Souvenir Clippings

Monday, July 11, 2011

On Saturday we headed to Tipton, Indiana for The French Flea! I enjoyed the drive through the countryside and wee towns along the way. A postcard I pick up for a memento!

Fresh picked garden flowers tucked into aqua mason jars. Flowers locally grown mean all the more!

French bread with herb butter, how fun and yummy!

Of course it's more fun to head out with a group and chat about this & that! 
Left to right Barb, Gina & Jill. Jill made these darling linen bags for each of us, isn't that nice as pie!?

Bits & pieces of what I found. Some of them purchased in the most unlikely of places! See the little
candy cups on the left hand side? They were from this old- as- the- hills hardware store. Some of his merchandise had been there since 1980 or something like that. The dust was thick, thank goodness for the plastic packaging they were in! {& for a handy supply of wipes in the vehicle!} Oh, & the spool has pink paint on the ends, yay!

This hardware store had been in Tipton since the 1890's and it was the real deal. Old display pieces that were amazing, old ladders, bins galore and some serious antique stuff. They used an old looong table for working on. We were delighted to be poking around. Although some of the stuff we really wanted wasn't for sale, including a sink at Horton's. 

Little side note: Barb picked up an antique measuring cylinder at the hardware store. Nope,  it wasn't for sale, the man, who smoked while we were shopping, said, "I use that for measuring the seeds"! I mean seriously couldn't he use one of the pyrex measure and sell that one? Come on! 

Vintage wooden spools with bakery twine. They are so pretty, imagine back-in-the-day you would receive them like this, amazing!

This lab cart was purchased at a school action for 12 bucks. I painted it creamy white and nailed the no. 8 on the lower shelf. The cart is high & I'm tall so it's perfect for packing shipments. 

My industrial grocery trug, I purchased this over 10 years ago and had it in my first shop in California--I love it! The trug looks peachy on the cart too......

See the hand crank gadget to the left? It's a very old pinking machine. I have looked on ebay for one of these for years and one evening I was browsing and there it was! The auction ended 2 hours later, talk about meant to be! Not only does the cut have a pinking edge,  but the edge rises up and down to form a peak shape. It makes for fun paper cutting on projects! It also mounts perfectly on the cart!

I don't know if you call this the "Pièce de résistance" of the day..... but, when I spotted this oval porcelain drinking fountain and the price was friendly enough---- I did a happy dance! My husband was delighted it had all the plumbing parts, but of course I knew to check! {Ha} 

This petite drinking fountain cleaned up sublime. I scoured and scoured and it was just surface rust. I used my favorite, Bon Ami. {Did you know the have good smelling spray cleaners + eco-friendly?} Their site is pretty cute too--their packaging got a facelift!

I read this today by Catherine Marshall: I thought it was fitting as I was blessed by the contact I had with old & new friends + my family the last couple of days.........

People are Priceless

This is My commandment
that you love one anther as I have loved you.
John 15:12

My dad's life taught me the one thing that really matters-human relationships. The bonds that unite 
families and friends are not forged for a little while, they are for eternity. They stretch across every 
boundary of space and time. They twine and intertwine from one generation to another, weave and 
interweave, priceless beyond measure. They are something to be cherished, to be fought for, to be kept 
intact at all cost. People-with their fears and their foibles and their dreams. People-with their struggles 
toward faith, with the pain and the exaltation of their pilgrimage. People-with personalities that live on 
and on, growing, learning, loving, lending helping hands to others. People- that is what life is all about.

I sure enjoyed my past Friday to Sunday being with people I love......thank you! 



Jill Elaine said...

It was SO much fun! We all got fun stuff:) Lets do it again:)

alee said...

It was so fun to see all of you gals :)! Glad your day was lovely!
{sometimes getting away - is just plain HEALTHY!}

Rebecca said...

Hi Kara
It was so nice to meet you and the other gals... it looks like you had a fun day and found great treasures. I love that old pinking machine, my son just bought me an old crimping machine. I had been looking for one forever. I found one in Tx but the gal I was with really wanted it.
Thanks for stopping by!
Many Blessings today

d. reyné said...

I so wish I could have gotten to meet you! I missed visiting with so many of our blog friends!
I bet old man Compton was thrilled that you stopped by! All of the little hardware stores in town are so old and you really can find things that you can't find anywhere else!
Thank you so much for coming and we do hope you get a chance to come again

Sweet Cottage Dreams said...

mmm....bread with butter - how deeeelightful!

kara, i am from your old stomping grounds (modesto) and just happened upon your blog today via heather bullards. i remember hearing about your blog some time back and now i am a new follower so i won't lose touch. looks like y'all had a terrific day together. nothing like spending the day with those that a near and dear to your heart.

sweet post!


Heirlooms by Ashton House said...

What fun finds! It looks like you had a terrific time at the flea market. I especially love those vintage wooden spools. I collect them and decorate my sewing room with them (I'm an avid quilter and sewer).