Friday, March 7, 2008

Antiquing . . .

I visited the Illinois Antiques Center with my mom earlier this week.

It's always interesting to see what's featured; there always seem to be certain items that everyone has displayed. Mom and I walked past oak barrister bookcases and fireplace surrounds, lingered near some old kitchen gadgets, and investigated the display cases full of jewelry, pottery, dishes, and dolls, she sighed and said she felt like an antique herself.

She's not, really! But seeing so many things that date from her own childhood made her feel old. Mom was especially taken with the cobalt blue Shirley Temple glass tumblers we saw, very much like one she still has.

We saw several cases and shelves full of pink Depression glass, including a sugar/creamer set I've never seen before, a delicate tumbler mom wanted to use as a small vase, and a lovely biscuit barrel. Another thing we saw a lot of – alphabet blocks. We noticed several old (or old-fashioned) cotton dresses, and one full-length cotton apron. It was a navy blue print, and tied in the back; I could just imagine some woman tying on her apron early in the morning as she prepared to work through the day.

There were several boxes of old photographs, and postcards, even magazines, all revealing different styles in architecture, wedding dresses, or decor.

Because it's so close to the Easter holiday there were a lot of cute toy bunnies, garden cast-iron rabbits, and Easter books for children.

I love wandering through antique malls; it's like time traveling. It's a good reminder that some things might change, but other things are timeless.

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