Friday, February 26, 2010

Antiques, Dolls, Two Love Birds, and Me

Last Saturday, Carol and I drove to Exeter, a small town not far from where Carol lives. It's a lovely town, full of wonderful murals, many antique shops, thrift stores and coffee shops. Here I am, looking happy, outside one of the antique stores. Snapdragons are one of my favorites and these were so beautiful – and look, a pumpkin, too!
I noticed this really cool bike, or I should say's that old, after all....
Inside we found some pretty pillows and quilts,
and an old clock from Hotel deVille de Paris. I've always had a special place in my heart for old clocks and time pieces. There is just something wonderful about them keeping time for so long.
The next store was large and had areas where different vendors displayed their antiques. Carol's friend Betty had a Valentine's Day display in her area. I found out that Betty likes to find old things, appropriate for a holiday or a season, and then create a display around that theme. What fun to plan ahead and go shopping for antiques for Christmas, Easter, summer, fall and so on. And then decide how to display them… be that creative must be so satisfying.
In the large store, Betty's area was the one that captured my heart. I enjoyed all the things she had on display, but fell most in love with the painting of a purple cottage you can see below. Yes, Betty painted it and it is lovely.
A pretty coffee service. And isn't that little pot with the photo interesting?
Carol's house is a treasure trove of old and pretty things too, so I took a few more photos when we got back. This is a very old Swedish doll – her eyes are missing, but her folk costume is intact and she is quite lovely.
These dolls live there too, next
to two love birds, who were not at all pleased with my intrusion -- see the evil eye?
They did their best to
make me go away without getting a single good picture of them.
We did a lot more that day and had a truly great time. I hope you enjoyed coming along for a while.


  1. Looks like you had a lot of fun. Antique-ing is so much fun. Love it. Um, terrified of dolls so quickly scrolled down. Why Lovebirds were named that is beyond me. All of the Lovebirds I have been near are nasty little birds! Don't get me wrong, I like birds, just could never figure out why someone named them Lovebirds.

  2. Lovely photos of the Shops in Exeter. I copied the section you wrote about Betty's booth in the Antique Store and plan to give it to her tomorrow. Thanks for the lovely photos and description of her space.

  3. I don't know who named them Love birds or why either. Had someone asked me, I would've suggested Noisy Bird.


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