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Vintage Market Days

Vintage Market Days Kissimmee

While my husband was off hunting, I went to the Vintage Market Days in Kissimmee. It was my first time to one of their events. I was excited to say the least. I had purchased the early shopper pass so that I could go before the crowds. And it was worth it!

 

I arrived about 30 minutes after it was open. I knew exactly what I was hoping to find and was excited about what surprises there could be. I am one of those methodical shoppers too. I must go a certain direction and down every aisle. I take my time and inspect everything. One of the first booths I hit had furniture and some antique linens. Yep, you guessed it. I picked up a couple things like table clothes, napkins and doilies to replenish my stock used for the wedding. They tried to talk me out of one of the table clothes because of a rust stain. No problem for me, I have my super-secret cleaning solution to take care of that. So that lovely little thing came home with me.

 

I found this adorable banner at Well Red Design booth. It is made from vintage postcards! So adorable and I know Marie will love that hanging at her house for Thanksgiving. Of course, now I will be looking for vintage postcards when I go my adventures in antiquing. What is even cuter is the little notes on be cards. The history behind them just makes it even more precious.

Vintage Market Days Tournesol Tribal

At the Tournesol Tribal Booth I picked up the cutest ring and earrings. I also picked up bags of stamped metal and buttons. I have great ideas for these in the future. I love when you see different things like this that inspire me creations.

Vintage Market Days Jewelry

I found everything from antiques and collectables to jewelry and clothes. There was something for everyone! I ran into the Stained Glass Lady from here in town where I learned to do stained glass. She is a great teacher and moved into our downtown area being revitalized here in Saint Cloud.

Vintage Market Days Cans

I fell in love with the old vintage windows and milk cans. This booth had also had oil cans and shutters just to name a few things.

Vintage Market Days Jacquelyn Delia Desgins
I met a jewelry designer from here in town, Jacquelyn Delia Designs. Her booth was packed so I didn’t get any pictures, but she had amazing turquoise jewelry. She had her own design of the tobacco leaf jewelry and cigar rings. And converts vintage jewelry with her modern designs to bring beautiful contrast of old and new. Just loved it!

Vintage market Days

As you can see from the pictures, there was amazing vendors. The two days that followed they were crowded, and people left with car loads of goodies. I can’t wait until my next adventure with the Vintage Market Days.

 

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Heading Home

On my way home, I stopped in Houston to see my daughter. Nothing puts a smile on my face like Lacey. We had dinner at one of our spots called James Coney Island. The memories we have made eating hotdogs there will always stick out in my mind. Thanks for another memory Kiddo!

 


I stayed a couple nights so that I could also get a chance to see Amber and Chris. I am so excited…they get married in January!! So proud of these two and the amazing future they have together.

 


I headed to downtown Houston so that I could go to James Avery and do some shopping. I love their jewelry and always find something for a gift or myself when I go. I picked a few things and headed over to Central Market.

 
HEB is a Texas chain grocery store and their specialty stores are Central Market. I wish Florida had an HEB, let alone a Central Market. The fresh squeezed orange juice puts all others to shame. You will find five or six different kinds of potatoes to exotic fruits in their produce. My mind just goes crazy with ideas when I am there. I want to take it all home. They have a butcher shop on sight as well as fresh seafood. A bakery and freshly made foods to take home, all kinds of spices, coffee and teas are just the tip of the iceberg of what you can find. I fill my basket with all my favorites that I can’t get anywhere else and spices galore. I think I picked up at least 4 lbs. of Texas Pecan Coffee. If you ever get a chance to shop at HEB, you will love it. And if you get a chance to shop at Central Market, bring a cooler!

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After my little shopping spree and lunch, I headed over to Half Price Books in Pearland. I love the book store and lose time when I am in there. Then I made a stop at my favorite antique store there in town, Brows’ Aroun’ Antiques. They have been there since 2001 and I have been going there since they opened. I love finding new little treasures when I shop, and they never disappoint.

 
I had to make this visit short, but I will be back again soon. I made a stop in Port Allen LA on my way home to stock up on my Cajun favorites for cooking. Bergeron’s Boudin and Cajun Meats is where I pick up my tasso and andouille. Wait until you see what I cook with them!

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Gloucester Ma

Gloucester 66 Red Building

Our last morning in Massachusetts was spent in Gloucester. The drive from Beverly was absolutely beautiful. The homes and landscape as we passed reminded me of why people love to go up north to see the changing of the foliage.  The curves of the road draped on each side by tall majestic trees. The stones and architecture of the homes graced our eyes as we passed. I could have driven for hours down the back roads.

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My husband talks about the Perfect Storm from time to time. I personally have not watched or read it. I have a fear of the ocean and to think of what happened terrifies me. As clear as the water is here in Florida I know what lies beneath. But for him, this was a trip he wanted to make.

 

As we arrived in town, we passed the Fisherman’s Memorial. What these men do and what these families endure, I know is hard and dangerous. This town has been through a great deal and yet it thrives still today.

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We stopped at the Crow’s Nest. The bar is mentioned in the movie. We took a few pictures of my husband before stepping in to look around. It was a little early for drinks but I could have handle one I think.

 

 

Across the street from the Crow’s Nest is the harbor and beautiful boats being stored or worked on (dry docked).

 

 

We went down to Captain Solomon Jacobs park and walked around. Got a quick look at the Schooner Ardelle and pictures from the harbor.  Ten Pound Island Lighthouse is just a speck on the horizon today. We head over to Main Street for a little shopping but most were not open yet.

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Gordon’s Seafood is located here too. For 169 years it has been in Gloucester and is there to stay. I remember eating Gordon’s fish sticks as a kid. You couldn’t get me to eat any other brand.

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We stopped for coffee on our way back to Beverly to drop Jamie off. It was a great quick trip and next time we will plan on staying longer. Now back to Orlando because I am on my next adventure in just a couple days. Are you ready?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Salem MA

Salem MA Hawthorne Hotel
Hawthorne Hotel

After our Marblehead adventure we dropped Jamie off and headed back to the hotel. I love the Hawthorne Hotel in Salem. When we got back that evening it was bustling with wedding guests and people arriving to have dinner in the restaurants at the hotel. From the beautiful flowers in the lobby to the friendly staff, it was a welcoming sight. Bewitched Salem episode was filmed here and that is just a speck in its long history. I love the brass mail shoots that remain between the elevators. I wish we there was time to sit and people watch. But we needed to rest and grab a snack before going to see Jamie perform.

We had a lovely room. I love the simplicity of the décor and the bed was so comfy. The large windows lend an awesome view of Salem Common from our room. We ordered room service and shared a meal while we rested before the show. The food was incredible and the staff so friendly. But what made me smile was seeing on the room service menu food for your dog. Oh, my goodness! They will actually prepare food for you dog. I love it!! I love hotels that understand our pets are family too. Actually, everywhere we went while in Massachusetts pretty much dog friendly. But I digress. This beautiful historic hotel has so much to offer including adjacent homes they owe for staying. Gave me ideas for visits with my sister in the future (a girl can dream).

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Salem Witch Museum

After seeing Mamma Mia the night before we spent the day exploring Salem. We did a self-guided tour of the city starting with the Salem Witch Museum. With a brief history of the witch trials and the history of witchcraft we set off about town. There is much to see and one day will not be enough to get it all in. Right outside of the museum is a statue of Roger Conant, the founder of Salem.

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Roger Conant – Founder of Salem MA

We missed the tours of the New England’s Pirate Museum, but I did get my husband’s picture with a couple locals.

 

The Old Burying Point Cemetery didn’t get much activity on my ghost tracking apps, but this tree sure had people interested. We watched as locals (in costumes) took photos in front of it, so I had to take some of it. Do you see what I see?

 


After walking through the Witch Trials Memorial and visiting the Salem Witch Village, Witch History Museum and the Salem Wax Museum I had enough of witches and we headed down towards the waterfront.

 


I poked my head in a few shops like the New England Dog Biscuit Co. before sitting down for a drink and snack at the Sea Level Oyster Bar and Kitchen.

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Sea Level Oyster Bar & Restaurant Salem MA

 

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Sail Loft weathered beauty

Right next to the restaurant was the Salem Maritime National Historical Site. I loved the look of the Sail Loft replica. I could just imagine the wharf busy with boats and ships as goods were delivered and checked at the Custom House across the street. I love the National Parks Service website and apps. It gives you so much of our history at your fingertips. I always check it when I am exploring new places or on one of our adventures. When we went to Gettysburg, I was overwhelmed and in awe of this hallowed ground. I strongly suggest checking out our National Parks Services.

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Sail Loft Replica at the Salem Maritime National Historical Site

Not far from there is The House of Seven Gables. As we continued to explore Salem while dodging rain, I made a little stop at Ye Olde Pepper Company. It is America’s oldest candy company since 1806. I indulged a little, ok a lot on their chocolate covered orange and lemon peels. Love, love it!! After getting an assortment of chocolates we headed back to the hotel before picking up Jamie for dinner. I made a little stop at the Old Naumkeag Antiques and Gallery next to the hotel. Extremely tiny place but incredible antiques. I picked a few things of course. If I had a truck, corbels and antiques would have filled it up!

It was a short visit and dinner at Finz with Jamie between her shows. But the next day, now that adventure was for my hubby…

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Marblehead MA

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I love taking trips with my husband. I really do have a lot of fun with him and we work well together. So, when we planned our trip to visit his daughter we made a long weekend of it. I had never been that far north on the east coast, so I had no idea what to expect. But our love of history and historical places made it a lot of fun.
We flew into Boston and that was all I saw of Boston. We will be planning to do Boston on another trip. After getting our rental car we headed to our hotel to check in and then we would go pick up Jamie. We decided to stay in Salem. I chose the historical Hawthorne Hotel when we made our reservations and I thoroughly love it. After checking in we headed to Beverly to pick up Jamie.
For those who don’t know about Beverly, I suggest you check it out. Not only is it home to the North Shore Music Theatre where Jamie performed, but is the birthplace of our Navy. Ok, it is a rival of Marblehead for that title, however it is where the first ship of our Navy was built and set sail from. Anyway, it is a beautiful city and you will not be disappointed visiting.

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We head to Marblehead (settled in 1629) for lunch and take in the sites before Jamie’s show. I will be honest; my head was whipping from side to side trying to see everything. The beauty of the architecture made me excited and I just wanted to touch and look at everything. My obsession with corbels had me wanting to get a truck and take as me home with me as I could pack in it. The beauty of these hand carved wooden wonders used in the architecture of the time still exist today. I mean they are still there from before the American Revolution people! The houses and buildings still exist. Historical markers on the homes and the layout of the city make it easy to imagine how it must have been in the early years of our country.

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The Barnacle and Jamie

We decided to have lunch at The Barnacle, a quaint little bar/restaurant on the waterfront. The view was amazing, and I will admit they make a damn good Bloody Mary too. I know people probably were staring at me because I just was just like a kid at Christmas taking in the building. I found myself staring at the huge wooden beams. The bar was stacked with patrons and the dining room filled up quickly. I have lived on the Gulf coast of Texas off and on all my life but the beauty of the terrain here was so new to me. After a delicious lunch we head out to explore the town.

 


This was a walking tour and shopping for us. There are no straight roads and parking is not easy. You would miss all the wonders of this town anyway if you don’t walk. Carriage houses turned into garages and cobblestone driveways make these homes so endearing. I love the dental molding on this one yellow house that was being restored. And I must admit there was this pink or blush painted house with cream trim that made me smile. Maybe my sister needs a pink house on the ranch? I have always wanted to have a home like these where the history and simplicity of the times was still used with of course modern convenience. But the lack of air conditioning in most of these was where I would have to draw the line. I was amazed how many still did not have it but then again, it isn’t like living in the south. Taking such care of these historical homes and buildings is not an easy task and the pride of the owners taking on this responsibility shows everywhere. I applaud you and thank you!

 

 

Marblehead has museums and galleries as well as shops and local artists with work on display. We stopped in some of Jamie’s favorites called She as well as Bobbles and Lace where we proceeded to try on the cutest clothes. The Paris Galerie and Ship Shape caught my attention and the buildings themselves made the experience even better.

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With 369 years of history and beauty, Marblehead left a lasting impression on me. I want to go back and spend more time exploring the incredible history of this amazing town.

 

 

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Fancy That…

The Fancy Flea Lakeland 2018-1
Once a year, my husband and I go the Lakeland for the Fancy Flea. The Fancy Flea is not what I would call a ‘flea market’ but more of an antique or vintage market. It happens every year at the end of July in Lakeland Florida. They also have one in Plant City at the end of April which is always my birthday weekend. Lucky me! As I was saying, my husband and I do the Lakeland one together and make a date day out of it.

 

The Fancy Flea has a theme each time and it is always a treat to see how they decorate the entrance. After paying to get in and getting our hand stamped, I have to decide which side to start on or if I want to start with a mimosa! Oh yes, they have lovely drinks and food. Since this one is held inside, no worries about the heat. Just enjoy the adventure in the air conditioning.


I am sorry to say that I got so wrapped up in my shopping that I didn’t get to take many photos for you. But you can check out what they posted on Facebook. One treat was a wooden child’s murphy bed. I had not seen one of those in years and it even had the feather mattress. As I looked at all the vintage clothing and jewelry my wonderful husband watched and asked questions. I always go with a goal in mind of what I am looking for, so I don’t go crazy buying all the ‘wants’ I have. From old windows to unique jewelry, quilts, clothes and vintage kitchen utensils, you can find it and more when you visit a Fancy Flea market. I must admit, I found furs that I wanted again. It was so hard not buying this beautiful mink scarf I found.
One of my all-time favorites is the County Argyle. If you have not seen them at one of the many vintage markets here in Florida, then you need to check them out at The Lovely Boutique Market in Orlando. A few years ago, I picked up an incredible vintage snake belt/necklace. LOVE IT! This year I wasn’t so lucky in finding what I wanted from them, but I need to go hit up the boutique soon. You will not be disappointed when you shop with these gentlemen.

Harrys after Fancy Flea 2018-1

After spending a couple hours shopping, we headed downtown Lakeland for lunch at Harry’s Seafood Bar and Grille. A nice Cajun inspired restaurant that never disappoints. Had myself a nice dirty martini and a grilled chicken Cesar salad. My husband opted for a po’boy with his beer as we sat out on the patio area enjoying the gorgeous day. Lakeland had a farmer’s market that was wrapping up when we arrived but that didn’t stop us from walking off our lunch shopping downtown.

One place we must go to is Lloyd’s of Lakeland. What a treasure trove of vintage and antique wares! We met the incredible Ms. Ruby a few years ago when I purchased a vintage Whiting & Davis handbag from her. I sat and listened as she shared her story with us. What an amazing and wonderful lady. Unfortunately, she passed away and we will miss seeing her, but we always think of her as we explore Lloyd’s of Lakeland. When you visit Lloyd’s don’t forget to check out the upstairs. The incredible furniture you will find will be a delight.

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I just love this purse

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Scout & Tag is another favorite of mine. Furniture is amazing, and they do teach classes there too. The soaps and candles are smell incredible and I never know what I will find or what I idea I will take to try at home from them.

A town rich in history, Lakeland Florida holds fond memories of cobblestone streets, lake walks and family. I spent many a summer with our great-grandma Penny and Aunt Betty as a very young child. And every time I visit, it brings back those sweet memories. And every year, my husband and I make memories of our own walking the cobble stone streets of downtown Lakeland. And of course my goodies I bought at The Fancy Flea! The pink vintage top, costume jewelry snake necklace, vintage leather driving gloves and dog knife rests.

 

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My Closet

Closet Cleanout Hats
Hats

This is my final closet clean out for my clothes. Yep, there is a huge pile of clothes that do not fit. I even got into my winter clothes and pulled out those that no longer fit. Talk about an emotion event. I love clothes and shoes. I buy vintages hats and coats all the time. I love them! Oh, and fur coats are my weakness. Not that you need coats like that here in Florida, but I love them.


When we would go antiquing, I would always be drawn to the vintage clothes. When I was young I would go second-hand shopping in the wealthy areas. I would get clothes with the tags still on or ones that were only wore once. There was nothing like picking up a Chanel suit still in season to make this girl happy. I had so many clothes when I was younger that I never wore the same outfit twice. I kept a journal of just my clothes and what I wore to where every day. It included my accessories and jewelry. I was a little clothes crazy back then I guess you could say. For those that are my age, you might remember that Pier 1 Imports once also carried clothes. Oh, I loved shopping there too.


So fast forward and here we are with a pile of clothes. No more holding on to clothes I can’t wear. I am excited about finding my new style at this point in my life. I still love vintage. I love that 50’s vibe. No need for power suits but a good LBD is in my future. Blazers and ankle pants. Vintage accessories and pretty shoes. And I am still gonna get more hats my friends.

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Final Closet Clean out

Marie and I went shopping on my last visit. It was exhilarating to try on clothes. To be honest, it is exciting to shop with someone who will be honest with you too. I love that about Marie and Ashley. Ashley is our fashion guru in the family, so when she says something isn’t right, it isn’t. We all go through different phases in our lives and our clothes should too. So why don’t we upgrade our wardrobes like we should? Why do we try to hold on to our younger years? There is nothing back there that we need. We are incredible women no matter what size or shape we are. So, embrace your life. Embrace your age. Embrace the beauty from within and let it show.

 

As for me, I am gonna try on those vintage clothes next time. I am going to continue to upgrade my wardrobe. Maybe a little more 50’s vibe is needed or a little western flair. Boho isn’t my thing but how about a little color other than black. I wore tenni runners (casual tennis shoes not athletic shoes) in public y’all, that ain’t ever happened before! I love skirts and miss those blazers. So, keep an eye out and let’s see what my future wardrobe holds. And did I mention I have let my hair grow out some. Yes people, I have had short hair for years and spiky hair for at least the last 6 years. I am so excited!!!

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I just love this purse