We walked around the shopping areas for a bit and did a little window shopping. Everything was pretty pricey, so I didn't end up getting anything like I wanted to. After we walked around that area, we took a drive down the Scenic Ocean Drive. This road was literally right along the coast with the ocean in full view. We stopped at Brenton Point State Park to take in the views and take some pictures. Chris noticed a building at the opening of the woods, so we went to explore it. It ended up being what's called The Bells. It's an old abandoned and neglected building that used to be a carriage barn and was built in 1885. I think it was part of some house/villa. It is now abandoned, graffitied, and is/was probably the site of many parties over the years as there was a bunch of broken glass and empty bottles. Chris really liked the contrast between my pretty floral dress and the broken down mess of the building.
Let's talk about haggling for a second. This is an area that I really need some improvement in. I suck at haggling. I'm pretty awful. I get nervous and ask if they will accept a price instead of demand it or state it. I give up easily because I feel awkward. Chris is better at it than me, and he always tries to give me tips but I just get awkward when it comes down to it.
I'm bringing this up because we went to a vintage store where I found this amazing dress from the 50s that fit me perfectly. I really wanted it, but it was $150 and I couldn't justify spending that much. I told the woman who works at the shop that I couldn't afford it. She asked me what my budget was and mentioned haggling a little bit. I told her that I should try it on first before I decide anything. So I tried it on and it was perfect, of course. Let me pause to say that this RARELY happens to me. When I go to a vintage store, I never find anything that's the right size and style. It's always online that I find things, if that. Anyway...so I come out of the dressing room to find that she has been teasing Chris about buying it for me. I said that I could pay $75. She said that Chris will pay the rest, right? We laughed since it was kind of a joke. Then she went on to say, "Actually, I can't sell this piece for less than $145 since it's a consignment piece". I was livid. She set me up to believe that we can haggle and compromise when she clearly knew that she could only take a measly $5 off. I told her that I couldn't take it, then and we left.
I was pretty disappointed, and I kept thinking about it throughout the day. I'm one of those people who thinks of what they should've said/done after the moment has passed. I'm bad at "in the moment" stuff. I always think about situations afterwards and think of all the different things I should've done. I wish I had expressed my disappointment to her.
Anyway...after all of that and visiting The Bells, I really wanted to find the Castle Hill Lighthouse. We drove back and forth wondering how to get to it. I knew that it was smaller than lighthouses usually are and set in the rocks. Finally, with some help from Google, I found out that there were trails to it within the grounds of the Castle Hill Inn. We drove into there and asked a guard about it, and it turns out the lighthouse was just down a short path in the woods that led to the water! It was very picturesque and I loved that I got to climb right up to it. :)
I wish we could've spent a night over and done more exploring the next day, but I had work and it's pretty pricey to stay up there, especially during the summer. There is a lot to see, but I think we did a good job at seeing the basics - the downtown area, the shoreline, and a lighthouse.
|Dress: Dixiefried by Pinup Couture//Shoes: Mudd//Sunglasses: H&M|