Vintage funky, retro, rustic, shabby chic at The Vintage Barn in Carthage North Carolina

The Vintage Barn has an eclectic assortment of trend-setting nostalgic, urban, and timeless artifacts, bustiers, clothing, collectibles, costumes (Halloween!), masks, and other merchandise you just cannot find elsewhere!

Style has been undergoing a continuous revolution since it became a thing and The Vintage Barn, located in Central North Carolina – Town of Carthage, is a surefire representation of a renaissance in elegance! The Vintage Barn features an extremely unique array of antique, funky, retro, rustic and vintage albums, artwork, books, boudoir items (beads, bustier, faux fur, garters, robes, nightgowns, silks, tulle, wedding dresses, etc.), cards, collectibles, costumes, cowboy boots, dreamcatchers, furnishings, hats, kitchen wares, jewelry (magnificent selection), period clothing, personality memorabilia (Elvis, Marilyn Monroe, etc.) masks, instruments, rustic boots, wall-hangings, woodworking as well as “original” attention-grabbing artworks. This go-to location for Central North Carolina travelers

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(especially when visiting Pinehurst, Southern Pines and surrounding golf communities) is a hidden gem. If you don’t visit – you are missing an experience in coolness.

Owned, and operated, by Ms. Ann Turner, The Vintage Barn is a small woman-owned business and, as such, deserves a tribute for its resilience in maintaining a visage, which easily could be beamed to Boston, Los Angeles, Miami, New York City,  or Paris (etc.) as a cat’s meow destination for opulence that disavows designer labels (unless they are previously owned of course). Ann demonstrates her visionary art and theater senses, through interior interpretations her guests come back for time and again. Because once bitten, she’ll be the first to say, customers maintain a strong repeat performance. And, if not for the wares, they return for the lady herself because Ann is as eclectic as the items she represents! Most definitely, guests love the advent of occasion at The Vintage Barn that usurps the ideal of routine shopping excursions “and” often at cost savings too boot.

During the summer, when everyone is searching for weekend “to-do’s”, The Vintage Barn is a definite “must visit” destination. Ms. Turner’s collectibles are hand-picked from venues up and down the seaboard. These delightful “previously owned and celebrated” collections are pieced together to create one-of-a-kind results.. Ann is also very personable . . .  she often shares . . . “I don’t price per product – I bundle. Pick the items you like, and I’ll price it affordably for you.” The novel regalia, and décor to choose from, is exhaustive at The Vintage Barn. And, the store is expertly laid out and designed, it is like a museum tour – guests do get lost for some time while visiting. And, if you are an early planner, The Vintage Barn sells out of Halloween goodies early; if it does there’s “other” holidays but you don’t need a holiday to visit. The Vintage Barn is a great experience every, and any, day.

If you aren’t already an aficionado or collector, here’s a quick lesson on the differences between 1) antiques (rule of thumb 100 years or older), 2) retro (1940’s and 1950’s), and 3) vintage (not antique and not retro – usually older than twenty years). While vintage is often used as a “catch-all-phrase” for antique, collectible, pop, previously owned, retro and vintage collections – it is really its own blend of sumptuousness.

The Vintage Barn is registered with the State of North Carolina Film Office as a filming location and a venue for props. It is housed within a historic building and within the  Historic District of Carthage, North Carolina. Hours of operation are Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 11AM to 5:30PM and Saturday from 12PM to 4:30PM. Location is 108 McReynolds Street, Carthage, North Carolina 28327 in Moore County.

If you are traveling a long distance, as many customers do, be certain to pick a Friday or Saturday when the store is certain to be open . . . and/or call ahead!
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Our Town

CourthouseThere were / are two ongoing dilemmas (among all the others) in our Town of Carthage.

One involves the creation of a “new” courthouse when an “old – new” courthouse was built approximately thirty (30)  years ago. The “new” new courthouse redirected revenue from “other” potential projects in the Moore County Seat – the Town of Carthage. A post was made on Facebook in 2017 and forwarded to me today, when an update was posted recently, regarding the raise in taxation for the “new” new courthouse.

However, a little history here regarding the image above may address the topic of the “new” new courthouse. It appears the County Seat – the Town of Carthage – was built based on a court complex and the courthouse has undergone renovation every 30 to 40 years consecutively since the 1800’s. It is the formation of revenue that has stayed true to the locality and now knowing this – in searching for an image for this story on WordPress – it is easy to understand the County has a history of a new courthouse every thirty years or thereabouts. So the new courthouse may be as simple a concept as – well – it was the normal time to solicit new courthouse funds based on nearly 200 years of doing so every 30 to 40 years. It is a tradition. It is a standard-bearer and probably as subconscious as walking in the enactment of the action to build a “new” new courthouse by the County collective. It is what Moore County has done since the 1800’s, perhaps as far back as the 1700’s because the town stems from the Revolutionary War era.

All that history aside, the post I read, and my response, are listed below; additionally, listed below is a response to the recent Town Council Meeting where a League of Women Voters representative came to Carthage from “Pinehurst” (nearby progressive golf community where everyone complains all the revenue goes for our County) and what occurred at the Town Council Meeting (a cantankerous display of impropriety).

Well, Pinehurst may not reach out again for another decade but in the end – is that the hope? Of course, too, it must be said, a number of Town Council Members kept their heads and didn’t join in the rancor and the damage done was as much an issue for them as citizens embarrassed by the tirade.

Here’s my two cents . . . to another citizen’s take . . . which I’ve posted first . . .

Big news was made in Moore County today. No, not the ONLY news reported by “The Pilot.” The fact that property taxes are going up is not news. We all KNEW that.

No, the real news was that county manager Wayne Vest FINALLY admitted in an open forum that NO court order mandating the building of a new courthouse actually exists.

I already knew this (see posts below). I new it because I spent HOURS going over public records and scouring newspaper articles a while back.

Interesting. The BoC COULD have asked voters to approve this new courthouse in November (you know, like they did for the schools). But they didn’t.

Oh, and that property tax raise? Part of it is to pay for this courthouse.

So, let’s talk about this new courthouse for Moore County, shall we?

In today’s article in “The Pilot” (you know, the one where the county commissioners _REuZyv-denied flip flopping on school funding and inadvertently admitted to flat out lying instead) Commissioner Gregory said they had to move forward with building the new courthouse without voter approval because the courts had mandated it.

Well, as it turns out, that isn’t entirely true. No court order to build a new courthouse exists. Two grand juries have found security at the current courthouse to be lacking and a previous board “pledged” to a superior court judge that a courthouse would be built within 5 years. Now, as the past week or so has shown us, normally a pledge from these county commissioners doesn’t mean squat, but in this case, I suppose they feel the need to follow through. Seems like they are a lot more uncomfortable breaking promises to a superior court judge than they are breaking promises to their constituents. However, in truth, the worst thing that could happen if the pledge is broken is the judge could then possibly use a court order to force the county to build a new courthouse.

Now, I won’t go into the entire history of the courthouse debacle, as the current board isn’t responsible for the actions of previous boards (although I will note that commissioners Graham, Daeke, and Ritter were elected in 2014 and were members of the most recent previous board) but I will outline the most recent series of unfortunate events.

In July, the Commissioners voted to move forward with a courthouse design that did not include offices for probation officers. They did this against the advice of a consultant firm they had paid almost 50 grand of tax payer’s money to advise them and without consulting the advisory committee that had been tasked with well, again, advising them on courthouse design. This led to a public and childish spat between commissioner Graham and the head of the consulting firm and, even more embarrassing, a public rebuke from Judge Webb, the Superior Court judge that presides in Moore County.

Then, in September, the commissioners announced they were throwing out the baby with the bath water and going back to the drawing board. This of course means new consultants with more bills for us tax payers.

So…it seems, at least in my humble opinion that schools funding isn’t the only area where our commissioners have been willing to play fast and loose with the facts. But, unlike with school funding, with the new courthouse, they seem to be more than willing to spend (and waste) our money WITHOUT our approval.


My response:


MLKDoes anyone have the statistics on the creation date of the former courthouse, the land being used for the proposed courthouse, the purchase date of both, the assessment of earnings for both, the tax delineation and the projected earnings for both? To form any quality discussion we need those figures, dates, the square footage, the origination documentation regarding the timeline, the official mandate for funding, the official cessation for funding for “other” projects in lieu of the courthouse and the projected income.

I do know, in listening to the new Sheriff, that there is a projection of earnings for 1318856539-1a078e61d484af08617fb26862b3f56fmoving female and juvenile inmates to the old jailhouse by nearly 200 cells at nearly $200.00 per day. With the existing cell base (I don’t have that figure) and the new redeployed cells – it amasses to a couple million in annual revenue.

Personally, I believe in the system of law and in law enforcement. I see a lot of prosecution that is fluff here and then a lot of criminal activity that is walked. And, a lot of hokey pokey regarding who’s who and adjudication that is improper. Rules and regulations shouldn’t be malleable toward what family’s member is in court – it should reflect the law – but politics seize the day; however, the fear of revenue fixation on cell count is this – it is the same in hospitals or rehabilitation facilities to bed count – when cells are empty adjudication will be harsher to fill the cells and acquire the revenue – when cells are full adjudication will be lighter to keep from needing cells that do not exist. 

Additionally, movement from cells in jail to penitentiaries and/or prisons will also be reliant on jail cell mining – if they are full – more movement to prisons – if they are light prisons-usawe’ll keep more serious offenders in jail with less security until there is an ability to fill cells because it is a basis for revenue. The jailhouse system should not be a basis for community revenue – it has too much reasonable fallout toward adjudication and verdicts because of the “need” of the locality to earn that revenue. So we become a County with County seat earning capacity based on crime and we don’t want crime in order to grow the community in a quality manner. It would seem wiser to move the prison to a more remote location with holding bays for court prosecution only in the locality. 

We need to determine unique revenue streams of a nature of abundance based on a growth exponential derived from the arts, sciences, benevolence, historic significance, etc. not on adjudication, prosecution and crime. However, I do applaud a proactive legal system that is ethically driven, fair, secure and ensures citizen safety first and foremost. I happen to love our police department and proactive sheriff deputies who have quality training and ethics coupled with honesty and a conceptual awareness for constitutional rights in action.

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There are grants for body cams from the FBI and other gear and training our law enforcement could garner that are in the hundreds of thousands. There are grants for arts, sciences and programs relative to same fixated on localities such as Carthage. There are big grants for head start programs that Carthagians could acquire and apply for – there is federal funding our community can acquire for brownstones (town buildings) for renovation and reformation – I’m happy to assist with grant applications I’ve been performing same for over thirty (30) years with an 85% or higher return on investment among mixed-diverse clientele not sure wins. Also, we have military bases nearby that require SOF skills training sets and also varied types of training locations – that many town sites could proffer to the community.

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While embracing the current system of the County that is largely punitive in nature – we should envision new revenue streams utilizing our existing infrastructure to keep the essence of our history but renovate these structures using grant and federal funds in an efficient manner. There is no need to fear federal and grant funding – it uplifts rather than redirect. My two cents for what it is worth.

My PS regarding conjecture, retorts and decency when commenting regarding politics locally:

PS – in our discourse on topics such as this – we should pivot our conversational fodder to that of uplifting one another in prayerful consideration so that opposing views can be aired with stalwart rhetoric that our Heavenly Father would deem appropriate among us as his children – or for agnostics . . . we should speak to one another in the act of a conscious stream of intellectual capitulation wherein we lift our discourse to reflect the stream of consciousness we desire for the future of Carthage . . .


Second story:


ERA Talk Sparks Bitter Exchange Over Race, Equality in Carthage

https://www.thepilot.com/news/era-talk-sparks-bitter-exchange-over-race-equality-in-carthage/article_261013bc-20bc-11e9-90bf-8fb7334544bb.html

Town Council

Note: some of the Commissioner’s responded well to the League of Women Voters; however, the entirety of the discourse was handled inappropriately where the Vice-Mayor was not permitted to “lead” the commission and not heeded; instead rancor was exuded that was 100% inappropriate. Citizens need to feel the Town Council is a resource – not a joke. For our “good” commissioners this exchange harmed their plight to make changes that are positive.

The brow-bashing that took place at the Town Commission meeting where a member of the League of Women Voters from Pinehurst (of all places) was insulted was insidious. Why, why, why would Town Leadership representing citizens (not themselves) place our town’s reputation in such a poor light of such disdainful disharmony?

We, as Carthagians, look like the laughing stock.

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The political figureheads in our County and Town need to begin realizing they are not elected for personal opines – they are elected to represent the citizens and that means “all” citizens.

We need the League of Women Voters to want to come to Carthage – women live here too.

We need to be gracious in hearing other people’s opinions – no matter what we think personally. And, such rancor by long-standing commissioners makes it difficult for all commissioners to feel any level of comfort in voicing their thoughts on a matter that they know their constituents may represent, but long-standing commissioners almost get fist-a-cuffs going.

An elected official has to be enabled to remove personal conjecture from a discussion about citizenry and look at what citizens desire and sometimes that might mean that they have to put aside their emotions for the community’s voters who “may” have elected them but “may also” have a view or two that they do not correlate to the elected official. And, rancor does not allow those officials, who remove personal conjecture from a discussion to join in the discourse.

It is then, an Official’s duty to hear their citizenry and allow their key decision-making to be rendered in upholding the reason for their election – the trust they’ll do what we elect them to do. We are better than this tomfoolery and nonsensical high school antics.

str&buildcomprayerLet’s all pray, and ask for Heavenly, intervention to uplift our community to be more than water cooler tales and sordid outcomes of what are citizen meetings that should elevate our Town for the people who live here. When will the next League of Women Voters representative grace our Town Meetings?

And, to the League of Women Voters, I have no idea if you received a formal apology, but I’m extending a formal apology for our Town. Many of us were appalled, and so disappointed, in how you were treated. I know that Mrs. Farr, who passed recently, was a good member for many years and I am friends with her son and family – I’m very sorry the Town Council wasn’t as gracious and abundantly loving as I know she was.

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We are collectively very sorry you endured an altercation in visiting our Town’s meeting with information for us to be edified in under-standing impending potential legislation that we “need” to be informed regarding, and that you were not telling us what to believe, as was depicted.

Let’s pray for Carthage and see an image of beautification and growth and propriety and healthy outcomes based on quality living and innovative resources while revitalizing our community for revenue bursts that build citizenry through things other than social services, healthcare and litigation.

And, I sent a Letter to the Editor of a local news publication – let’s see if it gets printed.

What about your community? Small, insular, localities seem to have the most difficult time in creating a unified voice that all voters can benefit from . . .

If your town is getting it right . . . let’s hear what is happening.

If they are getting it wrong . . . let’s hear that too.

Perhaps we can arrive at solutions to share with our local leaders.

About the author: Ms. Donna L. Quesinberry is a resident of Carthage North Carolina, and lives in the Historic District in the J. F. Cole House, created in 1889. Originally from the metropolitan Washington DC area, she has resided in Hawaii, California, Florida, Virginia, and Maryland. Donna has published in excess of twenty thousand journalistic quality publications and was a syndicated columnist for many years, including business documentation and solicitations as well as books and poetry. She is a mother of five successful adult children and Grandmere’ to eleven (11) les enfants petits. Currently, she is working on a new book while publishing authors’ works, performing grant and proposal efforts and continuing as a publication guru.

Visit: http://www.donnaink.com or http://www.donnalquesinberry.com to learn about Ms. Quesinberry’s business pursuits.

And, visit her on social media at:

 

Audience

There was a time when I knew my audience innately and writing flowed to and Increasing Readershipthrough them but what happens if your audience changes? Recently, I’ve come to want more from my writing for the sake of audience and desire to include greater shares of readers. Albeit, this is altogether different than the audience changing, it is more closely related to an expanding horizon of readers.

 

How do you increase readership in a basic sense?
The answer is multi-fold. First, good writing. Second, consistent writing. Third, writing what you know and then, writing about what you know. It goes without saying, if you want readers to grow in number, your content must warrant them. In today’s quick-pace publishing landscape, how often do you see one novel from an author clearly well-edited that you thoroughly enjoyed; so much so, you research the author to learn more and find their website, blog, random media and additional materials. Taking a closer look you clearly note their Internet work is unedited and sometimes poorly written . . .  I don’t know about you but when this happens to me, I’m often disparaged and curious as to the variable. It makes for a tenuous budding reader interest on my part. The best use of every writer’s spare time is to “clean it up” on the Internet – make certain everything rings with a bell of clarity and consistency, with proper editing, featuring researched topics.

A mortal literary sin I’ve fallen victim to, is lack of consistency, not in relativity of accurate data but in seeming bursts of material followed by hiatus’ that can really put-off readers. And, I know it is a folly of mine, I’ve had since elementary school. When you have good writing that is relative throughout all your media with content you can even brag about – don’t stop there. Keep your eye on the ball, keep it in play, stay the course, move the game forward.

Expressly, if you are a blogger or entertaining syndicated columnist or features writer . . . don’t shirk readers with five weeks of effort followed by three weeks of off the radar. Readers have a synergy with writers, especially columnists and/or bloggers. People used to laugh at Internet bloggers when they came on the scene, the “Oh she’s just a blogger” was a chiding remark heard round about under the breath between others. Today, it is obvious, bloggers often experience take-off careers with par excellence! And, they earn them through consistent and loyal presentation.

Of course, writing Rules 101 states, “Write what you know.” Novice authors often think, “Well, I’m from XYZ, haven’t traveled the world, only know ABC, how can I write what I know and be compelling?” It seems like a reasonable question. Writing what you know is about morphing experience for reader consumption. For instance, you reside in a small town. All around you are characters and monumental visual imagery to share with readers – so many stories – so detailed and so riveting – so much so they entertain an entire landscape for generations. In writing what you know, take the bits and create original characters, combine some stories, take out the boring part, put your genre of spin on it and create a new community that is all your own that your readers will love to share. Or, if you are from the city, with its diversity, developing universal intonation when wielding the pen should come naturally, you can speak to the world – you know its characters.

So, content, consistency and knowing your story grabs readers who, in turn, share what entertains them and expands your reach.

How do you make a pivotal shift toward greater audience without compromising your writing style?
Your style is your own. Every writer is special in that regard. Many emerging authors start out wanting to write like a previously famous author and that isn’t necessarily a bad thing – eventually their own voice emerges – but for a surety, all writers have a method that is theirs. The glory of a literary or nonfiction writing career, is the art. Every keystroke belongs to the writer who strikes it – just as every brush stroke belongs to the artist holding the paint brush.

Expanding your audience isn’t a sell-out. I know a famous artist who has famous artists for relatives. His family members market their work and earn a great living doing so but my friend believes it is a sell-out to broaden audience through sales and marketing. He believes his art should speak for itself. It is the classic, starving artist syndrome and while I see both viewpoints – I know the art is best served viewed. Regardless of what comes first, art or marketplace, each is essential to the audience – without the art their is no market and without marketing their is no realization of the art’s existence. The same is true for writers. In thinking of audience, and growth, you are not duping readers – you are privileging readers to have greater awareness and access to your work!

It isn’t a sell-out to increase readership through expanding writs within and around genre, target and secondary markets.

It is my hope we all reap our greatest intended rewards regarding our art and our audience!

About the Author:
Ms. Donna L. Quesinberry is a mother, daughter, sister and friend. Donna
has five adult children and eleven grand-children. She also has two dogs
(Scuddle and Charlotte) from two states, and four cats (Cali, Garfield,
Jersey and Lucious), from three states. And, she’s thinking about getting a
goat and some laying hens in 2019. Ms. Quesinberry is also a federal proposal
and grant writer, business developer and capture administrator through dpInk
Ltd. Liability Company as Founder and CEO. She has a small publishing initiative through DonnaInk Publications, L.L.C. as CEO and President. She has an inactive partnership, Developmental Arts and Community Services, L.L.P. as a General Partner and manages an Airbnb at the J. F. Cole House (J. F. Cole Mercantile, since 1889) in the historic district of downtown Carthage, North Carolina, where she is the Proprietor / Host along with her son, Mr. Hatcher who has a work-related traumatic brain injury (TBI) post-insult fifteen years. Donna has written and published works since childhood. She has over 10,000 published stories to her name. She is a former syndicated columnist, online university course instructor, author, poet and journalist/stringer and story writer. Her second volume of a poetic series is being released fall 2018 and a year plus over-due.

 

Quid Pro Quo

Latin, the root of many languages I recollect being a required course in high school in my youth. Of course, I elected to study French, Spanish and a semester or two of Latin. My sister mastered Latin. At the time, I didn’t have the appreciation for foreign languages but felt they sounded pretty chipper.

However, in legalities Latin terms are tumultuous. Very depth-ridden. Scary. Kind of featuring a foreboding and thought there is MORE to come. . .

Recently, I was in court – pro se – in a 50C filing due to Cyberstalking, Stalking, and other crapoleigh and I won’t go into the gruesome details . . . the Defendant, of course, hired the local attorney with a million dollar win under his belt. He’s a slick, silver fox, type of bloke who reminds me of a ponzi scheme character.

My interlude at pro se was like Passion of the Christ and between the Defendant’s attorney and the judge I was lashed repeatedly for three hours while assistants and Defendant laughed as well as a young resident girlfriend in the courtroom.

It occurred to me – jurisprudence is lost and Latin, she’d just shudder if she knew what this system has done to her.

More to come . . .

 

On first glimpse . . .

map_of_carthage_ncThe Town of Carthage, as does most of rural central North Carolina, appears as a landscape riddled with modular homes and the occasional brick master house. In every direction, acres of ground feature mobile home after mobile home and then the random grounded home, which is surprisingly, generally, modern rather than a turn-of-the-century fixture.

Apartments, lofts, town-homes and any sort of communal based living are pretty foreign to these parts but a modular lifestyle rings eternal. And, it’s interestingly well-accepted in North Carolina; however, it is difficult to locate images of the landscape depicting the mirage of trailer homes. But unlike other localities in our nation – the modular living lifestyle isn’t viewed as a less than average one because it is average middle class living here. In fact, modular homes list into the low $100,000’s and a double-wide with landscaping is an upper middle class home. So much so, folks who reside in them tend to boast they are living in one of the “better” homes in the area.

Coming from Washington DC where trailer living is considered less adequate than an apartment or town-home this is truly an adjustment conceptually. Here, an apartment carries a close association to a project, and is actually less credible than the trailer with property. And, in Carthage it appears that is what it is all about “land.” Folks own land here – homes are secondary!

I’ve landed in this town / community of trailers and realize there’s more to learn as a newcomer. This blog is going to deliver first, second, third, and more glimpses into an area of our great nation where I’ve planted a stake and intend to call home.