Sunday, August 14, 2011

A Fun Day In Aurora!

As if we didn't get enough antique time on our vacation...ha ha ha! I was reading through my mail and discovered that the Aurora Antique Street Fair was on Saturday! Aurora is one of my very favorite historical towns about an hour from our home. We are members of the historical society and I love to attend the annual quilt show there every October.

We saw an estate sale sign on the way out in the farm country, so our car just took the detour. The nicest family was having a big family sale and the were so cute. Jim found items for his booth in October and I found the neatest children's wooden carpet cleaner.

They sold us a beautiful round wool rug for $20 and I'm hoping it will fit under my table in the dining room. I haven't had time to try it out yet-hopefully tomorrow.

We drove on out to Aurora for the show. The museum is wonderful and we always take in the current exhibit.

Near the octagon building we found the ladies spinning and as I wondered around, I spied a lady using an antique sock machine! Her name was Joanne and she was so kind to show me what she was doing. I had to tell her about my friend LaVonne in Montana and her difficult journey with her sock machine. When I told her LaVonne comes to visit me a few times a year, she gave me her card and said she'd be willing to have us come and visit. She has two machines, so LaVonne could use one of hers. She said they can be really tricky to get the tension correct. Such a nice lady to share so much of her time with me. Her socks were beautiful.

This is a picture of the octagon building. The artists in the area painted doors to raise money for Habitat for Humanity. We all got to vote for our favorite, but I'm not sure who was chosen as the winner.

I loved this long wooden chicken feeder. It sure has character-bet it could tell us a few stories!

Who wouldn't want this bunny hutch for your favorite rabbit? It's adorable with a spendy ticket!

Jim found this starch box~great patina and end label still in good shape. It lives with us now!

We couldn't leave without a visit to the museum before we left. I was looking around when I saw a new book by my favorite author-Jane Kirkpatrick-and I was so excited. I didn't know she had written another book. She writes historical fiction and I enjoy her writing. She's also a lovely person who takes the time to answer your letters or emails. She really encourages her readers to send snail mail once in awhile. She wrote a three book series on the Aurora Colony which happens to be my favorite of all her works. I can't 
wait to read her latest work.......The Daughter's Walk. Her non fictional book on Aurora is full excellent!



Antiques And Teacups said...

What a great town & show. I have always wanted to visit Aurora...haven't made it yet....The books look so interesting. I have heard of her. Thanks for sharing! Great post.

Micupoftea~ said...

Ohhh...your post is fascinating! A sock machine? A tall wood chicken feeder? Raised and living in So Ca I had not seen or heard of either! Live and learn! Did you place the rug yet?
Thanks for visiting my blog~

wilhelmina said...

OH what a cute hutch! You are right any bunny would love to live there....unless they live in your family room ! xxxxooo