I AM ONE OF THOSE ANTIQUE SHOPPERS, emphasis on the word those.
Allow me to explain. I enjoy browsing through antique stores, but I seldom buy. Why? I am cheap and prefer to find my collectibles and antiques at thrift stores and rummage sales.
Perhaps that word cheap isn’t quite right. Let’s change that to budget conscious. Yes, that’s better.
It’s not that I haven’t ever made an antique store purchase. I have. Just not that often. I am sorry, antique dealers. I do appreciate you and all the effort you put into finding, displaying and selling your merchandise.
I’ve always wondered, though, how can you bear to part with your treasures? If I had to give up one of my two dozen or so vintage tablecloths, I would struggle. Oh, yes, I’ve done that, loaning several to my eldest daughter. The emphasis here would be on the word loan.
Recently my husband and I took a day trip to Lake City, which is on Lake Pepin (aka a wide spot in the Mississippi River). But before we reached that southeastern Minnesota town, we stopped in Kenyon at The Kenyon Gallery, a shop that markets a mixture of merchandise including $5 frames, framed prints, antiques and collectibles.
Here are three particularly interesting items I eyed up with my camera until my husband said, “We’ve gotta keep moving along here.” He was right and out the door we went, still aiming for Lake City.
Before we got there, though, we had to stop in Bellechester and check out a cornfield.
And then we were back on the road to Lake City. The husband might have repeated, “We’ve gotta keep moving along here.”
If you’re into antiquing, you’ll like the shopping in this riverside town. The Lake Pepin Pearl Button Co., located in a former button factory and dry goods store and with around 40 antique dealers, will easily occupy you for hours, if your spouse is patient. Not that I window-shopped for hours. But I could have.
So onward we traipsed in the heat and humidity.
In the basement of Mississippi Mercantile (don’t you love the names of these antique stores?), I spotted this unusual portrait of Abraham Lincoln.
On to the Antique Shopper, I found plenty of appealing merchandise on the main level and in the basement of this multi-dealer venue.
Just as we were heading for the door, my spouse spotted an antique Grain Belt beer cooler under a table and paused to admire it.
The oppressively hot, humid and smothering weather coupled with a strong desire to swig a cold one compelled both of us to just stand there for a few seconds and stare.
But then I snapped out of my heat-induced stupor. “We’ve gotta be moving along,” I muttered and out the door we went.
© Copyright 2012 Audrey Kletscher Helbling