Nat and I don't exchange a ton of Christmas gifts during the gifting season. But, we *do* exchange some gifts. I typically will give her a vintage book, a Wash U shirt and starting last year...a Tiki Bar item. When we finished our basement, we talked about putting in a Tiki Bar down there. We did all the rough-in's for a bar - light openings in the ceiling, water and plumbing in the wall, counter-height outlets for a bar and under-counter fridges. But, we didn't put in said Tiki Bar. Just left the space open for the kids to use as part of the rumpus room. But, that doesn't mean that she isn't still dreaming of that - in the future - Tiki Bar. I even went ahead and gave this dreamed-up Tiki Bar a name: Natalie's Hideaway. Last year, I commissioned Tiki Tony the artist to create a sign for the place, too. So, when I came across 1 a big tiki bar-themed bowl with ladies in bikinis, palm trees, hula dancers and a big rum barrel on it, I thought it would
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Back a few weekends ago, we packed the kids up in the van and headed up to Wisconsin. The goal for the trip? A visit to the Elkhorn Antique Flea Market . Started more than 30 years ago, dealers, pickers, treasure hunters and lookie-loos descend on the Walworth County Fair four times a year (May 21, June 25, August 13, September 24 this year) to wander around and look for treasures. We've been to the Kane County Flea Market , Shipshewana in Indiana and plenty of other one-off's or season ( Christmas ) vintage markets and antique malls . And, I have to say: I think this was by far the most comprehensive and best of the bunch. There is so much there that we didn't see it all. And while there's *some* junk, there's LOTS of treasures. Deals? Fewer to find than you'd think. But the 'merch' as they say was high quality stuff. And, perhaps that's why the dealers were pricing their stuff the way they were. I mean...I'm not expecting Gara
Over the weekend, I stopped at a few Estate Sales in Elmhurst and while I ended up picking up a few small items, there was one thing that I regret not buying: this blue McCoy pot. I snapped a few photos of it and texted them to my oldest sister - who collects McCoy pots. I set it down and moved on. I ended up leaving the sale without hearing from her. About 30 minutes later, she texts me back and says she's in love and the price they're asking is 'a steal'. So, back I go to the sale. And guess what? Someone else had snatched up this treasure. Too bad. I had never come across this size and color of McCoy, so I knew that I should have grabbed it. Would have been a heckuva gift, right? Oh, well. As Joe Rhode says : It is enough to enjoy the existence of things without possessing all of them. I'll post some pics of the items that I *did* end up buying later this week.
Came home to find my aloe plant had taken a tumble and the pot cracked down around the rim. The pot was a McCoy and I *think* came out of my Dad's collection. Bummer. Now...Nat's never been a huge fan of my Aloe plant, but I don't think she had any hard feelings toward the pot. If she did and there never was a storm, we could have had a "Ralphie's mother breaks the Leg Lamp" type of situation here. " Not a Finger !"