Introducing...our new show!
Wednesday, December 15, 2010
Monday, December 6, 2010
Wednesday, November 24, 2010
After a peaceful day of giving thanks tomorrow, I know some of you will head out to the mall for so-called "Black Friday" (isn't that a terrible name for it??) For those of you who are skipping the middle-of-the-night madness, and even for those who venture out but have energy left over, feel free to stop in at ForeverMore this weekend. Our Christmas Open House is Saturday from 8-4 and Sunday from 11-3. We haven't made huge changes since the Holiday Gathering, but if you missed us then, you have a second chance to enjoy our vintage and primitive Christmas selection. Of course, you're welcome to come back even if you visited us a few weeks ago!! We'll have a little treat for you this time, too! These will be our final open days for 2010.
(And remember, those of you who need a little help with shopping can always pick up a gift certificate good for 2011!)
Tuesday, November 16, 2010
Thursday, October 28, 2010
Sunday, October 10, 2010
Wednesday, October 6, 2010
Sunday, October 3, 2010
p.s. Don't forget -- we have the premiere issue of the brand new magazine "A Primitive Place" and also Judy Condon's latest book "Simply Country - Simply Greens" which is brimming with holiday decorating ideas for primitive lovers!
Thursday, September 16, 2010
Writing this post to let everyone know about this new magazine caused me to think about just what we mean when we use the term "primitives." The word seems to have lots of varying definitions.
I heard a local antique dealer -- one of my favorite people but one whose shop carries more general line antiques -- recently quip "there's a fine line between primitive and junk." To him and many others, a "primitive" piece of furniture is one that is dilapidated and either seriously needs to be refinished or is beyond repair.
Several local auctioneers have been known to list "primitives" in their sale bills when they are offering hay hooks and other such rusty farm tools out of a farmers' barn. They can't imagine any of the women at the auction even looking at their version of primitives, much less bidding.
Then again, some of the cute little gift/decor shops around Champaign and Vermilion County who advertise that they sell "primitives" are referring to grungy candles, berry wreaths, wooden crow cut-outs, and painted signs that say things like "Welcome Friends." But that is not just a local use of the term. Catalogs like "The Country House" feature so-called primitives of the same ilk. "Country Sampler" magazine offers that kind of merchandise for sale in the back half of the magazine (while sometimes featuring original "primtive" antiques in the articles up front).
Some folks like to decorate in a grungy style reminiscent of a log cabin, with little or no color, low lighting and with tea-stained textiles; guess what they call that style? Primitive, of course!
So what does "primitive" mean when ForeverMore uses the term? The same thing that shows like Pure & Simple (an annual event in Kokomo, IN) and Gathering on the Prairie (twice a year in Arthur) mean when they use the term -- "unfancy" furniture and accessories from the 1800s or earlier in original surface (preferably old paint or a dry, attic surface) that have simple lines and were "using' pieces as opposed to decorative items. Perfect examples include early dry sinks or pie safes, painted hanging cupboards, wooden dough bowls, hogscraper candlesticks, old handmade baskets, pantry boxes and firkins.
When we mix in early salt-glazed pottery or a red/green applique quilt from early 1800s, we're probably stretching the concept of primitive a bit toward what some would call "early" or "Colonial". And when we display an old scrub bench topped with a row of mismatched sprinkling cans, some see "primitive" and others see "country". (My dealer friend quoted above probably just sees "junk"!) Is an old harvest table with chippy white over blue paint "primitive" or "farmhouse"? Who knows for sure!
So many different images conjured up by the same simple word! In the final analysis, whether you call it primitive" or "early" or "Colonial" or "country" or "frontier" or "farmhouse" or even "junk" doesn't matter. All that matters if if you love and want to live with it!
Wednesday, September 1, 2010
If you've never been to Osage Farm (near Charleston, IL) for one of Diane & Gary Cole's shows, then you're missing out on a great day in the country. The fall shows are wonderful -- pumpkins, gourds, fall flowers, great music, tasty food and of course great country antiques. This year's show is bigger and better than ever. The Cole's have been busy adding a new building so the entire, expanded show can be under cover. Plenty to do, see, taste, smell -- a good time is guaranteed! Admission is free and the show runs from 8 a.m. until 3 p.m. Whether you're lined up with the early birds, plan your visit around lunch or make your stop later in the day, just make sure not to miss out on the festivities! See ya there!
For more info, see Diane's website: http://www.artandantiquesatosagefarm.com/
p.s. If you haven't visited our page on Facebook, check us out! Watch for more updates on Facebook as the fall schedule heats up.
Saturday, August 14, 2010
Mark your calendar and plan to stop by our Harvest Open House & Sale on October 9 & 10.
I'll post more details soon - and if you're on our maling list, you'll see a postcard in a couple of weeks with more info.
UPDATE: Hours on Saturday, October 9, 8 am to 4 pm
and Sunday, October 10, 11 am to 4 pm
p.s. Stopped in today at the Casey Antique Centre in Casey, IL, which we're sad to say is closing its doors next month. For the last 7 years, it's been a great place to find primitives. Never left there without a few goodies.But the owner is on to other pursuits and we wish her well.
Sunday, July 25, 2010
Thanks again - hope you all enjoyed the open house as much as we did!
Wednesday, July 21, 2010
Friday, July 16, 2010
Thursday, July 15, 2010
Saturday, July 10, 2010
Sunday, June 27, 2010
Also new this time are some stylish "flea market bags" sewn from vintage barkcloth fabric. (They're reversible too in case a big floral or tropical barkcloth print clashes with your outfit when you head out to do some shopping.) The bags have nice wide, cushy straps so you can stuff them full of goodies without hurting your shoulder. Pics of those soon -- as well as some scenes from inside the house. Stay tuned...
Meanwhile, if you see something on the website from a prior sale, feel free to drop us an email and we'll let you know if it's still available. One of our friends from Indiana recently came to pick up an awesome little cupboard she'd seen during our early spring open days -- we still had it and now it's found a new home in her garden shed in Indiana. So don't hesitate to ask if you had your eye on something in the past!
20th Annual Bishop Hill Antiques Market
This great country show is held each year in and around the Colony School in Bishop Hill, IL (30 minutes northeast of Galesburg). The show is a great gathering of 50 proprietors from 8 states showing and selling their antique wares including primitive cupboards, folk art, early country, pottery, textiles and more.
Bishop Hill is a fascinating historic community where you feel like you are taking a step back in time. Many of the homes and all of the town buildings are original to an early 1800s colony. Cheri Campbell, the energetic and super nice lady who runs the antique show with her husband Jim, owns the local bakery with amazing pastries and pies that are "to die for"! Cheri also has Sweet Annie Primitives in the bottom level of her period home. All we can say about that shop is "wow." There are lots of other interesting little shops and plenty to do in Bishop Hill anytime of the year but the weekend of the antique show is definitely the time to make the trip. (Shopping along the way in Peoria and Washington, IL would be fun, too.)
When they ring the bell on the old time fire engine to start the antique show, you'll have to decide whether to dash into the old school or head around the lawn to the booths set up outside. (Look for the ForeverMore booth inside the old Colony School in the back corner.) The show hours are 9:00 until 3:00. Live music adds to the atmosphere and the food cannot be missed! Admission is $5 and proceeds go to the colony fire department. For more details, you can visit http://bishophillcolonybakery.com/ and http://www.bishophill.com/.
Summer Moon Gathering
Friends told us about this happening in Covington, Indiana. It sounds like an interesting event sponsored in part by the Fountain County Art Council, where "music, history, art and gardens come to life".
For more about the non-profit event, see http://www.summermoongathering.com/ If we weren't going to be busy minding the shop for our Summer Open House, we'd be there for sure!
July 7 thru July 31 (Wednesdays and Saturdays)
Lincoln Hall Salvage for Sale
Those of you who follow Bob Swisher's column in the Champaign News Gazette already know about this one but we thought we would help spread the word. Bob and his friends at PACA (Preservation and Conservation Association of Champaign County, http://www.pacacc.org/) have organized a sale of used furniture and slate blackboards from the University of Illinois' Lincoln Hall. Sale hours are 4:30 to 7:00 p.m. on Wed. and 9:30 until 3:00 on Saturdays. There are four semi-trailers full of stuff moved to the sale location at 312 N. Walnut Street in Champaign. Among the interesting things to are oak desks, all sizes of tables, solid oak chairs, school desks with cast-iron bases and the slate blackboards. Anyone who reads any of the country decorating magazines can think of tons of things to do with the slate, which sells for $2 per square foot. Any questions? Call PACA at 217.359-7222.
p.s. If you've never been to PACA's architectural salvage warehouse in downtown Champaign, you MUST go. Great architectural salvage of all shapes and sizes plus a friendly, knowledgeable, volunteer staff to help you out. Everyone is sure to find something they "need" among all the salvaged treasures.
August 21 & 22
30th Skinner Farm Museum and Gas Show
Wednesday, June 9, 2010
Meanwhile, the Heartland show is in the rear-view mirror. Quite a happening over in Richmond, Indiana with about 150 dealers. One building was so chock full of truly amazing pieces it was almost like visiting a museum! I'll post photos later unless the Heartland website beats me to it.
p.s. Those of you on the mailing list should watch your mailboxes for our Third Annual Summer Open House postcard coming your way soon. Meanwhile, go ahead and mark your calendars to save the date -- we'll start the sale on Friday, July 23 at noon for the early buyers and keep it going into the evening for the after-work crowd. Then the Open House continues on Saturday and Sunday (July 24 & 25). It's been quite a few months since our last open days so we will have a really big offering of "new" old stuff. Hope to see you in Georgetown!
Monday, May 31, 2010
After the long weekend, Forever More will be packing up to make a trip to Richmond, Indiana for the 20th year of the Heartland Antique Show next Saturday from 9:00 - 4:00. (We are a last-minute addition, substituting for our friend Jackie Bradford - feel better, Jackie!) Check out the website at www.heartlandantiqueshow.com -- it's a quality show with dealers from all over. I'll post pictures the following week -- I'm sure there will be some amazing items. I do have to say that the Richmond area has tons of great antique shops so you might consider an impromptu trip to make an antiquing weekend out of the Heartland show. Or make a note to go to the fall edition of the show, held the Saturday before Thanksgiving.
Meanwhile, back in Georgetown, plans are underway for the Third Annual Summer Open House which will be July 23, 24 & 25. Watch for details soon -- if you're on the mailing list you'll get a card in the next couple of weeks. Keep following the blog to see a sneak peek sometime in July.
p.s. Don't forget the Bishop Hill Antique Market on July 10. If you've never been, watch for more info on things to do in and on your way to Bishop Hill in a future post.
Tuesday, May 4, 2010
It was great to see some familiar faces in the crowd -- I'm sure you enjoyed the show -- let me know what you thought...And next time, bring a carload of your friends!
ForeverMore's booth included -- as always -- early quilts along with other textiles including homespuns, crewel work, coverlet pieces, hooked rugs and early child's dresses and doll dresses. We had a rope bed (yes, we roped it and topped it with a feather tick and a quilt), a blanket chest in old red paint, several folk art pieces and a small, grain-painted, one-door dry sink. Early sewing items were popular with shoppers as were the textiles. An adorable primitive child's cupboard sold quickly as did a wonderful 40" wide early set of dovetailed walnut drawers signed 1855 and a tiny child's chair in old green over red paint.
Next up? The Bishop Hill Antiques Market in July. (More on that later!) And then our Third Annual Summer Open House. We've got grand plans for out summer sale and if the weather cooperates, it will be our biggest and best event to date. Like they say, "third time's a charm...."
Sunday, April 25, 2010
Next up, "Pure & Simple" in Kokomo, Indiana next Saturday, May 1 from 8:00 to 3:00.
ForeverMore's booth will feature early textiles, plenty of quilts (as always!), an early rope bed, decorated blanket chests in original paint, a one-door, grain-painted dry sink, lots of decorative early smalls, baskets, some architectural pieces and a bit of garden decor....plus, lots, lots more!
Come see us and shop with 60 select dealers from over 12 different states in this first-of-its kind show. If you need more info to make it a weekend full of antiquing, check out the show website for nearby hotels/motels as well as dining options. http://www.theoldshed.com/pureandsimple/index.htm
Make yourself at home and enjoy the show!
Sunday, April 18, 2010
Next up is "Arts & Antiques At Osage Farm" near Charleston, IL on April 24 from 8:00 - 3:00, rain or shine. Just over a dozen select antique dealers will be offering quality country antiques alongside beautiful handcrafted folk art, live music and tasty food. It's a great day in the country as show promoter Diane Cole hosts one of the most unique shows you'll find in this area. Mark your calendar for next weekend - you'll be glad you did! (more info? directions? http://www.artandantiquesatosagefarm.com/ ) If time allows this week, I'll post a few of the unique pieces you'll be able to see in our booth.
Monday, March 8, 2010
This past Saturday's primitive show in Amish Country was packed with great old country pieces, unique early American items and one-of-a-kind finds. There was so much to see and plenty of shoppers there to see it. The weather cooperated (giving us all a touch of spring fever) and it's safe to say a good time was had by all. All day long we watched happy folks with great items tucked under their arms and big smiles on their faces as they went in search of another find. How fun!
Here is a view of the ForeverMore booth right before the show opened. I'll update the slide show in the next few days to include some this year's offerings and close-ups of some of the amazing old quilts we passed along to new owners including that green Turkey Tracks quilt from the 1800s you can see above, and the blue/yellow/red star patterned crib quilt hanging above the blue dry sink.
An item that received lots of attention until someone snapped it up was a great old piece of architectural salvage -- a half-moon window, 52" wide with that neat old wavy glass. It was quickly followed out the door by a neat little corner shelf in old blue and green paint. A great primitive work table in old green paint disappeared along with a big slant top tool box also in green. Green may have been the color of the day (were we all thinking spring?) because a early jelly cupboard in light green wash with a bread-board door found a new home as well. Among our other sales were some personal favorites including a folk-art birdhouse with two chimneys, a tiny doll dress made from old blue & white ticking, a heavy zinc bottle carrier from Germany, a great big wire basket with wooden handles and an early child's low-back Windsor chair, just to name a few.
Thanks to everyone who stopped by. It's always good to see familiar faces and meet new ones too. To those of you from far away places who made the trek to Central Illinois - see you next year!
St. Joseph Antique Show - March 20
Next up on Saturday, March 20 is the St. Joseph Antique Show, now in its 24th year. The show has gone through some changes in the last few years but given the group of dealers who have signed up this time, its definitely going strong again. The show runs from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the St. Joseph Middle School Gym (take exit 192 from I-74 and follow the signs to the other side of town). The entrance donation is $3, and the building is handicap accessible. In addition to all of the great antiques and collectibles, there will be food, beverages, and items from local artisans.
We're taking a huge trunk full of vintage linens, lots of springy, garden things and - of course - QUILTS, along with some country furniture too. Hope to see you there!
Saturday, February 13, 2010
"A Gathering On The Prairie"
8th Annual Country Primitives & Antique Show
Saturday, March 6, 2010
8:00 a.m. to 3 p.m.
At the Otto Center in Arthur, Illinois
How to get there: The Otto Center is 1/2 mile South of Arthur off of Route 133. From I-57, take exite 203 and then follow Route 133 West through Arcola to Arthur.
What you'll see: Bigger and better than ever, with about 50 quality dealers from 13 states, you will see one of the best selections of furniture in old paint & original surface, early decorative accessories, textiles (including quilts -- you know we will have plenty!), baskets, folk art and one-of-a-kind early American items you don't see in central Illinois at any other time of the year. If you love primitives and the new country style, it's a "don't-miss" show!!
Shopping Tip: Before last year -- our first year setting up at the show -- we could be found waiting in line out front to be among the first ones through the door. One lesson I learned the hard way is that if you see it and you like it, grab it because the Gathering attracts such a great group of primitive lovers that you can't count on a piece still being available if you come back around the show a little later. Last year there were lots of disappointed faces who came back to our booth for something that someone else had snatched up. There's nothing worse -- for the customer and for us -- than when we have to break the bad news! So remember, if it caught your eye, chances are it will draw someone else's attention too.
Looking for the ForeverMore booth? We'll be in the back corner on the right side as you enter. Look for a quilt you should be able to see down the aisle! Stop by and say "hello" and definately let me know if you read this blog!
P.S. Don't mistake this show for "Homesteaders on the Prairie". That's another quality primitives show (including some crafts too). It's at the school on the corner where you turn south toward the Otto Center. That show opens an hour later on Saturday. Make a day of it and shop both shows!
SINCE THIS POSTING WAS FIRST WRITTEN, THERE IS NOW A THIRD SHOW THAT SAME WEEKEND. FOREVERMORE HOSTS THE COUNTRY SPIRIT SHOW IN ARCOLA! CHECK OUT www.picturetrail.com/countryspirit