Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Shopping At The Screen Door

There is just something so comforting about an old screen door. The way the sunlight sifts in between the screen, the "thwack" that it makes when it closes. Memories of childhood and carefree summers come to mind. If you grew up with an Old Screen Door in your life, you might want to turn your speakers on and listen to this great song playing ....

In Asheville, near the Biltmore Estate is a fun place to shop. It is called Screen Door. It is filled with antiques, vintage garden pieces, fabric, paintings, books and more. Click on the pictures to enlarge for more detail. Below is the entrance. In front of the building is a lot of vintage garden pieces from fences to birdhouses.

This birdhouse planter stand below, is just one of the wonderful vintage creations outside.

The inside if filled with many booths. Each one different than the next. The picture below shows a fun arrangement of doors and shutters at the top of a door archway.

Want a bird house? Pick you favorite from the ones below...

Ok....all together..... "HOW CUTE IS THIS?

This was a real fun room! Filled with hand painted signs and took a long time to read them all.....

Thanks for coming on this Screen Door shopping excursion with me! Did you have a screen door in your childhood?

I am hoping to show my repainted, refluffed, redecorated Kitchen Nook on Thursday. If the truth be told, I love it better than the Dining Room!


Pat said...

Love the song! So funny. The Screen Door store looks so interesting --I saw a few things I would have loved to buy. :-)

Hugs, Pat

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The Summer Kitchen Interiors said...

hmmmmm - cute store! Leaving for the outerbanks on Friday...maybe we'll have to swing over that way!!
Thanks for stopping on by the other day!! We just love seeing all that you create! I have an old wicker table that I really want to do some mosaic to...not sure if I can do it.
We hopefully will be up for shopping online this fall....if we get it all together! We have sold some things off of the blog though - that is pretty cool!
Nice chatting to you Penny - we'll talk later!
Karla & Karrie too

Connie said...

I love stores like that, Penny sweets! I love old hardware stores. There is a mercantile in Ferndale, Calif., that actually still has the soda fountain that they squirt in the syrup and then draw the soda water from the old "pump" or whatever it was called. I love that place...*SIGH*.......

Look Beyond The Picket Fence said...

The shops you visit are so nice. Thanks for sharing them with us. I think I saw a birdhouse or two that I would not mind having.
We have two screen doors right now. I could not live without them.

Melissa @ The Inspired Room said...

Love the shop! I'll try and peek back in the next couple of days to see that nook...I might be away from my computer but I will do everything possible to see what you are up to!

Remind me if you think of it, I'd hate to miss the unveiling and be the last to gaze upon the loveliness!


Alison Gibbs said...

Penny what a fabulous shop. You could spend forever in there looking at everything.

Adrienne said...

Hi Penny -
There is nothing like an old screen door - the sound, the look and the feeling of summer. I would love to shop at this wonderful shop. I'm sure I could hours and a lot of money there. What a cute song!

Rosie's Whimsy said...

I love those old screen doors! In fact, I had our handyman install 4 old fashioned screen doors on our porch. There is no way you can go through them without that sound. He thought I was crazy but that "Thwack" means summer and good times to me!

So glad we don't have good stores like that around here. There would be no money left for food!

((hugs)) Rosie

Beverly said...

Penny, I love this song. I've never heard it before, but it definitely makes me smile.

The Screen Door looks like a wonderful place. I'll have to put it on my to do list for the next time I am there. I'll take the bit church birdhouse in the center of the picture.

KarenHarveyCox said...

What a great shop, but this music is making me want to sit down in that dining room below and have a cup of tea and just admire your handy work. Yes, thwack is the sound I hear too at the thought of a screened door. I used to love running out our front porch and hearing that sound as I ran next door to my friend's house. Have a lovely day. Karen

ginger at enchanting cottage said...

What a nice song Penny. You have the cutest shops where you live. Yes I had a screen door growing up. I loved it. We do not have one now thow. I have double wood doors and have not found one I like. Thank-you for such a nice post. I will be looking forward to Thursday!

Vee ~ A Haven for Vee said...

Great name for a store...great song for a blog about screen doors...great stuff in the shop.

Pam said...

I love bird houses Penny, and because of this, I've featured you on my latest posting. I hope you don't mind.I'd love you to pay a visit, and yes screen doors mean holidays,and my grandparents house in the country.Fond memories.

Kathleen Grace said...

I did have a screen door in my childhood! The screen door on my grandparents farmhouse (Don't let that screen door slam!) The inside door was always open in the summer and the screen door let the breezes in. I have a red screen door on my back door now. It slams all the time, and the hinges skeak. Charming sounds to me, and in the summer, it lets the breezes in:>)

Edie Marie's Attic said...

What a wonderful place to shop! I love Ashville. That whole area is like being closer to God!
Hugs, Sherry

Janet said...

That thwack sound is evocative of carefree childhood summers; where did they go?


Anonymous said...

Oh, yes...I grew up with screen doors and I am looking for one as we speak to lean up against a wall in my living room, just to remind me what great fun I had, running in and out a screen door !
xo bj

see you there! said...

It is probably good for the health of my wallet that I don't live close enough to shop at this spot.

Loved the song... really laughed at all the "Momma" sayings towards the end...some were said to me, some I said to my daugters.



Calamity Jane's Cottage, Bonnie said...

Hi Penny, Oh yes, we had screen doors and the memories are so great. Thank you for sharing The Screen Door shop with us. I wish I knew about it when we up that way. I'll just have to go back. Hope everyone listened to song till the end. Miss all my Mom's sayings.
Have a Blessed Day,

Katherinellen said...

The store has beautiful things...Love those birdhouses...Yes,we did have screendoor when I was growing up. Have a wonderful day.Kat

Melanie said...

Hia Penny, my you've been busy since I last popped in! Surely it can't have been that long or have I entered one of those infamous fabric time warps? LOL

Ooh yes when I was in NC as a kid everywhere had screen doors. It didn't take me long to get used to them and then I had to adjust back again when back in England. The song had me laughing about leaving them to bang.

Thanks for the trip to "Screen Door" what a wonderful place. I think you ought to pack it all and post it here especially those cute bird boxes.

Well done on getting your dining room finished. That red is lovely agianst the yellow of the walls- so warming. I love your mosaics too- so fresh and so sweet.

have a good week- I promise not to leave it so long before popping back.

Kentucky Bound said...

I finally had a chance to do a little catchin' up today. LOVE LOVE LOVE what you've done in your dining room! I can't wait to see the buffet when it's done.

I'm listening to the Screen Door Song for the second time. I've never heard it before and am really enjoying it. Brings back a lot of memories!


Julie said...

Oh, Miss Penny!
You always have the loveliest pictures to share!
I have very vague memories of wooden screen doors slamming. My grandmother passed away when I was 2 1/2 (the other 12 years before I was born.)
I remember the aluminum screen doors more, but there's just no romance there at ALL!
Many Blessings,

Sugarplum Cottage said...

You just pick me up Ms. Penny, the next time you go to The Screen Door. That is my kind of shop. I know if I went I'd need to drive my truck to haul all that home. As always I have enjoyed my visit. Hugs, Rose

Brook said...

Oh yes I love the sound of my old-fashioned wooden screen door. It's nice to open it in the early morning hours and let in the fresh air. Like the song too!!!


Jillian said...

Hi Penny!

Neat place! And how do you ever find the music to match your daily topics? LOL!

Your dining room looks great, too.
Can't wait to see the kitchen nook!


Kimba said...

Thanks for sharing those great pictures. I could get in real trouble shopping in that store.

Glenda~Many Fond Memories said...

Yes, we had a screen door, but I like the screen door at my grandparents place. The sound of that was more endearing to me. I have a wooden screen door that I need to put up in my garage gathering dust. Thanks for the tour.


Jorgelina said...

Hi! That beautiful birdhouse.
A greeting

celestina marie said...

Hi Penny, I love this post, the screen door and I love the song. I can hear my mother now! LOL!! I had a screen door growing up and I had my DH put one in our house now. It goes between my kitchen, garage and my studio. It slams just like I remember, and I wouldn't change it for anything.

Looks like a great place to shop too. I could spend a lot of time at the Screen Door.
Thanks for the inspiration!
Hugs, Celestina
la rea rose

Life on Bonnie Lane said...

What a great shop! So many cute things. I'd go there just for the birdhouses alone!

Sadly I didn't have a screen door growing up. Instead there were those awful old jalousie doors and the glass panels kept falling out and breaking. Not sure what my parents thought would happen with three very active kids around. There are some old style screen doors that I have seen on homes and they are just beautiful.


Tutti Chic said...

What a great song penny! wish this wonderful shop was close to me-I'd never leave! SO happy I can finally post to your beautiful blog. the laptop needed to be tweaked by the geeks. no clue what they did but it is working beautifully now xoxo chris

Lynn@ The Vintage Nest said...

Great song Penny and post. I love screen doors too and have one that actually bangs shut and squeaks too. :))

Naturegirl said...

Penny how can we not remember an old screen door with this wonderful fun song!! Love your choice of songs lately!
Now I'll just sit and listen to the song! Tapping my foot! hugs and thank you!

LW said...

Oh Penny, only you could have found
a song about a sceen door...

what fun !

I would just love to be able to shop at this great place...


Barb said...

What a fun store. I could do some damage in there- hehe!

It is way too hot here for a screen door (113). I did love it as a kid when the screens were on the windows and the doors were open. Az has made a whimp out of me.

Many hugs,

Linda's Blue Gate said...

Hey Penny, What a fun place....I see that had a little greenhouse out of old windows....did you happen to price it? It looks smaller than shopping trip

Diane@A Picture is Worth.... said...

Great blog! The Screen Door looks like my kind of store!

Tracie said...

Oh Penny,
The Screen Door looks great - nothing like that sound ;)
By the way, you'll always have your 15 minutes of fame with me and Romantic Country - see, so you got more that Andy Warhol said everyone should have - you know we all love you!
Thanks for making me giggle!

BittersweetPunkin said...

Yes...I love a screen door!! All the houses in my neighborhood are fairly new (less than 5 years old) and we have 2 neighbors that recently put screen doors in their front doors...I love it.

That looks like a great shop!

Anne Fannie said...

I love the pictures you posted. What a great place to shop! The birdhouses were adorable!
Love, Ann

Barbara Jacksier said...

Great post, even the music matches! Thanks for getting me thinking about screen doors. We have one on our back porch (it's my favorite room.)

I was missing how it slammed all the time when Fred, now a college grad, was young, when it slammed. My dog Belgium has finally learned how to push it to let himself in when he's out in the garden.

Now, if he could only use the handle to let himself out!

Sandra... said...

Hello Penny!!
The excursion was wonderful!! So many beautiful things to see! Thank you very much...
I am anxious to see your redecorated Kitchen Nook!!
Hugs and kisses for you♥

Utah Grammie said...

Ah yes, I even posted about wanting one last summer- hubs just doesn't quite get it - but I want that squeaks, slams and is old, loved and has great stories to tell! See, we're twins seperated at birth! Love the song - and some of the pieces you've been doing....they take my breath away!

Kari & Kijsa said...

Love this, and the song is so perfect too!! Looking forward to the kitchen nook!

kari & kijsa

Lee Laurie said...

When we were little kids we stayed with our great-grandparents most of the time.They had screen doors at their house.When my younger brother would run out of the house slamming it,I would just cringe at the sound!Now I want my children to be able to make that sound!I just found 2 old screen doors and I am having them installed this week.One on my front porch and Im replacing my pantry door with the other one.I know that I will be telling them to "quit slamming that door" but I know I will love it too and the memories that it will bring to mind.I miss those carefree days.Thanks for such a great post.Love the song!

Amy at Bunny Rose Cottage said...

What a wonderful store! I love that birdhouse planter! I have never seen one of those but would love to have one!


Donna Lynn said...

Hello Penny!
I am back from Franklin a week now, I am still trying to get back into the swing of things, I think it takes about a week after going on a trip HUH?? I had to get used to the heat and humidity and that took almost the whole seven days I was there!

Your room redo is wonderful! I love the red hutch and the black table and chairs, looks like Tuscany! YUMMY!

I have your birdhouse all done, you need to let me know your might of already given it to me, better go check out previous emails!
Take care and can't wait to hear from you, it always brightens my day...

Meggie said...

Of course we had an old screen door that went "whack" when it shut...maybe a thousand times a day. You always knew when someone was coming or going. I LOVE the mother said the very same things to me and my brothers. And I thought she was an orginial....

Lu Lu's Fluffy Ruffles said...

Your makeover looks great!!
saw the piece of furniture you did in Cottage and bungalow and loved it!!
beautiful work!