Yesterday, Brian and I decided to take advantage of his day off and the incredible weather to head up to north Alabama. The foliage has been so pretty so we knew that no matter what the day brought, it would be fun.
We have been looking for a new coffee table for quite some time... our current table was a hand-me-down from my parents and though it is still in good shape, it is topped with glass, which makes me nervous. Our good friends Rob and Ginny have gotten great deals from Akins "Dogtown" Furniture near Ft. Payne, so we decided to check it out. The prices were incredible and they had amazing furniture for every room in the house. They charge significantly less if you are paying cash, which we didn't know, but will definitely come more prepared the next time. We found a coffee table we really liked but with EA and the carseat, it didn't fit in the back of the Highlander :( We plan to order it sometime soon and have it delivered to Dogtown's sister store in Calera, which is much closer to our house.
This cage was sitting right outside the furniture store. I found it ironic that there was a cat outside of "Dogtown." It was really cute... not sure why it was hanging out outside.
After we left the furniture store, we drove to Little River Canyon. It was pretty cool outside, so we had to get EA wrapped up.
The view was absolutely gorgeous. As you can see in the pic, we missed the leaves by a week or two, but it was still so pretty. The best thing was that this was only 2 hours from our house- much closer than the 4-5 hours it takes to get to Gatlinburg.
Finally, we stopped by the Unclaimed Baggage store in Scottsboro. I have been wanting to go there for ages, but the opportunity had never really presented itself. Once baggage has been unclaimed for a certain amount of time, airlines send the items in the bags to this store to sell. As far as I know, this is the only store like this in the country.
Inside, it was pretty stressful. There were racks and racks and racks and racks of clothes- for men, women, and children. They also had electronics, books, DVDs, purses, shoes, and lots of other things. I found that I wasn't really in the digging through clothes to find a jewel mood, but we did end up with a few good deals- Brian got a nice Tommy Hilfiger belt that flips from black to brown as needed, and EA got two new pairs of footie pjs with the Carter's tags still on them. They weren't super cheap, but were still less expensive than they would have been in a store.
The day was so much fun. We saw a lot of Alabama we have never seen before and really enjoyed our time together. Even better, we were home by 7:30 and were able to relax in the evening- the joys of a day trip!