Thursday, June 5, 2014

Antiques on the Bluff

When the weather is warm, Sundays are for Antiques on the Bluff in St. Joseph, Michigan. It's free to go, and they set up May - October.  We took a stroll through last weekend and came across some pretty cool looking items.  Some I recognized, others I had no clue what they were or what they were supposed to do.

Anyone know what this is?
The item above I did not recognize at all. If anyone knows what it is, I'd love to hear about it.  The one thing that was certain is it's very old.

This seat is the exact color of the drapes in one the rooms in our house
The bench in the picture above has a seat color that matches the drapes in one of our rooms. If we would have had my SUV instead of hubby's little car, I'd have really, really wanted to bring this bench home.

I loved this too!
I'd have brought the little girl reading a book home too, but the price tag stopped me on that one. ;)

I'm thinking since an iron is on here it's an ironing board.  All I can say is 'wow!'
The old iron I recognized. In fact, my mom had one for show in the house when I was a little girl (she's downsized a lot over the years so I doubt she still has it). Since it's set up the way it is, I'm guessing it's on top of an old ironing board. A very old ironing board. And all I can say is, WOW!  That's not a lot of space to work in but it is very cool looking.

There were several sets of old skis
St. Joe is a beach town, so I wasn't really surprised to come across several sets of the old wooden water skis.



The old desks were fun to look at and compare. I noticed a lot of chalk paint going on with them though. One lady was trying to get us to buy her desk and telling us how she did the makeover. I asked her if she used Annie Sloane, and she said, 'who?'  hahaha  I blame the blogs for that one. ;)

Hubby had this game as a kid.
There were some old board games, some of them sealed. My husband was surprised to see Carrom. He said he had it as a kid. I told him his mom probably still has it somewhere then (she's got a lot of stuff in her barn from when her kids were little). ;)  Turns out, I was right. She still has the game. I hadn't heard of it until that day.

Nostalgia at its finest for me. :)
My grandma used a big tub like the ones above for her laundry. She never did want an electric washer & dryer and she used the old wringer washer the whole time she was alive. I used to love to help her feed the clothes through the wringer mechanism. I am sure she didn't like carrying/dumping those tubs...thought that is something I didn't think of until long after I was grown (she never complained about it once).


I also remember having this kind of glass in our house when I was growing up. I think my mom had amber, and maybe green?  I have a pink candy dish in the house that came with the very first home I purchased. It's a memento for me that I don't see myself getting rid of any time soon, though I never take it out and use it.

This one had a price tag of $125 on it
I don't know anything about pricing old toys, but when my son asked for this old truck priced at $125 to come home with us, I shook my head nuh uh. It does look like it's seen some happy days though, and I can see a little boy (or girl) loving it tons.

I thought this old tool chest was nice! Tool chests gets used a lot though, so I imagine it'd be hard not to scrape the wooden ones up quite a bit just from every day use. I can understand why today's are made of metal.

Swings up on the bluff
They have big swings up on the bluff. You can sit there and watch the cars below if you look one way, and watch the boats moving by if you look in another direction. My son thought that was the coolest concept ever. I like that he's so easily amused. :)

It was a nice way to spend the day, browsing around at the antique items. Some prodded our memory banks too, and that was probably the best part of the trip for me. All we purchased was a book, but it was still fun looking. I always love to visit St. Joe, and Antiques on the Bluff has just made it that much  more special. Be sure to stop by if you're in the area during the season! Who knows what kind of great treasure you might find!

104 comments:

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

I think the guys from American Pickers would've had fun there.

Jacquelineand.... said...

That looks like a wonderful place to spend the day; btw, they still make and sell Carrom games, I used to love playing it!

Optimistic Existentialist said...

I love perusing antiques!! We have a couple of cool little antique stores here in the little town I live in and I love going in them and just spending hours looking around :)

Janine Huldie said...

Looked like a ton of fun and will say we have Depression Glass, too (at least my grandmother did).

Masshole Mommy said...

Chris and I love looking around in old antique stores. We have SOOOO many of them around my area, too. You came across lots of cool stuff.

Liz Mays said...

I think I only went down there a couple times when I lived there. Aren't I silly? It's really neat to see all those old treasures!

Lisa @ Two Bears Farm said...

I love the girl reading a book! I enjoy looking through antique stores, even if not buying. Sometimes one of the mental health clients I help wants to go to antique malls. We treat it like a museum visit - we enjoy looking at all the treasures but never buy (and it helps her with socialization skills).

Echo A said...

Fun! I want to go antiquing!

Lindsey Paris said...

If the handle rotates, then the item looks to be a laundry wringer. Or a press of some kind?

Kay Adeola said...

I would love to have a walk around here,think i would spend all day lol.

Pat Hatt said...

Not even sure what that first one is. The kid statue is cute. You'll have to bring the suv next time haha

P Bishop said...

I love junk shopping, garage sales, and antiquing so it was so much fun to visit your blog today! I love the big metal tubs. I am a junky for that sort of thing. Thanks for sharing.

Holy Ghost Writer said...

You never know what you can find at such places

Kung Phoo said...

It is fun to go to antique shows or flea markets.. there are so many hidden treasures there.

Carla said...

That looks like a neat place to go. We don't usually spend much time looking at antiques, but it's fun every once in a while.

Kenya G. Johnson @ KenyaGJohnson.com said...

I agree with the comment from Lindsay. Based on the other stuff there, there seems to be a theme. Very cool antique stuff. I love the truck. I wonder if it was Tonka? They don't make stuff like that anymore. I know I banged my toe into my brothers Tonka truck and you could get some serious scrapes off of them too. My mom also has a pink candy dish.

Sandee said...

I would have had a good time there. I'm not into antiques, but I love to look at old stuff from long ago. Too fun.

Have a fabulous day. ☺

Janelle Shank said...

cool finds, I am too impatient for this kind of thing, but it looks fun

GayNYCDad said...

That is how we shopped when we moved in here. We have 3 amazing pieces from that! This is a great way to shop.
thanks,
mItch

Colette S said...

That is quite the attraction, but I especially remember those pans for washing our laundry. I used them for many years :)
I remember you shared about that too Rosey.

Launna said...

I love antiques... I have a couple from my great grandmother. I wish I had more, she had unique furniture ♥

alissa apel said...

I would have bought a desk if the price tag was ok. I have a desk downstairs, but it's too big for the space needed.

The thing you were questioning my husband would have wanted for a sculpture. I have no clue what it is either, but it looks cool!

I love old things!

bxcrochet said...

Those are a lot of great finds. I love that chalkboard desk.

Michelle F.

Theresa Mahoney said...

I haven't been to their antiques on the bluff section yet. What great finds. I really love that old desk and the little truck!

Krystyn @ Really, Are You Serious? said...

Those water skis are really cool! They bring me back to my water skiing days.

Maggie Burgdorf Roush said...

Looks like fun with some great finds!

Elephant's Child said...

I admire your restraint. My fingers would have been itching and my wallet burning.
The first item? Looks like an implement of torture to me.

Anonymous said...

I love antiquing! The desks are really cute.

~ Noelle said...

I LOVE it all :)
I wish I could afford to buy all sorts of antiques, I would be in heaven!

Patty Woodland said...

That must have been a blast. I love looking through antique marts like that. You just never know what you might find

Pepper said...

Antiques have a way of evoking nostalgia, don't they? I especially love that bench up there. I wouldn't mind having one like that myself :)

(Terry) My Journey With Candida said...

Rosey, could that be a crank wringer washer. It looks like one I seen as a kid.

Shell said...

What a lot of unique finds. A great way to spend an afternoon.

Rochkirstin Santos said...

How old is the bench that's the same color as the drapes in your house?

Brandy said...

I would love a place like this, antiques are cool. One weekend my oldest and youngest went to this yard sale place with me - the guy had a lot of old items and he actually took the time to show my little man what each item was (Because my little man was asking 100 questions). So cool!

Leira Pagaspas said...

I hope you were able to score a lot of great picks at this event.

Sharon Ruggieri said...

Oh my gosh! I love antiques and I adore looking for old stuff. I am so jealous that we don't have more of those places in Phoenix!

Danielle @ We Have It All said...

OMGosh how fun! I love the old desks and the water tub things, very cool!

Franc said...

They have a lot of nice stuff here. The truck would be cool to play with but not at a $125 price tag.

Joyce Lansky said...

The drapes in our dining room are the same color as the seat of that bench.

http://joycelansky.blogspot.com/2014/06/throwback-thursday.html

Ann B said...

I love antique shopping, Thank you for sharing, Now I want to go this weekend.

Russ R. said...

Antique shopping is one of the reasons why I'm going to Vietnam this October :)

Rebecca Swenor said...

That would be heaven for me to go to this place. I adore antiques.
Thanks for sharing.

Nicole W said...

Looking through antiques is one of my favorite things to do, EVER. I definitely have to stop by the antique mall tomorrow. You have me craving some finds!

Lindsay Jarvis said...

This looks like so much fun!

Kristi Maloney said...

Wow! Definitely a lot of neat stuff there! Grant and I used to go antiquing before the kids. I tried to buy and resell on Ebay for a while there, but never really turned a big profit doing it. I will still sell an item here or there. I have a cool old tea tin that I can sell you for a great price! ;)

mail4rosey said...

I didn't ask because I knew we weren't going to bring it home. I would have liked to though, it's very pretty to me. :)

Virginia Higgins said...

Looks like a treasure trove of antiques! I love stuff like that.

Tracy Speight said...

What a great treasure trove of things. I have no idea what the roller thingy is but it looks like some kind of press. Tin? or laundry?

Elizabeth said...

what awesome finds! I love antiquing!

Savory Experiments said...

I love going antique shopping and the show Antique Roadshow (I think???) We have a great place out in Maryland open once a month called Chartreuse and Company- 6 huge barns filled with goodies!

Marina@EBMR said...

I LOVE that little girl reading a book. It fits my daughter so perfectly!

Anonymous said...

I love going antiquing. I can not wait until we buy our next house so I can decorate it with antiques. I would love to walk through antiques on the bluff - lots of great items in your photos.

Christina Morley said...

It was fun looking at the photos and interesting to read about them. I also like the girl reading the book. Too bad the girl and truck were too expensive. I hope you enjoy the book you did buy! Thanks for linking on Amanda's Books and More!

Dan from Platter Talk said...

What a fantastic virtual antique road show! Thanks for taking us!

Anonymous said...

Wow, it seems like a great place to go, the have so many lovely pieces I would feel as if I am in wonderland with all these goodies... LOL.
I've enjoyed your pictures and your notes.

Anonymous said...

Looks like you came across some great finds! Especially that Depression Glass - I love it!!!

Emily Ploch said...

I am a 70 year old woman at heart. I have always love old things and antiques. My mom and I love going to antique shops together, and I used to sell antique pottery on eBay. Nothing is made like that anymore.

Alice Chase said...

I love this. We have several antique shop in our city and have a similar day on the town square. Our family always enjoys looking at treasures from the past.

Ann Jones said...

I love going antique shopping, it's so much fun! It looks like you found some interesting finds :)

Newlywed Survival said...

I love looking at antiques! This looks like a great place to go!

Alyssa Collazo said...

I love antique shopping especially with my mom! This looks like a great place

becca said...

What a great place to go. I enjoy looking around at yard sales and antique shops.

Angie Barrett said...

I haven't been Antique Hunting in a long time! I love those metal buckets!

Chelsea Olivia said...

I love checking out antique goods. While they're not the style of things I look for for my own home, I do appreciate how neat it is to look at well-kept old things!

P Bishop said...

Great post! Lots of neat items. I always take only the amount of money I can spend to antique, junk shops and garage sales, else I would be in trouble. Looks like a fun outing. Thanks for sharing. -Paula Parker

Pam said...

I have to stay away from antique sales because I wouldn't have any money left. When I go home to the Midwest I love going to them because I know I can't buy and bring home on the plane. I love those buckets!

Casa Vilora Interiors said...

I love antique shopping. It is very relaxing and awesome when you find those special treasures

Nikki said...

I have no idea what that first item is. Butter churn? Torture device? It's cool! I love looking at antiques.

menopausal mama said...

LOVE antique shopping! I am especially fond of the bench at the top!

Debra Hawkins said...

I LOVE those washtubs! That is totally something I would have brought home with me!

Annie said...

That ironing board, wow... I am diggin' the green glasswares!

Tami said...

History is so fascinating. My grandparents had an iron and board similar to that. The iron rested on hot coals. She also had those washtubs as well. It's quite intriguing how they lived. Everything is mostly automated today, so we rarely have to work a sweat to get our jobs done. But, our ancestors didn't have these things that we claim make life easier...they did it all manually and (most of the time) didn't complain.

My Captivating Life said...

I love the little girl reading a book too!!! That does look like it would be a neat and fun trip!

Anonymous said...

Oh wow I am in heaven thinking about a day like this!

Nicole said...

I love going to antique sales like this. Even if you don't buy much, it's great inexpensive entertainment and an opportunity to learn about history.

Melanie @ bear rabbit bear said...

We love antique hunting! I recently bought an antique stove.

Jade Schwartz said...

Wow looking at those antiques is like journey to the past. Aren't these antiques beautiful and creative? I don't know the uses of some of them as I didn't grew up in the US.

Betty Taylor said...

I loved seeing all the old item. I want the girl reading the book!! I remember a few of the things too.

Sandra Shaffer said...

So fun to check out items from the past. My favorite finds are kitchen ware. Would have loved that cute statue of the little girl!

Cheap Is The *New* Classy said...

I love going to antique sales, yard sales, flea markets, etc. I would love that bench! How gorgeous!

Helene Bludman said...

So much fun to browse through old stuff. I really like that bench. It would go great in my house.

Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

Hi Rosie .. great collection of items - and what uses are made of them today always amaze me .. what fun your son had .. but that little girl with her book is quite delightful ... cheers Hilary

Janelle Shank said...

i wish i had the patience to do this, but it looks like you found some great stuff!

Brian Miller said...

nice...col to take a walk through history...and in others history as well...we went to a few yard sales yesterday and it was neat to see what people had that we had forgotten....

Sippy Cup Mom said...

How fun! I bet you can find some really great treasures.

Anonymous said...

What fun treasure you found! Antiquing is so fun :)

Megan Chamberlin said...

What a cool fair! Antiques are crazy to me - I understand value, but sometimes I just think prices are a bit much.

The Lucky Wife said...

The girl reading the book is really cool especially for readers. Great finds!

Carly from The Puzzled Palate said...

Nice finds! I would personally grab the metal wash tubs in a heart beat!!

debdenny said...

Antique shopping is so much fun. I have never heard of Carrom game either.,

Healy Harpster said...

I liked antiques because they are old and unique, hard to find items! I want the girl reading a book too!

Krystal Butherus said...

The bench is a good find. I love the metal wash tubs. I Can think of a million uses for them!

Elizabeth said...

I love upcycling and I live in a place known for antiques. I really wish I would knew what I was looking at half the time though

Mel@Mellywood's Mansion said...

Gorgeous day out, I love the desks and the truck but not the price tag. Very cool lookout at the bluff.

Onica MommyFactor said...

What a fun way to spend a Sunday. Looking at Antiques is amazing. Pieces have so much history and you'll never know what you'll find.

Jennifer Zimmerman said...

I haven't looked at antiques in forever. This looks like so much fun!

Debi Gerhart said...

I love to go to places like this and just walk around looking at everything

Rose-Marie said...

I'm getting excited just looking at the photos! I love going antiquing, but I don't buy much b/c I'm not knowledgeable about prices. I can usually find a few little things, but it is fun just to check out all that is there!!!

Ralff Dizon said...

This is awesome, Great stuff and Antiques.

Terra Heck said...

I rarely go shopping or looking for antiques but I like learning the history behind them. Those school desks and chairs are cool.

Maria said...

i am so in love with everything at this show! that bench is gorgeous, and that sweet little wooden desk!
thanks for all you share!! <3<3<3

Kelly OMalley said...

I love going to antique stores. The problem for me is that they are always cram packed and I have some mobility issues, so I cannot get around very well. This place looks wonderful.

A. B. said...

Oooohh... My eyes grew wider and wider as I read this post-- well, saw the photos, really. :) I just kept thinking, upcycling! upcycling! upcycling!