While on my Nebraska trip, I stopped by some antique stores that were very interesting, and there was one store called Uncle Sam’s in Fremont, Nebraska, that I threatened to never leave. It was as if the store was full of stuff I would buy if I trolled around estate sales. If I would have had a pickup there, I could have hauled off a lot of that guy’s inventory.
There were several cracked ice tables in remarkably good condition, along with a huge assortment of chairs.
Some of those chairs are extremely rare to find in multiples, and the prices were very reasonable. And yes, I’ve considered going back down there with a pickup. And then I remember that I live in an already too-small house with a lot of stuff that really doesn’t fit in here the way it is.
I did find some goodies while on the road that would fit in my car, however.
The pink one I already had, but now he (she? it?) has a turquoise friend.
This was red to match my kitchen and had starbursts. How could I say no?
And now for my favorite find. I had a mini freak-out in the store when I saw this thing.
(Yes, um, ignore the Lego guy. He was not part of my antique store finds. However, if I were to open up a Lego shop, I think I’d have a complete inventory.)
The shade isn’t original; the shade that was on there had been ruined by someone who glued some tulle around the bottom of it, making it look like some sort of whacked-out poodle lamp. I tried removing the tulle but it had simply been on there too long. The shade, however, was one I found at Target a few months ago and had purchased for its retro styling, but I didn’t have a lamp to put it on. Shade, meet lamp. Lamp, meet shade. The shade doesn’t fit very snugly — it’s pretty wobbly and sort of crooked even in this picture — but until I can think of a fix for that, I’ll enjoy it just the way it is.