He who works with his hands is a laborer. He who works with his hands and his mind is a craftsman He who works with his hands and his mind and his heart is an artist

~ St Francis of Assisi

Sunday, October 30, 2011

More Antiquing Road Trips.....Indiana to Tennessee

"On the Road AGAIN".............Too many antiques, Too little time!!!

   A fellow dealer in the Antique Mall was setting up( at the Vanderburgh 4H Center for the Collectors Antique and Flea Market  outside Evansville ,Indiana ) and I in a weak moment asked if he needed any help with his booth. NOW....I will admit to having an ulterior motive ( imagine that!!!)  Originally I had planned on attending the show on Sat, but....... I got this little postcard that changed my plans!! It was from a dealer that was returning to the
Tailgate Antique Show in Nashville ...naturally I couldn't resist that!!! Soooooo...an early visit to the 4H Center was now on the calendar.
   This was not going to be a quick set-up. He has walls, lights and 2 HUGE pieces of furniture to haul out of the van and into the building. Luckily, he thought a quick look-see was required before breaking a sweat on his booth. This was still early in afternoon, so not many had gotten much set up...but I did find a wonderful chipped painted red  stool that had a step for you to rest your feet....at a GOOD price.
  Needless to say, once we got started , it was a while before another break. I managed to find two old framed tin insurance advertising  signs...one even from London. YIPPPEEEE.
Then back to grunge work ....displaying smalls, which he hates and at that point, so did I!!
  After a couple more hours, it was done and I was on my way home to get to bed to rise early for Nashville the next morning. MORE ANTIQUES!!!!!!
 If you've never been to the Tailgate -Music Valley Antiques Show, it's a treat, especially if you love primitive furniture and smalls. Dealers from all over the country set up  for these two  shows and have wonderful quality primitives ..TO DIE FOR antiques!!( At one time Heart of the Country was with the fall show but now is only with the spring show in Nashville. )
  These shows are at the Fairgrounds in Oct - although this spring, they will move to the Hendersonville Civic Center & be there for the fall also starting 2012.
  Enough of the brief history....I intended to hit the dealer's booth  ( Maine Antiques) first, but decided to just take a look as I headed that direction. Naturally she had the last booth in the first building we entered & I was a little disappointed. It just didn't seem to have the same amount as last year....I even mentioned that to her and she said "Let me show you the before pic"..WOW...she'd been picked to death...However, on second glance, I saw several goodies I couldn't live without. A WONDERFUL red & black grain painted chest 1830's from Maine, an early 1800's black drop leak table, with original red paint showing through, a great 3 shelf plate rack, and MORE.....I'll post pics of these after I get them unloaded from the van.
       Here are some pics of different booths that called to me as we made our way through the shows.
Wonderful booth with English Road Signs,,,and fabulous graphic chairs

The arched piece is a frame from an industrial window...wouldn't that make a great headboard

Love the wheel

Aren't these fabulous....
Wanted the brushes, but just couldn't justify the price for myself, sadly!!!

Look at that original paint..it was EVERYWHERE!!!!!
Isn't this the sweetest display...it's full of tiny boxing gloves

Drooled over the antique Scottie hooked rug!! There were a couple at the show & in great condition, but again the price prevented me from adding this to my Scottie Collection. I did find a Scottie bank that didn't "break the bank"....it came home with me. Whoooohoooo!!!!
    After loading up...and I didn't drive the van...(we went in a friend's Subaru SUV)and it took some finagling, we headed to a miniature shop nearby, Miniature Cottage One of my friends does miniatures(...in 1/4 scale...I don't know how she does it!!! It's like working in nanometers.)If you've never been to a miniature shop, it's a whole other world of art and NOT cheap...

      On the way to the shop , we passed a locally owned restaurant that looked interesting AND was crowded ( always a good sigh) called The Pfunky Griddle. The griddle name comes from the griddle in the middle of the table where make certain items on  the menu , such as grilled cheese sandwiches,pancakes, French toast, and eggs. A bit smoky when they turn the griddle on,. but their soups and sandwiches are fabulous. http://www.thepfunkygriddle.com/
  After filling our bellies, we made one more stop before heading home. Gas Lamp Antiques was in the neighborhood, so it was obvious we had to check it out. I had heard of this antique mall, but had never stopped there before. It's in an odd location - upstairs next to a staples building, but you'd never know once you entered. It has little aisles all over the place, enough that I was continually getting lost. Thank goodness there were clerks to take your goodies to the front desk!! My best purchase there was a small red tool box...although it actually looked like a document box. Another " Price is right" purchase!!
 All in all we had a fabulous day of junking.....


  1. You were in my neck of the woods...sounds like you had a great time! Did you get to stop in Kentucky at Bright's Antique World? Add it to you list for next time!

  2. I've been having trouble getting Blogger to allow me to post. So, this is the third time: Your road trip sounds like so much fun, and I was blown away by the things you saw. How fabulous! Great post.