Okay, so this is like almost the biggest day of the year for me. This weekend was the Renninger’s Antique and Collectible Extravaganza in Mount Dora! So Connie, Michelle, and I headed in that direction and we were supposed to meet Kathryn but never found her so I just assumed that she decided to go a different day. But she was there. Along with about 1.5 million other shoppers.
But Kathryn did send me a photo of her treasures…
Here’s Connie, me and Michelle after our long day…
And the back of Connie’s van with our finds…
This is my favorite shop, didn’t buy anything there this year but I spent a lot of time browsing.
A trend I spotted…..
And the headless
and just plain bizarro
So try to wipe all that scary stuff from your head and look at my perfectly normal treasures…
OMG! How much fun did we have? Love to look at all that crap and wonder where it came from! Especially all the creepy bizarro stuff. It was a great day and I was totally wiped out by the end of it. And as usual, we drove by the huge flea market that was right across the street and wondered what cool stuff we were missing. But our bodies could not actually make it out to see what we could see. Maybe next year.
This “out and about” thing I’ve been doing the last several weeks is kind of like when you go to someone’s house after they get back from vacation and they say, “Wanna see my photos of how much fun I had while you were working and I was on vacation?” The answer is always NO. But since you’re here, you get to see them, anyhow.
On our way up to ND, we went through St. Louis. We stayed at a La Quinta, as usual, but it was nasty. Smelled like dog pee. And was just dirty. Right after we stayed there, that whole Ferguson rioting started and guess what? That motel wasn’t too far from Ferguson! So on the way back, we decided to splurge and stay downtown at the Hilton. They allow dogs with a large nonrefundable fee. Valet parking is really overpriced and a Kettle One Martini (dirty dry and up) is $12.50. Ouch! But the room was free since we used the last bit of Terry’s hotel points from back when he spent his entire life on the road. Or in the air. Totally worth it.
We stayed at this hotel last year, too. I love all the places to walk in St. Louis and there are so many green spaces.
There’s some construction going on around the arch.
How about those cobblestone streets?
This place was right around the corner.
There’s a lot of bridges over the Missouri River. And I seem to feel the need to take many pictures of all of them. Weird since I have a slight fear of heights. Thought I’d share a few bridge photos with you.
Great evening. Would love to stay longer, do some more exploring and check out the night life someday.