Monday, August 17, 2009

Antiquing in Maryland

Frederick is an old federal town full of lots of Revolutionary and Civil War history.
And full of lots of charm.Frederick, Maryland is also renown for it's antiquing opportunities.
There are antique shops everywhere.
For fun we hit one big place called The Emporium full of lots of individual booths. We weren't planning to really buy anything for a couple of reasons: difficulty to transport it home on an airplane, not wanting extra stuff to pack-up and move in a few weeks, and after becoming a thrift-store visitor, I have a hard time paying the increased "authentic antique" mark-up.
But we still had a great time looking.
And there was A LOT to look at!Perfect example of mark-up: Vintage Pyrex.
Cute, but twice as much as you'd pay at the Salvation Army.
I loved all these chairs! The Chippendale at the top was painted pale robin's egg blue and was child size! I also loved the variety from the upholstered Eastlake chair to the metal lawn chairs from the 50's.
This rose-colored chenille bed-spread almost made me pull out my wallet.
(Disclaimer - I only brought my little point and shoot camera and the
lighting wasn't great to begin with, so the pictures don't do this
bed cover - or any of this stuff - justice.)

I also stared at this little feather-weight for a while.
But I didn't know how I'd get it home. So I bravely walked away.
But I've saved the best for last.
There were lots of beautiful antique quilts.
And some pieced quilt tops.
Awesome fabrics!!
Each of these little hexagons were about the size of a quarter.
Again, the lighting doesn't do it justice.
Fantastic applique quilts.
I would be equally happy to give each one of them a loving home.And I loved the colors in this star quilt.
I love this pattern, but always wonder if I'd have the patience to make it.We didn't walk away from all these temptations totally empty handed.
My girls were dying to each take home a treasure, so after much deliberation we found these two mini butter-pat plates. We decided they would be perfect for their Samantha and Nellie dolls and they would be much easier to transport home on the airplane.


  1. We've lived across the river for 23 years and been to Old Town many times but I haven't ever come across that place! What street is it on? I'm going to have to convince my friend that it is time for a field trip!:)

  2. What great finds. How much were they selling the Featherweight for? If much less than $400-$500 then you should have snatched it up, if only to resell it for a profit.
    Loved the antique quilts.

  3. I love to go antiquing in Fredrick, it's about 40 minutes west of me. The quilts are just beautiful, thanks for sharing! It looks like you had a great visit in MD!

  4. Ohhhh! Wouldn't I just love to go there...will have to add it to my ever growing list of great places to visit!

  5. I've been to many of those stores. So cool! I admire your restraint.

  6. What lovely treasures! It's a good thing I live so far away!

  7. Thanks for taking us on the antique walk. So many lovely items, especially love the quilts! Beautiful!

  8. Livin the sweet life, you are! Antiquing in Maryland sounds like the name of a dreamy novel.

    The quilts are amazing.

    And I'm with you on the Pyrex markup...I scour Goodwill & Savers all the time and see such finds for great prices!!

  9. Hi! I came across your blog awhile ago through your sister in law (I think that's the connection) Lynn....I was at BYU with her and LOVE her!

    I'm a non-quilter, wanting to start quilting. What do you suggest? Where do I begin? I'd love any tips as to where I can get started. I am a little familiar with sewing, but not at all with quilting.

  10. WOW...what great things in those shops, I wish i was there! How fun for you...BTW..are you going to add anymore vintage sheet fab to your etsy? I need a a little more variety for my stash.
    x lori

  11. I am drooling over your trip!! How fun and I have that same exact pyrex bowl, I love it. My friend gave it to me as a gift!!

  12. Ohhhh the quilts! I'm making a star quilt like the one in the first couple pictures. Oh they are beautiful. Love them all. The treasures of the East.


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