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!