Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Antiquing in West Des Moines, Iowa

We had a bit of a lazy morning and then, after lunch, all us "girls" (2 aunts, mom, and me) went antiquing on the old main street of West Des Moines. It's a nice little strip of old buildings that houses a mix of art galleries, shops carrying decorating trinkets, and vintage/antique stores. There was one fantastic store that specialized in midcentury modern, A-Okay Antiques, that was really great but I forgot to take a picture of the front. The prices seemed really, really good. It's amazing how much that seems to vary depending on what part of the country you're in and whether a place is metropolitan or rural. I got the pillowcase below for only $1.50. I don't know how old it is but I love the fabric and it's in great shape. I'm pondering if I can make a valance or something for the laundry room and then have some white sheers below, just to dress up that window a little. I hope it's the right turquoise but fear it's too cool.
Afterwards, we were totally exhausted. I was the most tired but I tried to console myself that the older ladies had gone to bed earlier the night before and hadn't run 3 miles first thing this morning. We got to rest in auntie's beautiful sun room.
Mom taking a rest
The other side of the sun room with its cheery nasturtium bouquets
Tired feet. Tomorrow we drive again - on to Geneva, Indiana and the home of Gene Stratton Porter.

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