Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Favorite antique shop: Northfield, MN

 I went to college in Northfield, MN and there was one antique shop that I always enjoyed going in. One of those little stores that are just piled high with gems. Not my favorite antique store in the world (that title is currently held by a store in Eau Claire, Wisconsin) but certainly a place I stop at every time I go back to Northfield.

A couple of weeks ago some of the girls from senior year were going to meet up in town, have lunch, and then wander around campus a bit. I beat the other into town so I stopped to shop and this is the gem I found!

I have been really into Snow White for a long time. At one point it got a bit ridiculous though. You know when you have a favorite something or other and everyone gets you gifts based on that thing? Well that is what happened with Snow White. My room went from pink with unicorns to blue with Snow White. I had sheets, comforter, pillow, and curtains with Snow White on them. I had books, dolls, beanie babies, happy meal toys all relating to the famous fairy tale. Most of the obnoxious stuff is gone now. The room is redecorated and some of the memorabilia has been put into storage. But as much as I have been 'over' Snow White for awhile now she still holds a special place in my heart. A couple of years ago at our local Gold Rush I started seeing these Snow White statues and I was instantly in love with them. They came in an array of different colors and slightly different styles but they were all beautifully aged and lovely. They were also SUPER expensive. This was a bit of a splurge for me but she was the best price I have seen thus far and I absolutely love her! She has a lovely blue dress, rosy cheeks, and still a hint of glitter.

After just a bit of research I found that these are called "Chalkware" and in the 1940s these would have been prizes at the carnival games. It wasn't until the 1950s that the prizes moved more towards the stuffed animals we associate with prizes today.

I also bought this (not quite all there) croquet set. Someday I will have a collection of old/vintage croquet sets and I will have a massive garden party/tournament. It will happen!

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