by Taylor Shelby
Charleston, South Carolina
September 13, 2005
Well, Bella Wood Crafts does have antiques, but I wouldn’t classify it strictly as an antique store. They had an odd collection of all sorts of things: birdhouses made out of boots (somehow they were cute!), textiles, wooden trains and cars, candles, and large pieces of reproduction furniture. It was certainly unusual, but it really worked. I spent quite a bit of time there just looking at all the neat stuff.
One thing they are famous for, and that I thought was great, were these things called "Joy’s Jar Cakes." At first glance, they look like jars of jam or jelly, but these are actually cakes (red velvet, chocolate, chocolate chip, and carrot to name a few varieties) that are in mason jars. I guess they put the batter in the jar, bake the cakes just like that, and use the heat to seal the jars. What a novel idea. They were about $7 each, and I was tempted to get one just because it was so strange. I think that would be a really great little treat to bring home to people. And the cakes looked quite good.
They also had a beautiful antique widow pane that had been painted with flowers. They had it hanging up in the window, and the light was just streaming through it, lighting up all the colors on the panes. It was just stunning. It would be a really great decoration to hang in a kitchen or a bathroom. If I could get my hands on an antique window, I’m sure that I could make something similar, but where do you find one of those? It was $65, which seemed very reasonable to me, especially for something so large.
This is just a generally neat store. There was something in there that everyone could appreciate and covet. I’m glad that little orphan tub made me go in. I would have hated to miss it. If you head to Bell Buckle, this is surely a stop you don’t want to pass by.
From journal The Lost Town of Bell Buckle