Sunday, June 6, 2010

Antique Road Show!

Wandering the highways and byways in search of vintage treasures is my idea of sheer bliss! My aunt and I hit the road this past weekend to check out the 400 Mile Sale spanning the state of Kentucky along historic Hwy. 68. Our journey began in Paducah, KY where we spent the whole afternoon in the downtown historic district, never coming near a single yard sale! I had been itching to visit Antiques Cards and Collectibles at 203 Broadway, ever since I read this post about it on Ki Nassauer's Junk Camp blog! I was surprised when I saw the "going out of business" banner, and grateful that I made it there before the store closes for good. The store was packed to the rafters with vintage books, magazines, bric a brac, and ephemera! We spent a happy hour digging through the boxes of old bingo cards, restaurant ware, and other various bits and pieces. The entire stock was on sale for 50% off the listed price, but I managed to restrain myself from loading it all into my trunk!
Just across the street, we stepped into the Victorian Parlor, a little jewel box of a shop with lovely displays, vintage clothing, costume jewelry, purses, and other feminine frills. This shop was a treat for all the senses with soft music, sweet fragrances, and soothing lighting.
We walked around the entire block and saw lots of intriguing storefronts and art galleries. Hot and thirsty after visiting several stores, we made our way back to the Broadway General Store for a frosty glass of tea and a snack. The general store offers deli sandwiches, a daily lunch special, and row after row of perfectly arranged shelves stocked with groceries and household necessities. I sighed a sigh of happiness when I saw the charming tin ceiling, and my aunt said she felt like we were on the set of the Gilmore Girls! Paducah was a great start to our adventures!

1 comment:

  1. I'm SO jealous! Sounds like the best time ever!! Can't wait to see some of your finds!