We avoided the mall/shops on Black Friday in favor of Liz's Antique Mall. This place is huge and has so much to look at.
We've been listening to a lot of bluegrass lately on our TV, which has a bluegrass channel. It has told us that Bill Monroe is the father of bluegrass and yet they never seem to play his music. It was only after I took this photo and downloaded it to the computer that I realized the top record is a Bill Monroe record. It's this song (this was the only video I could find, which is really a tribute to someone's dad). I'm really digging the bluegrass music.
Of course there used to be textile mills in this area and I love it that I always find a lot of tools of the trade in the local antique shops.
A set of handcarders, used for to card cotton for spinning.
Bobbins that look like they were used for thread. I got one of these; I want to start a collection.
Spindles. I might have to go back and get a few of these.
And a sheepskin, perhaps for keeping baby warm.
I like to look at the useful things, things that were once a part of someone's everyday life.
A cigar mold.
Not sure what this is, but it looks cool. And useful. For grinding. Or something.
A handmade corkscrew.
And of course I love the glassware.
This is vaseline glass, which was made with uranium oxide - it glows like this under black light. Cool and scary.
Pretty blue and silver.
And I adore jadeite.
Then there's the other stuff - the stuff that's just plain fun to look at.
The things we bought - a ceramic kitten, nesting dolls, a bobbin, a light-up globe, all at 20% off for Black Friday. Didn't get any Christmas shopping done, but that's ok with me.