Friday, December 30, 2011

A little "after Christmas" shopping...minus the mall...

Today, my family trekked up to Milton to shop at Goodrich Antiques Mall. Milton is just a quick 30 minutes up I-90 from Roscoe--easy to get to, easy to find. Terry Williamson runs the joint...and what a joint it is. If you've never been, Milton used to be the home of the once private Milton College, founded in 1844 as the Milton Academy, it closed in 1982. Its campus is now part of the Milton Historic District.

The College was founded as the Milton Academy (high school) by a group of early Milton settlers, including Milton House owner Joseph Goodrich; hence the name of Terry's store. Of course, as usual, I forgot my camera, so this photo is off the internet. This is what you see when you pull into the property. Terry's store is the furthest back building--Goodrich Hall.

She offers two floors of more antiques than you can count--glassware and china to hutches and buffets--and everything in between. I actually drove there today with the intent to purchase this coat:

However, we ended up talking so much to Terry that I totally forgot to try it on, let along buy it! I guess I'll have to make another trip! But here's what I did buy:

 The Wonder Book of Bible Stories--perfect for my Christmas decor. Shown here on my buffet along with the vintage crucifix I bought a few weeks ago in Rockton.
 Many of you know that my husband is of Mexican decent, so we tend to collect bric-a-brac that reminds of his heritage. The set of four Mariachi players was hard to pass up! Aren't they darling?
 I love vintage books of any kind...but when they scream my name, I just have to buy them! Nobody has ever called me "Lady Ann"--but I kind of like it!
 You know how you buy one or two of something, and the next thing you know you have a collection! That's how it's been with vintage cameras. I can't even remember where I got the first three, but now I have five!!!! These two are great...and look good on my table. I also collect vintage binoculars!
I'm always a sucker for vintage snowy, cabin prints. This one is called "After the Snowstorm" and is a Currier and Ives. I love it sitting next to my snowman and sparkly trees from The Empty Attic in Rock City.

Then, when all the purchases were made, we had a really special treat. Terry invited us up to her 3rd floor home in Goodrich Hall! Holy cow--I'm so jealous. I could move in with her tomorrow. Room after room filled with fabulous, unique pieces of antique buffets, dressers, hutches and cabinets. Each filled with gorgeous glassware, collections, jewelry, and statuaries. All so lovely. Her front living room is to die for...her husband removed the plaster to expose the original brick wall. Stunning! Simply stunning! Again, because I couldn't remember to grab my camera, I hiested these two photos are from the internet:
 This is the first floor of the antique shop. And the photo below is of Terry's living room, with the exposed brick wall.
There are several other shops in the area: Patty's Plants; Red Rooster at The Old Junction Mill; the historic Milton House Museum and Tours; and Northleaf Winery & Bistro! Forget about returning your Christmas gifts to the mall...grab your girlfriends and hit the road this weekend to get yourself a new "old" gift in Milton, Wisconsin!

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