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!
Visit: https://www.facebook.com/thevintagebarnincarthage (https://www.facebook.com/thevintagebarncarthage

Contact
donnaink@gmail.com to learn more

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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.

To learn more: write to contact@donnainkpublications.com

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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.

J. F. Cole National Registry of Historic Places Airbnb Lifestyle

Slide8In Carthage in Central North Carolina within the Sandhills . . . resides the J. F. Cole National Registry of Historic Places Airbnb Executive Suite / Guest Bedroom. It is a gem among a multitude of treasures that delight the senses and sensibilities. It is our nugget in the stream of life and as proprietors we are happy to share with visitors to our area.

Airbnb Guest Room at J. F. Cole National Historic Registry Home

Mr. Jamie R. Hatcher and Ms. Donna L. Quesinberry are the proprietors of the J. F. Cole National Registry of Historic Places Airbnb Executive Suite / Guest Bedroom – we are a son and mother. Mr. Hatcher is a thirty-seven (37) year old traumatic brain injury (TBI) survivor of over sixteen (16) years. Having sustained a work-related brain insult in 2003, Mr. Hatcher (Jamie) has been through the most well-received treatment programs in the nation and now is in community re-entry with supplemental equine and “other” therapies that make his life more enjoyable. He loves to talk with guests about the stars, conspiracy theories and politics but is also very good about letting folks enjoy their privacy when requested.

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Ms. Quesinberry is an author, consultant and publisher – as a solo-entrepreneur, Donna features two distinct business tracks:

  • dpInk Ltd. Liability Companyhttps://www.donnalquesinberry.com – featuring business development, capture administration and proposal solutions – this includes coaching, copywriting, document layout and design, editorial, graphics, process flows, program management, senior technical writing, and website design – etc.
  • DonnaInk Publications, L.L.C.https://www.donnaink.com – featuring thirty-six (36) authors as a small, woman-owned, traditional Indie publishing house – this includes cover design, editorial, formatting and layout, marketing platform, press kits, publishing, registrations, etc.

When guests arrive at J. F. Cole, even on our tight budget, Mr. Hatcher and Ms. Quesin-berry work to roll out the proverbial red carpet in hope Airbnb guests experience excellence in the Sandhills. Ms. Quesinberry is developing a book that identifies places to see and people to meet while visiting in the Sandhills as a phased project – initially, tried and true venues; secondly, unique finds; and third – unearthed treasures. There is a certain underground flavor in the Sandhills that J. F. Cole Airbnb guests deserve to have occasion to tap into.

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Apart from sights and seeing the interesting and/or unusual – the J. F. Cole Historic Home itself has an added layer of mystic. According to the owners original real estate showing realtor (not the listing agent purchased from), the J. F. Cole Historic Home is haunted! Now, Jamie and Donna haven’t officially seen a ghost or ghoul – they have seen a large orb manifest in the reading room and then move up the stairs and knock a picture off the wall but it was a fairly fast trek of light formation, which is nothing like what the realtor suggested of a malevolent ghost chasing another real estate agent from the upstairs bedroom that scared him and the buyers so much they wouldn’t return. While Jamie and Donna state, “Things do go bump in the night,” they share that only positive energies exist within the walls of the J. F. Cole Historic Home.

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In the future, new features are coming to J. F. Cole Historic Home, such as:

  • Author Readings and Book Signings
  • Book Release Launches
  • Craft Classes
  • Single’s Meet and Greets
  • Social Affairs
  • Etc.

And, more and more souvenirs and gifts for guests to consider from their stay in the quaint Town of Carthage in the Central North Carolina Sandhills!

To learn more contact: verylittlebookstore@gmail.com or jfcolehouse@mail.com.

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The Rumor Mill

Carthagians,

Just spent a week in the hospital after too much stress, too much grief, too much hardship, too much heartache, too many issues, and too much negativity . . . for being too generous, too kind, too helpful, too visionary, too realistic, too honest and too positive. Not my monkey. For paying someone a year in advance – I got a year of hell. For helping someone back on their feet – I got ripped off. For seeing beyond a past toward a future – I got slashed tires. And, I did not create any of it.

With almost three full days of ICU in the heart center . . . come out on the other side and what do I hear? I was partying too hard and overdosed. Not so! No party. No abuse of drugs. No substance issues here . . .

Nearly died and not from fun.

One thing I can say, ICU and acute care was the most relaxation and non-stress I’ve had since May of 2017.


Today is a new day. The sun will rise in the a.m.

The Sun Will Rise and So Will I

 

Speaking of women and Carthage North Carolina

Ladies, what is up?

Residing here in Carthage, was for me, initially, a jolt to my sensibilities. Coming from Washington DC with some crossover to Santa Barbara, San Diego, Orlando and even New York City, Boston, etc. my  inner child is used to city walks, cafes, large museums, subways, and population. Running the freeway is like an Indy 500 and an Army obstacle course simultaneously. And, yes, we do have the Chesapeake Bay, lakes, camping areas, etc. with Front Royal West Virginia only a hop, skip and a jump away . . . but it is a far cry from the serenity that is Carthage.

When I first relocated to Carthage, my brother asked me:

Just how small a town is it that you live in Donna?

My response:

If I buy seeds at one end of town, when I’m shopping in the other end they ask me when I’m planting my garden.

And, that’s not a stretch of the imagination for a local – you know what I mean. However, over time, believe it or not, Carthage has grown on me. I’ve come to love it here. I bought a historic home. Have a nice view from my kitchen window that I need a step stool to see out. I have a business I can walk or bicycle to (plan to this summer). It is just wonderful. I’ve gotten to know a lot of really cool artisans, authors, entertainers and folks here. And, I’ve even adjusted to the decreased populace – now when I go to DC I am anxious to return to Carthage for peace and quiet. Go figure.

But ladies – I have some questions / thoughts regarding our sensibilities here

In participating in varied guises such as court, business, relationships and politics I see a very strong double-standard that women ourselves seem to embrace here. I’m curious as to “why?”

For instance, I recently dated someone younger than me. Now this was unusual for me, due to the age difference, but in comparing my situation to many men I’ve known locally – it is “not” uncommon for men here to date women much younger than them and much younger than my own situation and ladies – you don’t bat an eyelash over that.

Yet, the rumor mill has been spinning on speed dial regarding a woman doing something that traditionally, here in the South, men have done for decades without issue. So, my question is, “why are we hurting one another?” Instead of saying, “Well you know Mr. Peterson (fictitious name) was dating Sally Mae (fictitious name) and she’s 35 years younger than him – if he can do it – why can’t a woman?” No one says nay a word about his dating but make uber declarative statements when it is a woman who is older. Instead of speaking to double-standards, ladies get together and rally gleeful laughter and/or conversational chiding or sport . . . at their sister’s expense.

And, that isn’t the only incident of women not defending women

I hear a lot of stories of cheating and men hustling ladies here and I am curious:

Why don’t women begin calling men out who attempt to cheat or hustle women? Why are we not sisters in womanhood first and attracted to men second? Why are we allowing bad men more leeway than we do our lady friends and neighbors?

 

Addressing and changing generational cultural misnomers

Ladies, we need to step our game up and begin changing generational cultural misnomers. Men shouldn’t cheat. Men shouldn’t have greater leeway and less culpability. Men shouldn’t be able to run games on women. And, if we know of men who do, are, have, might, may or could . . . we owe it to one another to air the linens and share the truth. Don’t we? Can’t we be the lights in our village?

What will be the result?

First, men will begin being more accountable.

Second, women will stop being demeaned and left holding the bag.

Third, our children will see new and improved relations and develop greater sensibilities.

Fourth, our town will be the better for it.

I’ve always said, a man couldn’t cheat if a woman wouldn’t say yes to him and vice versa, of course. If a man can date someone 35 years his junior, so can a woman. If a man can have his cake and eat it too, then either women need to cut his calories, or get equal portions.

IMG_7899Equality ladies – it starts in our minds. It begins in our hearts and actions. The next time you see another woman in a dilemma – take stock of your sensibilities – be a solution – help one another rise to the occasion. Lift one another up. And, be the Christlike example of love and empowerment regardless of your opinion regarding a matter. Be a cure. Be a resolve. Be more than a joke and a chuckle.

That’s what I’m asking Carthagian ladies this week . . . think about it.

Remember to be kind to one another. Hold your head high. Support local small businesses. Share love and thanksgiving. Hug your family and friends. Give peace a chance.

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 . . .

As It Is Written, So Shall It Be: The Dark Chambers of Carthaginian – my newest novel . . .

secretos-comprension-lectora“As It Is Written, So Shall It Be: The Dark Chambers of Carthaginian” is my new novel and this is day one of her creation! Filled with supernatural events, under-worldly organized crime, and sin plotted against belief, this title brandishes a small town Americana universe comprised of Carthaginians who are pitted against The Dark Chambers, a group of power-crazed organized crime members who keep a lid on their piece of the American pie.

The protagonist, is a supra-normal social scientist, who begins to discover supernatural gifts, which disclose themselves in karmic fashion as each Dark Chamber member begins to be plagued. It appears the universal source intends to overcome evil by delivering sin for sin.

Will the Carthaginians rediscover their freedoms? We shall see!

Where a series of facts are set into play, the ideal of a conspiracy is moot!
10_give-the-fish-its-jungle-backIn my new title, “As It is Written, So Shall It Be: The Dark Chambers of Carthaginian,” you get a dose of realism penned with the swag of creationism. In this novel, the small Carthaginian Village maintains a church on every corner, if not two, three or four and has long been stripped of freedoms in a nation of the free.

The protagonist is a woman. She learns The Dark Chambers, a group of savvy business leaders hellbent on power, have drawn a clear line in the sand between elitism and everyone else. They don’t allow anyone to overcome the autocracy they’ve created. Even representatives are staged as Sovereign leaders who reign, instead of advocate for their local diatribe. And, in support of this Sovereign facade, scores of criminals thrive while the town’s believers and law enforcing white-lighters strive to enact propriety and uphold liberty and nationalism.

The Dark Chambers continue overlooking criminals because they are members of the organized crime families and help them stay in power.

Where Organized Crime meets Small Town USA
160322105Organized crime has a long-standing history in America and “As It is Written, So Shall It Be: The Dark Chambers of Carthaginian” is her newest breed of Cointelesque Organized Crime Madness.

Where newcomers with fresh ideas are beset against the stepford lifestyle landscape; community oldsters have long-since shrugged off the ideals of liberty. They’ve exchanged free-thinking with complacency and an under our thumb dictatorial mantra.

Is there hope?
Our protagonist is a supra-normal social scientist who wields her gifts unwittingly. Karmic events are brought from behind the veil and wielded on one Dark Chamber member at a time. As the crimes of the Dark Chamber are unearthed; the protagonist’s visions disclose their dark history revealing the true light of the Village of Carthaginian.

Then the long-quieted Carthaginians themselves, reawaken source and reveal greater and greater works of light. Is it enough for our protagonist to prevail until the Carthaginians are totally free of The Dark Chambers bondage?

Supra-normal vs Organized Crime . . . who will prevail?
bfb013f84eb6e53710941122704dc8e8As the author of this emerging supernatural drama, I can only say, you have to read “As It Is Written, So Shall It Be: The Dark Chambers of Carthaginian.” And, while I do not like gratuitous sex, this remains a clean read title but it is riveted with seven deadly sins and also includes lust, prostitution, adultery and even murder because The Dark Chambers, as all organized crime, is driven by, and resonates in, a world driven by evil.

Will the Village of Carthaginian be restored to the light of Christ?
The Dark Chambers, disguised as agents of Christ, are malevolent creatures of an underworld bent on serving hedonistic manna to the community of “everyone else.” However, these true believers of even greater numbers, held down by unwritten traditions of multi-generational underworld organized crime, are determined to rise up and yield to the protagonist’s powers as they are revealed. The Village of Carthaginian begins to acknowledge the karmic events that happen daily and add their own gifts and powers toward the climax of this title.

As it is written – so shall it be!