Reusability is key at The Lazy Susan (625 Haywood Road, West Asheville, 225-3235), a kitchen emporium featuring new products, consignment items and antique furnishings. Owner Jane Northway explains that everything her 3-year-old business carries has a proven track record. Either it’s already lasted decades (if not generations) or—in the case of new items—is practical enough for everyday use.
Stockpots and tea pots claim space in the store’s front room, along with place settings artistically arranged [see right] to incorporate elements as far-flung as pastel Fiestaware, antique dishes and newly made dining accessories. Mix-and-match is a buzzword: Northway suggests just that when it comes to glassware “because they always break.” The back room holds unique antique furniture, all of which is for sale. There are also “regifted” appliances.
Other Lazy Susan tips: Think about turning interesting plates [left] into wall art, investing in vintage textiles (either for decoration or table covering), and checking out modern cookware, such as the black-glazed La Chamba crocks [right], handmade in Columbia. At affordable prices, Northway calls them “the answer to young people’s prayers.”
• Collectible dripware is both kitschy and practical.
• Honey jars handmade at North Carolina’s pottery central, Seagrove, pictured with a mini mixing bowl.