The Depot at Gibson Mill in Concord, NC is “sort of” on my way home ---and if you have the desire to wander and explore, this is the place!
Be prepared to spend a lot of time.
The Depot really IS an old mill – and is the largest antique mall in the whole of the south with over 550 booths and covers over 88,000 square feet.
Upon arriving --- this was my first glimpse down just one aisle:
WHERE. TO. START?!
I walked all the way to one end, and then began to thread my way across this vast space ---cool! The photos I took are in no particular order. Just kind of the way I came across things. In my wanderings there are certain things I keep an eye out for ---and I’m sure you could have guessed:
Quilts, quilt tops and quilt blocks
Sewing baskets and Sewing Notions
Vintage machines –including toys, treadles and tails!
tins with advertising – especially toiletries and medicinal tins
And anything from “MY” childhood that should not be in an antique mall in the first place, because I am just NOT THAT OLD!
Take a walk with me:
Lovely string quilt, pieced quickly, batted thickly, and tied for extra warmth!
Vintage Sew Master toy machine – too spendy for my blood!
Ocean Waves variation – LOVE LOVE LOVE!
Did she not have enough blocks to make the quilt big enough? SO added sashing, cornerstones and borders? Or….did she run out of red? LOOK:
One of these things is not like the others!
Were these earlier blocks finished by someone else later? And just one more block was needed? I love the bottom block on the right…flipped the other way ---one of THESE things is not like the others either! I just love this about antique quilts…spontaneity, with make-do attitude. This really makes for an interesting quilt, much more so than if it had been pieced perfectly all matched and “RIGHT”.
I hurried over here – and walked away.
Both of these machines, though they look “Vintage” are actually Chinese reproductions. There is no serial number plate at the bottom of the pillar as with vintage machines. Learn and know what to look for ---the one on the right had 15C as its model number. The C means it was manufactured in China.
Now This one is Real!
The serial number gives it a manufacture date of 1938.
Old New Home, cabinet in bad shape ---machine frozen solid.
$200.00 ---too pricey!
What a great idea – there are comfy chairs and couches – just hand the man the remote and keep shopping!
Simple bow-ties on a ladder – I love how these are placed in rows!
Sweet fabrics from 1900! But this has been quilted later – it has poly batting in it.
Cute quilting though! And I love the navy/yellow/pink combo!
ANOTHER Black side 127! I swear they made gobs of these!
Hanging Baskets from an old bed spring? Won’t work in my house, but was cool here!
But left it – $1,000.00. Not even on a good lottery day!
Now this I love more! Little 9 patches in windmill blocks…FUNKY fabrics!
Would those plaids and stripes and color combos drive you nuts?
I LOVE IT!!
One more machine – a Universal. With certificates of ownership!
I had to fight the urge to remove the PIN RAG--
If you see a machine with a bit of cloth on its neck like this….check the decals underneath. Often times they are obliterated by pin scratches otherwise known as “pin rash”. Do not do this to your machines!
The only thing that came home with me was a vintage iron. And it’s still in the bag, and I haven’t tried it yet – but it was worth a long wander for the inspiration and surrounding myself with things I love – the thrill of the hunt! You never know what you can find.
Today is not going to be so fun. Tax time you know? Which means I have an appointment at the bank to move some stuff around --- I can see myself sitting in the bank lobby for hours waiting for someone to shuffle me into their little glass walled cubicle-office. I’ve never sewn hexies in a bank before….but they are coming with me!
From there, Shamu needs an oil change, tire rotation and since we are headed back to the mountains for more property hunting tomorrow, it has to be done – of course—TODAY. More hexie sewing time!
Glamorous? Nope! But must get it done!
And just to leave you with a smile: