Friday, February 6, 2009

Best of Both Worlds: A Book Party & Virtual Shopping Trip


I've been out of town on a book tour.

Last night, I visited TBIB (http://www.tbib.com/) This bookstore

is beloved by all authors. They're getting ready for
John Grisham. Oh, I would love to be there.

Our own Laurie (Bargain Hunting with Laurie) brought the greatest cheese platter! Meeting Laurie was like seeing my bestest friend from childhood. My publicist, Julie, thought that Laurie and I had known each other for years.

The whole magic of TBIB (That Bookstore in Blytheville) is created by the owner, Mary Gay Shipley.

The store has a pot bellied stove, a cabinet filled with dishes (including Desert Rose), and a fridge stocked with everything from Diet Coke to wine. I always love to visit Mary Gay and her husband, Paul (who is a gourmet cook--check out my cookbook, Consuming Passions, for his divine egg salad recipe), and I was sad to say good-bye.

Earlier in the day, my publicist, Julie, and I stopped in a design shop called Crocker Antiques & Garden (the link to the website isn't working, and I can't find one that does; but the address is: Crocker Antiques & Garden, Laurelwood, 4548 Poplar Avenue, Memphis, TN 38117, tel, 901-763-2826).
I loved this stained glass panel.

The store has gorgeous architectural salvage pieces from France.

This armoire is gorgeous!

Loved the toile tray--the owner said it's quite old.

Naturally I was drawn to the sheep figurines.

This old finial would be gorgeous on a mantle.

Check out the majolica.

My friend Allison would love this horse figurine.

Aren't we all ready for bunnies? I know I am.


I wish I had a spot for these pillows.

Love the acorn..or artichoke?

Majolica, bunnies, and a gorgeous platter--heaven.

This made my heart speed up.

These old gates are gorgeous!

Finials in all shapes and sizes.

The store is in a new shopping center, but it has such character--you'd think you were poking around in Italy or France.

I love these garden chairs--and, Susan, check out the tablescape! :-)

What a gorgeous rooster.

Oh, and look at the faux bois mirror, and the tulip dishes. The owner said they do ship, so I grabbed a business card (and asked permission to put the phone number and pics online, of course). If you want more info about any objects, here's the phone number for Crocker's 901-763-2826.
Here are a few shots of the Peabody Hotel. The ducks were lolling in the water.


The bar...


Meet Julie Schoerke, my fabulous publicist.

The ducks really hated the flash on my camera. This one ruffled his feathers and tucked his head under his wing.

Enough, they said.

We also went to a fabulous garden shop, but Young Bandwith is milling about, so I'll save those pictures for tomorrow.

44 comments:

  1. I am SO glad to see this post! I was so worried about ya'll last night, so I am relieved to find that you made it home safely. I can't tell you how much I enjoyed visiting with you. However, I really am having blabbermouth remorse. You should have just told me to shut my blow hole! Love ya, laurie

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  2. We had a blast!
    Although I have gained another pound. LOL

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  3. It looks like you had a great time, promoting your book, shopping and meeting new friends. Did you buy any little goodies? We have alot of authors come to Sarasota Fl. so if you ever find yourself here, let me know.
    Enjoy your weekend with all the baby animals.
    Kathleen

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  4. Gosh, I would have gained more than a lb. I could have spent hours in the stores. Such interesting items they displayed.

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  5. Gollum, I heard all about your trip from Laurie on her blog, how cool! I have you on my blog roll and noticed you already mentioned the trip, and decided to get updated from your view of the show and the shopping spree, always my favorite reads! Stop on by my Show & Tell today, from an author's perspective, you'll love my Show & Tell item that is 100+ year old! If your itinerary is covering Atlanta this year, would love to see you too! ;) ~CC Catherine of "Catherine de th`e Cups"

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  6. What a neat looking bookstore. I would love to shop there - especially if you were signing books there!

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  7. Wow what beautiful things they had at Crockers! I couldn't pick a favorite, they're were so many wonderful things! But GG I am so jealous that you got to hang with Laurie! *winks* And the ducks in the fountain are sooo cute!!! Vanna

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  8. How neat that you and Laurie got to meet up! Her cheese and fruit tray looks yummy.

    Thanks for taking us on a tour of the bookstore and shop. They both look like fun, unique places.

    Hope you have a great weekend!

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  9. Gollum, between your blog and Laurie's it sounds like you had a wonderful visit. That looks like a great shop. I would love that armoire in my living room. (I will have to show it to my Dad -LOL). The little yellow chicks caught my eye. You know, Minnesota is quite pleasant in the summertime. If you plan your visit at the end of August or early Sept. Jacob and I would be glad to show around our State Fair. The Minnesota State Fair is unlike any other. And remember, we do have the Mall of America. ~ Robyn

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  10. Oh what fun! I NEED that crunchy painted pediment. I'm so envious that you and Laurie got to meet. What fun the two of you must have had. That shop (both book and antique) looks divine. I feel a road trip coming on!

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  11. Ooooooooo .. I want the chest the finials are sitting on! It was such fun to read Laurie's post. I told her I am dripping with envy!

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  12. What a fun post and I loved looking at all those pretties.
    Roberta Anne

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  13. Loved the virtual shopping trip - there were some wonderful things there. I saved lots of money by visiting through you. Sounds like Laurie and you had a fabulous time. Sally

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  14. What a great book store. I hope you signed a ton of books.. and to meet another fellow blogger friend had to be great. The food looks delicious..it was worth the pound you gained..lol. The ducks are adorable... hugs ~lynne~

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  15. Great bookstore & antique shop, could have spent days in both! Good luck with your tour!!

    xoxo
    Jane

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  16. Afternoon, Dear Gollum! Oh, what fun you must have had. That sounds like an awesome bookstore. I've never seen one with a bot bellied stove! lol Now that shop - wow! I see so much I would love to have. Did you buy anything? I'm envious - I've never been to the Peabody, but Mr. Precious has!! Waa! That would be so cool!
    Take care and hope your booking went well.
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

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  17. I see Laurie got here first.I was going to run tell her you were blogging about her too.You really made her"life"ha..Ann

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  18. Mmmmm, Maybe it's time for Young Bandwith to get his own computer. ;) Mother needs some 'play time' with her friends after being away.

    Wow, I would have had a hard time resisting those gates, I've always had a desire to use some on two of the doorways upstairs, when we had our cat, Thelma. It was the only way I could think of to keep her out of rooms she didn't belong in, without keeping the doors closed all the time, especially in the summer. Of course they would have needed a little work on them to solve the problem, but it would have been worth it. I loved checking out all the goodies. Glad you had a good time.

    Hugs
    'D'
    PS..By the way, Thelma knew how to open doors and we had to put those little latch hooks on most of them.

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  19. What a great bookstore and the hotel lobby 'didn't look too shabby either'...smiles. (The latter is a Canadian expression of compliment.) Enjoyed this tour of all the 'eye candy' (thank you) but what do you mean you don't have a place for the pillows? Tell me that your not 'slipping' Michael; certainly you can find somewhere to put them....grin.

    WISHING YOU A BEAUTIUFL WEEKEND!

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  20. I would love to visit the book store and the antiques store..oh my yes I would. Most of all, I would love to meet Laurie and you dear Gollum. It's wonderful the two of you met!

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  21. DH and I visit Crocker's often (usually in tandem with a visit to Davis-Kidd), I'm thrilled that you featured the shop, and I'm sure that Mrs. Crocker is, too. She is also possibly opening a shop in Fairhope, AL. I hope you had time for her to share the stories behind some of the things in the shop...that's half the fun!

    Sorry I didn't know you were here, hope you enjoyed your visit.

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  22. What a fun excursion! I hope it wasn't just fun but productive and you got to sing a lot of books. I loved the shop and all things French!

    Happy weekend!
    ♥♥♥

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  23. Wow, Wow and Wow Gollum, to everything, The Party, The Food, meeting a fellow blogger and Crocker Antiques, I spotted those beautiful gates straight away, what a find full of beautiful treasures. I am so glad you are having a wonderful time and you took us all along with you, I cannot wait to see the garden photos. The ducks were so funny lol. Kathy.

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  24. gg, I have joined the blog world...And I am so jealous of you and laurie getting to meet! Laurie is a sweetheart and that cheese tray looks wonderful. I wish you the best of luck. vickydarnell

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  25. Sounds like you had a great time, and thanks for sharing your visit to Crocker's. :-)
    Glenda

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  26. You were in my neck of the woods! I'll have to check out that shop! Laurie is so funny! I'm going to have to make a trip up to Blytheville and this bookstore too! thank you for the beautiful pics! Lauralu

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  27. You are such a tease! Such gorgeous photos and the link doesn't work! I searched online but found nothing to take me to Crocker's online. :( Guess Demi and I will have to fly into Memphis again....okay, drive so I can fill up the SUV with goodies!

    Glad you had a nice trip.

    Allison

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  28. Allison, thanks for alerting me to the broken link. I can't find one that works! You need that horse!

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  29. Looks like a fun trip...and lots of goodies on the virtual shopping tour that I wouldn't mind having in my home!


    Susan

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  30. what a great time you had, good food, friends and fun~ thanks for sharing so much, great pieces galore~ hope you did super on the tour, it must be so fun for everyone to meet you, you are such a welcoming person.

    i did a post on what you are reading, your fans are showing~

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  31. Love the Peabody Hotel. . . and when those little duckies make their grand entrance. . . walking in a line. Too cute.

    Blessings,

    Sher

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  32. What beautiful pictures. Sounds like a wonderful trip. I'm loving those bunnies, too!

    Big TX Hugs,
    Stephanie
    Angelic Accents

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  33. What beautiful pictures. Sounds like a wonderful trip. I'm loving those bunnies, too!

    Big TX Hugs,
    Stephanie
    Angelic Accents

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  34. Gollum I am so glad you are home and safe..How cool was that now you got to meet Laurie...from the mystery person last April to the famous guest...Noe girl you should have grabed that bust for my new collection...I now have 4 and I am moving them all over my house Have Bust will travel..Love those ducks and right there...how do they get them to stay in the water?? I mean they can be pretty messy up walking around..hugs and smiles Gl♥ria

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  35. Oh, how I wish you were coming to Jackson! lol I know Laurie had a great time meeting you. The food looked wonderful. I love those old gates. I heard a lot from one of our pilot that lives in Memphis about the ducks. One day I going to go see the ducks. Now that sounds funny for someone who lives in the country! lol Love the antique tour. Thanks for the phone number, I going back for another look.

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  36. It is so neat that you got to meet Laurie, she sounds like a lot of fun. The store looks and sounds so charming.

    I do not think I would have been able to contain myself at that Antique store!!! I think I pretty much love every picture. I really love those old gates, they are gorgeous. I have an old gate that I use as my headboard. It is actually on my last post.

    Thank you for sharing your trip with us.

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  37. Looks like you had a great time! Thank you for sharing all the pics with us. Almost feel like I was there!

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  38. GG, I can just PICTURE you n' Laurie having a FAB gab-fest (I adore her!). You MUST, tho, be "losing your touch" (or if DR. G was there, I UNDERSTAND... MY DH "cramps MY style" when shopping!)IF you came home empty-handed, w/ all those FAB things available (& I DO have room for those stag pillows even if YOU don't! Wish you had NOT supplied her #, tho ~ it's CHEAPER that way! Grins!)~ Fell in LOVE w/ the pine chest too(16 drawers/file cabinets?)~~~ too FABULOUS! Hope ALOT of books were purchased & now you can help get our economy OUT of this SLUMP~~~ DO YOUR PART ~ just go SHOPPING! The ducks are to-die-for cute & have SUUUUCH charachter (they ARE charachters!)~ So glad you had FUN, met dear Laurie, sold books, shopped, ate too much (welllll, better YOU than me!) & all in all, had a great time! You DESERVE it (& probably some REST now, too! Sooo, WELCOME HOME, dear GG!!! Love, Linda

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  39. Michael...what a fun, fun trip you had! The bookstore sounds like a wonderful place...wish I lived closer to it! And the virtual shopping trip was so much fun! I did see that tablescape...you know this girl can't miss a tablescape! :-) So glad you and Laurie got to meet in person! Ummmm, Tennessee isn't that far away...maybe some of us Georgians need to head up I-75 for a shopping trip and luncheon with some of those Tennessee gals. :-)
    Susan

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  40. Oh Gollum! How much fun! The bookstore sounds wonderful! And you and Laurie got to meet! I think we should all have a big bloggie convention and get to meet each other in person. Yes...it could be at the Peabody, because I have always wanted to see those ducks!! And I loved all the frenchy finds!! Glad you are back home for a little rest. Have a great weekend...Debbie

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  41. I am so happy that you and Laurie were able to meet!
    Both stores look like the kind you could spend hours in...looking, reading, drinking a cup of joe, and talking.
    Thanks for the virtual trip. (The toile tray is smack-dab gorgeous!:-)) L~

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  42. So that explains why you've been absent these past few days! Looks like you had a great time. Oh, that book store looks so cozy! It must smell great too.
    But, erm... what did you BUY?

    Justine :o )

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  43. Michael, I sure wish I had known about this place when my brother-in-law lived in Tn!!! I would have been there in a minute to grab up some wonderful goodies!!! So happy you met Laurie and got along so well!!! When I saw the stag pillows I OF COURSE thought of Linda!!! Too bad you didn't get them and send them to her:):) Thanks for taking us along on this great trip!!! Hugs, Pinky

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  44. Love the Peabody...they have a wonderful Afternoon Tea!

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