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In theory, I love to shop at flea markets and antique malls, but in reality, I don't have time (and usually the money!)to shop the way I'd like to. And it's not very relaxing or enjoyable when you have an antsy 7-year old boy who cares absolutely NOTHING about frou-frou stuff! ("Mommmmmmaaa! Are we done YET?")
With a 7 year old, you could shop on-line! I LUV antique metal signs! We have a bunch of 'em too, well, mostly repros, but some genuine antiques, and I figure the repros will be antiques soon enuf the way we're goin'. My faves are Squirt and Rosie the Riveter. And the Milkbone sign. And Barnum's animal crackers. And Smokey the Bear! Of course Smokey the Bear! I think those are the best ones....
Hey--it just occurred to me that you have a GUY critique partner, Miz Dee? Does he critique your romance novels for you too?????
I always wonder about the people who orginally owned the "antiques".
Sharlene MacLaren said...
I love to go antiquing, even though I own very few true antiques. It just gives me such a nostalgic feeling walking through the stores, looking at items I recall seeing at my Grandparents' house--and then at my own parents' house as I was growing up. I always seem to say, "Hey, I remember those. I wonder what Mom did with that." If only we still had all those things we remember our grandparents owning. We'd all be rich! I was watching Antiques Road Show a couple of weeks ago and a lady had brought in a small table from the 1800s. Don't remember how she came to own it, but after they appraised it, they told her it would sell at auction for $60,000. Now, can you imagine being told that? The things I treasure most are all my old family photographs. I own hundreds. My mother and her sisters were all so good about hanging onto photos of their relatives. And most are marked. In my office I have a collage of varied sizes of old family photos hanging in black frames. It takes up most of one wall. I love it.
I love antique and junque shops! I do living history, so I'm always trolling for 18th Century appropriate camping gear.
Hate to say it but I am not not a shopper and I have three daughters that currently agree with me - LOL! They are 9,6 and 3 so somehow I odn't think that is going to last - hehehehe! The room looks great though, Dee!
And my two cents worth here - Dee get yourself to a bookstore and read Francine River's Mark of the Lion series!!! I have read them so many times - just brilliant! As is Redeeming Love, of course! Have you read that one?????
Rachel D. said...
Cool antiques! One of my friends has a basement that is fifties style- I love hanging out down there.
This is my first post to this blog. Hi, everyone! I have to agree with a previous post. I love to go antique hunting, and so does my hubby. We could spend hours searching dingy antique malls for treasures. Unfortunately, our four kids run out of patience in about 5 minutes. So now, when we walk around different downtowns, we take turns. I run through while he stays outside with the kids, then he runs through. It's a quick fix, but we don't find very many treasures that way. Oh well, I'm still holding out hope the kids will grow into it!
I love your game room!!
I thoroughly enjoy flea markets and antique stores. My daughter loves them, too. Has since she was a very small thing. The boys in the family... not so much.
I have to admit, antiquing with little ones just isn't quite the same. My favorite person to go antiquing with was my mother-in-law. She would see something that reminded her of old times and just light up. I miss her!
That's so neat, Ricky, that your husband likes to go antiquing, too. Mine enjoys it in small doses, but not so much that he's willing to treasure hunt for hours on end. One of these days, though, I'd like him to take me on the road trip where we don't have a deadline for arriving at our destination and we can just stop at any and every antique place along the way. Ah. Wouldn't that just be something?
Welcome to our newcomers! I'm so enjoying hearing from you!
What a fun game room! I love to go antiquing. I don't get to do it much anymore (don't have the time) but every once in awhile my mom and I will take the time to find a really good antique mall and just shop, for hours if we want. I love looking for antique letter openers, some really GOOD china, signs, books, etc... We have so much fun.
I'm not big into antiques unless they have sentimental value. In our formal dining room we have the table that belonged to my husbands great-grandparents. We looked into having it refinished, but it would cost $2200. So for now we are just happy with the stories "Grandma" remembers every time she comes over to visit...like how "Grandpa" courted her at the table.
Ohmygosh, Angela. That is soooooo cool. Hang on to that table!!
Ashley: I think that is so neat that you have a particular item you collect. I have my grandmother's letter opener. It is sterling silver and was given to her and my grandad as a wedding present. I remember when she used to use it.
Sharlene MacLaren said...
I have my great-grandparents' Jenny Lind wedding bed in my guest room. And it was hubby's and my bed when we were first married (31 years ago). My parents bought a new mattress and boxsprings for it, which wasn't cheap because it is one of those 3/4 beds...a weird size. Small, but we were newlyweds and so, of course, we didn't mind that aspect. I love that bed! Hugs, Shar
Valerie Comer said...
Being as my mom recently had a stroke and is now in hospital and awaiting a nursing home placement, I've been immersed in *old stuff* the last week as the family sorts out her apartment. My parents moved across country in 1974 and left a lot of possessions behind. We've discovered doilies our grandmother made and serving bowls that were my parents' wedding gifts (1943). The kerosene lamp that used to sit on my grandparents' dining room table is now at my house. I also get to take my mom's china home. And my nieces are going to post an ancient waffle iron on E-Bay. The thing even heated up, and I have to admit I don't remember eating waffles from it. It's been a roller coaster time for us so it was fun to see your collection, Dee.
(Hubby and I like junk stores but rarely buy anything!)