As Kathy said last week, I do travel a bit! Lucky me, we have lots of family and friends all over that need a visit from us now and then. I’ve written about visiting Oregon and Idaho before; you can read all about the previous trip here. These are dear, long-time friends, so they made sure I got to visit some thrift stores during our stay. But, for once, shopping wasn’t the main deal. We did some fun things as a group, like miniature golf and swimming in Lake Wallowa which is pretty frosty if the air temperature is below 80ºF and the sun hides behind the clouds. I’ve been in Lake Superior, so I’m familiar with lakes that can take your breath away—even in the summer. But, there’s something wonderful about your feet and tushy freezing while you float in a blow-up chair, enjoying the hot sun. We kicked ourselves for forgetting beverages for the cup holders; although the beverages we were thinking of might have resulted in an open container violation!
Our first stop was Moscow, ID. The weather was toasty and sunny, but lucky us, we went to the Saturday market:
This card booth could have been mine in an alternative life. The name is awesome, badpoodles cards, but the motto is the kicker: Life is too short for obedience. OMG that is breathtaking and hilarious. If you look carefully at the picture, that bad dog might be breaking every poodle rule in the book. People are so dang creative and I want to celebrate that.
While I don’t have pictures, we went to a thrift store in nearby Pullman, WA, and I found something that we have been wanting for IFDC (International Fashion Doll Convention) next year. Stayed tuned because we might even show what we’re up to. When you thrift shop, you have to give yourself plenty of time to find the things that you’re looking for. Rushing around just leads to last minute panic, and I’m sure there will be plenty of that next summer. To toast my good finds we went to WSU’s Ferdinand’s Ice Cream Shoppe and had some celebratory ice cream. I had the divine Huckleberry which might be the best thing I’ve put in my mouth this year! If you’re within 250 miles of WSU and like ice cream and cheese, you need to plan a visit!
We headed over to Joseph, OR to finish up our stay. It’s so beautiful there. I wish that I were in better shape because the hiking is outstanding. As it was, we did a couple of walks, I’ll call them, instead of the more strenuous hikes we have done in the past. A favorite is the Iwetemlaykin State Heritage site:
It isn’t difficult, since I can do it, and the vistas are wonderful:
Starting down the trail you get a good look at the mountains in the background. The mountain on the right is Ruby Peak, I think. I’m sure someone will correct me if I’m wrong! My memory is pretty shaky about things like this; it’s why I keep travel journals when I NEED to remember what I did or saw on a trip!
We were sitting in the shade at Knight’s Pond, and this view was before us:
Good placement for a bench; I could look at this scene all day. This seat can make a postcard photographer out of anyone with a phone or cheap point-and-click camera. I’ve seen some astounding pictures done by professionals that make you think they’ve used some Photoshop skills. As you can see, Photoshop would be overkill!
We did end up going to an antique store and looking around. We window shopped after breakfast (Yum, baked oatmeal. It’s like eating oatmeal cookies for breakfast!) and decided the shoppe merited a further look. I wasn’t enamored with their pricing, but this is a tourist area and the locals need to make hay while the sun shines. On the other hand, there is NO way that I would pay $70 for a four or five inch cast iron griddle!
About the first things that really caught my eye made me think of Kathy’s noncollection of cow creamers:
They were both pretty cute, but the prices were such that Kathy would be disappointed in me if I had bought it. We delight in getting each other bargains, weird as that might sound. The best presents cost less than a dollar! ( Kathy here, I own the spotted one already! Not a collection! ) I laughed at the cottage cheese containers. The owner of the shop told us that she buys whole estates and sorts through things. Want to bet that granny kept these two containers to store leftovers, or even buttons?
This whole table made me kind of sad:
The clear glass and cut crystal is nice, but it’s hard to sell, as we can tell you from our Etsy experiences. That ewer and bowl set just isn’t pretty enough to grab me, and good god, those shoes in the front! The only person who buys these now, are old ladies, and nostalgic folks, “My grandmother collected these!” We have seen cases of this stuff at estate sales, and most people walk on by. I do remember the 1990s, when all of this stuff would have flown off the shelves. Tastes have changed, and these kinds of vintage items have born the brunt of it. Hopefully, for the shop owner, a buyer who buys what they like will come in and scoop them all up!
Oh, I was so torn here:
She did have some nice silhouettes, but oof, the prices. On the right side of the doorway, under the arrow, hangs my main temptation! It would be a silhouette for each of us—a dog for me and a cat for Kathy! So cute, and I haven’t found ones like this before. But again, they cost more than I would have dared charge on Etsy! So, I take a picture and tell myself to save my moolah for things that really make me happy—dolls! Actually, it’s okay that I didn’t buy them since I have nowhere to hang even one picture this small. Time to thin the herd!
I had loaded some local Fort Collins pix to make up for the dearth from the trip, but I think that I’ve nattered on long enough. Thanks M. and R. for making our trip so much fun. [Arnold Schwarzenegger voice] I’ll be back!