Well, folks, I did it! I survived my first alphabet weekend without any major catastrophe. “Major” being the operative word.
There were the minor bumps and bruises that come with any adventure. For example, humidity was at about 99% yesterday, and the entire antique store I went to was not air conditioned. My shirt was sticking to me by the time I left.
And, to be even more honest, I spent the entire afternoon exploring the shops and rooms and nooks and crannies with a lovely stain on the front of my shirt. I’m a walking disaster, and about 30 seconds before I parked my beat up car in the lot I spilled my lunch all over me. Some of you might think, “Geez, what bad timing.” I think, “Huh, just another Saturday.” I spill things all the time.
So about my time antique hunting.
I’ve never been antiquing by myself. It’s always been the sort of event that I thought needed to be done with a group, or a friend, or as a party.
Boy was I wrong. I LOVED hunting by myself. I could look at my own pace, skip things I thought were boring or not worth my time, and leave whenever I was ready. There were so many interesting things I found, it was definitely the right decision to kick off my.alphabet.weekends with a solo trip to the Wexford Antique Center.
This store is super deceiving. From the outside, it looked like I might find enough things inside to keep me occupied for a half hour, at the most. But they have used every inch of this place, and added an additional building in the rear, to fill this place from top to bottom with amazing artifacts and finds. It’s like your grandmother’s attic multiplied by 30 and exploded all over the place. It was a dream come true.
What I loved about the WAC was that there were so many amazing and unique finds. They really go out of their way to make sure they have different finds. I’ve been to antique malls before where every room is a repeat of the room before, and after about 20 minutes you’re already bored. This place was LOADED with amazing finds. Huge armories, side tables, beds, rocking horses, magazines, buttons, dresses, chairs, sewing machines, typewriters, stained-glass windows, chandeliers, silver tea sets, and mink coats. There were toys from the 50s, a gas pump from the 70s, and road signs from the past century scattered around the walls.
There was an entire room full of wedding dresses that would have any little girl excited, if they could get past the ridiculously overwhelming smell of mothballs. Another room filled with enough tea sets to have tea parties every day for an entire year. A room full of door knobs, windows, wooden doors, and antique hinges. I could have probably built and furnished an entire house with the supplies available throughout the store.
My favorite room was one filled top to bottom with classic books. Many of them were simply older books from the 1960s and 1970s, nothing to get too excited about since they’re probably books my parents read.
But if you looked, carefully, there were some fun finds tucked away amid the humid wooden shelves. One of my favorite finds in the room was a 1962 Barbie Fashion and Accessories catalog for young girls. It showed all the amazing new fashion trends you could buy for Barbie, including a wedding ensemble that would make me gag from here to the alter. How did people get married in that? I love little retro and kitschy things like that, though. What 6 year old girl wouldn’t love flipping through this and dreaming of how they would dress Barbie up in these fun outfits.
The other gem I found in the book room was a 1929 Public Service Announcement from Shredded Cream of Wheat. I guess PSA’s did exist before television, though I had never thought about it before yesterday. This was classic, though, and had me laughing from cover to cover. What I loved the most was that it was a free mailer, and encouraged its readers throughout the entire publication to send the same informative packet to friends and family.
The name of such an important piece of work: The Important Business of Feeding Children.
It amazes me that it took Cream of Wheat, sponsored by the United States government until 1929 to realize it’s important to feed children. Either that, or it took them even longer to realize giving booklets titles such as The Important Business of Feeding Children will only lead to fits of laughter eighty-three years later when discovered hidden in the depths of an antique store.
The information, too, would make the FDA cringe today. They recommend lots of heavy fats, like lard and butter, to keep children warm during the winter months. 60% of a child’s diet should come from carbohydrates, such as bread, pasta, and, go figure, Cream of Wheat. Is this a propaganda ploy or what? Fruit and veggies are also important, as well as meat. But, Cream of Wheat wants you to know, your child will never be all they can be without a warm cereal breakfast to start every day.
Conveniently, they can sell you this warm cereal to stuff your children with.
There were so many other finds too, but I won’t bore you with all the details. The only item that really caught my eye and was in my price range was an old soda carrier from what looked to be the mid 20th century. It was a Canada Dry carrier, which everyone knows I adore. And it was in such good shape.
I didn’t buy it because the buyer only accepted cash or check. I had $5 on me, and had left my check book at home. But oh how I loved this box.
I wanted to buy it, put a few shelves in it, and mount it on my wall as a small shelving unit. I might go back, but for right now my student loans are due this week. So maybe I’ll go back after my next paycheck.
And that’s it, my first alphabet weekend. It wasn’t a huge one, but I had so much fun!!
In two weeks I’ll have my next one. I’m not sure what I’ll be doing. Any suggestions you can think of will be much appreciated. Take a look at my list, and if anything says “Wow, that sounds fun” to you, leave me a comment and let me know.
Thanks for reading, as always I’ll see you soon!