Saturday, July 18, 2015

A Trip to the Antique Mall

Long before antique malls existed, my mother bought Limoges and Fiesta for pennies at junk stores and yard sales. But the best bargains were found at country auctions. Usually these events happened on the weekend, and we would set out early of a morning, gripping a tin picnic basket--inside, my mother had tucked a thermos of sweet, minty tea, fried chicken wrapped in napkins, and homemade pecan-chocolate chip cookies. Today, I found myself yearning for the old days, and I headed down to the local antique mall. 

Won't you join me?


















































Me, I bought a flag, an old scale, a biscuit cutter, and jar of raw Tennessee honey. Did you see anything you adore?



19 comments:

  1. Looks like an antique mall I'd love to visit and I saw plenty I'd have loved to ring home !

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  2. I just bought that apron... too cute! I have a matching swimsuit even :-) talk about cookin in the kitchen!

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  3. Your childhood sounds quite idyllic! Your mother created a lot of treasured memories for you :-)
    I enjoy going to places like this. I'm sure it was nice for you to unwind and walk through discovering treasures of the past! I loved the towels! I'm always fascinated by unique towels. I like that dark blue cow creamer too!

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  4. I saw a ton of things I adore - golly, next time I need to go with you! What a wonderful day to pick through such treasures, old and new. Flag - ? A garden flag for outdoors, or what kind?

    Thanks for taking me on the tour with you!!

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    1. My DH is a veteran, so I bought him a small American flag. I saw many arden flags, too.

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  5. My husband and I went to the antique mall yesterday. All I bought was a rusty old gas can. I have a plan! Meanwhile - up here along Lake Erie in our farm county, we still have all day auctions of households. I went to one 3 Novembers ago to get some end tables for my son's first house. Furniture was last and by then the temperature was in the 30's and it started to snow. I got the end tables for $3 a piece, a 1930's kitchen set for $35 and a lift recliner for $50 (for my dad). I had to call another son with a truck who ended up making 2 trips to carry all I bought! A few weeks ago my daughter and I attended a school auction. The state is releasing funds to build new schools (if you pass a tax levy) and they require that everything in the new school is brand new. They were selling every table, every desk, every chair, every waste basket, every book, every clock, every everything. Ridiculous!!!

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    1. You found wonderful bargains, Miss Merry! It's so funny that you should mention that about school items. Yesterday I saw a true vintage child's desk. It had an enamel top that was stamped with art (worn in places by time and little hands). That's mindboggling about the state requiring the school to sell everything. Like my Mimi used to say, "If it isn't broken, don't fix it."

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  6. Michael Lee, I like to just browse in antique malls, especially on hot summer days. I usually find a treasure. '-)
    A recent estate sale yield a small piece of MacKenzie Childs pottery and a charming glass creamer. My total bill was $6. Inexpensive entertainment! '-)
    My eye caught the ironstone tureen and under plate. Beautiful form! I also found the felted frogs charming. Thanks for taking us along!

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  7. I saw a lot of cuties and goodies I would have to go home with. Thanks for the tour!!

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  8. I love to stroll through antique stores, thanks for taking us along! Hope you'll hop over later today to share at AMAZE ME MONDAY!
    Have a great week!
    Blessings,
    Cindy

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  9. That was a fun trip...I saw a few things that I would bring home...if I had the $$$$ I would buy the Christmas tree with all the Shiny Brites!

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  10. These are so much fun and we don't have one in town. Thanks for taking us with you!
    love and blessings~
    Lynda @ Gates of Crystal

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  11. Hi Michael Lee! Oh, what a wonderful place. Love how everything is set up and I see lots of things I would love to have! It always makes me a bit sad when I see the family photos left behind. I wonder if there were no family members who wanted these snaps or maybe no one was left in their family. But on to happier things, I saw Roosters and a cow creamer! :)
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

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  12. What fun, brings back memories of when I had a booth at a local antique dealer mall. I closed the booth when the economy tanked in 2008. I'd love to do it again but the mall went out too a couple of years ago. I love all the kitchen stuff!

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  13. Thanks for taking me with you on your antique trip. So many beautiful treasures - WOW. Saw so many things that I would love.
    Mary

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  14. Hello, I'm visiting from Dwellings. I went to auctions with my mom too but she didn't make it fun with that kind of food! :)
    I enjoyed my trip to the antique mall with you, it looks like a good one I saw lots of fun stuff that I would have checked the price on.
    Have a great week,
    Gina

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  15. I wish I lived near that store. Beautiful pictures!

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  16. oh that "Baby" dish! so precious.

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