matter of months, I had more students on my schedule than anyone had ever had at one time. I had over 60 people a week.”

Zepp learned to balance his passion for music with school work, eventually earning his Ph.D. in entomology from the University of Missouri in 1976.

He embarked upon a long career in entomology, teaching at Cornell and, later, marketing insecticides as well as heading research and development on them.

When he realized the negative effect his workplace stressors and job hopping had on his family, Zepp retired from the entomology field. In 1997, he purchased a generic music store in Wendell with the intention of turning it into a banjo shop. In 1998, he opened Zepp Country Music, Inc.

20140812_122856Zepp Country Music, Inc. carries all things acoustic. No pick-ups, no amps, nothing electric. You can have your pick of about any banjo on the market, though the store specializes in open back banjos. Guitars, mandolins and a cellos dot the shelves. Also, you’ll find strings, tabs, picks, heads, instructional videos and cases. Zepp repairs banjos and does minor guitar work too.

20140812_122923On Mon. evenings from 7-10pm, Zepp Country Music, Inc., hosts an open bluegrass jam. Anyone who can play is welcome to sit in. Zepp emphasized that it’s a “bluegrass jam” and not an “old time jam,” though he appreciates each style. A bluegrass jam features a group of musicians who play a backup tune while a soloist carries the melody. The soloist then “passes the break” to the next musician in line, and that musician picks up the melody. In an old time jam, everyone plays together, one great jam that spreads the focus among the group.

20140812_122753Zepp Country Music, Inc.’s, show room is located at 4 E. 3rd St. in downtown Wendell. Open Mon.-Fri., 11am-6pm, and Sat., 10am-5pm. Banjo lessons are available Tues. and Thurs.

Raleigh’s Crabtree Valley Mall is not only one of the best places to shop for children’s clothes in the area, but it’s also home to several stores that make your kids beg to go to this premier mall that offers shoppers more than 200 stores, dozens of restaurants and valet parking.

Crabtree Valley Mall is home to Greater Raleigh’s only Disney, LEGO, and Build-A-Bear Workshop stores.

Build A Bear Workshop in RaleighThat’s right. Raleigh is home to the stores that our kids dream about nightly.

Many parents, myself included, have promised trips to these three stores following a great report card, or after filling up a reward chart for good behavior. And sometimes you go just to see the smile on your children’s faces.

Making a new friend at Build-A-Bear Workshop was on my daughter’s summer wish list. We had a fun outing with some of her best friends to make that happen.

At Build-A-Bear, children can pick out a new best friend, give it a heart, pick out character and personality traits and choose just the perfect amount of stuffing for hugs.

Build A Bear Workshop in Raleigh at Crabtree Valley Mall Build-A-Bear Workshop has something for every parent’s budget. Basic bear building starts around $12. Some small animals are already stuffed for under $10.

For our outing, I set a budget of $25, and she chose Rarity, a My Little Pony. Animal clothing and accessories are extra. I imagine I’ll be heading back for those items during the holidays.

Build A Bear at Crabtree Valley Mall Crabtree Valley Mall is open daily and has an impressive selection of items for children under one roof. No matter if you’re looking for shops with everyday essentials like kid’s clothing, kid’s shoes or kid’s eyewear or a great toy store for the perfect gift, you will find it there. For a complete list of stores at Crabtree Valley Mall, visit the store directory.

Crabtree Valley Mall is located at 4325 Glenwood Ave. in Raleigh. There are numerous hotels in the midtown Raleigh area, so you can shop even longer. Crabtree Valley Mall is located about six miles from downtown Raleigh.

See you at Crabtree Valley Mall this fall and winter. Get that holiday shopping list done early.

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After 12 years of traveling the world and big-city living, Nora Duran knew she wanted to return to her hometown of Garner to raise her family.

Kennedy&Grace Boutique in Garner “It just made sense for me to come home and open a business here,” Duran told me as I stumbled upon her store for the first time. During a routine cleaning, my dental hygienist recommended Duran’s store when I told her I needed a cute teacher’s gift.

Kennedy & Grace, named after Duran’s three-year-old daughter, has been open a little over a year. She caters to stylish moms in southwest Greater Raleigh who love the fact that they can pop in the store easily to see what’s new, even with a child in tow, after a quick trip to the grocery store on their way home. And with the store being less than 15 minutes away from downtown Raleigh and I-40, visitors to the area can easily experience the small-town charm of Garner, home of American Idol winner Scotty McCreery.

Resort Wear at Kennedy&Grace in GarnerDuran likes to stock her store with products from Southern designers, many of which are local. Custom monogramming is done locally in Garner, and a local designer also makes custom bow ties for the gentlemen. A local designer also creates the acrylic necklaces.

Bow-ties at Kennedy&Grace in GarnerKennedy & Grace offers personal styling, and with affordable pricing, ladies can usually walk away with two or three things for under $100. It’s certainly big-city fashion with small-town prices.

I purchased two great beach thermal totes for my daughter’s preschool teachers, and they loved them.

Cute Beach Totes at Kennedy Grace They will be stylin’ at the beach this summer, and you will, too. The signature style at Kennedy & Grace is resort chic.

Resort Wear at Kennedy&Grace in GarnerWith the area being so close to the coast, resort wear is a hot trend in the summer time.

Kennedy & Grace is located in Aversboro Square in Garner. Nearby is the adorable coffee shop, Aversboro Coffee, with a huge selection of coffee drinks. I tried the Almond Joy one, and it was pure joy.

The Aversboro Restaurant and Sports Bar is also Kennedy & Grace’s neighbor. It is open for lunch and dinner.

I don’t know about you, but grabbing a coffee and getting a new outfit or necklace in the same day is my kind of day.

Jewelry at Kennedy&Grace in Garner

See you in Garner.

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Kennedy & Grace

1411 Aversboro Rd., Ste. 109
Garner, N.C. 27529

(Closed on Sun.)

With sunglasses on and a cup of Joe in hand, many enjoy spending their Sat. and Sun. bargain hunting at local flea markets. Whether you’re looking for that Babe Ruth card or Barbie you traded away as a kid, are hankering for a piece of homemade fudge or food truck eats or just want to get out of the house and rummage through timeless treasures, Greater Raleigh flea markets likely have that special something you’re looking for.

flea_market_logoThe Raleigh Flea Market at the North Carolina State Fairgrounds has been an area tradition since the early 1970s. The family-friendly atmosphere draws 1os of 1,000s of shoppers every weekend. Showcasing more than 1,000 vendors–both indoors and out–it is open to the public each Sat. and Sun. (except during the run of the N.C. State Fair in Oct.), rain or shine, and offers everything from antiques and collectibles to handicrafts, furniture, homemade goodies, clothing and jewelry. A new Tues. market is also available, outside only on the Hillsborough St. parking lot from 9am-6pm.

P1160125P1160126aAn article in Indy Week probably described it greatly: “In any 20-foot radius you can browse cast-iron barn ornaments, power tools, 10-packs of bras, hand-knitted hats and scarves, antique jewelry and rocking chairs made entirely of woven saplings. America’s treasure and junk is here for the picking—if you’ve got a little green in your wallet.”

P1160122And with the largest selection of antiques, jewelry and furniture in North Carolina, the Raleigh Flea Market remains one of the area’s top year-round tourist destinations, drawing 2.4 million visitors annually according to the Triangle Business Journal.

P1160133Back in ‘71, the Stewart family founded the Raleigh Flea Market at its current location with a mere six tables and just a handful of vendors. Today Marshall Stewart III, one of the original creators, has returned as manager with plans to add fun attractions, delicious food options and even more great vendors. The market offers free admission and free parking.

P1160121Raleigh Flea Market; 1025 Blue Ridge Rd.; Raleigh 27607.

The Raleigh Flea Market Mall boasts an average weekend attendance of 12,000 visitors. This 85,000-square-foot heated and air conditioned “mall” has now grown so large (approximately 200 vendors) that it spills out into the parking lot.

P1160120This market features antiques, collectibles, memorabilia, collectible glassware, jewelry, self defense tools, knife sharpening, leatherworks, new merchandise, sportswear, electronics, videos and computer parts, housewares, formal/pageant wear and loads of fresh produce. Great deals can be made with very welcoming dealers.

P1160117P1160118Open for business each Sat. and Sun., 7am-dark. Free admission and free parking.

Raleigh Flea Market Mall; 1924 Capital Blvd.; Raleigh 27614.

Every weekend, more than 5,000 shoppers frequent the 150 dealers of Watson’s Flea Market. Featuring new and used merchandise, antiques, collectibles, coins, vintage clothing, jewelry and purses, sunglasses, belt buckles, furniture, electronics and cleaning and office supplies.

watsons1The taco trucks and other food vendors are said to be awesome. Weekend hours: 6am-6pm (outdoors); 8am-5pm (indoors). $2 admission, ample parking.

Watson’s Flea Market; 1436 Rock Quarry Rd.; Raleigh 27610.

Check them out!

Written by Free Spirit, Kristy Stevenson (who can be a Creative Genius, Fashionista or Lifelong Learner, depending upon the day of the week). Follow her online.

With a cool playground on-site, Waverly Place in Cary offers kids the chance to get some energy out after dining at one of the shopping center’s numerous restaurants.

Waverly Place ConcertsI love all the restaurants at Waverly Place, but my children especially love the child’s feast at Taziki’s Mediterranean Café, which includes grilled chicken, rice, fruit and a kid’s drink for $4.75.

After dinner, we either splurge on a cupcake at Gigi’s Cupcakes, Italian gelato at Fresca Café and Gelato or frozen yogurt with as many toppings as your cup will hold at Menchies. I’m partial to Fresca Café and Gelato because I love to sit outside and enjoy a cappuccino and pastry while the kids play.

Cafe FrescaThe shopping center’s main play structure includes a slide and climbing structures in an enclosed area with benches for the parents. There is a separate enclosed area for infants and tots.

And if you really want to spoil your little ones, Tré Nail Spa offers children’s services in an adorable bear chair. My daughter wants to get her nails done just so she can sit in the chair. A polish change for kids runs $6 for hands and $8 for feet.

Spa fun at Tre Nail SpaFor 10 weeks in late spring and summer, Waverly Place hosts Wind Down Wednesdays, an outdoor concert series on the promenade adjacent to the kid’s playground. From 6-9pm, you can enjoy a free concert featuring a wide genre of music. Beverages and food can be bought on-site. This year’s concert series will run from May 28 through July 30.

Waverly PlaceSummer is going to be fun in Cary, N.C. See you there.

Waverly Place
Corner of Tryon Rd. and Kildaire Farm Rd.
Cary, N.C.

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Are you a savvy shopper? Greater Raleigh offers many options for designer looks at consignor prices. But unlike the children’s event reported on last month, this post is all about the ladies (and sometimes even the gents). If you’re ready to get your shop on while saving money on designer clothing, furniture, housewares and decorating elements, here’s a helpful list of “can’t miss” consignment and re-sale haunts in the Raleigh area.

1. Designer Consignors: their slogan is “One Stop. One Weekend. One Fabulous Wardrobe.” Ladies, update your look with trendy clothing, handbags, jewelry, accessories, shoes and home décor. Each item is carefully screened to provide the best selection. Earn cash on the spring/summer items in your home or closet, or find a steal on something hip and new! Clothing: choose from brands like Tahari, Misook, Larry Levine, Gucci and Prada, as well as gently used items from finer department stores in women’s and juniors sizes 0-3x. Décor: furniture, window treatments, mirrors, headboards, antiques and household trimmings. Next event is Mar. 13-15 in the former Jump Zone location, High House Crossing Shopping Center, 2723 Hwy. 55, Cary. Product drive donations will be collected for InterAct.

10370128676_2b6718a9002. Nora and Nicky’s: A designer resale and consignment shop with locations in downtown and North Raleigh. The store specializes in the latest seasonal luxury consignment with beautiful items arriving daily and invite you to “Build Your Dream Wardrobe.” Shop for designer and contemporary labels like Kate Spade, RED Valentino and Diane von Furstenberg in handbags, shoes, clothing and accessories, sizes 0-16. Donations of any unsold items benefit Dress for Success of the Triangle and Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Triangle.

IMG_31763. Uptown Cheapskate: A teen and young adult fashion exchange, buying and selling new and like-new name brand clothing and accessories for both guys and girls at crazy low prices. With locations in Raleigh and Apex, it features top trends like metallics, ombre gradual color fades, patterns, boots and blazers. Clothing, accessories, handbags and shoes.

4. Bargain Box: As one of the Junior League of Raleigh’s major fundraisers, this Cameron Village shop sells high quality, second hand merchandise: a new-looking suit for that special occasion, children’s clothes for starting school, housewares and more. The League’s focus on caring means offering much-needed items at greatly reduced prices. In addition, the store donates thousands of Bargain Buck voucher dollars to agencies serving those in need in Wake County.

5. Soho Consignments: “Fine furnishings for the sophisticated home.” A 5,000-plus-square-foot showroom featuring furniture and accessories from personal homes, estates, decorators, model homes and company overstocks. So whether you’re looking for furnishings and embellishments (college students, merging households, redecorating or remodeling) or the inspiration for great decorating ideas, check out the Raleigh store.

Home Furniture Stores Raleigh NC: Resource for Decorating Ideas6. Dress: A Raleigh upscale boutique offering a blend of new clothing and accessories, designer resale, boutique overstock and a ‘dress Luxe’ line of ultra luxury couture resale. Dress helps clients put together fresh and fashionable outfits at a great value. Dress Luxe features designers such as Chanel, Ella Moss and Stella McCartney–often at a fraction of the retail cost and with the original tags attached.

7. My Girlfriend’s Closet: “Savvy Chic Resale” in Apex and Cary boutiques. Offering high quality women’s consignment clothing in sizes 00-3x–juniors, misses and women’s plus–along with shoes, accessories, jewelry, designer bags, colorful luggage and fashionable décor. Brands include Ann Taylor, Lilly Pulitzer, Michael Kors and Manolo Blahnik (among others) plus items from finer department stores. Personal shopping and styling consulting services available.

mgc8. Classic Clothiers: Small Cary shop dedicated to stylish comfort for all ages. Vintage to designer finds including J. Crew, Banana Republic, Chico’s, Possibilities and Michael Stars. A selection of cute shoes, belts, handbags and jewelry makes this storefront a real find. 124 SW Maynard Rd.

9. ADORE: With an assortment of women’s and juniors clothing and accessories, ADORE Designer Resale Boutiques in Raleigh and Cary bring samples, overstocks and resale to their own affordable and hip atmosphere. The stores introduced many ‘consignment beginners’ to the wonders of fashion, quality and bargains. Designer handbags are some of the very best sellers: Coach, Cole Haan and Louis Vuitton. And they’ll soon have an online shop for unique vintage, designer and couture pieces and vintage collective jewelry.

10. Eclectic Furniture Garden: A unique boutique offering painted, used and consignment furniture – indoor and outdoor – one-of-a-kind gifts, garden and home accents, jewelry and hand-made items from local artisans. New furniture arriving daily. This family owned business also does custom painting and interior design consulting.

1116208_10151770575606950_104142711_oWritten by Kristy Stevenson. Follow her online.


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