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Destination: Concord

September 22, 2011


To me, there’s not much better than a weekend day trip. There are so many great towns and neighborhoods along the outskirts of our very own, and oftentimes, a day trip need not be more than just a few miles or half an hour down the highway.

Here’s my itinerary for a historic day in Concord that includes not only thrifting and antiquing, but crafting, as well! Put this on your calendar for this coming Saturday, 9/24, so you can take part in the DIY wardrobe workshop at Goodwill. I promise this is one Saturday you don’t want to miss!

Start your day crafting an embellished cardigan at Goodwill using one of Verabelle's Sew-It-Yourself ruffle and button kits. Grab lunch nearby at Rosario's Pizza. Then fit in some antiquing at The Depot at Gibson Mill. Last stop: historic downtown Concord for ice cream and a stroll through Memorial Garden.

Make Good: a Goodwill DIY Workshop

Concord Goodwill Center

Create your own look for fall during a DIY workshop led by me (Verabelle) from 10-11 a.m. at the Concord Goodwill Center. After a short and easy demo, you’ll get to shop Goodwill for a cardigan to update with a handmade ruffle and fabric-covered buttons. Craft your look with my help at the store or take it home to finish.

Since you’re already at Goodwill, spend some time shopping the racks to update your fall wardrobe or to snag some back-to-school looks for the kiddos. This is my favorite Goodwill for newer name-brand finds and current trends. It feels like shopping at a consignment shop with hand-picked selections, but at a much better price!

Rosario’s Pizza

Grab lunch down the road at Rosario’s Pizza. Located in a strip shopping center next to Food Lion, this restaurant doesn’t stand out on the outside, but take it from someone who used to live in Concord – this is some of the absolute best pizza I’ve had anywhere! My two favorites: the ricotta and spinach pie and the caprese with fresh mozzarella, tomatoes, roasted red peppers, and loads of garlic.

The Depot at Gibson Mill

Follow a morning of thrifting with an afternoon of antiquing. The Depot is a gigantic antique mall located inside what used to part of Cannon Mills. In fact, my grandmother Aileen used to work in the yard room for nearly two decades, keeping inventory. Now the old mill is filled with 85,000 square feet of antiques that could easily take all day to look through! (Plan for an hour and a half, at least.)

Cabarrus Creamery

Wrap up your excursion with a sweet treat from a historic Cabarrus County landmark: Cabarrus Creamery. I used to look forward to banana milkshakes when I was a little girl, but now my favorite is their famous sliced lemon ice cream. Other local favorites: Moon Pie, banana pudding, and ice cream cookie sandwiches made with your choice of cookie and ice cream.

Memorial Garden

Take your cone from the Creamery and keep exploring historic downtown Concord before you turn back for home; Memorial Garden is just a short walk away. I’ve always thought Memorial Garden was Concord’s best-kept secret, but I’m happy to let you in on this local treasure. The 200-year-old garden is also a cemetery of the First Presbyterian Church of Concord and was restored by Sallie Phifer Williamson in the 1930’s as a memorial to her mother. Tucked behind its gates are meandering paths past giant oaks, beautiful flowers and plants, and lovely fountains. Every turn leads to another surprise, and it couldn’t be a better way to end your day!

Thanks, Amanda! Remember, if you are interested in attending our Make Good workshop this Saturday, send an email with your name to or visit our Facebook event page. See you Saturday!

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