The HD Gruene building is probably the most recognizable landmark in Gruene aside from the water tower (and of course Gruene Hall)!
As the town continued to prosper, a new mercantile building sprang up in 1904.
Now the mercantile building is called the Gruene Antique Company and we had a fun time wandering the aisles, discovering and discussing the miscellany we found on shelves, in cabinets, in baskets.
Check out the old car parked out front..it made us feel like we had stepped back in time :) But not THIS far back in time:
The Gruene Mercantile in the early years!
Oh, you could spend hours in here!
Mini toy machines next to cute Mary Jane shoes from a bygone era.
I loved Mary Janes as a little girl, and still love them today! There is nothing cuter than a little girl in ankle socks and a shiny pair of Mary Janes!
A shiny red machine near a collection of porcelain baby Cupie dolls.
Sometimes it isn’t easy to find a place in a crowded antique mall to lay a quilt out!
Love the substitution going on here…ran out of black stripe? stick in a plaid instead!
Now this next quilt was the one that sent Irene and I both over the moon:
Holy Sunburst, Batman!
1920s to 1930s pastel stripes and plaids!
Each sunburst different than the next, but all so feminine in color choices!
Greens, purples and yellows…
purples and greens and a black gingham give punch!
Ginghams are such a happy fabric, even in black they are crisp and clean and wonderful. I never met a gingham I didn’t like!
green and blue and yellow--
Do you think these could have been made from dress and blouse scraps?
Punch of red and burgundy!
I just loved this quilt to pieces, but it was indeed a catch-and-release kind of night. If you can see the price tag, they were only asking $250.00 which I think is reasonable, but it is also reasonable to KNOW that I am out of room as far as “collecting” antique quilts goes. I’m just happy I got the chance to take the photos of this beauty, and appreciate the hand work that went into piecing and quilting it ---look at those points! Not a single one chopped off. Each piece traced with a template and pencil and cut with scissors painstakingly.
Definitely give the Gruene Antique Company a visit if you are in town…who knows what treasures YOU will discover!
It’s a sewing morning at the cabin – we’ve already been for a walk with Sadie – hiking some mountain trails. A late breakfast is next, and this afternoon --- we are driving to Statesville where I am adopting a treadle machine being gifted by another quilter! How could I say no?! Photos to follow!
Have a great Saturday, Everyone --