I decided it was finally time to start exploring my local area a bit more in search of new-to-me antique honey holes. I’ve been so busy with the house and the kids and just trying to establish a routine in our new city, that I haven’t been outside of the bubble of Rochester very many times. I haven’t even done a lot of exploring within that bubble, but have stuck to a few places I know.
I found myself missing my antique spots in PA and the days away from my workspace. It’s nice to step away and get some inspirations, new ideas, and maybe a few new finds for my house.
A couple of weeks ago, I went to Stewartville and found a couple of antique shops to mill around in. I have a list of things I’m looking for, like a large gilded mirror for the dining room, a wood frame arched mirror for the living room, a potting bench, etc. I didn’t find any of the big things on my list, but I did pick up a couple of small things.
I bought this wooden birdcage…
I sold a very similar one at Lucketts a couple of years ago and I sort of missed it. I didn’t regret selling it, but when I saw another one, I decided to get it. It was also only $12, which is a great price.
And I bought a couple of wash boards. When we finally work on the laundry room, I’d like to do a fun gallery wall, floor to ceiling, of washboards, hand brooms, and cutting boards. These were $10 and $8.
Then, last week, I went with a friend to Cannon Falls to check out their antique stores. There is a huge one in Cannon Falls that was pretty good. We also hit a consignment store that was going out of business and a couple smaller antique shops in the downtown area. It was a great day and I found some really nice things…
This set of transferware dishes…
They are the shape and size of a soap dish, but they came in a set of four, so I wonder if they were some sort of specialty small plate? Maybe for berries or something. I love the pattern, though!
I bought two ironstone pitchers…
The small milk pitcher is so beautiful! The crazing on it is just perfection.
And I also bought a wash set. I really picked this out for the pitcher, but I’ll find a good use for the bowl as well.
I did find one smaller thing that was on my list – a 2 gallon crock. I have one already and I find I’m moving it around a lot, because I have a couple of different places I’d like to use it. That’s an indication to me that I should get another one! The trick was finding one for under $50, because I didn’t want to spend a lot on a crock to hold a plant. I ended up finding this one for $42 and it was just what I wanted.
My favorite find was definitely this French ironstone soup tureen. I always look at them on Etsy and eBay, but they are usually $80-100+ with shipping tacked on top of that! This one was $45, so I snatched it up quickly.
And, I couldn’t resist the beautiful work on this petticoat. I’m not sure if this is one I’ll end up wearing or if I’ll make some pillows out of it, but it was just too pretty to pass up!
I found a few other antique supplies for art, but I’ll share those in another post.
Well, the summer has officially started for our boys and we are heading out east to visit our families, so I plan to hit up some of my old favorite spots while I’m there. We’ve got the dog sitter lined up, the house sitter lined up, and we are looking forward to being done with school (for Jeff & the boys) and taking some time to relax and play. I will be posting here and there, but will be a bit quieter than usual, so I can take a break, too!