I have a thing for maps, if you’ve read any of my previous posts you’ll notice a trend. Before we left for South Carolina, I called around to find out where you could get a print of an antique map in Charleston. I called the Charleston Historical Society and the Preservation Society of Charleston. Both of the lovely ladies I spoke with recommended the same place: Carolina Antique Maps & Prints.
When we planned our day trip to Charleston this was one of my main places I wanted to stop. So off we go with our two children in tow. Ironically enough, I cannot read a map to save my soul; truly ask my husband. This is silly on so many levels, mainly because while we were driving I kept saying we are close, just park here. Since my stellar map reading skills are so honed we ended up literally parking right in front of the store even though I couldn’t see it. Here is where silly turns to hilarious in a matter of seconds.
We open the door to this cute little map shop and walk in. The woman running the place welcomes us, my husband, 5-year-old daughter and 14 month old who is covered in snacks from her car seat. My husband while holding tight to the 5-year-old looked at a map that was $13,500. While I flipped through a folio of maps that were ranging between $800-$1300. My husband and I glance at each other while flipping, doing that silent look of knowing that only spouses can do. Knowing that you have no business being in this place with these children. This is when things just got ridiculous. The lovely lady asked me if I was looking for anything special. To which I, with reddening cheeks, say yes, I was told that I could get a print of an antique Charleston map here. She says oh yes, what price point are you looking for? I respond under $100 and she almost laughs and says that nothing in the store is under $200. Then she lets me know of a linguistic, possibly regional error that I have made. The word “print” does not mean “reproduction” which is clearly what I am looking for.
I do want you to know that Carolina Antique Maps & Prints, has some of the most gorgeous maps I have ever seen. However, if you are looking for a “reproduction” of an antique map of Charleston, go to the market, I found one for $25, and we didn’t even have to break into the girls college fund.
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