I'm really not sure how I got wrapped up into the world of antiquing. I think it probably stems from my Mother and Grandmother's love for thrifting and garage sale shopping. There is something so precious about old items; they hold some story and at one time was very important to someone, somewhere. I'm a pretty sentimental person...and when I'm antique shopping, I sometimes feel like all the items are my Grandmother's and I want to buy them all and give them a proper home.

I try to check out my list of lovely antique shops in GR as often as my schedule allows. Since these types of shops usually get in new items on a daily basis, there is always something new to look at.
Here are some of the sweet pieces I saw on my last weekend antique trip.

Are there other sentimental "antiquers" out there? :)
What would you say is your best antique find? I love finding old vintage keys, bottles, books, and bronze animals. Probably one of my sweetest finds was a vintage dress form.

So, we are officially living in our house now! Thanks everyone for all the support and kind words.
The move went so fast and easy; thanks to my co-worker and hubby's muscles.
Things are still extremely disorganized. I have no idea where half of my stuff is, where I'm going to put it, and to top it off I've been struggling with a really nasty flu, allowing all this to continue to just pile up...but I know it won't be like this forever. I'm finally home and it feels so good.


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6 Responses to Antiquing

  1. I love antiquing! And like you, my mom and grandmother got me into it :) My mom collects so many different things but mostly vintage buttons, bottles, bird cages, mirrors and handkerchiefs! I love old perfume bottles and big furniture pieces. Also some dishes are exquisite!

  2. Kate - I grew up antiquing with my parents, who were set on making their 1987 house look more like a 1907 house. Since then, they've moved into an authentic 1830s house and are having so much fun starting a new collection of furniture and decorations from that period. Needless to say, antiquing holds a special place in my heart! It's so great to see that others are interested in antiques too, and that you especially are taking care to put your time and heart into an old-home project. Very cool!

    Anyway, all that to say, there's a great antique market that goes on at the Allegan County Fairgrounds on the last Sunday of every month, from April to September. That means this coming Sunday is the last of the year! There's a small entrance fee ($4 maybe?), and SOOOO many antique dealers set up booths. Antiques galore, and fairground food too :-). Just thought you might be interested!

  3. Awww! Congrats on being all moved in! I love antiquing. My favorite find was a vintage scale that Kyle got at a garage sale.

    Feel better soon!

  4. I love antiquing too. You should check out Murphy's Mall in South Haven. Its one of my favorites. Great jewelry and household items.

    I also find a lot of the best items on Ebay.

  5. Congrats on the successful move! I loooooooove browsing antique shops...usually I can't afford anything but one day I will be able to fill my house with gorgeous and interesting pieces. Great photos; this looks like a fabulous antique store!

  6. Such lovely items! My favorite is the clock in the first picture. I have a pretty good camera collection and antique stores are always the best place to go when I want to add to it. Even if I don't buy anything I always love just browsing around.


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