Being the holiday season I took a week of work off and Chet just happened to not be flying, so we planned a day of antiquing and exploration. We always try to go somewhere we haven’t been before, so we chose to travel to Northeastern Kansas. We love history, and we love old homes, so Leavenworth, KS was a good spot to start.
Leavenworth is home to Fort Leavenworth, which is the oldest continuously active military reservation west of the Mississippi River. It is also home to a federal prison, and the United States Disciplinary Barracks (USDB) for military offenders. The town is very old with beautiful old buildings and homes made of red brick. It is also home of the Leavenworth National Cemetery, where my grandfather is buried.
While in Leavenworth, we ventured to the High Noon Saloon. We like to eat local whenever we can, and breweries are always on the list. Here Chet shows his excitement for a flight of tasty brews.
Of course, one of our main reasons for visiting Leavenworth was to visit some antique stores. We went to a few, and one of them was rather large. The Leavenworth Antique Mall did not disappoint in it’s array of treasures. It took us hours to get through, which means I found several treasures! I have numbered them here for your entertainment so I can explain them all and tell you how much I spent.
#1 is a small, old mirror. It was listed as a shaving mirror. I don’t care what type of mirror it is, It only cost me $8.50 and it is a MIRROR!
#2 is a set of brass goose bookends. I have always been on the lookout for bird artifacts, even before we started keeping birds. But these bookends were not only an interesting find, but they were only $6.95 for the pair. Who the hell can pass that up! They are now sitting on my craft desk in my office. They are lovely.
#3 is another brass bird. A lovely duck/goose thing (we can’t tell what it really is). This thing was a little pricier at $20, but seriously, who could pass it up? Chet was the one with the eye for it, as I passed right by it (in my defense it was well above my eye level). It is happily sitting next to the fireplace in the living room now.
#4 is a flour shaker. This handy can matches the vintage canister set in my kitchen. I can’t pass up a matching trinket at a good price of $3.25! (This actually came from a different store in Atchison, KS, which I will talk about later.)
#5 is a pinkish quilt. I don’t think it is necessarily old, but it is nicely made (machine quilted) and a deal at $25. No way could I buy something new like this at Target or on Amazon for that price. It will have a new home at the end of our bed to unfold when the dog gets up. Right now we are using a tan thing that really should be under our comforter as the nights get colder (it is 10 degrees here now), so this is a needed and cheery addition to the room.
To round out our trip we traveled up to Atchison, KS to look at some more beautiful homes and check out the birthplace of Amelia Earhart. As mentioned above, we also stopped at one antique store where I found the flour shaker. After a quick stop by the courthouse for a pic (we are trying to get a pic with all the courthouses in Kansas), we swung by the airport for Chet’s amusement and then headed home to watch the KSU bowl game. Go cats!
Overall, it was a fun and productive day. I am VERY happy with all my new treasures and can’t wait until our next treasure hunt.