Well, I'm home from a wonderful trip, and unloading so many terrific treasures that it seems like Christmas! I can't wait to get them all unpacked, washed, inventoried and placed in the shop! Many thanks to Alice and Lisa my travelling companions . . . what fun we had! We scooted across Nebraska to Iowa, and attended the 'What Cheer' Antiques Flea Market. I met so many dealers who do the really killer shows, like Heart of Country and Brimfield, and Walnut and Gold Rush. They were wonderfully informative and we reminisced about the 'good old days' when really old things were abundant and reasonable, blah, blah, blah . . . and they were so helpful in my buying these sweet things for you to enjoy!
Following the market, we visited Walnut - renown antiques town. There were so many options we could only choose a few places to stop and shop - but that means we'll be going back, to catch some more of the enticing little towns, shops and markets!
One of the best places we visited was a shop called Cross Creek, (blogspot is "Simply Iowa" - check it out!!), and what an inspiring afternoon that was! It was STACKED with everything I dream of in the way of antiques . . . and the proprietor, Barb, was as sweet as can be! What a blast it would be to hang with her on her travels!
I found more than I could carry or afford, but I culled through and chose the best of the best for all of my Colorado aficionados. The shop will be taking on a fresh grouping every day for the next month - and some awesome pieces will be reserved for the Old Glory Antiques Show in June.
Some of my favorite pieces are antique English watch faces, beautiful ironstone, an ancient birdcage with stand, all crusty with patina . . . books from the early 1800's, (including one from 1828), a sweet French breadboard, mellow buttons, a big old chalkboard, great picture frames, and on and on . . .
There's more than I can even remember at this point . . . but each box is a delight! Ooh - here are the linens . . . and the vintage linen toweling with the blue stripes . . . and the silver spooner and the ink wells . . . tiny English clay flower pots and an incredible wooden carrier from the mid 1800's. There are old beach sand shovels to display with your seashells . . . and the list goes on .
You'll really want to come and see this. By Wednesday the 6th a bunch of it will be available for you. Don't wait too long!
P.S. Thanks to Anne for covering for me at Patina!