Friday, June 21, 2013

A Walnut Weekend

Over Father's Day weekend each year, the village of Walnut, IA throws a big party. For three days hundreds of antique vendors set up along the streets and in any empty spaces and thousands of people parade through finding treasures from the past.

Iowa's Antique City
We hadn't been there for a few years, but made the trek this year to this community of just over 800 people. I counted six churches in our walk around  the town and took note that most all of the homes along their main street had huge front yards and porches, and garages were in the back (we seem to have turned that around).
Here's a taste of just a few of the items that caught my eye... This was fairly early in the day and the crowd wasn't too bad. See the fella in the middle of the picture in the blue shirt? That's my Vintage Boy dawdling behind me as usual. Actually, I sought out shade whenever possible - the sun and I don't have a very good relationship.
This is half of a Red Owl sign, but I thought my son-in-law would like the first half as a birthday gift - "Go Big Red!"  However there were two problems - I didn't have room to bring it home, and I wasn't willing to part with $1,000 for it. Sorry Jeff!
There was an abundance of beautiful furniture to look at. I liked the simplicity of this bookcase with a unique top. The couple that had this spot had come from Texas for the Walnut show.
Look at all the names embroidered on this quilt! I wondered if they represented a community, a church, a family, an organization? And why wouldn't one of those people have kept this treasure.
What a delightful kitchen cupboard with the rounded top.
Well, that's what I have for this trip - should have taken more  pictures as we saw some amazing things. This weekend we are going on a Scavenger's Journey which goes across South Dakota from Plankinton to Presho. I know we'll get as far as Chamberlain/Oacoma  (I've been promised a piece of coconut cream pie at Al's Oasis), but probably no farther west. Check out the link - perhaps you'll want to Journey this weekend.
Till next time...


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