Monday, April 30, 2007

Goodies From S. Eastern PA

Tom & I just returned from our three day weekend in the South Eastern part of Pennsylvania. Our first stop was The Olde Factory Antiques in Hummelstown. That is one of my favorite stops, they have antiques as well as primitive crafts. I picked up some great mustard homespun fabric in one of the booths, that I can't get back here. Our next stop was in Hershey at the Crossroads Antique Mall. From there we drove on to Lancaster, my all time favorite shopping spot. I am not an outlet shopper, and while there are thousands of people who are....I really wish they had left the Lancaster area 'alone' and let it remain the quaint little town it used to be. It's so commercial right now. Regardless, I still love to visit there. We spent the remainder of Friday shopping at The Old Candle Barn, The Old Village Store, Kings Acres, and a few other small shops. The shops all close at 5:00 pm so we head to our favorite Amish eating place, Dienners on Route 30 next to Dutch Haven.
They have the BEST buffet and everything is mouthwatering delicious.
We do breakfast at Dienners the next morning. We always get the buffet, although they do have menu items. From there we hit up all the smaller shops we missed the day before and then head over to Adamstown which is about a 20 minute drive. Adamstown is listed as 'The Antiques Capital Of The World'. We happened to be there during the big Spring Extravaganza and our first stop was Shuppes Grove. This is an outdoor antiques market and we lucked out because while the sky looked ready to open up at any moment, it never did rain until we had left. We stopped at indoor antique stores all afternoon. By this time, my hips/legs were aching so badly I wanted to cry. It was so hard to walk anymore so at 5:00 we called it a day and went to the Silk City Diner for dinner. Both Tom and I were pooped but after our meal, I guess we got our second wind, and continued on to more shops until 7:00 and then we really called it a day, lol.
It's so hard to get a motel room at a decent rate in Adamstown during the Extravaganza so we drove to Reading and got a room there. It wasn't too far out and the accomadations were great. We had a continental breakfast at the motel and drove back into Adamstown to the Black Angus outdoor antiques and then on to Renningers outdoor and indoor antiques.
It was such a nice trip, the weather co-operated, the money held out til the last minute, lol and we had such a great time.
I tend not to buy much for myself and instead buy things I can use in my crafting. This trip I picked myself up a cute Willow tree made of pip berries to set on my corner cabinet in the DR and some black 7" inch stars for the bathroom to go on either side of the window.
At the Candle Barn I bought a long wood look dish to put my prim fabric stars and rosehips in. This will go on my buffet in front of the DR window. And some grubby scented tapers for a beehive wooden spool. Everything else is for crafting. Tons of fabric, 4 cheese boxes, 1 drawer, 3 flour sifters, shutters, a pair of baby amish shoes for a doll I'm making, a jar of mixed buttons, an amish made wood scoop, some horseshoes, and a variety of wood spools.

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