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{Start Your Own Collection}

We are all familiar with the collection of 100+ figurines in GrAnNy’S curio cabinet.  However, before you write off “collections” consider collecting just a few of your favorite items such as ViNtAgE spoons, autographs from you favorite people, AnTiQuE fishing lures, concert tickets, John Deere toy tractors {my dad had that collection!} or seashells to name only a few.  Here are some other ideas:

Vintage baseball GloVes.



PlaYfuL items such as these Pez dispensers.

Vintage cameras.


Favorite Childhood ToYs.

Figurines such as those from Willow Tree

Old Telephones or Typewriters.


What’s your PaSsiOn?  What warms your SouL?  What things, when you see them, instantly take you back to a fond memory in your life?  Find those things you loved as a child or have grown to love.  {Just the hunt may be exhilarating!  Winning a bid on EbAy can be a thrill!!}  They will bring back memories, will be a good conversation piece and be something that just makes you feel HaPpY!

P.S.  Many of the above photos were taken at GoOd Ju Ju, a favorite antique shop of mine in Kansas City.  Click here if you want to see the road trip that Lara and I took to Good Ju Ju last June!


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Ok, so I really like AnTiQuE shops.  This past weekend I visited some Kansas City shops once again.  This time around I thought I would feature one I enjoyed visiting last time called, “BoTtOmS Up”. 

I like this place for many reasons, one BIG reason is the building it is in:  (There are a lot of other things I really like about this place such as old, industrial furniture taken out of banks, warehouses, factories, etc. to name a few.)

It is the old StOwE HaRdWaRe aNd SuPpLy Co.  How cool is that?

So, you step into this old warehouse and here are the stairs.  (The eLeVaToR isn’t working so enjoy the three flights of steps!)

What an InTrIgUiNg stairwell!

The ChiPpeD paint gives you the feel that this building is really, really old!

That is because it really is oLd!!

I love this tile mOsAic!

Here’s what I would have LoVeD to take home with me had:   1.) I had the room to transport it, 2.) The price was right, AND 3.) I had room for it in my house.

For some reason I am eNamOrEd with old tables.  This one came out of a Westport hardware.

This old table I absolutely loved!!  It came from an oLd sHoP cLaSs and had so many unique characteristics.  I loved the metal legs that bolt to the floor, but most of all, I love that names that had been carved into the wood by students.  (Sorry, I didn’t get a close-up of that – didn’t think of it until after I left.)  What a cool piece to have as an island in your kitchen!

Like the LoCkErS!

Does this flag ReMiNd you of something?  (For those of you who didn’t see that post, I made a homemade flag – similar to this one – around the 4th of July.)

They do have a FiEe EsCaPe.  I had to take this pic for my friends Mark & Marilyn.  (To see Marilyn’s I Am Story, click here.)


Anyone need a BaRn DoOr?

Browse a LiTtLe.

Wouldn’t this make a cool LoFt apartment?

BrOwSe some more.

More cHipPed paint.

So, what was I looking for this time around?  Old caMerAs.  I’m starting a collection of them.  By collection, I mean three or four.   And although I enjoyed my time at Bottoms Up, I hit JaCkPoT at Good Ju Ju.  (For our past Good Ju Ju posts, click here. )

Yet another SuCeSsFuL day of antiquing!



{By The Way}:  If you like antiquing, there is a heap of antique shops in this area of downtown Kansas City.  You can park and walk from shop to shop!


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