I don't know about you, but when Spring hits, I start to get all excited about looking for vintage goods!
Antiques markets are open, Garage sales start happening, and people start cleaning out their basements...
So my friend Molly and I decided to head out of town on an adventure to go see the Kane county Flea market in the outskirts of Chicago.
we had always heard about it, so we of course had to check it out for ourselves!
we loaded up the truck, packed the ipod, and hit the road!
first stop was to my sweet friend Jenn's house for a yummy taco dinner and a visit with her adorable family, then the next morning we were up early, ate breakfast and hit the market.
Now when it comes to flea markets or antiques shows, I don't mess around, I like to fly through them, I know exactly what I want and am always surprised at what I find...
So here are a few peeks from our trip and some treasures I scored from the show....most made it down to the shop, but some I squirreled away for myself (i just can't help it sometimes) ;)
i think they are kinda cool....
great way to recycle old ceiling tin....make FRAMES!
I found a couple of cool things like an old zinc prep table from a restaurant and a sweet old postal cubby from New york that my friend Jenn told me about.
I also found some great small things like old metal boxes and coolers, I have this thing for green boxes, don't ask me why.
or even TRUCKs make great plant boxes!
Now we ended up finishing the show, grabbed dinner and hit the road back to home starting at 8:30 Saturday night....I drove 5 hours back home....totally not a fan of night driving, my hands completely calloused from gripping the steering wheel, white knuckle express thankyouverymuch! but we made it home safe and sound!
Of course I WOke up the next morning and totally got to work, scrubbing the funk off of my newly scored pieces....because I am kinda driven like that ;)
but oh man, how fantastic it turned out!
now in between the cleaning I of course HAVE to have some time with my family, so i took a break from scouring funk and went to a vintage car show with my people.
can I tell you....I love old cars.
they just don't make them like they used to.
the amount of detail on them is extraordinary.
i mean look at this steering wheel
how fine is that!
mr. cool with the cool old van...
now on the way there I saw this fine old truck for sale...
the PERFECT red truck
one I have been looking for, forEVER....
..... sadly Ian wasn't sharing my enthusiasm or vision.
i mean how cute would that be with my little red shoes logo on it right!?
and too funny that we saw one at the show all restored as an example....
I still have my Mini cooper, and am SUPER thankful he bought me that! :)
I think I must have been a man in a former life because I love cars so much, I would love to learn how to restore them.
in fact, I LOVE what this one person did at the car show to theirs....
anyways, in another time of my life maybe I'll work on cars, but for now, I had to get back to cleaning....
so i finished the zinc top table and loaded it up onto Ian's truck, took it down to the shop on Monday and rearranged.
I LOVE it's new home....
Happy with the little postal cabinet too...
now since it's spring of course I NEED to visit my favorite little greenhouse
and stock up on spring plants for Mother's day!
we have SUCH a cute little collection!
We have a ton of stuff coming up in the future.....this Friday (may 7th) is midnight madness (or moonlight delight... I can never keep that straight) regardless!! we will stay open late until 11:00pm at night! that night is always a ton of fun, our downtown really comes alive, so come visit!
also don't forget to pencil in on your calender that on May 15th
I am having a Matilda Jane trunk show at the shop!
if you have never heard of this clothing line....well take a peek, it is the CUTEST stuff around! they have both a little kids line AND a fabulous adult line that is wonderful!
She will have both lines available to take a look at, to feel, touch, absorb and basically bask in the vintage inspired goodness of it all!
So on that note, I am off to bed.....dreaming of all the wonderful things this time of year has to offer....with a head full of ideas and dreams...can't wait to wake up and start all over again tomorrow!