One of my first stops was the world's best TJMaxx at Monticello Marketplace. I'm not sure why I'm giving this TJMaxx the title of world's best, but every time I go there, they have such awesome stuff! Unique finds that I've never seen at other stores. Maybe I just lucky, but who knows.
This time I found a sweet art piece that would be perfect in the home of any NYC resident or lover. It was a wrapped canvas print of a vintage subway sign. Even though I've never been to NYC [not because I haven't been invited - Mo, we'll get there soon! :)], I gasped when I saw it. I have seen pieces like this online for hundreds of dollars - but this one was just $59.99! What a deal!!
The print was very similar to the pair pictured below, which hail from Restoration Hardware and sell for $795!
I left it at the store since I obviously couldn't use it, no matter how awesome it was, but if anyone out there has ties or a love for NYC, needs some vintage decor, and has approximately 8 square feet of free wall space, this is the piece for you!
After visiting Target (of course) across the way in the same shopping center, I walked around to some of the Mom&Pop stores. Stamp 'n Memories caught my eye because it looked like a scrapbook store, and I had been worrying about where I'd be able to find Virginia or Richmond scrapbook items since Memories Galore recently closed. I was in luck! They had a whole section of local items, and I picked up a few :)
The rest of the day was spent at the outlets and the General Store buying Christmas presents and in Colonial Williamsburg just walking around and relaxing. I went to the W&M bookstore to pick up something and 3 people asked me if I worked there. I was wearing my JMU sweatshirt that day - and to answer all 3 of these people I said, "I think they'd fire me for wearing a JMU sweatshirt to work here - I'm in enemy territory." I don't think they got it. I thought it was funny.
My favorite purchase of the day? This Abbey Road sign for Dave from the General Store - he just opened it and I think he loves it :)