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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Publisher, Publicist and Book Developer, DonnaInk Publications, L.L.C. located in “Sweet Carthage” within the J. F. Cole House

Every little town has hidden gems and Carthage North Carolina is no different! Within the city limits is publisher, publicist and book developer, DonnaInk Publications, L.L.C.

The Founder and President, Ms. Donna L. Quesinberry resides in the J.F. Cole House, which is located in the Historic District with her son, a traumatic brain injury (TBI) survivor. The J.F. Cole House was bought at auction June of 2017, it had been auctioned a few occasions with “no” purchasers meeting the seller’s (Housing and Urban Development) bottom-line. Thankfully, the Quesinberry – Hatcher purchase met HUD criteria and renovations brought the home to more current standards.

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Authors that Q represents are from nine (9) countries and five (5) continents and she features a variety of imprints, such as: 2nd Spirit Books, Beat Deep Books, Laughingcleaver Press, Ironmantle Books, Moondust Media, Nocturnum’s Muse, Owlhouse Books, Pashar Sage Press, and Thunderforge Pubs, as follows:

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What does DonnaInk Publications, L.L.C. do for authors?

As an author’s title representative, DonnaInk Publications, L.L.C. reviews the author’s query and synopsis. Upon approval, a title agreement is prepared for the author review, any agreed upon adjustments are executed and then signatures are executed. Once this occurs, a press release is presented to industry regarding representation of the impending title. From there, standard book development and production is committed with copyright and registrations taking place. There is no cost for representation, which may take a year or longer from acceptance and signing of the agreement to production of the book for retail sale. Q states, “We are not a dump and pump entity – books go through layers of development and even at the time of release – I often feel we could have taken more time, but there is a point where you just need to let the title leap in faith.”

During this process, authors are supported through monthly conference calls, newsletters, marketing tips and target / secondary market strategies, etc. that include:

  • Advanced Reader Copies (ARCs)
  • Author Website (3 to 5 pages – that carries an advertiser logo, without logo costs a monthly fee)
  • Audiobooks
  • Author’s Page on DonnaInk Publications, L.L.C. Website
  • Book Design and Development
  • CDs
  • CD Cover Design
  • CD Jewel Case Enclosure Design
  • Cover Design
  • eBook Design
  • eBook Formatting and Layout
  • Edit (basic; developmental and/or substantive edits or ghostwriting cost a fee)
  • Fact and Sell Sheets
  • Formatting and Layout
  • Front Matter
  • Ghostwriting (for cost)
  • Graphics
  • Information Page
  • Illustrations
  • Market Kit
  • Press Releases
  • Print in soft or hardbound (terms of production are included in agreement)
  • Registrations
  • Retail Distribution
  • Review
  • Tables
  • Target and Secondary Marketing
  • Etc.

What about unrepresented titles and authors?

Unrepresented titles feature the “same” support services; however, each item has a fee associated with it. Some authors desire to self-publish, or publish elsewhere, but require a cover design, help with formatting, or other requirements that DonnaInk Publications, L.L.C. will assist with at cost-effective rates.

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To visit DonnaInk Publications, L.L.C. you must make an appointment forty-eight (48) hours in advance. There are no “drop-in” visits to the J. F. Cole House.

The business of time and communication

The end of the year provides such melancholy, and opposing bliss, that we waver like the tide. Hopefully, each of us between these rises and falls grow increasingly aware of our moments where faith stirs our hearts toward greater aspirations of humanity; while we cope with the currents of business and time and minutia of communications set to pierce our hearts as they maneuver in those aspirations.

Life is a complicated journey.

To all the Carthagians I’ve grown to love ~ thank you for remaining aware of faith in aspiration that far outweighs those piercing interludes we, together, overcome blissfully.

Each of you have restored my soul.

Happy and Joyous Noel

with God’s blessings as we aspire into 2018 . . .

Just a Reminder . . . from “Q”

You know the saying, “Life imitates Art” or is that “Art imitates Life?”

Recently, someone who certainly didn’t intend to do so, reminded me that while I am a business owner, chief executive officer, author, stringer, journalist, mother, grandmother, sister, daughter, and etc. I am also a blogger. The connotation regarding “blog” was at best, derogatory, as often is the case with non-writers attempting to jab those who write “blogs” among a myriad of “other things.”

And, don’t we write many things if we are true bloggers? 

Yes we do.

We write all sorts of things, all day, every day. And, for most dedicated bloggers there is a lifetime of masterful creations both nonfiction and fiction in our closet-0′-writing.

So this “blog” is to say, “Thank you for the reminder. I am a blogger. I blog among many other literary guises. Unbeknownst to you . . . in your subtle innuendo, intended to insult and deride, you’ve given me the drive to do what I do and among the myriad of “other” things you couldn’t possibly fathom, you are accurate, I also blog.”

This one’s for you! Enjoy . . . nothing like a little Gaston time.

Censorship 2016


Oh beautiful for spacious skies
For amber waves of grain
For purple mountain majesties
Above the fruited plain

America, America!
God shed His grace on thee
And crown thy good with brotherhood
From sea to shining sea

Oh beautiful for pilgrim feet
Whose stern impassioned stress
A thoroughfare of freedom beat
Across the wilderness

America, America
God mend thine every flaw
Confirm thy soul in self-control
Thy liberty in law

Oh beautiful for heroes proved
In liberating strife
Who more than self their country loved
And mercy more than life

America, America
May God thy gold refine
Till all success be nobleness
And every gain divine

Oh beautiful for patriot dream
That sees beyond the years
Thine alabaster cities gleam
Undimmed by human tears

America, America
God shed His grace on thee
And crown thy good with brotherhood
From sea to shining sea

Oh beautiful for spacious skies
For amber waves of grain
For purple mountain majesties
Above the fruited plain

America, America
God shed His grace on thee
Till souls wax fair as earth and air
And music hearted sea

Oh beautiful for pilgrims feet
Whose stem impassioned stress
A thoroughfare for freedom beat
Across the wilderness

America, America
God shed His grace on thee
Till paths be wrought through wilds of thought
By pilgrim foot and knee

Oh beautiful for glory tale of liberating strife
When once and twice for man’s avail
Men lavished precious life

America, America
God shed His grace on thee
Till selfish gain no longer stain
The banner of the free

Oh beautiful for patriot dream
That sees beyond the years
Thine alabaster cities gleam
Undimmed by human tears

America, America
God shed His grace on thee
Till nobler men keep once again thy whiter jubilee

Oh beautiful for spacious skies
For amber waves of grain
For purple mountain majesties
Above the fruited plain
America, America
God shed His grace on thee
And crown thy good with brotherhood
From sea to shining sea

Carthage Express Walmart Scheduled to Close

The Carthage Express Walmart is closing 28 January 2016, an excerpt from Business Insider:

Walmart announced Friday that it was shutting down 269 stores and laying off thousands of employees.

The move will affect more than 16,000 employees, including 10,000 in the US.

All of the stores will close by the end of this month.

The closings include 154 locations in the US — 102 of which are the company’s smallest stores, called Walmart Express, which have been in pilot since 2011.

Here are stores the company is closing:

Walmart stores

  • #2524: 5502 Monterey Hwy, San Jose, CA
  • #2949: 151 E 5th St., Long Beach, CA
  • #2960: 4101 Crenshaw Blcd., Los Angeles, CA
  • #3507: 2701 Port Covington Drive, Baltimore, MD
  • #3496: 5825 W Hope Ave., Milwaukee, WI
  • #5457: 8400 Edgewater Drive, Oakland, CA


  • #3814 6525 Glacier Hwy, Juneau, AK
  • #763: 7201 Aaron Aronov Drive, Fairfield, AL
  • #4584: 10400 Highland Rd., Hartland, MI
  • #4369: 1010 Martin Luther King Pkwy., Durham, NC
  • #2837: 4350 N Nellis Blvd., Las Vegas, NV
  • #4342: 22209 Rockside Rd., Bedford, OH
  • #2606: 721 US Hwy 321 BYP S Unit, Winnsboro, SC
  • #883: 14091 FM 490, Raymondville, TX
  • #5493: 7480 Padre Island Hwy, Brownsville, TX
  • #5478: 8201 N FM 620, Austin, TX
  • #597: 7075 FM 1960 Rd W, Houston, TX
  • #3811: 61 Plaza Drive, Kimball, WV

Neighborhood Markets

  • #5783: 117 Audubon Drive, Maumelle, AR
  • #5642: 2408 Lincoln Ave., Altadena, CA
  • #5688: 6820 Eastern Ave., Bell Gardens, CA
  • #3086: 701 W Cesar E Chavez Ave., Los Angeles, CA
  • #5690: 2045 E Highland Ave., San Bernardino, CA
  • #4173 12120 Carson St., Hawaiian Gardens, CA
  • #5002, 8196 West Bowles Ave., Littleton, CO
  • #3021: 2253 S Monaco Pkwy., Denver, CO
  • #2303: 333 N Main St., West Hartford, CT
  • #5856: 601 N West St. STE 100, Wichita, KS
  • #5860: 9831 E Harry St., Wichita, KS
  • #5873: 4794 E 13th, Wichita, KS
  • #3097: 8235 SW Apple Way, Portland, OR
  • #5995: 17711 Jean Way, Lake Oswego, OR
  • #3306 1220 Gallatin Ave., Nashville, TN
  • #3171: 2218 Greenville Ave., Dallas (Greenville), TX
  • #3451: 2740 Gessner Rd., Houston, TX
  • #5985: 2201 West Southlake Blvd., Southlake, TX
  • #4126: 1901 S. Texas Ave., Bryan, TX
  • #5986: 4268 Legacy Drive, Frisco, TX
  • #3030: 3850 N 124th St., Wauwatosa, WI
  • #3031: N88W15559 Main St., Menomonee Falls, WI
  • #5698: S14W22605 Coral Drive, Waukesha, WI

Sam’s Club

  • #6648: 1110 Fall River Ave., Seekonk, MA
  • #4903: 941 Grinnell St., Fall River, MA
  • #6665: 495 Summit Drive, Waterford, MI
  • #6681: 25 Pace Blvd., Warwick, RI

Walmart Express

  • #2173: 14331 Count Rd. 99, Headland, AL
  • #2011: 18 Apple Way, Ashford, AL
  • #2165: 952 E. Lawrence Harris Hwy, Slocomb, AL
  • #2186: 407 West Washington St., Abbeville, AL
  • #2235: 6361 Hwy 72 East Gurley, AL
  • #2260: 87395 US Hwy 278, Snead, AL
  • #3769: 3530 Cathedral Caverns Hwy, Grant, AL
  • #3779: 10188 Hwy 431 South, New Hope, AL
  • #2498: 720 N Hwy 71, Mansfield, AR
  • #2578: 3500 Mulberry Hwy 64 W, Mulberry, AR
  • #2601: 814 W. Main, Charleston, AR
  • #2669: 1531 E Hwy 64, Coal Hill, AR
  • #3819: 8848 N Hwy 59, Van Buren, AR
  • #3878: 5 Hwy 124 West, Damascus, AR
  • #4217: 154 E Roller, Decatur, AR
  • #3032: 905 S Gentry Blvd, Gentry, AR
  • #3033: 800 1st Ave SE, Gravette, AR
  • #3034: 881 W Buchanan, Prairie Grove, AR
  • #3358: 1113 S.R. 20, Interlachen, FL
  • #4265: 1209 East Wade St., Trenton, FL
  • #4267: 15726 SE Hwy 19 Cross City, FL
  • #4228: 560 S. Broad St., Ellaville, GA
  • #4229: 1041 S US Hwy 1, Alma, GA
  • #4234: 155 West Washington Ave., Ashburn, GA
  • #4251: 398 Barrow Ave SW, Pelham, GA
  • #4254: 907 Marianna Hwy, Donalsonville, GA
  • #4261: 290 Albany Ave. West, Pearson, GA
  • #4263: 142 S. Valdosta Road, Lakeland, GA
  • #3065: 3636 N Broadway St., Chicago, IL
  • #3039: 225 W Chicago Ave., Chicago, IL
  • #3369: 900 East Ross Ave., Clearwater, KS
  • #4353: 505 Housatonic St., Burlington, KS
  • #4360: 705 N High School Ave., Columbus, KS
  • #4361: 1105 East 15th St., Ellsworth, KS
  • #4362: 120 West Rosewood St., Rose Hill, KS
  • #4651: 605 Orchard Drive, Hillsboro, KSKS
  • #3755: 1445 Old Highway 13, Mamou, LA
  • #4634: 1506 Main St., Colfax, LA
  • #3753: 620 North Hwy 26, Lake Arthur, LA
  • #3815: 501 West Hwy 90, Iowa, LA
  • #3839: 9181 Hwy 67, Clinton, LA
  • #3849: 920 Avenue G, Kentwood, LA
  • #3879: 1495 Obrie St., Zwolle, LA
  • #4647: 515 3rd St., Independence, LA
  • #4269: 224 E Hwy 76, Anderson, MO
  • #4270: 508 N Cliffside Dr., Noel, MO
  • #4282: 33597 State Hwy 112, Seligman, MO
  • #4289: 414 N Elm, Clever, MO
  • #3856: 410 2nd St., Belmont, MS
  • #3863: 2795 Hwy 371 N, Mantachie, MS
  • #3865: 420 E Lee St., Sardis, MS
  • #3866: 28191 Hwy 15, Walnut, MS
  • #4294: 519 W Veterans Ave., Derma, MS
  • #4296: 7104 Will Robbins Hwy, Nettleton, MS
  • #3211: 509 Dr. Donnie H. Jones Blvd W, Princeton, NC
  • #3249: 511 N Mckinley St., Coats, NC
  • #5024: 6043 US Hwy 301 S, Four Oaks, NC
  • #3257: 112 N Main St., Broadway, NC
  • #5015: 908 E. 4th Ave., Red Springs, NC
  • #5017: 7670 Clinton Rd., Stedman, NC
  • #7207: 1400 B Broad St., Oriental, NC
  • #5138: 702 S. Wall St., Benson, NC
  • #2500: 945 Monroe St., Carthage, NC
  • #2573: 303 S. Goldsboro St., Pikeville, NC
  • #6997: 632 W Swannanoa Ave., Liberty, NC
  • #3007: 139 N Hwy 49, Richfield, NC
  • #3036: 1593 NC Hwy 86 N, Yanceyville, NC
  • #3037: 905 SE 2nd St., Snow Hill, NC
  • #3080: 182 NC 102 W, Ayden, NC
  • #3121: 189 Hickory Tree Rd., Midway, NC
  • #3756: 124 E. Columbia St., Okemah, OK
  • #4633: 19250 E Hwy 66, Luther, OK
  • #2456: 2310 West Main, Prague, OK
  • #2462: 1600 West Hwy 66, Stroud, OK
  • #3766: 2324 Seran Drive, Wewoka, OK
  • #3767: 812 N Clarence Nash Blvd., Watonga, OK
  • #1250: 9032 Hwy 14, Gray Court, SC
  • #3798: 7013 S Pine St., Pacolet, SC
  • #2375: 4718 Nashville Hwy, Chapel Hill, TN
  • #2413: 523 N Military St., Loretto, TN
  • #4301: 400 North Main St., Cornersville, TN
  • #4306: 934 Hwy 79, Dover, TN
  • #2345: 721 Dale Evans Drive, Italy, TX
  • #2349: 221 S State Hwy 274, Kemp, TX
  • #2363: 504 W Pine St., Edgewood, TX
  • #2364: 301 Hwy 69 S, Whitewright, TX
  • #2410: 122 Commercial Ave., Anson, TX
  • #2461: 1003 Telephone Cir., Merkel, TX
  • #2779: 5 N 14th St., Haskell, TX
  • #2863: 1010 N Main St., Winters, TX
  • #3820: 501 N Main, Godley, TX
  • #3822: 416 N Third St., Grandview, TX
  • #3832: 420 S US 69, Leonard, TX
  • #3834: 428 N Dallas St., Palmer, TX
  • #4312: 440 E Pine St., Frankston, TX
  • #4316: 1787 US Hwy 259 S, Diana, TX
  • #4320: 1005 Texas Avenue E, Waskom, TX
  • #4327: 870 Taylor St., Hughes Springs, TX
  • #4331: 914 North Main St., Lone Star, TX
  • #4338: 504 WL Doc Dodson, Naples, TX
  • #4343: 12522 Fm 1840, Dekalb, TX
  • #4345: 114 Redwater Boulevard West, Maud, TX


  • #2343: 7B Calle Munoz Rivera, Villalba, PR
  • #2347: Bo Salto Arriba, Utuado, PR
  • #2342: PR 14, Parque Industrial, Coamo, PR
  • #3667: 1 Ave Monserrate STE 1, Carolina, PR
  • #3684: Carr 180 KM 0 HM 2, Salinas, PR
  • #3689: Centro Com Rio Grande State, Rio Grande, PR
  • #3697: Carr 165 KM 4.7, Toa Alta, PR

2016 has happened . . .

Peder Severin Krøyer (1851-1909) Portrait of Holger Drachmann by the FireplaceAnd, here I sit amidst an emotional drift. There hasn’t been a record snow fall and the cold air has only “just” settled in after the holidays. Unfortunately, my time consumed and this blog ignored during the sully days of Seasonal Charm and Decorum.

Actually, I love the holiday season. I especially love it when my Clients have paid me on time and there is plenty to share with family and friends. After all – family and friends are the bliss nation of every holiday season. And, yet, it is always wise to fine-tune the fact of Christ’s birthday celebration by reminding oneself and others Christmas is about his birth and ultimate sacrifice of atonement some thirty years later in March – April at the spring equinox.

Understanding all that – the holiday season is still about our abundance and directed outwardly instead of inwardly. Clothing is spirited. Faces are converted to joy. Folks are rushing about. Scrooge really brings more affection to the description of the Thanksgiving for the splendor of the holiday season more than any other historical archive and I love Scrooge – especially theatrical performances.

New Year’s is like the icing on the holiday cake of life. It is the after-glow of a warm gathering of rich foods and sensations. It is the proverbial cigar and cognac moment with a plum pudding and hard sauce waiting in the wings. It is where the gossip is shared in the women’s chambers and the men set their impending foibles out on the lounge table for display and feedback. It is the time of planning until the next Christmas session.

Winter has just given way. Her gift is a stillness. She embraces our conceptual thinking. Our time to plan. She shortens the workday so we have more time to focus on the inner sanctums of thoughts and intentions. She gives us more free time to pray toward a success-driven harvest in the upcoming year of living. She is our time of preparation. And, our friend. God bless the winter solace for us all.

It is my hope everyone in Carthage and throughout the myriad of small town Americana and the beloved cities we all miss enjoy a thoroughly renewing New Years. Remain safe and be ever thankful.