Saturday I went to an antique show held in Henry’s Field, clinic in Perkiomenville, here Pennsylvania. There was also a house tour of the 1735 Henry Antes house. Henry Antes came from Hanover, Germany and settled in this area in 1725. He was a very ingenious man, building the first grist mill in Bethlehem, PA. in 1743. Grist mills were used for grinding grain into flour.
The house was very small. One of the first things I noticed when I walked in, was a large rye basket on the floor under the table.
There was the sweetest couple in the house, very knowledgeable about the 18th century. I asked the woman about the rye basket on the floor, about what it might have been used for. She told me a basket that large would have been used to store feathers. I suppose that could be true, but who can say, baskets were used to store all kinds of things.
The antique show was one of the best, if not the best show I have been to in a long time. There were 65 dealers and every one of them sold nothing but primitives! Happy day!! Oh my gosh what wonderful things! I didn’t know where to look first. Had to control myself, slow down, stay calm. Taking the time to take pictures was not easy. I just wanted to look at EVERYTHING! Now!
I always ask each dealer first if they mind if I take pictures. Everyone was very friendly and had no problem with me taking pictures, but of course there is always one exception. One dealer asked why I was taking the pictures. I explained that I have a website with a store and a blog and that I wanted to write about my day at the show. She got such a sour look on her face and said, “I don’t think so. Glogs? Why do people do blogs? Don’t they have anything better to do? “Fine with me”, I thought. “Who cares”, but I gave her a polite answer, and moved on.
There was one booth that I have to say was my favorite, Ivy Hill Primitives, located in Yardley, PA. Lynn’s booth was filled with the yummiest things. I could have spent hours in there looking at every single thing! Ok, I didn’t spend hours, but I do think I looked at everything. She had the dearest little early sock cat. I planned on buying it and told her I would be back. I got caught up in the show and didn’t come back for a couple of hours. It was gone! Why didn’t I just buy it right then and there!? I should have known if I loved it, someone else would too! Grrrrr.
It was such a fun day.
Found this last rose of Summer in my garden this morning.