Yesterday, I had to drag my husband out of our warm bed to brave freezing temperatures and go antiquing with me. It has been a while since we've been together, and I always enjoy it. I love taking Kyle with me because he knows a lot about antiques that I have no clue about. My area of expertise is usually limited to glassware and pottery. He knows about it all. We decided to head out to London. Apart from "Flea Land" which I find absolutely terrible, London has a good market for antique dealers. I had to, of course, stop by first and visit my English teacher from high school, Jennifer Caudill, and her darling little shop, Wood Creek Antiques.
|Vintage shoes, pillbox hat and book of Shakespeare.|
I had been watching her store grow on Facebook practically since she opened, and I always see so many things on there that I love. Yesterday was the first time I was able to stop by, after I made sure my two year old was with his grandparents. Two year-olds and antique shops are a big NO-NO. When I entered the store, I was immediately regretful I hadn't brought more cash. So many things that were so reasonably priced and held such significance in terms of history. My house is basically like a museum, so you can imagine my amusement. Old washing machines, pill box hats, an antique secretary desk. Shelves full of vintage books,smelling glorious like old books do. Mason jars full of marbles, a mint condition wooden ice chest, beautiful vanities, vintage Christmas ornaments, and even a seriously awesome steamer trunk. If I was rich, I would have bought it all! I even joked that I was her good luck charm, considering right after I photographed this washing machine, it was sold.
|Antique Washing Machine. (Very COOL)|
It certainly wasn't hard to find something that you like. I collect Blue Willow China, and there was enough there for me to get my fix. Several pieces I aim to go back and purchase once I get rid of some of my other sets. My husband accuses me of hoarding, but I call it selective preservation.
After browsing for an hour, and much to the demands of my screaming baby, Kyle and I selected two books to purchase. Kyle is a fan of Shakespeare, so he decided to get a worn copy of The Complete Pelican Shakespare. I chose a vintage copy of Margaret Mitchell;s Gone With The Wind.
My mother in law has this same copy displayed in her home and I have been coveting it for some time now. It is the 1936 version and has a beautiful inscription inside that I felt added even more character to it. I knew I had to have it.
"With all my love and best wishes for many happy return of this day and may all your little troubles be "gone with the wind". April 26, 1937"
I have to say that I am very happy for my friend, and former English teacher, who is said to be retiring from teaching this year, and will get to live her dream of owning and operating her beautiful little store. Mrs. Caudill told me that Wood Creek is something she has always wanted to do, and now she's getting to. Everyone, if you're ever in the London area and need your picking/Antique fix, you're sure to get it here.
Address: 804 East 4th Street between EC Porter's IGA and Thompson Drug Store.
I have included the facebook link to see all the new merchandise:
Open: 10-5 Tuesday-Saturday