Since selling its first mini Venus de Milo 26 years ago](http://outdoorcreationstn.com/about.shtml), Outdoor Creations’ knowledgeable staff has continuously stocked the store with high-quality garden art in classic, contemporary, and whimsical styles. The shop’s outdoor collection brims with concrete creations, including multitiered fountains, Eastern and Grecian statues, and picturesque benches, and the stock of topsoil and mulch helps kick-start garden landscaping. Boasting more than 66 combined years of experience, the staffers have built up a reputation of helpfulness, answering design questions or recommending a birdbath that will give malodorous birds the hint without hurting their feelings.
The expansive Asheville Highway Thrift Store houses 9,500 square feet of eclectic, lightly worn goods procured through storage auctions, estate sales, and donations. Guests meander through the salvaged treasures, spying gardening accessories and useful camping equipment, such as pocketknives ($5) and fishing rods ($15.99). Antique hand tools ($1–$4) and already broken-in couches ($39) lend homes a vintage character without hiring Nancy Drew to greet guests.
We are locally owned and operated. These Ashley Furniture HomeStores go above and beyond, as their mission is “To achieve excellence as we provide products and services in a way that honors God and blesses our customers and employees."
With summer on its last legs, now is the ideal time to throw open the windows and get home-care projects underway. Pick up some spray paint for $3.49 or a utility knife for $4.99. Illuminate your bathroom with a 4-pack of Ace light bulbs ($1.79), the better to see by as you caulk ($2.29) your sink. If you need to match paint to a favorite coverlet or choose a hue that complements a pleather recliner, each store offers a paint-matching service free of charge. Get keys made, or clean a barnacle-encrusted carpet with the help of a carpet-cleaning machine (rental prices vary). If you need help finding anything, Ace's knowledgeable staff is available to help get you in and out and on to your next project.
Best Rest's staff focuses on curating a collection of mattresses from name-brand lines such as Simmons Beautyrest, and furnishing them to customers at the most wallet-friendly prices possible. They allow buyers to test each mattress to see which one will be the most supportive for jump-happy monkeys and they assist in filling out bedrooms with a selection of stylish Acme Furniture pieces. As they steer customers through the warehouse-style showroom, they dispense helpful advice on how to determine an ideal level of firmness and what to expect with a memory-foam mattress.
An eclectic boutique that showcases a continually rotating stock of stylish items and artifacts to outfit homes and gardens, The Potter’s Garden also treats patrons to complimentary gift wrapping with any purchase. Shoppers can pick up Wind & Willow cheeseball mixes ($3.99+) to whip up in case a child's cherished baseball goes over the fence, or they can store a selection of hot dips and salsas for spontaneous get-togethers ($3.99+). Fire pots in an array of sizes ($13.99–$100+) safely contain and cradle flames on an outdoor patio, and a palatial birdhouse ($14.99+) extends a respectable gesture of goodwill toward humankind’s feathered friends. A soy candle can set the mood for a dinner party, imbue a room with a pleasant scent, or distract a visiting fire-breathing dragon while you call 911.