Recently my friend Elizabeth and I took a day trip to Fort Payne, Alabama to do some “pickin.” We planned the trip several weeks in advance, so as the day of the trip grew closer I became more and more excited with each passing day! Anyone that knows me well knows that I love to go “pickin.” I mean I really love it! I can't sleep the night before, my heart pounds and I have even been known to jump out of the car and run before the car is even parked!! If you’re smart, you don't want to get between me and a good “pickin” opportunity!
Anyway, we left bright and early Wednesday morning and enjoyed ourselves laughing and talking all the way to Fort Payne. Needless to say, the time flew by and soon we arrived at our first destination, the Big Mill Company. It is located in a huge, old textile mill. The heart pounding had begun; yet I did wait for Elizabeth to park the van before I jumped out. The moment we entered I knew this was a good place. It was filled from one end to the other with great treasures and I found several things I couldn't resist! There was a set of beautiful, vintage, handmade placements that kept calling my name and I knew they would be perfect on the table in my breakfast room. I also found an old wicker picnic basket that I am going to use in my kitchen to store bread and snacks in and I found a beautiful old mirror in perfect condition and a couple of ironstone platters. While we were there we had a delicious lunch at their café called Vintage 1889. I recommend it to anyone that visits Big Mill Company!
Soon we were on to our second stop of the day, Farmhouse Finds in downtown Fort Payne. Oh my goodness! My heart really began to pound and I may have jumped out of the van before it came to a complete stop. It was one of those great places that when you go in you don’t know which way to go first. My first treasure and best of the day was the top of an old hoosier cabinet. It had no glass left in it but the paint was the prettiest, chippiest, shabbiest I had seen in a long time in the perfect shades of green and lucky for me, I had just the place for it. So it came home with me along with a white chippy concrete bowl from an old birdbath. As soon as I saw it, I loved it and knew it would be the perfect centerpiece for the same table the placements were destined for! Elizabeth found an awesome old canvas cart that probably came from an old textile mill, and she plans to use it in her basement redo. The best part of that stop though was meeting Mo the owner. She is incredibly talented, creative and interesting! She kept us very entertained and we really didn't want to leave. I’m sure we will be back to visit her soon and I hope you will too!
Our last stop for the day was Myrtle Jane’s and it was wonderful! It was packed with great finds and the best part was that the shop just went on and on with so much to see! We had a wonderful time there and found a few more treasures. Elizabeth found a great deal on a small, old scale, some printing press letters and a red tray from an old toolbox. I found another old picnic hamper but this one was unusually small like it was for just one person and it is really cute. It was getting late in the day so after we left Myrtle Jane’s it was time to head home.
We had a great day and realized that although this was our first ‘pickin’ trip together, we make good “pickin” partners! So guess what? We already have another big “pickin” trip planned for September and my heart is already racing every time I think about it! I’m not going to tell you where we are going, so you will have to wait and read the blog post sometime in September. Until then, Happy Pickin!!!