What's not to love about a 30,000 square foot antique mall in Salamanca, New York? It makes way more sense to me than tossing money at the Seneca Allegany Casino. I do have to say that enthusiasm wanes when the feet start to hurt and the non-stop country music starts to make the veins in my head pulsate, but when antiquing is involved, I keep plugging along.
I was excited to antique in a different part of the country, figuring there might be some good finds, especially in the areas I'm always on the lookout for. And yes! There was indeed Pennsylvania Purinton Apple.
Four hard-to-find tumblers and these cute salt and pepper shakers came home with me. I have a large set of this that was my mother's. Nice and chirpy and cheery--I'm always on the lookout for more.
I also always have an eye peeled for Niagara Falls memorabilia. Since Salamanca is only about two hours from the Falls, it's not surprising that there were a number of plates and other Falls-related items. I grabbed these salt and pepper shakers; had never seen any quite like them.
And this antique candy tin picturing the Falls was a bargain.
I have a little shelf where all my Niagara Falls goodies live, but I may have to find a bigger home for them all.
And SCORE! An absolutely mint Pyrex refrigerator box set in the primary colors.
I can't claim to have found this set in a thrift shop for peanuts like some lucky Pyrex people, but I grabbed it when I saw it. I'm still regretting passing up the nested bowl set in the primary colors I saw in the spring at Kewaskum, WI. Maybe I'll get another chance some day...
And finally, treasure shopping is a fine thing, but the gift of good friends with generous hearts is one of the greatest joys in life. And I'm continually blown away by the generosity of friends in the blog world.
I arrived home from Pennsylvania to find a big package awaiting me. Opening it, I about fell over. Here is what was inside:
My very own copy of Patchwork Folk Art sent to me by my new guardian angel Jan, who claims to have had "an extra copy just laying around" and asks only that I enjoy it and pay it forward if there's an opportunity.
You can believe it--I'll be eager for a chance to spread this kind of generosity around.