It was hot, hot, hot, and I should have had better walking shoes, but it was a good time with so much interesting & inspiring stuff to see (and a few fun finds!)
Last year was out due to festivities surrounding my brother's wedding, and here we are, another summer & it's Gold Rush Days again. I had so hoped to go with my mom.. but wasn't able to. Life with a husband who works away from home too much & has an unpredictable work schedule. Don't get me wrong, I'm extremely dedicated to being year-round keeper of the fort and chief of our small tribe. But it's nice to have back-up. I kind of could have used a day break to do something special.
Hopefully my mom is enjoying the beautiful weather today & the hunt for small treasures.
Until the Gold Rush Adventure & I meet again, here are a few photos from 2010.
We headed down to the lovely river town of Red Wing the night before things got started.
We spent a quiet evening exploring from the top of the bluff (saw this fawn there,) down to the waterfront park.
My (then) baby niece was with. I snapped some photos of her.
Red Wing is full of shops, fantastic gardens & flowers, & beautiful old churches & buildings.
(Also home of Red Wing Pottery & Red Wing Shoes.)
Next day: I wish I'd taken more photos of the Oronoco adventure.
Such an inspiring experience! Creative & quirky things everywhere.
I took home three purchases.
The first is a little six-legged stool. I liked the color. It was one of a kind.
And it gets used. Very sturdy & stable, I use it to reach things up high in the kitchen. The kids use it to write on our message/grocery chalk board by the door. I don't remember what I paid for it, $6 I think.
The second is an old industrial stool.
Yes, I was in love with industrial stools even two years ago, before industrial was such a mainstream trend. :(
I paid $10 for it. I had entertained the idea of finding more & using them along our kitchen island.
But I'm happy with this one as a stand alone piece, to pull up as an extra seat when needed.
Sometimes it's a book stand. I enjoy it wherever it is parked.
The third thing
I think (hope?) maybe everyone has at least one of those in life; something they bought that is totally useless, or something they splurged on & wondered why about afterward. This is was it for me. I shake my head & wonder what came over me. It's a very solid, thick old window, a salvaged architectural piece from a building I never knew. It's white (and in more rough shape) on one side, black on the other.
It's useless. But interesting. For now it has strictly visual purpose. I suppose like some people might indulge in a piece of art. I'm not going to share what I paid for it. It cost less than many people might spend at an an outfit at the mall, or a visit to the salon. But more than is my usual character when it comes to spending.
It could have been much worse. My husband has come home with boats, four-wheelers, snowmobiles & even baby pigs. (Now there's a story.) And so much more.
I guess I can live with the fact that it was my one random impulse buy in life, and be glad I got it out of my system.☺
Any great antique & junk bonanzas in your area?
(Or random impulse buys you feel like sharing about?) ☺
*Updated.. My mom brought back a little treasure from the Gold Rush Days for me.