On Saturday in order to keep my mind off the fact that I was waiting to hear if my offer would be accepted, I went wandering with my sister. The first place we went was to "Garden Spot", a used furniture store. They have some new stuff but it is mostly junk. Their used furniture is incredible! I was thinking that I might buy a hutch for my new kitchen (I wasn't TOTALLY forgetting about the house deal!) and saw many that would be good possibilities. The candidates were mostly maple and easy enough to prime and paint. Average 3 door hutch with closed top? About $165! They are solid maple and many were Ethan Allen. I know that maple isn't popular but perfect for my application. After poking around there, we went toward Blue Ball out in Lancaster county and stopped at Carson's in the Cornfields. What a great shop! Lots of really pretty vignettes. Lots of architectural salvage. I see several sets of vintage shutters in my future! I also want a vintage gate in my garden for a "gate to nowhere". I got lots of great ideas but didn't spend any money.
As we were leaving their parking lot, Julie spotted a sign for "Furniture & Craft Shop". We decided to check it out. The shop was on a Amish farm. When we pulled up, a young girl about 13 or 14 came to greet us. The shop was thankfully air conditioned and had lots of goodies. I found this tea set (missing the pot but darling anyway)
There wasn't a price and when I asked the young woman she said, "Maybe $16?". OK - SOLD! I poked around some more and found this English ironstone pitcher and bowl. LOVE IT (and it will look fantastic on my antique wash stand.
That didn't have a price either so she said she had to check with her older sister. Big sis came it gave me another ridiculously low price and I said I would take it.
I think I am going to spend more time driving around Lancaster and Lebanon counties. The farms are beautiful and the shopping can't be beat!