Sunday, May 17, 2009

Antique Alley

We Went, We Shopped, We Bought. I had such fun at the Antique Alley Sale. I went on Friday with my mother and aunt and uncle. We drive up highway 11 from Birmingham to north of Collinsville. I made a few purchases: an heirloom tomato plant, poppy seeds, heirloom perennial petunia's, holly hock plants ($7 for all plants), 2 "new" outfits ($5 for both), an old feed sack ($3) and an antique RC Cola drink crate ($4). My aunt bought me a pedestal dish made of blue Indiana glass ($5). My mother bought me an old bench ($10) and a HUGE antique mirror (it is GORGEOUS) it was marked at an estate sale for $110 but we got it half price.

It was a busy weekend, so I needed to unload some things still from my van, so I will post a picture later this week-probably Thrifty Thursday-of my thrifty finds.
I got some great deals, but it was the country scenery that I was completely taken with. The plants I purchased came from a barn sale. How cool is that? A barn sale.

The sale was at this historic barn, which I have actually photographed many times throughout the years. The barn was built in 1910.

The sale was a great opportunity for me to find out the history of the barn and the 100 acres of land it sat on. It was also a great opportunity for me to get a better look at the barn (especially the backside, which I had not been able to see or photograph from the road) and all the beauty that was on the property, which is where all the flowers were photographed.

Magnolia bloom.

Queen Anne's Lace

For lunch we ate at Nessa's in Collinsville (which is my mother and uncles hometown).

Nessa's is a tearoom with Greek influences. I had a salad and the stuffed peppers.

My mom and aunt opted for the chicken salad.

My uncle chose the ham sandwich on a croissant.

I thoroughly enjoyed my meal. I would recommend Nessa's highly. The service was also commendable, our waitresses (we had two) waited on our every need with a smile and offered up suggestions from everything from dishes to order to things to do in the area.
We went home with full bellies and a full trunk-stuffed with antiques and more. As my momma likes to say, "A good time was had by all".


Mari said...

Glad you had a fun and succesful trip, and didn't get into any trouble (Thelma and Louise!)

HEWY said...

Love it!

Libby Murphy said...

Oh wow that looks like lots of fun. Great finds, beautiful flowers, family, and yummy food. Mix that with glorious blue skies and it's just about perfect.
Happy Twirls

Laura @ the shorehouse. said...

Oh, YAY!!! This looks like a fabulous day. I truly wish I was there. dying to see this mirror...Thrifty Thursday?! :-)

Keetha said...

You know I always love the food pictures!!! The stuffed pepper looks amazing.

Kelly said...

That barn is beautiful for sure.

Denise said...

The pictures are beautiful! Looks like you had a great time. I can't wait to see pics of your goodies.


jennifer said...

You keep living my dream days! LOVE the barn (I have a similar picture - whoda thunk it :D ). And time with your Momma *sigh* makes me want to go see mine. Glad you got to spend the day with her. Another sigh on your Aunt buying you the pedestal dish - that was so nice of her and something my aunt would have done.

I know this will most likely be a busy week for you. Saying prayers for you to have lots of energy! Hugs Leigh!


Glad you had a fruitful trip. Question....have you ever done the longest yard sale in August? I am thinking about doing it this year....towards then end...when people want to not have to pack up their stuff. LOL


How often is this held...I want to go next time!

Leigh of Bloggeritaville said...

Mari- we were good. No trouble, or any that was documented. Oh, I kid. We were good girls.

Thanks Hewy!Have missed you! Hope you are doing ok! I am sure I will see you at a future market days. I am so glad that has come to Helena!

It was Libby. It was just a gorgeous day to be in the outdoors!
Thanks for stopping by, my friend!

Laura-Yes, mam! You come on back over on Thursday for the big reveal. LOL! Hope you are good. I am headed your way (blog) now!

Keetha-Thanks Keetha. The peppers were stuffed with potatoes, cheese & garlic. YUMMMMMM.

Thanks Kelly! And thanks for stopping by, friend!

I did! Thanks Denise! I will post my pictures on Thrifty Thursday so do come back, and join in if you will. I would love to see you!
Thanks for dropping by Bloggeritaville!

Jennifer- You and your mom need to join me and my mom! We'd have a good time. If you come "home" give me a call maybe we can meet for lunch. There is a good Mexican place in your hometown. Thanks for your sweet sentiments. It is bittersweet. Adulthood now. Wow.
Hey, I will be in your neck of the woods in June13-20. Hopefully we can hook up. LOVE!!

Hey Karen!It's held every year, the third weekend in May. There is a link on my blog to the web site. Mark your calendar now.I have been to the one in August several times. Fun but miserably hot! I am planning to go again this year, in fact my girlfriends and I were planning yesterday. We are going to drive up to a spot in Tennessee and work our way back down. Hope we find some good deals, hope you do too. The one that went on this weekend, much more bearable in the way of heat. Pack a cooler too. I forgot to mention I purchased to Amish cheese I put into our cooler....and to carry cool drinks.
Enjoy, friend! Is this your last week too? Mine all get out on Thursday.

The Hickmans said...

How fun!! We have a craft show similar here called, War Eagle. I love craft fairs!!

Chandy said...

Leigh, if I am ever in the area, I would have to let you know and we'd have to find some good deals ourselves. Glad you found some wonderful things to enjoy in your home and what is a great day out without great company, huh? ;-)

Carrie said...

Looks like a fun time. Wonderful pictures.

Carrie said...

Looks like a fun time. Wonderful pictures.

Mid-Atlantic Martha said...

Looks like a great trip - glad you and Louise - I mean your mother didn't get into trouble!

Glenda/MidSouth said...

Sounds like you had a great day - good food and good company. Thanks for sharing.

♥Trina♥ said...

Gorgeous pictures! I especially like the one of the gourds in the wheelbarrow. I am such a country girl!

Leigh of Bloggeritaville said...

Amy, I remember that, because you participated with your new business venture. I hope that is going well, btw! It sounds like a fun one and great show! Wish I lived closer so I could've attended.

Chandy, if you are ever in the area-you BEST look me up! We'd have such fun-you know it! Again, so proud of you Chandy and your graduation with honors. Yeah for you!

Thank you Carrie, it was!

Martha- Mom and I were on our best behavior. We were looking for deals that day and not trouble (wink). It was alot of fun. I enjoy being with her and my family!

Thanks so much, Glenda! We did have a good day and couldn't have asked for better weather.
Thanks for dropping by Bloggeritaville, friend!

"Thank God I'm a country girl!!"
Me too! Thanks Trina!

Tammy said...

This looks like SO much fun! And what treasures you find. The flowers are just beautiful and the food looks totally yummy. I can remember my Greek grandmother making stuffed peppers. Mmmmm.

Rachel said...

YUMM!! Being Greek, I love anything Greek. Next time I'm up that way, I will HAVE to try it!! The only thing I've ever gotten in Collinsville was a speeding ticket :(