Antiquing with Mom

I used to go antiquing all the time. I relive my antiquing memories during Spring Break.
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March 12, 2007
As I walk through an antique store, any antique store, nostalgia for the past washes over me. I finger the collectibles and/or jewelry as a sense of wonder enters my mind. It's like I have stepped into a time
warp, a storage room where the past is stored for me to wander through.

These antiques hold the key to the past, a past I have not lived or was too young to remember.

The past, besides filling me with nostalgia, fills me with fascination as I put togetherthe pieces of culture from my life and from before I was born.

When I was younger, 9 or 10 years old, Mom took me to antique stores in Wilmington, Illinois.
It is just 30 minutes South of Joliet, where I live.
It is also where my Grandma and Grandpa live.

So, whenever we went to visit them, I also got to go to the antique stores that lined Main Street.

We usually went to the antique stores in the summer, when I was out of school. Just this week, March 5 to 9, 2007, I was on Spring Break from college. I noticed that we have not gone to an antique store in a long time. I also wanted to try a newer thrift store that opened in Joliet. So, on March 5 and March 8, 2007, Mom and I went into the time warp and found ourselves, once again, in the store room of the past.

Monday, March 5, 2007

On Monday, March 5, 2007, I woke up slightly groggy, but a little excited about the day. It was beautiful and sunny out, 47 degrees, a perfect day to go thrift shopping. Mom and I got ready and left the house around 9:30 AM to go to the thrift store, Unique Thrift, that is near our home. It is half-off Monday, which means everything is half-off on Mondays (of course!). It is packed to the gills when we get there, so much so that there's a security lady wearing a Bears sweatshirt directing patrons to scarce parking spots. She finds us a parking spot near the front of the store, which my Mom considers lucky. We get in, and it's busy. We separate to look around the store, which neither one of us has ever been to before.

I wonder if I will find any worthy 'treasures' to buy at this store. I find the shelf of video tapes - some personal VHS's of movies and shows people have taped off their tvs, some official VHS's.

I looked through the shelves and found these cool tapes (costing only 75 cents each!)



Garfield and Friends! I loved watching that show when I was younger afterschool.
These are special made-for-vhs tapes, Garfield's first VHS episodes - "Here Comes Garfield," "Garfield on the Town," and "Garfield Goes to Hollywood." I watch the tapes later in the day,
and they are in good quality and they are very funny - I liked "Garfield on the Town" the best.



A Care Bears episode called "The Great Race." Can't wait to watch this episode!



6 hours of classic cartoons! Wow! 50 different classics,
including Superman, Popeye, The Three Stooges, Daffy Duck,
Beaky Buzzard, and Bugs Bunny.



Welcome to the Family! This Harley Davidson video is for my
Uncle Dan, who's a big fan of their motorcycles.

I also found some CD's for only 50 cents each!



Carmen Sandiego game and Blink-182!
I also find a Kenny Marks CD.

And look what I found in the board games section!



Babysitter's Club Mystery Game!

And, of course, jewelry! This store did not have a bad selection.




Mom and I paid for our items, and put our items in the car.

Mom: "That store was okay. I don't know if I would go to it again."

Mom likes antique stores better than thrift stores.

Me: "Well, the thrift store did have some nice things in it, like the jewelry."

It was busy and a bit messy, but I did find some nice things in there,
and will probably go back by myself.

Mom and I then attempt to look for another thrift store I heard about, on the same street.
We stop by a Baklava Plus store to buy some danish and baklava (YUM!).
Then we see a Dollar Days store and pull in. Mom and I both LOVE dollar stores, and go whenever we have a chance.

On our way into this dollar store, Mom asks me not to let her go crazy on stuff.
Amidst the junk and copycat items, there are some real treasures to be found at the dollar store. March 5 was no different.



$1 for a DVD of classic Gumby episodes? Get OUT!
I used to LOVE watching Gumby on Nickelodeon.
There's five episodes of Gumby on the DVD, including Gumbasia,
Concerto aka Gumby Concert, Mysterious Fires, Robot Rumbus, and Too Loo.
There's five episodes of other classic cartoons.





Ah, Color Pops. I can paint these and hang these from my window sill.
Or I can decorate my bookbags with these.
Part of me never knew Nintendo made glass stain decorations,
and part of me knew they would sell anything for money.
Still, four of them for four dollars is not a bad deal.



A couple of old tapes of the Thompson Twins and the Bay City Rollers
Mom says they are pretty good. I will take her word for it.

Then we go to Plato's Closet, a clothing thrift store.

We find some nice shirts, and I find:



RED HIGH HEELS! I am such a girl, but I could not resist these for only $10!

Mom: "Those look really nice, but when will you wear those? Can you even walk in them?"

I show her I can walk in them, and tell her that I will wear them to parties and with nice jeans to school. Mom sympathizes with me because she's bought red shoes that way before.

Mom and I were pretty tired after all that shopping and baklava eating, so we went home for the day.

I was not done with my antiquing yet though!

Thursday, March 8, 2007

Today was the day Mom and I would go to Wilmington, Illinois to go to some hardcore antique stores. When I say antique, I mean these store have stuff from even before 1900s! Mom and I listen to music on the way, and talk about how the day is so BEAUTIFUL and sunny once again!
We get to the Water Street, where most of the antique shops are.
They are almost all closed, at 9:30 AM in the morning. So we go to the Dollar General.


Dollar General

Dollar General is one of my favorite dollar stores. Today, I find some great, old video tapes and DVDs strangely arranged on a shelf - every time I pick one out, five more would fall out onto the floor. Mom sees me in the video aisle.

Mom: "Oh no! Not again with the tapes!" in a loving but teasing tone.

Me: "I won't go crazy. Here's what I found so far..."

Here is what I had found:



Berestain Bears DVDs for $3 each. These are from the new series, but it's nice because I rarely get to watch the new series on TV (I am at school when they are on).



Care Bears DVD! For $5, they know how to string a Care Bears lover's heart, don't they?
I also found a fairy tale DVD for $1.



The Video TREASURE of the day, though, was a "Sing Along with Eureeka" videotape.
Eureeka's Castle! I never thought I'd get to see any episodes of it again! Only $2.50.

Mom has found a couple of cool items, including "Collateral" and "The Butterfly Effect" with Ashton Kutcher on VHS. We pay for our items and get out of that dollar store before we go completely bonkers.

We go back to Water Street, and some of the stores are open.

The first one we go into is called Paraphernalia Antiques.

Their jewelry is real, and it is EXPENSIVE. Hundreds of dollars expensive.

So we buy a few records for a dollar each and high tail it out of that store.


Water Street


Paraphernalia Antiques


Records - My Fair Lady, the Eagles, Neil Diamond, and John Denver

Then we go to a costume jewelry store called Guest House Antiques.

Their jewelry store is less expensive, so I find a few nice things to buy.

The store also sells old clothing and other household items.


Guest House Antiques


Jewelry I find there (and some from Twice as Nice), including a nice rhinestone-bangle bracelet for $15.

Then Mom and I go to a clothing thrift store called "Twice as Nice."

Well, it is a new shop, and the prices are twice as nice as the other antique stores' prices, meaning they charge low prices.

We found some retro clothing there, and I found some nice jewelry.

Mom and I are famished.

It is time for a lunch break, and we go to McDonald's to order the double filet-o-fish sandwich with fries and drinks. We go to the nearby park to eat lunch (in the car) and watch the seagulls by the dam, who are looking hungrily at our meal.


Seagull at the park. No, you cannot have a bite of my sandwich!

Mom and I agree to go to two more antique stores before the day is over. The first one is Serenity Antiques, and boy is that store HUGE! It's like four antique stores in one. It has a lot of collectibles in it, including metal lunchboxes, Coke stuff, New Kids on the Block videos, and even an Atari for $95! If I had $95 with me, I could have bought it!





I buy a nice Winnie the Pooh cup, a California Raisin, and a Pink Panther figurine instead.

This is the place where I start to go a bit crazy.

When I have been antiquing for hours, my mind sometimes goes a bit haywire from the overload of nostalgia. An Avril Lavigne song about holding on is playing, and although I do not like her songs, this one resonated with me at the time. I go around the store, randomly picking up items and looking at the Charlie Brown encyclopedias.

I am lost in a trance, and I do not want to bring myself out of it. I connect with these items, these memorabilia of the past, for just a few moments before my mother snaps me out of it.

Mom: "Aimee, what are you doing?"

Me: "I'm just looking at stuff."

Mom: "Are you okay? Are you going to buy the stuff in your hands?"

She asks me about the Pink Panther figurine. She thinks it's a bit silly, but I like it. I find her a nice ceramic frog for her to put in her yard, since she likes collecting ceramic animals.

Mom and I go up to the counter and pay for our items, and go out of the store.

But I am not going home yet, no matter how crazy I went in the last antique store. I cannot leave Wilmington, Illinois without visiting my favorite antique store: Old Milltown Market.


Old Milltown Market

I find some nice items in there too, such as a Charlie Horse from Lamb Chops!
I have looked all over for him, and here he is, for $5. And a nice flag pin too, for $3.






Well, I am pooped, and so is Mom. We load up the car and go back home, where I unload all the cool stuff I got from the antique and dollar stores, along with my memories of the day.

I am already looking forward to when we can go antique shopping again.
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Comments
14 years, 1 month ago
I love going antique shopping with my mom when I get the chance! I loved Eureka's Castle growing up too, great vid find! I still have the videptape my mom taped me of "Eureka's Christmas Special!" I still try to watch it with my mom during Christmas season for old time sake. I have the same Charlie Horse puppet as well as Hush Puppy and Lambchops that my Mom-Mom bought me. I end this forum with, "This is the song that doesn't end yes it goes on and on my friend... lol!
    14 years, 2 months ago
    I totally had the Carmen Sandiego game, Babysitters Club Mystery Game, and Color Pops. And I love the Charlie Horse thingamabob!
      14 years, 10 months ago
      This is a damn fine article lots of photo's and plenty of excting words to pump it up and I agree with the Ariticle Creator I love going to flea markets and those types of stores just for finding wierd stuff and fun stuff *And for rare and fun video games too*.
        14 years, 10 months ago
        This is how an article should be written. Great article kept me very entertained throughout. Brings back memories of me and my grandma doing the same thing.
          14 years, 10 months ago
          So, this is what qualify as antiques in America? I hate to come of as so aloof and superior but where I come from an antique has to be at least 100 years old (preferrably older) in order to be called an antique. The stuff mentioned in this article may perhaps qualify as collectibles but antiques? Sorry, no.

          I'm also a bit surprised at the prizes some of these shops seem to have; $2.50. for a videotape? I bought three videotapes when I visited the local flee market last week and the money I spent on those were 30 SEK (which would be about $3 in american currency).

          On a positive note this article did caught my interest and some of the things mentioned in it (the Pink Panther figurine) was pretty cool.
            14 years, 10 months ago
            wow you really did find some treasures at lest i think so' only way i could see something better then what you found would be a full season of tiny toons or any of the cartoons you found

            this has to be one of the best articles on retro^^
              14 years, 10 months ago
              Although I do not relate with the items that you bought, I can definitely say that your article kicks major asses. I like the way you're presenting your article as a hunting journey. Also, taking pictures on the roads really brought up my interest and it kept me hungry for more. Good job!
                14 years, 10 months ago
                An Atari 2600 isn't worth $95. Maybe some of the games, but not the console. The only Ataris you'll get any real money for are Ben Heckendorn's homebuilt portables, since most are one of a kind.
                  14 years, 10 months ago
                  Now this is a nice article.
                    14 years, 10 months ago
                    Hey, you can find some really cool stuff at places like that. I love hitting up flee markets whenever I can. I found a dude selling a complete Fortress Maximus for only $100. Too bad I didn't have cash on me that day. But like I said, cool stuff.
                      14 years, 10 months ago
                      Nice article. I love the Bearenstain Bears.
                        14 years, 10 months ago
                        great article! Man, its too bad antique stores don't take debit cards, i would have made off with that atari! hehe.
                          14 years, 10 months ago
                          Not a lot of thrift stores where I live. I do like to go garage saling, and I love to look for retro stuff.
                            14 years, 10 months ago
                            Oh dear, indeed. Antiquing is great! Ohhh and thrift store shopping is great as well. I tink I know what I am going to go do this weekend.
                              14 years, 10 months ago
                              I like to go to thrift stores to find old home-made videos of TV broadcasts (the only place that really ever has them is "A+ Bargains") so I can contribute to RJ. I also like to find old non-video things too.
                                14 years, 10 months ago
                                I love to hunt at thrift stores and antique stores, but it's getting to where I can never find anything, or the things I do find cost too much money. :(

                                99Centsplease, there was a store here that had a ton of old home-made videos, but by the time I got to go back there, they had gotten rid of them all! I was so disappointed.
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