An absolutely beautiful and fun day today. Great weather, great shopping, great food.
Our first stop was the ‘largest antique store in the area’. Notice the lack of the terms best, good merchandise or good shopping. The place was a mess, huge and totally disorganized. The aisles ran one way for 2-3 rows, then switched to perpendicular, then just went random. We did buy a lot, but we have to remember the bane of the reseller, sticky price tags. I lost both thumbnails tonight trying to get price tags off. This is in the basement, with a beautiful red metal ’50s table hodge-podge next to junk and the boiler. I did find a black coral Hawaii lady head down here, but took more pictures than stuff away.
Next up is my new all-time favorite antique store. It was downtown Kansas City, 4 floors of vintage fun goodness. Mostly all 1940s to 1980s each booth was amazing. The customer service people were awesome and you could tell they loved working here. There was stuff hanging from the rafters, bowls of smalls, just everything you could want in a groovy vintage shop. Prices were retail, but I could have bought a ton if there was room in the car as everything was so neat and interesting. Very little nondescript pieces, there were car hoods from old Volkswagens, lots of nice paint by numbers, colorful green refrigerators and more. I’d pay admission to enjoy this place!
We finished up at another nice mall in southwest Kansas City. We really enjoy this mall, it has nice displays, and a pleasant atmosphere. I was amazed at this bar, it was on sale, but I don’t think I could fit it into our Pilot. The description said it was created 50-60 years ago from older bits and pieces, so some of the relief carving was very antique but the plumbing was modern. The best of both worlds in my opinion.
Finally, some actual purchases! This was my haul for the last few days. A Hartland small champ with saddle and bridle, one HR mini lying foal, some lawn watering heads for a friend, a lamp base, and 2 Breyers were the small stuff. That white horse on the upper left was my prize find of the trip. A Rosenthal rearing horse, sculpted by Theodor Karner in 1956. It is an amazing piece and I was lucky to find it.
Next up we see a bit of moms haul. The glasses at the top are a set of fun cartoony bowling glasses. Reno has the National Bowling Stadium so bowling merchandise is always popular. There are Thelwell pony glasses from England, lots of poodles, a Kay Finch duck, Virginia City salt and pepper shakers, purse, flower shelf and more. The birds are from England, one is Royal Worcester the other Royal Adderly. The long packaged item at the lower right is a ‘Beatnick cigarette holder’ novelty item. We haven’t heard that term in quite some time. The black small lady head at the bottom center is from Hawaii, carved from black coral. These items are pretty rare as the coral cannot be harvested any more and now is very scarce.
Whew, a whirlwind day. It is now after midnight and we still have four days on the road! See you tomorrow!