Pastimes, the antique store that had its home in West End for the last 17 years, has moved to Southern Pines and brought its 30+ vendors with it.
The old location was in a historic market building. West End was once the literal west end of the railroad line and the building that Pastimes occupied was where farmers went to shop. The building was purchased by the state and is being torn down for the expansion of N.C. 211.
Owners Lonnie and Kim tried to search for a new place in West End, but ultimately couldn’t find one to meet their needs.
“It all happened fast,” says Cheryl Fox, a vendor for 12 years. “Lonnie and Kim closed the old shop and opened this one within a month.”
“I think it represents the area in general,” says vendor Nikki Powers. “Moore County is expanding tremendously, just as the road is. We saw it coming, just not this soon.”
Nikki, a Moore County native, believes that the new market is an exciting opportunity to reach new customers. “Change is always hard, but you have to just go with the flow.”
“The vendors here all feel like family,” says Cheryl. “We have some that were customers for years before getting their own booths.”
The new store has kept its eclectic feel, with each vendor displaying a bit of their own personalities. One is filled with milk glass. One booth has mid-century theme, and is full of rattan. You can find furniture pieces, antiques, “newtiques,” and even small plants within the maze of Pastimes.
The carefully curated booths each give their own glimpse into a time or place that will never truly be gone. “It’s fun for me to breathe new life into old pieces,” says Nikki. “So much can be repurposed and even made beautiful.”
Vendor Amy Guinn, who commutes from Hamlet, says she loves the new location and can’t wait to see both new and old faces.
“Our hope is that we’ll catch people who are stopping at Lowe’s while they’re working on their house and they’ll come shop with us,” says Nikki.
Find it at 101 Perry Drive, Southern Pines. Hours are subject to change but are tentatively:
- Tuesday – Friday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
- Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
- Sunday, 1-4 p.m.