Hello, lovely friends.
My husband and I went home to Grand Rapids for Labor Day weekend and we had a wonderful time! It's hard to believe that we have officially been living in the Detroit area for a little over a year now. We still miss Grand Rapids more than either one of us could have imagined. At least we live close enough to visit whenever we want.
While in GR, I went on girls day out with my mother-in-law and two sisters-in-law to some antique stores. We had lots of fun and I was finally able to spend some of my Birthday money. We've been so busy with our move there just hasn't been time to shop and I really wanted to see what would fit in our new place or what I would need before buying anything new.
Our first stop was small shop called 'Cheryl's Cottage Home'. I discovered this place last year during a lunch break and I would stop in from time to time to check out new items. (Sigh)....I miss it!
Someday I would love to own a shop of my own. Cheryl's store is such an inspiration!
In the top left hand corner is a red lamp that I just love. I didn't buy it though...now I wish that I had.
Her displays are the best! Look at all of the fallish-ness! Is there a better time of year?
Love the re-painted coffee table and the white box to store potatoes. There just isn't room in my small kitchen for it.
~ Cheryl's Cottage Home ~
4693 Wilson Ave. S.W., Suite C
Grandville, MI 49418
Cheryl Thomas ~ cherylscottagehome.com
Next we went to 'Changing Thymes' formerly known as 'Somewhere in Thyme' also located in Grandville.
This store was my favorite haunt when I lived there. The place that started my love for antiques, gently used items and re-doing furniture myself. I bought most of my accent furniture, and decor there. Some people call is an obsession, I just call it a lot of love!
Feels like ~ Home Sweet Home...
This store is just massive, isn't that great?!
I want to learn how to do the color of the chair in the right hand corner.
The display window is so summery
Lovely matching plant stands
I just loved the blue shelf and the white nesting tables but only the green pitcher and the washboard made it home with me. The washboard is part of my vision for our laundry room, well, laundry closet. Even a laundry closet deserves a little decoration don't you think?
The view heading upstairs....
I think we found M'Kyleigh's senior prom dress!
My sister Stephanie's sister-in-law just opened up a booth at the store. It's called "Eclectic Ally" and as you can see she makes some pretty cute things! She made all of the clothes for the flower girls for my sisters wedding and t-shirts for the ring bearers to change into at the reception like the ones pictured above. So talented!
What a beautiful day and beautiful dresses too!
If you get a chance you should really check out her booth.
One of my favorite booths in the store
Now trying on a corset...
I love this booth too, and all of the red!
Sisters-in-law M'Kyleigh and Whitney and my Mother-in-law Cindy
A closer look....Not very nice, but funny!
I think one of the things that I love most about antique stores is when something catches my eye and brings back a childhood memory...It almost always happens and this time was no exception. My Great Grandmother Ruby and her daughter, my Grandmother Rosemary, both loved playing scrabble. It was a really serious game growing up, the kids were never allowed to play. My mom and aunts all played the game for hours with my grandmothers, everybody drinking iced tea and poring over the dictionary, it was very competitive. Anyway, they kept the letters in a bag just like this one, It sure is ugly but I was just amazed to find this! I can't wait to show my mom this picture. I miss my Grandmother's very much and I know she does too!
Rosemary Bradstreet ~ My Granny
While in line to check out our many purchases. Gotta love the fur wrap! I don't really know why we take her places? Probably because she's always so entertaining...
~ Changing Thymes ~
4165 Chicago Drive S.E.
Grandville, MI 49418
As you can see this is a huge antique and craft store. It takes quite awhile to got through it but everyone should definitely check it out if they can!