Monday, August 12, 2013

Columbus Antique Mall

DH and I had a nice day at the Columbus (Wisconsin) Antique Mall last week, while I was on vacation and he had a day off from Grampa's Day Care Center.

The drive takes about 90 minutes from our home in Waukesha County.  He tried to avoid the freeway and round-abouts (a peculiar traffic configuration he just hates!) but we ended up on the expressway anyway.  At one point his Tomtom -- why is it called Tom when it's a woman's voice??  -- had us turning off at "Highway 16, next right".  We made the turn right into a round-about.  She directed us to the left, to the left, to the left, to the left... right back onto the highway we just exited.  Oh well, we had a good laugh.

The CAM is a bunch of old buildings connected by common walls, and it houses a Christopher Columbus Museum in addition to three floors of individual booth spaces, filled with - well - junk.  OK, not ALL of it is junk.  There are shelves full of collectibles like old toys, dishes, linens, signs, jars of marbles, furniture, hats, dresses, kitchen gadgets, advertising signs, on and on and on.

I collect depression glass dishes.  I have a full set of amber colored glassware in a pattern called Sharon or Cabbage Rose.  I really wanted to collect green, but 20 years ago when I started, you couldn't find green.  My first piece was a pink cookie jar in a pattern called Princess given to me by my mom.  I liked pink but it was also hard to find.

I saw a ton of green and pink depression glass in Columbus.  So where was all that green glass when I was looking for it??  I also saw a shelf of yellow, which I had never seen anywhere before.  I had to take a picture.

I posted this pic to my FB page... a floor space full of dolls, some of which were kind of creepy... note the front row far left.  And my DH complains because my shelf of beautifully dressed and coiffed dolls look at him from the shelf in my sewing room!!
None of these lovelies came home with me...  the naked 11" fashion doll in the center is a molded Barbie-wannabee, maybe one of those dolls made for the center of a wedding cake???


Saw but did not purchase a black beaded evening bag of some sort.  It was rather small, probably three inches by 8 inches or so.  Nice, but no.

On the way home we ran into the typical Wisconsin scenery.  Beautiful green grass and trees, farms, old brick houses.  If I won the lottery and could live anywhere, I'd move to central Wisconsin.

And of course, construction. 

We do call our short summer the Orange Barrel season. 

Sew on!