I’m not going to lie. I have to do a spell check whenever I write “Tennessee” but after my days there hunting vintage on Highway 52, I have an appreciation for the state and its friendly people, delicious southern food and great old finds folks were willing to part with! I loaded my car to the brim with all kinds of treasures…a yellow ammo box, tool boxes, thermoses, paint by numbers, ceramic planters, a globe, metal step ladder, soda crates, and more. I’ve been feeling this lull in Posy, post-holidays, and it feels so good to have this new batch of goods to show off online, at markets and in my booth at the Cheshire Cat Gallery. And this was just the first trip of the summer!
The cherry on top of this trip, was getting to spend a few days with my dad…one of my favorite road-trip partners! We had to play some Loretta Lynn to get into the spirit and shared a slice of Ginger’s 15 pound carrot cake in Westmoreland, TN. We were joined by his brother, my Uncle Bob, and Aunt Jean. My Illinois-based aunt and uncle are long-time collectors and dealers and it was so awesome to learn from them and see what caught their eye. I remember relaxing over a kid-free breakfast one morning at the hotel, and my uncle, antsy to get on the hunt, said, “We’re burning daylight.” They were good about asking the history of pieces, or what the story is…kind of the whole point with vintage. Anyway, here’s some pics of where we were and what I found!
We took a break from the monsoon and headed indoors to an amazing antique mall. Uncle Bob picked up this WWII bomb and when I asked him why he chose that, his response was, “I don’t have one.” Enough said.
Folks were surprisingly great when it came to crossing the highway or pulling over without much notice, because an old hotel sign or globe caught our eye!
This one is just for me…every southern gal needs a deviled egg plate!
At the bottom of a box I was rooting around in, I came across this sweet collection of salt and pepper shakers. I also picked up some blue ducks and my favorite, a skunk and tree trunk.
My latest obsession is interesting planters. Seeing as how succulents are about the only green thing I can manage to keep alive, I’m finding all kinds of fun vessels for them. This fine lady was my first purchase on the trip!
Being a small home owner, I love all things storage. So I went a little crazy in the creative storage department with multiple tool boxes, filing cabinets and a bright yellow ammo box. Even the flashlight opens up!
Uncle Bob brought a few things from Illinois and the home where he and my dad grew up, including these cool old tennis ball containers.
If you ever head to Tennessee for some picking, let me know…I can give you a couple of good restaurant suggestions! And I’d love to see what you find!