My daughter and I spent several hours browsing our local antique country store the other day.
I did actually buy a few things to flip, too. It was so much fun!
She bought a lot too.
The best part of visiting our downtown area, is that it brings back so many good memories to me. When we first moved down here fifteen or so years ago. It was a place my two oldest girls enjoyed being.
With no shopping centers, it became sort of a home away from home on days that we wanted to window shop. It was the library and country store for many years when the kids were little.
Through out the years I’ve bought many terrific things at this one store. It started with homemade honey and soaps and escalated from there.
I also bought a hope chest for my daughter, vintage jewelry and purses, and even an antique hot stove.
They have loads of primitive decor.
Lots of things remind me of my Aunt Edie, who was my favorite aunt growing up. She was a collector of anything g fun and unique, and would always take time out of her day to teach me about what she collected and why. I learned so much from her.
My daughters have also bought several Christmas gifts for me from this particular Country store too. It’s such a sense of nostalgia as soon as you walk in the front door, that has an attached old cow bell. Each Season they have outside vendors with live music and dancing. (insert banjo music here)
I remember one of my daughters enjoying country line dancing one year.
Gosh, she had to be only ten at the time. I can still see her long braids dangling under her bonnet with her little house on the prairie “style” floral dress twirling in the breeze. Such good memories!
When you enter the store you are generally greeted by the owner, Kathy. Along with the smells of cinnamon sticks, homemade eclairs and chocolate chip cookies. And let’s not forget that vintage attic smell intertwined.
It’s a multi level store that takes at least 2-3 hours to look at every vender. Probably more if you really took your time.
So let’s start browsing, shall we?
Looking down toward the back room..
I like to think about the weeks, or perhaps months that some hard working husband put in to be able to purchase his wife on of these sewing machines do she wouldn’t have to hand sew all of the kids and his clothing by hand anymore.
These above are two vintage bottles of perfume. Elizabeth Ardens, Splendid. Perhaps your have heard of it before. It launched in 1994 I believe.
This planters peanut dish set caught me eye. I wonder how it was used. Probably during family meals. Maybe a way to make kids veggies seem more fun. $50 for the set!
I really wanted all of the above but it was too expensive.
More vintage dolls. New old stock.
The golf dogs are at it again.
Remember when these types of glasses were popular? Fast food places would give them out with certain items. I think you had to pay .99 for them, if I recall.
Old life magazines, an Afghan, A baby carriage, Old mirror and milk can. Old baseballs. 🤔
More old glasses. 1978. I was living in Phoenix, Arizona back then. not too many memories.
These old clowns were probably used as Devore in a little kids room so she, or he would not have bad dreams..
The amount of decor that people use to have on display in all of their rooms. I think things changed when we started spending more time away from our homes. And now the minimalist movement has most homes bare bones.
I can see this old gas pump set up on display in a mans garage, bringing him much joy to look at while he works on his old Chevy.
More random glassware. The metal cake carrier dish was just lovely.
Old metal containers. Everything was metal, which yes, was bad for the environment if it was thrown out. Now everything is plastic. Still bad for the environment. 🙄
Vintage Candy thermometer. Maybe it was used for someone’s home business. I can hear the mom asking her child to go get the candy thermometer from the drawer and be careful not to drop it. Maybe she was making taffy to sell at the country fair.
Those old thermos’s. Now where did the matching lunch boxes go? Come August, that was something I would very much look forward to doing. Choosing my new school lunchbox was always a big deal. After all, lunch time was my favorite part of school. It was not only a time to socialize, but it was a time to sell my lunch and make some extra cash to buy makeup and clothes. Lol
Beautiful old thread Crochet dollies..
Another baby doll. Looks newer then the others. Maybe it was gifted to a little girl but it was not the one she wanted so she never played with it.
The little girls name was Nelly. 😁
A 1960’s Remington typewriter. Probably used for many years for school or maybe work. I wonder why people locked them up. Notice the key area in the case.
Ohhh there are those saloon doors!
Next to the coloring book were these old paints.
Vintage sewing notations.
And finally back home with my bags.
I hope you enjoyed shopping with me. Well, browsing. 🙂
We ventured out to the city to Sams Club last week. I have not been since February.
First we people watched in the parking lot to access the area. All the shopping pictures and videos online have really done a hatchet job making the larger grocery stores out to be something from a dystopian novel. And perhaps in some larger cities, they are. But ours looked to be okay. Most everyone had a mask and gloves on, as did we. DH is high risk, so our family has been taking strong precautions.
Food was for the most part, well stocked. Signs were everywhere though. Limit One.
Of course you can easily get around that by using their App to cash out. Limit one is something the cashiers eyeball while cashing you out. Just saying.
I stocked up on the basics that we have been running through. Peanut Butter, Bread, Tuna, canned soups, chicken, pastas. That sort of stuff. I have no plans to return for another few months, so I stocked up.
The only thing we could not find were Cape Cod Kettle potato chips, as those are the only chips that I eat. And the store had no pancake syrup of any sorts. I spoke with a worker and they have been out for weeks he said. I guess we are not the only ones eating more waffles and hot cakes at home.
ADHD MOMENT INSERTED- Speaking of, how cute are those tiny eggo waffle machines that every Tom, Dick and Harry has purchased and has made YouTube videos using. I’m having FOMO, but have no plans on purchasing one. I do hear they are only $10. A mom friend of 7, received one for Mother’s Day. Making one tiny waffle at a time.. hmmm.🤔
Moving right along..
We are still good on Meats, but I walked over to them to snap a picture. All were out, except for the most pricy cuts.
And that was our documented grocery trip of the month.
I will be working on two other blogs this week. I swallowed a large bug and almost went to the ER, and several days later I fell ill with a fever and chills. I’m fine now, but do want to document those two awful incidents here. 🤓