Tuesday, March 9, 2010

RoadTrip Ramblin'.....

Hello All!  I hope you had a great weekend! It was absolutely beautiful here over the weekend!  The temps have been in the 50's!  I love it!!
Well as I mentioned in my last post, I took a little road trip over the weekend!  I cleared out my photo card, charged the battery to the camera...good to go.  Yes, I did remember to pack it, but I just didn't take pictures! I'm getting so bad at that!  I snapped  a few going into the show Friday night and that was it!  Anyways....We left out about 9:00 Friday morning and meandered our way to Arthur by way of Hannibal, where we took in a few shops.... Puddin' Heads, an antique/home dec shop, The Hickory Stick, which is a quilt shop filled with more fabrics than a girl knows what to do with! And St. Petersburg Mercantile, which is an antique shop.  After a light lunch at the Abbie Rose Tea Room, we took off for Pittsfield, IL where we found only one shop open....Country Fixins Primitives Craft & Antique Mall  http://www.countryfixinsprimitives.com/
We tried to find an antique shop in Jacksonville we'd heard about, with no luck, so we headed on out to Arthur for the Homesteaders on the Prairie Antique Show....and early pickin's on Friday night 5 - 8 and it was about 6 before we got there after our stops along the way. 
The show was awesome!  Booth after booth filled with primitives galore...from early American antiques to handmades...candles, stitchery, crocks and dough bowls...Their fall show is already on their community calendar... November 12 & 13.  Mark your calender!
We also met an online friend, Kim and visited as we walked thru part of the show....so nice to meet you Kim!  She let us know about a shop over in Arcola that was staying open late so we headed over there.  If you are ever in the area...you must stop by and visit with Elizabeth at The Primitive Goose  http://www.theprimitivegoose.com/!   What a doll she is....it was with her help that we were able to find a room for the night!  Seems there was quite a bit going on in that area over the weekend and hotels were booked up!  Thanks for your help Elizabeth! The hotel would hold our room until 9 so we had to be on our way.  So off we went to Tuscola. 
Before heading back to Arthur for the Gathering on the Prairie show, we stopped at a few places in Tuscola,.  Paddy Wagon Antiques, with 2 locations in Tuscola and Route 36 Antiques and Winterberrys http://www.winterberrystore.com/
All must-see's if you are ever in the area.
Back to Arcola...we visit The Olde Brick Wall http://www.oldebrickwall.com/  and The Emporium Antique Mall.
On our way back to Arthur, we stopped at Beachy's, an Amish bulk foods store.  It was starting to get late and the Gatherings show was open only until 3:00 and by the time we got there, it was like 2:00 so we pretty much breezed thru there.  A couple more stops in downtown Arthur, Yoder's Lamps & Antiques, a quilt shop that I cannot recall the name...and another little shop that had an assortment of things.  We had a late lunch at Yoder's Kitchen. Not usually a fan of buffets but this had to be one of the best I've had. Amish/Mennonite Homestyle Cooking.  http://www.yoderskitchen.com/
By then, we were both ready to just hit the road for home.  Another McD's stop for coffee (mocha frappe for Dawn) and a quick stop at Wabash Depot Antique Centre in Decatur, IL...we got maybe 20 minutes or so to browse before lights out!
That was it...headed for home.  Late enough in the day now that places were closing up.
I hope I didn't bore you with all my ramblin'....I hope I've given you some good ideas for a roadtrip of your own! I know that I plan to return and I'd love to go in the fall! 
Have a GREAT day!


3 comments:

Carla said...

Hi Cindy,
I went to most of the places you were last Saturday, too. The shows were great, weren't they? I didn't buy a thing at either of them, but could have spent a ton at the antique show! We hit the shops in Arcola, but missed the Rt. 36 mall. It was closed by the time we went back by there. I wanted to get to the Depot in Decatur, but just not enough time. Is it a good mall? I'm in Pittsfield. There just isn't much here, is there? Country Fixins is about all we've got and glad it's here. I haven't been to Hannibal for awhile but I need to get over there. I enjoyed reading about your trip.
Carla

Cinlyn said...

Hey Carla...we probably passed each other sometime thru the day and didn't even know it! lol
I had found a couple other places besides Country Fixin's and one was closed and didn't find the other. According to this IL antique guide, there is Silver Dollar Antiques & Susie Q's Antiques.

Carla said...

Yes, we probably did pass each other at some point! Silver Dollar antiques isn't open very often. The owners work and I think they are only open on some weekends. It's a nice little shop. I don't think Susie Q's is open anymore. It was next to her home on 107. You would have driven by on your way to Country Fixins. I think she may open up during our Fall Color Drive. You should try to come back this way for that. You would enjoy it, I'm sure. It's the 3rd weekend in October. The whole county has stuff going on. Lots of garage sales, flea markets, crafts and FOOD everywhere. Love your pussy willows. I looked at them, but passed.