By Cara Beth Lewis
In May 2021, a husband-and-wife team decided to leave their careers and dive into what started as a hobby on a full-time level. Thanks to that leap of faith, Bladen County now has the unique store known as “The Tar Heel Exchange.”
As you drive through Tar Heel, you may notice a quaint, character-rich, little white store with signs reading “Need Prayer?” placed alongside the road. Katie Everitte, co-owner alongside her husband, stated, “The goal has always been to spend more time with our kids, to spread the love of Jesus, and meet new people. God opened this door for us to not only do what we love, but to be able to witness to people and pray with those who need it.”
Jamie and Katie Everitte are business owners, parents, and “pickers.” The Everittes added, “Aside from our store, we also offer estate sales and liquidation services. Our goal is to continue to grow in this area and soon be able to regularly service Bladen and all surrounding counties.”
When you visit The Tar Heel Exchange, you can expect to find unique, yet nostalgic, items. In Katie’s words, “We offer a ‘back in time’ experience. When you walk through our doors, you will recognize things your mom, grandma, or granddaddy owned.”
The Tar Heel Exchange is a place where antique items are cherished and given new life. Instead of being thrown away, these valuable items receive some “TLC” before being resold to their new home, when necessary. However, all items at the Exchange maintain their original charm!
When shopping at the Exchange, you likely will find yourself interested in the wide variety that the store has to offer. The owners shared, “Our inventory is always changing, as we pick everyday. We have all sorts of antiques such as old signs and advertising, cast iron, local memorabilia, furniture, vintage glassware (Pyrex, Fire King, Corning Ware, etc.), seasonal decor, knives, fishing supplies, and much, much more!”
The Tar Heel Exchange is located at 14387 NC-87 in Tar Heel, NC. Stay updated on the Tar Heel Exchange by following them on social media. The owners said, “You can find us on Facebook as ‘The Tar Heel Exchange’ or on Instagram as @thetarheelexchange. Be sure to stop by and say hello! We’d love to meet you! We have been shown so much love and support from the people of Bladen County, and we would like to say thank you! Always remember to shop small!”