Last week, I got together with a couple of girl friends and we headed to Marshall, MI for a girls day of shopping and shenanigans. Deciding to make An Event of it, we dolled up in our best vintage style outfits and drove the hour and a half or so to the small town just North of Battle Creek. Marshall, it seems, is quite proud of it’s history. There are something like 25 historic markers in town. Locals who staff the Welcome Center will happily supply anecdotes, maps to walking tours, and recommendations for places to eat. Antique stores line the main street. In keeping with the theme, even the local dentist’s office has an antique dentist’s chair and tools in the front window.
It’s a lovely little town.
Lots and lots of antique stores. And did I mention those historic markers?
No, I have no idea what all this one refers to, either. But it was a fun trip. We shopped, poked around, explored, stopped for lunch at Schulers, and shopped some more.
Note the Rexall. We didn’t stop to see if there was an actual soda fountain. What were WE thinking?
I picked up a number of goodies. There was lots of Pyrex, though very little of it in my favorite patterns. I did cave and buy a cute little milk glass cake plate, which I have yet to get a good photo of. We stopped in at Quilts at the Marshall House, a fun quilt shop that has a second story of antiques. They had a lots of fun fabrics – though none of the ones I had on my list. I did pick up a couple of fat quarters for the Farmer’s Wife and a few from the Riley Blake Fly Aweigh collection for the stash. Chief among the treasures, however, was this apron pattern.
It’s the top apron that really intrigues me. There is an iron-on transfer that has both the white “house” overlay and the embroidery for the bricks on the red section. Also included are the pattern for a felt Santa doll and directions to add rhinestones as stars. I’m going to have to make that one, don’t you think?
And, while I didn’t find any Gooseberry Pyrex THERE, I must confess – there was a “Painted Farmgirl Flea Market” the weekend prior. Yep, I went. And came home with the second bowl I need for my Gooseberry set.
Now I just need the two smallest bowls to complete the set!