My husband’s and my business takes us around the country and the world on travel to meet clients. This June we found ourselves on a trip that took us through 9 states. By the time we returned home to Florida, Clint (and I) had driven almost 5,000 miles in 12 days.
Heart of Ohio Antique Center. Located at exit 62 at I-70 and U.S. 40 outside of Springfield, Ohio.
The trip was not all grueling hours of humdrum driving down pot-holed roads. We made numerous side trips to visit friends and family and to see the sights of the country. One such side trip was a visit to the Heart of Ohio Antique Center.
Marvelous annual flowers at the door to greet arriving shoppers! Beautiful!
It is a beautiful facility with 116,000 square feet of booths, show cases, and additional outdoor display for patio furniture, statuary, fountains and architectural pieces. There is an auction house that holds monthly events, as well as a café where I stopped for beverages and lunch.
My new planter laden with patriotic rosettes I made to compliment my flag collection!
A building this large required a plan of action to view everything, so predictably, I started to my right and moved around counter-clockwise until I had saw everything. 3 hours later, I had seen it all!
What a fun booth full of vintage kitchen collectibles!
The sweetness of these hugging salt and pepper shakers make me smile too.
Eventually I had a box filled with items to take home but it was a red wood planter that I selected first to go home with me. While sporting an unfortunate recent coat of red paint and addition of a clumsy base made of new landscaping timber, the planter itself showed whimsy and charming handmade qualities. Perhaps made originally as a garden ornament, the maker had cut out 3 stars from the front panel and applied a single metal star. Whatever it’s true heritage I recognized it as a piece that needed to be in my home or garden. Today it is sits on my fireplace hearth holding mason jars full of American flags instead of geraniums. Next month it might be holding mums on the front porch!
I wanted to take all of the Halloween collectibles home with me.
I found two hatchet candy containers in separate booths. Made to commemorate the birthday of George Washington-they are fabulous additions to my President’s Day collection. I think my favorite purchase of the day and perhaps the most fun to purchase was a piece of red, white and blue bunting I noticed hanging above my head while the mall employee was retrieving one of the candy containers from the case in the same booth. While she struggled with the lock and key I mentioned that while I loved the bunting on display it cost more than I was willing to part with to purchase it. The woman suggested that I make an offer for the item and the office would contact the booth owner for their decision. Wow! To my delight, the booth owner accepted my offer and I am thrilled to have added the bunting to my collection.
Can't you see them swaying to the music? May I have this dance?
With that addition to my shopping cart I was in my groove and found several items I was very glad to bring home with me. An American flag with the attached certificate stating that it had flown over the nation’s capital in November of 1981. Dennison Lincoln and Washington labels and an Uncle Sam ceramic coin bank! I really began to enjoy the variety of items on display in booths and cases. I turned a corner to find a wonderfully whimsical booth full of color thoughtfully displayed. What fun it was to look at the kitchen collectibles (think retro Flamingo Pink Pyrex refrigerator dishes) and marvel at the wildly cute asparagus salt and pepper shakers!
A stunning display of Sunday flowered hats and feather boas made me pause to admire.
Another booth showcased beautiful twirling ladies with oversized dance cards (price tags actually) attached while a Halloween pumpkin lantern and a Crystal Ball Fortune Teller promised to answer a million questions in another!
As did this collection of colorful vintage spice tins!
While I am always looking for items to add to my political and patriotic collection or sewing implement collection I try to think outside of the box when viewing the potential of adding an item to my collection. I ask myself, are the colors complimentary to my furnishings? Is it scaled proportionally to my other pieces and home? Is it an investment piece or do I want it only for sentimental value? Is it a good example of the materials used or an artisan's skills? Is it the perfect gift for a loved one?
Have you a check list of requirements you refer to when shopping for antiques and vintage collectibles to add your collection?
Scotty dog collectors would jump for joy at this display.
These finely woven linen red and white towels cause me to admire the designs!