See this sign?
One of the nation’s LARGEST MALLS?!
Well, I believed it and did stop ---
I actually made three antique mall stops yesterday with high hopes of finding really cool stuff --- and maybe it’s just me anymore, but all I saw was stuff that wasn’t that great, and everything had more of a “yard sale” feel than what I was hoping for. Sometimes the treasure hunt is like that ---you just don’t find anything.
I did leave with some photos…for instance, THIS took me back in time:
1970s fondue pot!
We had this same exact set when I was growing up – and I loved it when mom would put the fondue pot in the center of the table and we would cook our own pieces of meat or veggies and sit around and talk and visit while we cooked one morsel at a time. It was a “togetherness” kind of thing.
I am sure however, that all of that oil was not beneficial to my early teens acne problem! It was a fun little flash back, those memories that came to mind while I stood there in the antique mall surrounded by things like this.
NOT A SINGLE TREADLE! ?!?! I didn’t see a single one. In fact I came across only one machine:
1950’s New Home
Check the direction of the take up lever on this thing, and how it threads?!
I didn’t bring it home….my herd is really as large as I want it to be, and I prefer machines that are easier to thread than this. This one has the pulley system that my Betsy Ross treadle has –it’s kind of a pain!
I thought of my friend Allison when I saw this 1950s iron with the red handle!
But I thought the price was high, and my iron herd is pretty well populated as well! This was a full size iron – HEAVY –but the cord left me a bit suspect. I am on the look out for another vintage travel iron that I can actually use.
I also want a rectangular glass refrigerator dish for butter, and you wouldn't think that would be hard to find between 3 antique mall stops – but NADA!
There were a few sweet quilts…like this 1950s Dresden plate!
Check the quilting…it marches straight through the plates, which is why this quilt is probably still in such good shape. Everything was anchored down by the quilting that went right over those plate blades.
There was a very sweet Sunbonnet Sue ---
One thing about antique malls, there is not always a spot to lay out a quilt! Check the cornerstones on this one..they alternate between pink and blue and I think that added an interesting touch.
By the prints, I’m guessing this is also 1940s-1950s.
My drive from NC to TN included some beautiful mountain views!
You would think with all of these aisles I would find SOME kind of treasure!
But I did find a couple more quilts:
Isn’t this interesting?
It’s a string quilt, and is sewn strippy style…the diamonds on the left column have 4 smaller diamonds joined to become one large one. The other two columns are just one large diamond – did she get lazy?
Close up of one corner.
The diamonds are joined by large triangles of striped fabric which adds to the mass of confusion –Love the border and how she has built that out of pieces and parts.
Striped Castle Wall!
All of the stripes look like they could have come from a clothing factory ---
The prints in the centers look to be about 1950s.
Even though nothing came home with me, I still had a fun time browsing – it was a great way to get out of the car and stretch my legs…..
The one thing I DID buy?
I can’t say no to ice cream!
This morning it is raining in London, Kentucky, and the temps are plummeting. The rain is supposed to turn into snow at some point. What a difference from yesterday where temps reached 75 and I was able to go for a nice long walk after dinner!
Will spring EVER really arrive??
I’m not being picked up until 2pm so you will find me in my hotel room doing much of this:
Flying geese strips getting trimmed!
I’m sure the maids are going to have a lot to gossip about after cleaning “That crazy quilter’s room” !!
If you missed it, there is a Give-Away and a trunk show of the quilts in my new book going on HERE. Pre-Orders are in full swing! Did you order your copy of More Adventures with Leaders & Enders yet?!
Have a great Wednesday, Everyone!