Monday, February 15

We ran away from home...

Shawn and I have had some really busy past couple of weeks.  So we decided to run away for the Valentine's weekend.
I wanted to go back to a small town in MS that we lived in for 2 years.
While we lived there, we were the poorest of the poor.  There were such wonderful Antique stores in this small town so it is fun for us to go back now (it is just a short drive away) and hang out and do some shopping.

Funny spin is that 1 by 1 as we went to these shops we loved they were closed or literally the buildings they were in were nonexistant.  I was bummed but had to laugh too... literally they were all gone.
But Shawn saved the weekend.
He went to the little old town visitors center and they had a list of all the antique stores remotely close in other little towns.
We had so much fun, treasure hunting and driving through these tiny towns hunting down these little shops.
One shop was closed for the winter, even the power had been turned off... but the owner let us snoop all through it with flashlights, now is that treasure hunting or WHAT!?!

 I love how antiques can reach out and 'grab' me.
Something that I would have never thought I would be interested in won't let me leave without it.
This child's rocking chair was that item for me!!!
It is such a piecemeal of items that someone had lovingly put together to create this for a little someone.
It is a sturdy creation too.
I've placed it here in my entry, and just incase a little niece or nephew decides to take a rockin' ride... it will be just fine!
These baby shoe molds were a discovery at an antique store in Florida several vacations ago.
I think they look precious next to the new rocker.

The amazing circular window had to come home with me too.
Shawn was quite perplexed.
It is so very interesting, and I have it braced up against a shoe shine box that Shawn found and loved.

Now found in out entry is this pitchfork.
I think it is so whimsical for our farm setting.

I have always been drawn to old pottery and glass.  I found several treasures of each.
This crock was such a great size and had that rimmed top that I had not seen before, it begged to come with us :)
Shawn unburied this gorgeous thing, tucked in the corner of a store.
It even had a sold sign on it, but luckily it had just been marked with a wrong tag.
The price was higher than we were comfortable with.
Just as a tip:  you can almost ALWAYS get at least 10% knocked off of the price of an item at an antique shop... but in this case we needed more than that.

The shop owner called the owner of this Goat Cart and she lowered the price considerably for us.  This goat cart actually belonged to the owners parents and had been in an old barn for years and years until someone had discovered it and hauled it to the Antique store.

For now I will keep it on our back covered porch just outside our kitchen door.  But I can see it traveling all over the farm, including possibly the entry to the B&B.  I will always make sure it is covered... it is just too precious of an item to let it weather any further... hope to have this for a long time.

I'm not sure who this bell grabbed hardest... we flipped over it.  We had to hunt for the two pieces because it took us a minute to figure out how it mounted... there were several miscellaneous jiblets of hardware around this bell, but we did indeed find its bracket.
We will eventually mount this bell onto a post back by the future pond.  
We think it will be fun to have future barbecues/campouts out there and have a bell to ring to gather everyone together.  
I just hope Shawn never asks me to hold either of these pieces again... seriously backbreaking weight!!!

The weekend was so fun.
It snowed the whole time we were there, not enough to make things dangerous... just beautiful.
We ate at our favorite restaurants, saw a movie, and slept in every morning...
Vacations like these are the hardest to come home from :)


Beth said...

Fun! I love the rocking chair.

Lisha said...

Those are all great pieces! It's been so long since I've antiqued (probably Destin last year), this really makes me miss it!

Cari said...

The rocking chair and the wagon.....LOVE!LOVE!LOVE! What awesome finds. I said it before and I'll say it again. Shawn is a superhero.

Kim Mayfield said...

Glad you had such a good time. Y'all found some amazing pieces. I think that I love little small town antique shops the best... you always find amazing things there at such great prices!

kg said...

Sounds like a great weekend, love your treasures!

karen said...

I am loving all your finds. Glad you got away for a few days. We all need it now and then.

Debbie said...

Glad you guys had a great time! Love all of the treasures you found, especially that wagon! So cool! You know Taylor will be in that rocking chair next time she's there ;-)

Anonymous said...

How fun! I love those getaway weekends! Glad y'all enjoyed yourselves and found some great treasures.

Lisa said...

Sounds like a wonderful week-end and you came home with such wonderful finds!

I had to let you know how much I loved your Christmas tree. I hit all the after Christmas clearence sales so next year I can have a gorgeous, nature, inspired tree like yours.

MrsMama said...

Wow - you found some awesome treasures! I would have not been able to resist those little wooden shoe molds either. Or that window. Or that little chair. :) You have good taste.

How fun that you two got to get away together. That's probably the biggest treasure right there.

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