milk and honey
After three years of wandering through the dusty and barren shopping desert, we have at last reached the Promised Land.
And it’s milk and honey, people. Milk.and.honey.
My favorite part of moving to a new area is discovering shops that are destined to become regular “haunts” for me.
Today I found two.
The first…Steeplechase Antiques. A fan-tab-ulous little antiques shop in downtown Barrington. It is the anti-antiques store. Not dark or dingy. Not musty or smelly. Not snooty or uppity. Not overpriced or pretentious. Just really great things at really great prices and the owner, Karrin, is delightful.
Here are some of the treasures that came home with me.
A fantastic vintage game wheel. Our family room wall had a bare spot and this was a perfect addition.
An oak tilt-top table
Wooden bistro chairs marked “Lutheran Mission.”
Vintage wooden pins
WW1 or WW2? metal lockbox
The second isn’t a permanent shop but is located in a warehouse and is open at various times. It’s called “Tattered Tiques” isn’t that cute? They have all things antique, shabby, vintage, farm and industrial. Here’s the website if you’re interested!
And here are the goodies I picked up there today…
I have no idea what this is…I’m guessing a vintage mail cart? No clue. I just knew it was coming home with me. How cool would this be as a laundry room hamper?
A vintage shipping crate/basket from England. This thing is massive…it’s going to hold blankets.
Vintage botanical prints that you could purchase by the sheet. Genius! Can’t wait to frame these babies.
Old letters tied with twine and a skeleton key. Love.
And last but not least, these wonderfully chippy corbels. I plan to make a shelf for the bathroom wall with these.
So those are my two new favorite places to score awesome vintage things! If you live in the Chicago area and would like to share your faves, I’m all ears!
In other news…my baby turns 17 tomorrow. If I could have any super power, it would be to turn back time. It seems like only yesterday that his daddy and I drove 9 hours to take him to a Barney concert. 🙂
Isn’t he handsome? And what a fine young man he has become. No mom could be prouder.
Have a wonderful weekend, friends!