Wednesday, October 1, 2014

More Halloween!

There's nothig like sharing the fun!   My friend Ann owns "My Just Desserts", a wonderful restaurant just three blocks down the street in our Antique District.  We work together on various projects.  Our latest is--I do her window.  The Halloween pictures below show merchandise that --of course--is for sale.  The window is in the front of the restaurant and alot of it is different from what I have in my shop.  Even though we are located so close, our market is somewhat different.  Everyone eats, but not everyone goes antique shopping.  So we share the fun!  Hope you like what you see.

This last picture shows a faux fur jacket, with a hand crocheted scarf and junk bracelets (made from vintage beads) and black hats!  You can decorate your home or yourself for any Halloween occasion.  Get ready now-Halloween is just around the corner.

Until next time,


Monday, September 29, 2014

Halloween Storefront Window Display

I love fall--it's really my favorite season as far as color goes.  Alton is known for it's outstanding color along the bluffs whether in town among the historic homes and buildings or the scenic drive up the river road.  Alton also is home of the oldest (or at least one of the oldest) Halloween parades--rain or shine.  Our shop--Country Meadows Antiques is right in the heart of the antique district.  Being located on Broadway we are also on the parade route.  So....the window HAS to look fabulous!  I start thinking way ahead of what I want to do, but it usually never works--something will sell (which is a good problem) or the look I had in my head doesn't look right!  This year, it totally changed at the last minute because we were able to pick up this sweet cottage kitchen set, so I decided to have Mr & Mrs Skeleton eating at the table.  They were going to ride bicycles, but the bicycles sold!  We have some Halloween inside, but the biggest selection is right down the street in the window of My Just Desserts.  I work with my friend Ann (the owner of My Just Desserts) on her window display, so most of the Halloween decorations are in her window.  I will post pictures of that in another post.  Even though we are just a few blocks apart, our markets reach different customers.  Everyone likes to eat! and she has a thriving restaurant business.  Our shop is antiques and collectibles so I try to keep a majority of my stuff old!  When it is new....I want a vintage look.  I know, I'm picky!  Check back for pictures of the display at My Just Desserts.  Below are a couple of closeups!  It was getting dark, and the windows looked even better!


                                                                  Until next time,

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Have a Safe and Happy Fourth of July

Happy July 4th!  These pictures are from a Nashville Show that I'm sure I have posted before, but I love the vintage patriotic gauze costumes and dolls.  I never tire of the red-white-& blue.  Old flags and banners look great year round. 

Until next time,


Friday, June 27, 2014

Pack Your Bags-It's Summer Vacation!

Vintage luggage--it doesn't get any better than this!  All of these are sold but I came up with one more from the set that I will get to the shop soon.  It's all I can do to NOT keep these.  The red trim just sets it off.  Love it!  I wonder where it has traveled too?
Until next time,

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Time Passes By!

I have messed with this blog forever and finally I might have figured out how to get it working again.  This picture is from the shop, much of it has sold by now--I'm really just posting this as a test!  We'll see if it works!

Until next time,


Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Heart of Country-Thanks Nashville!

What a trip!  There's tired, and there's GOOD tired!  We had great weather for travel coming and going.  And..the best show we have ever had there.  We sold I don't know how many smalls, and furniture, and architecture, quilts and linens, holiday--you name it.  I am showing a few pictures for now, it has taken me forever to get blogger working!  Hope you enjoy....

                                                       Sold lots of everything in this picture!

              The archways were shelving out of an old drugstore--sold, quilts all sold, red shutters sold!

                                             Sold lots of the country items in the white shelves.

 Sold this huge white pie safe, the quilts, some baskets and the pottery!

I'll post more pictures--I promise, but gotta go for now.  Thanks to everyone that helped make this show a great one.  We're already talking about what to do for next year!
Until next time,

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Does Anyone Still Hang Out Laundry??!!

I think the last time I saw laundry on the clothesline was when we were driving out in the Amish country in Iowa a couple of years ago. Hanging clothes out in the sunshine is almost like a lost art.  While sorting through my treasures yesterday, I ran across 3 different types of clothespins, and this wonderful "Clothes Pins" apron.  I love it!  I have a weakness for embroidery and aprons, and put them together and WOWZA!!!
A perfect apron

Typical old round clothespins

Flat clothespins--older than the round ones!

Unusual smaller clothespins--I've never seen this style before!

Amish laundry blowing in the wind

Now, If I can just part with some of these pins! 

Until next time,