My big plans to travel down to Minneapolis were dashed by mother nature this Saturday. With the several inches of snow she dropped I feared my 2 hour drive to the cities would become longer (and less safe). Though I wanted to go see some amazing art and eat gyros, I wasn't up to spending 5 or more hours on the road to do it. I was not about to waste a day out though, it's not often I get out of the house much less without the kiddies so I headed to some local antique stores to see what I could see. My mother in law joined me and we shopped and lunched. I found a few keepers; some for gifts and some for me!
I'll warn you now, there are lots of pictures...bear with me.
No thrifting trip would be complete without coming home with a worn wood object that I adore (and hubby loathes). This time I came home with no fewer than three of these items. muahaha!
I have wanted an antique wooden rake for a long time. This became my Christmas gift from my mother in law. Sheryl, really you shouldn't have, but I LOVE it!
I found this old wooden trough/bucket and couldn't resist. I'm going to bet at least one of you is going to covet this one too. (ahem...Lynn)
I also brought home another wooden tool box. I have a thing for tool boxes. This is vintage, not antique, but is handmade and HEAVY. I should have some good biceps after lugging this one around.
Lately I've been digging on these vintage brass animals so I brought home a set of cranes to adorn my mantel. I have a set of deer that my grandma gave me so they'll take turns. Or perhaps I'll have a brass animal sanctuary sprouting up on my mantel. Who knows.
I also came home with several linens. I found some delicate hankies, and a lace tablecloth for a steal that I want to use to cover one of my trees like my friend Odile did. I also found a bag of lace, mostly pieces cut from garments, that I couldn't wait to dig through.
There were a lot of collars and trim in the bag, but also this sleeve.
and it had the tiniest shell button closure. So sweet.
There was also this piece that looks like it might have been cut from a dress. There are remnants of what might be silk on the edges.
The tiny detail of the lace is just incredible.
There was also this weighted piece. It's heavy and feel like lead shot wrapped in fabric. Anyone know what this is?
I couldn't resist these great vintage linen tea towels. They were only $1 and I plan to use most of them in my kitchen, but some of the cuter ones might be worked into clothes for my daughter. Here are a few of my favorites.
I also came home with a few tablecloths. The floral one is a very heavy weave but I have no idea what kind of fabric it is. I'm going to try to make the one with the Dala horse into a skirt for E.
Although it wasn't how I planned to spend the day, it turned out to be a great time.
How about you? What was the highlight of your weekend?