Athens, TX was the antique shop hop that WASN’T!
But as my fortune cookie says ---It is a happy talent to know how to play ((In Quilting is always added on my fortune cookies, how about yours?!)) and we were playing our way to San Antonio.
All of the shops we wanted to hit were closed on Mondays – but it couldn’t be helped. We couldn’t hang around until Tuesday to see them!
However, Texas is known for its stately courthouse squares with beautiful courthouses and Athens did not disappoint!
The Athens residents also get to enjoy the hard work of someone who went all out to decorate the court house square for the season!
festive pumpkins, gourds and scarecrows!
On all four corners of the square!
The Henderson County Court House!
The Henderson county courthouse is large and stately, surrounded by lovely green lawns and monuments.
Awesome street sculpture from antique trike!
Anthens was good for a leg stretch and a wander even though the shops were rolled up tight. We headed on toward Corsicana from here!
We were on a mission to stop where we could, when we could and a few places along our route did have some quilty goodness for us to see:
Appliqued 1930s butterflies!
What a great stylized shape!
Lovely old churn dash, late 1800s.
Loved the fan quilting on this one – the front has been brought around to the back and hand stitched down as binding!
1950s churn dash on a bench!
Oh this one!
We have got to unfold this one!
This is a 1930s quilt, and I love how they have done each X with two fabrics ---instead of the scrambled scrappy layout that we usually see. And that ORANGE! Oh yes, please!
Close up. How awesome!
Weird find of the day --- STEERING WHEELS!?
Just what everyone needs…in whatever color you want! Ha!
There was more to discover the next town over – which means there are more photos to come!
Irene and I had an errand day today. I am down to the wire with only a few days left in the count down before we cruise!
Here we are at
Retail Hell aka KOHL’s!
I really hate clothes shopping. Shoe shopping is a torture of another kind and I was in a bind to find a pair of basic black dress shoes that can be worn with skirts, slacks, and dresses for this cruise coming up. We survived, and shoes have been found, but am I the only one who would rather spend $60 on fabric or vintage sewing machines or antiques than dressy foot wear??
I guess it’s a necessary evil!
All I know is that shopping is so traumatic to my system and I was so worn out, that I crashed for a 2 hour nap when we got back to Irene’s house.
Dinner is on the stove, I’m sending this off, and we will be burning the midnight oil in the sewing studio when Irene’s daughter comes over after work!
I’ll be in my happy place again and shopping-trauma will be long behind us!
Have a great evening, everyone!