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