I’m here to break to monotony of home exile with a bit of virtual shopping for the cabin fevered. I went on my last shopping expedition for a while last week, and I’m hoping the Liberty Antiques Festival will go on as usual at the end of April. Otherwise, I might have a meltdown. Joking aside, be smart people.
All these photos were taken over a period of several months, in Western North Carolina, East Tennessee, and North Georgia.
I love souvenir items from my region. I’m only about thirty miles from the Eastern Band of Cherokee “reservation”, which is not in Tennessee at all, and is not a true reservation. Still, this pillow accurately shows what tourists were apt to see in the 1940s or 50s when visiting Cherokee, NC.
If this had pictured a woman golfer, I would have bought it.
Scariest Santa ever. I love old masks, and have collected a few Halloween ones. They are always creepy.
If I return to this antique mall and this is still there, I’ll probably buy it. As it was, the piece was over-priced and over-ruffled. Still, I love that sailor so much.
I love how sometimes you can tell where an antique store is located just by thinking about the products for sale. In North Georgia I saw a lot of chenille bedspreads. That’s where they were made.
Some time ago I wrote about the Iowa button industry. I had no idea they were also made in Chattanooga, from mussel shells from the Tennessee River.
I liked this Squaw Valley souvenir ski thermometer.
As the Boomers start dying off, will anyone care about Howdy Doody? (I met Buffalo Bob at an Asheville Tourists baseball game some years ago. Such a nice man!)
Sex sells anything, even Mosco Corn Remover.
And here’s more chenille, this time in East Tennessee. This one is a more modern synthetic, but what about that peacock!?
I’ve seen a lot of Enid Collins bags recently, including quite a few I’d never seen before. I loved this poodle. I was once lucky enough to talk with Collin’s son, and asked him if they ever produced a Scottie dog bag. He told me he did not know, and there were many that had limited production, so it was possible one might show up one day. I can hope.
This beach jacket is for a small child. I want a big one, please.
There are some sellers on Instagram who could sell this holey sweater for $$$.
I found the semi-local label interesting.
How pretty is that lavender dress? It came with the hat and the dressform and was priced accordingly.
I’ve always tended to think of Victorian and Edwardian collars as white, so seeing these striped ones was an education.
Slickers, with the original box!
This is the only way to effectively sell hair nets.
At first I was distracted by the stand-up ad for the World’s Lightest Outboard, and then I noticed the Christian Dior gloves display piece. What a treasure!
And may your day be filled with treasures as well!