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Our Biggest Sale Ever!


The most items ever on sale with the biggest reductions! We’ve got to make room and you’ll get the best deal ever. 

Starting July 1, all 50% yellow tags are an additional 50%.  The sale will end when Philip pulls the plug (probably when he feels faint!)

Come and get your Christmas shopping done early. 

See our Facebook page or Instagram account for a video of items.

We’ve reduced:

  • Cabinets
  • Majolica
  • Carved items
  • Blue and White Transferware
  • English smalls
  • Chairs
  • Trays
  • Stools
  • Pewter​
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A River Runs Through the Valley

Looking down on the abbey from the south bank of the River Skell.

Looking down on the abbey from the south bank of the River Skell.

In a small valley, in Yorkshire (midway between London and Edinburgh), a river runs quietly and peaceful. People have been here for a long time. This couple from Missouri visited in October 2016. There are several abbey ruins on our bucket list and we chose to visit the National Trust site of Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal Water Garden, near Harrogate. Because there’s a friendly antique centre full of our kind of treasure at Harrogate! It’s the Harrogate Antique Centre at Crimple Hall. Anyway back to the story….

A view from the altar down into the nave.

A view from the altar down into the nave.

Thirteen monks were given land in the valley, where the River Skell runs, in 1132. Here, they founded an abbey. Originally part of the Benedictine order, the monks switched their alliance to the Cistercian Order. The massive abbey grew, built from the white sandstone that lined the valley. Many workers laboured for years. Wood buildings went up and then, down, replaced by marble and stone. The storeroom, cellars and latrines were thoughtfully situated over the river, to make use of the cool river temperature. The abbey became one of the most wealthy abbeys in England.

Chapel of Nine Altars.

Chapel of Nine Altars.

Philip at the base of Abbot Huby's Bell Tower, next to the ruins of the Church's choir.

Philip at the base of Abbot Huby’s Bell Tower, next to the ruins of the Church’s choir.

Storeroom

Storeroom

A mill was built next to the river and provided a source of income for the Order. As the conflict between Henry VIII and the Roman Catholic Church ramped up, most abbeys fell to the crown. The Fountains Abbey was abolished in 1539 by edict from the crown. The little mill on the river was saved due to the income it produced. It is the oldest 12th Century cornmill in all of England. It was still operating in the mid-20th century and it is the only original complete building on the grounds.

One of the many ruins you can explore. This was in the area that was the Abbot's residence and dormitories.

One of the many ruins you can explore. This was in the area that was the Abbot’s residence and dormitories.

As the abbey’s land was divided between important families, two massive country manor houses were built on adjoining land. The Fountains Hall was a Jacobean House. Construction began on it in 1598 and builders used stone from the abbey ruins. The other mansion, Studley Royal began in 1452. A medieval mansion, it burned down twice and was rebuilt. Now, it is a private home. The Studley Royal owners used the river and began to make plans for a Water Garden. The work on digging the canals, lakes and ponds began in 1716 and they still exist today. A folly temple tempts the visitors a little further down the path. It’s easy to imagine characters from a Jane Austin novel strolling around the ponds. In 1767, the owner of Studley Hall bought the Fountains Abbey estate, once again combining the estate, and the abbey ruins became a focal point for the water garden. The work on the Water Gardens foreshadowed the landscape work by Capability Brown and set the stage for known English landscape gardens.

Pond at the Water Garden with statue.

Pond at the Water Garden with statue.

The Folly at the Water Garden.

The Folly at the Water Garden.

View of the abbey, as seen from the path at Studley Royal water garden.

View of the abbey, as seen from the path at Studley Royal water garden.

Nowadays, tourists visit the river and the valley. If they are like us, they miscalculate the acres as they walk down from the visitors centre, past flocks of sheep, to the ruins and onto the water gardens, descending down into the valley. Distracted by the quiet beauty and the sounds of the pheasants rooting in the underbrush. Then, they are suddenly aware how long the path is once they start back to the car. A 10 minute walk down to the river and a 45 minute walk back up hill. We highly recommend you visit the designated Studley Royal Park including the Ruins of Fountains Abbey, an UNESCO World Heritage Site. We had great fun exploring the ruins and imagining the quiet life of the devout monks. Lots of rooms and ruins to discover!

Pheasants!

Pheasants!

On a side note: Near our hometown of Springfield Missouri is Assumption Abbey. The Trappist monks, who reside there, are part of the Cistercian Order. The same order that lived in Fountains Abbey. According to Damian, our substitute while we shop, they make the best fruitcake ever! Something for your Christmas 2017 list.

 

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Touring Chatsworth

Chatsworth-The view as you drive in.

Chatsworth-The view as you drive in.

Part II of our spring shopping trip to England.

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We planned a tourist day on our first Saturday in England in April 2016. Our destination was Chatsworth in the Derbyshire’s Peak District. We’ve visited the Peak District on several occasions and had previously been in the vicinity of the historic house, but never had the time to stop. We figured if we were ever going to visit, we’d have to make the time.

Chatsworth-The Great Hall.

Chatsworth-The Painted Hall.

Chatsworth-The Oak Room.  Behind the small paintings are doors to the cupboards.

Chatsworth-The Oak Room. Behind the small paintings are doors to the cupboards.

Chatsworth is one of the most beautiful houses in all of England. It is the seat of the 12th Duke and Duchess of Devonshire and home to the Cavendish family since 1549. It is nestled in a valley along the River Derwent with forested hills providing a backdrop. Most of the vast estate is open to the public. Chatsworth’s been open to the public since the mid-1600s. There is the house, the garden, the park, the farmyard, the estate farm shop, a playground and several holiday rentals. On our visit, we toured the house and walked the garden.

Chatsworth-The Chapel Corridor

Chatsworth-The Chapel Corridor

Chatsworth-One of the Sketching Galleries

Chatsworth-One of the Sketching Galleries

Construction on the house began in 1552. It’s been owned by many generations of Cavendish, each leaving their mark on the house, the art collections and the gardens. The access that the public is granted is amazing. We saw many rooms; too many to pick a favorite, but the Painted Hall was breathtaking. “Wow” didn’t really do it justice.

Chatsworth-The Sculpture Gallery

Chatsworth-The Sculpture Gallery

 

Chatsworth-One of the lions.

Chatsworth-One of the lions.

 

We visited Chatsworth to see the art. The sculpture gallery is exceptional and we were fascinated by the “Lions of Chatsworth”. As we were touring the house, we entered a small dimly lit room. Philip looked up and said “That’s a Rembrandt!” The room guard smiled and said yes it was. The sheer volume of pieces of art in this family home is outstanding. Galleries, corridors and long halls have every inch covered by ornately framed artwork. In most cases, Philip loved the frames, as much as the oil paintings.

Chatsworth-Rembrandt

Chatsworth-Rembrandt

 

Chatsworth-Afternoon Tea with Scones and Meringues.

Chatsworth-Afternoon Tea with Scones and Meringues.

 

After we had our afternoon tea in the grand Palladian converted stables, we headed out into the gardens. There, we spent the remainder of our afternoon following paths into the different sections of the 100 acres of gardens, which were started in 1555. The sun was shining and the sheep were grazing on the parklands. We relished our time outdoors in the maze, the greenhouses, rock garden and the fountains. It was a welcome relaxing respite to the work ahead of us. We got a little carried away on our walk and found ourselves in a private area, where we happened upon a group of pheasants digging in the dirt. We skipped the Hundred Steps Ascent!

Chatsworth-The Cascade House and Cascade.

Chatsworth-The Cascade House and Cascade.

 

Chatsworth-Maze

Chatsworth-Maze

 

Americans know of Chatsworth through movies and television series. For instance, it’s been featured in “Pride and Prejudice” as Pemberley. And the house has been on our bucket list since the movie. While Jane Austin stayed at Bakewell, a town quite near Chatsworth (and where we shopped for antiques), she wrote Pride and Prejudice. Many believe she based Fitzwilliam Darcy’s home of Pemberley on Chatsworth.

From “Pride and Prejudice” by Jane Austin.

“They gradually ascended for half a mile, and then found themselves at the top of a considerable eminence, where the wood ceased, and the eye was instantly caught by Pemberley House, situated on the opposite side of a valley, into which the road with some abruptness wound. It was a large, handsome stone building, standing well on rising ground, and backed by a ridge of high woody hills; and in front a stream of some natural importance was swelled into greater, but without any artificial appearance. Its banks were neither formal nor falsely adorned. Elizabeth was delighted. She had never seen a place for which nature had done more, or where natural beauty had been so little counteracted by an awkward taste. They were all of them warm in their admiration; and at that moment she felt that to be mistress of Pemberley might be something!” 

Chatsworth Sheep. Take my photo, I want to cross the road.

Chatsworth Sheep. Take my photo, I want to cross the road.

We thoroughly enjoyed our visit to Chatsworth House and the Capability Brown landscapes. We’ve seen many grand houses and palaces and now, this is one of our favourites.

Up next, we’ll take you to Sheffield’s Antique Quarter as we continue our series of Spring 2016 Shopping Trip blogs.

P.S. Theresa has watched Pride and Prejudice 4000 times (according to Philip).

Chatsworth

Chatsworth-Theresa waiting for Mr. Darcy.

 

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Mad for Majolica in Missouri

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A sampling of our majolica offerings. 

Our goal is to offer shoppers in SW Missouri a wonderful and unique assortment of beautiful antique and vintage objects for the home. Philip uses his 45 years in the art world to pick those items that are an affordable mix of color, design and value. One category that we are excited to carry at the store is the colorful majolica.

What exactly is Majolica?

Our majolica refers to pieces of earthenware (clay), formed in a mold, coated with white opaque tin enamel glaze, fired at a very high temperature, and then coated with bright colored glazes and then, fired again. The bright glazes, up to nine colors, were applied all at once. There are vibrant and rather heavy objects.

Majolica has its roots in the 16th century, but what we carry is a Victorian adaption and an anglicized version of Italian pottery. Shown first at The Great Exhibition in London in 1851, the English majolica was all the rage until the turn of the 1900s. This was the time of the Englishman’s great fascination with the nature world and the majolica pieces reflect this by using natural motifs, animals and plants.

How do you know what you are buying?

We are not experts so we rely on purchasing the majority of our majolica from three sources in England. These persons are experts and help us to find affordable pieces to pass onto our customers. Without their help, it would be too frustrating to bring in majolica. There are many reproductions on the market from overseas. The big three companies, Minton, Jones and Wedgwood, used a three to four digit black number to identify their pieces, but many of the Victorian majolica manufacturers left their wares unmarked. One important tip for a potential buyer is that the undersurface of a piece, including the bottom rim, is almost always glazed.

At our store, we stick to plates, pitchers, compotes and platters. Rather than purchasing a shelf-sitter, majolica can be hung on a wall, along with transferware or used on the table. We usually have several sets of green salad plates with raised designs of different leaves. With the emphasis on food and gourmet, these salad plates add another level of enjoyment to a dining experience.

Majolica makes a great gift and a colorful addition to any home.

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No Treats on Portobello Road.

Proof that we were there.

Proof that we were there.

Jump on the Tube and exit at Notting Hill Gate, follow the crowds and you will arrive at one of London’s most visited attractions. It’s a street. Portobello Road. Anyone not heard of it? Anyone else visited there? Seen bumbling Hugh Grant’s movie Notting Hill? Here’s our short review: if you are looking to buy antiques or vintage or collectibles for resale, go elsewhere.

Another early morning start.

Another early morning start.

We arrived early to beat the crowds on a Saturday, which we had heard were tremendous. That is an understatement. At 8 a.m., we had the south antique section of the street to ourselves and we started off by wandering in and out of the private small over-priced stores that line both sides of the road. We casually browsed tables set up on the sidewalks and tented booths that set up in the street.

A friendly shopkeeper on Portobello Road. This is where we bought some Polo balls.

A friendly shopkeeper on Portobello Road. This is where we bought some Polo balls.

Then we ventured into the antiquated antique stalls built into rooms of tiny buildings. Close your eyes and imagine…..You’ve entered into a retail building, but instead of open shelving and displays, there are small glass closets and each of these closets are crammed with grandma’s finest crap, from floor to ceiling. Next to the first closet is another closet and another and so on. Besides the stuff, there is a person sitting on a tiny chair reading the daily newspaper. No eye contact, although they may decide to break their silence and talk with the person on the chair opposite them. There is room for one person to carefully walk down the hall between the closets. This is not a comfortable way to shop if you are claustrophobic or carrying a child. Follow the hall as it turns the corner and exits back onto the street. There are many of these buildings and we went into each of them.

It's 10 a.m. and the crowd is growing.

It’s 10 a.m. and the crowd is growing.

By 11 a.m., Portobello Road is full of people, wall to wall people. Casually strolling is now off-limits. The throng of tourists pushes you down the road. Think about if Madison Square Gardens had only one exit and everyone was using it to go in and out at the same time. Chaos!

Jam filled donuts from a food stall on Portobello Road.

Jam filled donuts from a food stall on Portobello Road.

The road itself has developed specific sections. The south part is the antiques section, followed by food and groceries. We thought there would be flower stalls, but there weren’t many, maybe due to it being October. The food stalls were the most interesting. All types of international open air cooking were offered. The Spanish paella smelled out of the world, but we were unwilling to eat and try to walk at the same time. Then there are house ware vendors and rows and rows of vintage or simply old clothing. At the most northern end, regular people put out secondhand garage sale items. At the end, you turn around and let the mob push you back to south of the road which empties out at Notting Hill Gate.

By now, everyone is looking for a place to eat and all the eateries are full of stressed out foreign people. Luckily, we found a sushi restaurant, where we could unwind and recuperate. We did buy a few items and got to visit with a fellow Transferware Collectors Club member who sells from a double-wide glass closet. He has amazing transferware.

Sushi at itsu on Notting Hill Gate.

Sushi at itsu on Notting Hill Gate.

So, we’ve been there and done that. We’ve checked it off our bucket list. No treats on Portobello Road, but the real treat is that we are living our dream and shopping for antiques in England and the rest of Europe to bring some great pieces back to our friends in Springfield Missouri.

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Lunch at Burghley House.

Impressive gate at entrance to the house.

Impressive gate at entrance to the house.

After we finished shopping at the Festival of Antiques in Peterborough, we headed to Stamford to check out an antique centre, where we bought a few pieces for the fall container. As we wrapped up our business, we decided to head a mile down the road to eat lunch at Burghley House. Because that’s just what you do.

Main Entrance of Burghley.

Main Entrance of Burghley.

Built by William Cecil, Lord High Treasurer to Queen Elizabeth I, between 1555 and 1587, Burghley House is one of the best examples of Elizabethan architecture in all of England. It has been the Cecil family’s home for over sixteen generations. It is currently owned by Michael Exeter, 8th Marquess of Exeter, 17th Earl of Exeter and 18th Baron Burghley. And he lives in Oregon!

We did not tour the house, but enjoyed our lunch and walking around in the park which was laid out by Capability Brown.

Courtyard at Burghley House.

Courtyard at Burghley House.

You might have seen Burghley before on film. In fact, it served as Lady Catherine’s home, Rosings Park, in the 2005 film version of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice, starring Kiera Knightley as Elizabeth Bennet.

Philip can always find ice cream.

Philip can always find ice cream.

English Country Plate Rack.

English Country Plate Rack found in Stamford at the St. Martins Antique Centre. Less than a mile from Burghley House.

 

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Shopping at the Festival of Antiques

Cute van painted to look like a gypsy wagon.

Cute van painted to look like a gypsy wagon.

When we are in England, we plan our trips around the ASFairs (Arthur Swallow Fairs) and IACF (International Antiques and Collectors Fairs). They are usually held during the same week. Then, we take a look at other fairs that coincide with them, either the week before or after. Our trip in October was preceded by a fair at the East of England Showground-Peterborough Arena called the Peterborough Festival of Antiques. Less than an hour and a half south of Lincoln, we decided to add this fair to our itinerary.

The Peterborough Festival of Antiques is advertised as one of the largest Antique Fairs in England and is held twice a year in March and October. It is a well-organized fair in super facilities with 1700 stall holders. Everyone was friendly and helpful. Fairs of this magnitude offer the best opportunity for those in the trade to shop for bargains. While we enjoy shopping in individual stores and centres, we find the majority of our inventory at the big fairs.

Another early start to find the best bargains.

Another early start to find the best bargains.

We lucked out with the weather. England was having a wonderful Indian summer and the temperatures were warm and no rain clouds in sight. We paid extra to get in early on the Friday. We were in line by 6:30 a.m. and considering that we were sleep deprived (less than 8 hours during a 48 hour period); we were ready for the gates to open at 7:00.

The film crew is heading our way; time to duck and cover.

The film crew is heading our way; time to duck and cover.

We learned that there are several large buildings and outdoor pitches. Since the weather was cooperating, we decided to shop outdoors first. We hunted for bargains amid the rows of tents and pitches. We found French, English, and German items. We bought well. And we weren’t the only ones. As we carried our bags out to car numerous times, we saw lots of shoppers doing the same. As usual, we played leap frog around television crews filming game shows/reality shows. They are very polite, but often in the way. And we try desperately to stay far away from the television cameras.

Yes, we lost our car. In our defense, we'd only had it one day and although we knew the license plate, there were too many cars.

Yes, we lost our car. In our defense, we’d only had it one day and although we knew the license plate, there were too many cars.

By the end of the day, we were exhausted and tired of all the walking and carrying. Our shipper was not with us and, boy, did we miss him. We had not even been in any of the buildings. We changed up our plans on Saturday, so we could come back the next day and shop some more. We are dedicated!

The Cuckoo at The Cuckoo

The Cuckoo at The Cuckoo

At the end of day one, we ate at The Cuckoo in Alwalton. It’s a country pub and restaurant. There’s nothing quite like a pint of Cider and a loaf of homemade artisan bread at the end of a long day of shopping.

Warm artisan bread.

Warm artisan bread.

We highly recommend the Festival of Antiques at Peterborough. Check out their website at http://www.festivalofantiques.co.uk/

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Ely Cathedral: Checking off the Bucket List

Our antique etching of Ely Cathedral.

Our antique etching of Ely Cathedral.

We’ve had a framed historic etching of Ely Cathedral in our home since we were first married. Our etching shows the Norman building in Ely, England, before disaster struck in 1440. It’s been a goal of ours to visit the cathedral in person and in October, we finally made it there on a break during our October antique shopping trip in the UK.

The Galilee Porch and main entrance. The missing northwest transept would have matched the southwest transept.

The Galilee Porch and main entrance. The missing northwest transept would have matched the southwest transept.

We took the train to Peterborough, where we picked up our rental car and headed southeast to the town of Ely. As we approached, the Cathedral rose over the flat fens. Several rivers feed the mostly agricultural area. In fact, Ely is built on the remains of a clay-mud island. Parking in the center of town (yay for car parks!), we trekked up High Street to the Cathedral. Beautiful grounds and parklands surround the medieval buildings. It did not disappoint.

We approached the Cathedral from the north.

We approached the Cathedral from the north.

The first monastery at Ely was founded in 673 by Etheldreda, a Saxon Princess. The Vikings destroyed the monastery in 870 and the Benedictines re-founded the monastery in 970. Work began on the present building in 1080. The monastery became a Cathedral in 1109. It took one hundred years to build and other bits were added through the years. Then, the disaster!

In 1322, the Norman central tower collapsed. It was replaced with an incredible engineered timbered structure. Massive trees were used to form supports for the roof. Then, in 1440 the northwest transept, which had been structurally failing because of the land, collapsed and was removed.

The Octagon and lantern built after the center tower collapsed.

The Octagon and lantern built after the center tower collapsed.

The Cathedral was attacked by more than building defects. Henry VIII closed the monastery in 1539 and in 1541, all the windows were smashed and sculptures removed or defaced. Oliver Cromwell forced the closure of the Cathedral in 1653 and it remained closed until 1670. In 1699, part of the north transept collapsed.

From the choir stalls and carved seats (misericords), which date from the 14th century.

From the choir stalls and carved seats (misericords), which date from the 14th century.

Today, the Cathedral is a mix of styles from over 800 years. It is a beautiful holy place. A true blessing to those that visit it.

The east window tells the story of Jesus' life, death and resurrection.

The east window tells the story of Jesus’ life, death and resurrection.

Lastly, we did manage to visit the Waterside Antiques Centre at the Wharf of the Great Ouse River and had a nice afternoon tea next door at Peacocks Tea Room.

Peacocks Tea Room serves inside or outside in the garden.

Peacocks Tea Room serves inside or outside in the garden.

Interesting note: Ely is probably named so because of the centuries of their massive eel fishing industry. Unfortunately, we didn’t get to try eel while we were there! We also missed the May Eel Festival. Darn.

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Haggling over Antiques.

Philip's ready to make a deal at the Sparks Kansas Flea Market.

Philip’s ready to make a deal at the Sparks Kansas Flea Market.

So a guy walks into an antique store and says, “So, has the “American Pickers” changed your business?”

Nope, it’s not the beginning of a joke. It actually happens in our store about once every two weeks. The answer is: we don’t believe it’s impacted our business.

The American Pickers are two guys who go into barns, garages and personal collections of individuals and haggle to buy old industrial parts, signs and memorabilia. They don’t go into retail businesses. They wouldn’t think to come here and if they did, they wouldn’t have the audacity to haggle big-time with Philip. A retail store owner has overhead. You don’t go into Dillard’s and demand a 25 to 50% reduction in price off new inventory. You wait for sales.

Do antique stores run sales? Yes. Do they discount from time to time? Yes. Do they participate in “American Pickers Style” haggling? We doubt it. Can you offer less or ask for a discount? Sure, but there may not be much of a mark up to begin with, so don’t take it personal if your offer is rejected. What about a “cash discount”? Doesn’t hurt to ask.

Haggling is an acceptable practice around the world. Americans haggle over the price of cars. At flea markets, people will negotiate, hopefully politely. Don’t offer too low of a price though. It is offensive to low ball it. At the West Bottoms in Kansas City, we saw lots of signage that clearly stated that stores did not negotiate. Reasonable prices were set in stone.

Know your market. We’ve seen internet shops with European inventory running as much as a 6x markup. You won’t find that in Springfield Missouri. The Midwest antique market has been slow to rebound from the recession. If you are wondering about a fair market price, we usually recommend that people go online and do an advanced search on eBay for “sold” items.

You can trust that we are out looking for good quality items that we can offer to you at a reasonable price. Intense negotiation won’t be necessary.

(Editor’s note: these are simply our opinions)

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Our Lewis and Clark Antiquing Expedition.

Lewis and Clark Expedition Mural in downtown Kansas City.

Lewis and Clark Expedition Mural in downtown Kansas City.

Our son lives in the Kansas City area and we went to see him over the week preceding the Labor Day. So, of course, we planned to antique while he was at work. As it turned out, we spent most of our shopping time along the Missouri River, the old Lewis and Clark stomping grounds. We grabbed our map and emptied the van.

On the first day, we headed north of Kansas City to Platte City. As luck would have it, the best shopping was found at our first stop, at W.D. Pickers. It’s an actual “antique” mall with over 100 dealers. They carry antiques, not flea market/garage sale leftovers. The staff was friendly and the mall was clean and well organized.

Helpful staff at W.D. Pickers in Platte City, Missouri.

Helpful staff at W.D. Pickers in Platte City, Missouri.

From there, we joined up with the Missouri River and toured Weston Missouri. Heading north, we passed the Lewis and Clark Lake, where in 1804, the expedition passed and noted the large amount of baby geese. They named the lake “Goslings Lake”. We crossed the river into Kansas at Atchison and explored the town and did some limited shopping.

On the banks of the Missouri River at Atchison, Kansas.

On the banks of the Missouri River at Atchison, Kansas.

The Amelia Earhart Birthplace and Childhood Home is a National Historic Site, high on the west bank of the Missouri River.

The Amelia Earhart Birthplace and Childhood Home is a National Historic Site, high on the west bank of the Missouri River.

Early the next morning, we drove to the Sparks Kansas Antique and Collectible Flea Market. National magazines have grouped Sparks in with Brimfield and Round Top, so we were anticipating finding treasures galore. Big disappointment! This market cannot hold its own in the leagues of other national markets. The magazines got this one wrong. There are many vendors, but the choice items were non-existent. It took us less than 4 hours to walk the entire town and neighboring farms.

Finding stuff in a barn in Sparks, Kansas.

Finding stuff in a barn in Sparks, Kansas.

Yay for shade trees at the Sparks Kansas Antique and Collectible Flea Market.

Yay for shade trees at the Sparks Kansas Antique and Collectible Flea Market.

With temperatures in the low 90’s, we decided to move on to the next town, White Cloud. So following the Missouri River, our small expedition loaded into the van and headed north to the Nebraska state line. A small main street with shops and tents lined the way to a field where a tiny cluster of tents were set up.

Traveling on the roads and enjoying the scenery is a perk of antiquing. The flood land is flat near the river, but in this part of the four states, the rolling hills are steep, and towns are built on the bluffs. The glaciers that forced into the area 600,000 years ago made beautiful landscapes. We did one more stop in Leavenworth and went back to Kansas City for dinner with our son.

The next morning, we shopped on the First Friday weekend at the West Bottoms. We’ve written about West Bottoms before. It’s still a shopping destination and parking lots were full. We were there for the better part of a day. This is a good source for us to spot trends. The sellers are good at design and vignettes. We saw a lot of painted furniture and signs, and industrial seems to still be popular.

The picking was good in the West Bottoms of Kansas City.

The picking was good in the West Bottoms of Kansas City.

Most of the venues in the West Bottoms are located in huge old warehouses, which is part of the charm.

Most of the venues in the West Bottoms are located in huge old warehouses, which is part of the charm.

Others were having good luck picking at West Bottoms.

Others were having good luck picking at West Bottoms.

On Saturday, we headed up to antique stores in Parkville, Missouri, again on the Missouri River. It’s a cute little town, but no antiques that interested us. Over to Claycomo and then, crossing the river, we headed to the River Market. They have a Facebook page and it looked interesting; however, they don’t have our kind of stuff. Mostly 1960s retro. We’d say skip it.

Andrew is working on a project in Parkville, so we had to check it out.

Andrew is working on a project in Parkville, so we had to check it out.

River Market was a bust for us.

River Market was a bust for us.

It was a great week; we covered the Kansas City metro antique area (much more than we listed here), bought new inventory for the store and spent several evenings visiting with Andrew. A shout out to Damian and Alvina, who minded the store while we were out and about, following the river.

Hope you enjoyed our travel tale. Stop in the store and take a gander at the pickings!

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