Saturday, October 10, 2009

Super Souper Saturday

On a whim today, we took a day trip out into the surrounding country/small town areas.  We made some geocaching stops, and  went to an antique mall that I’ve really been wanting to visit.  It’s about an hour-and-a-half south of us, if you go straight there, which we didn’t.  We took a lot of snacks and the puppy, set the kids up with a movie on the laptop (no built-ins in our van) and hit the back roads.

It was a beautiful sunny day, and we saw some fall colors, but we’re probably a week away from the real show.  The first geocaching stop was at this old church and cemetery of German settlers.IMG_4153

The antique mall in question frequently lists items on craigslist at affordably low prices.  I’ve been wanting to check it out for some time, and I’m looking for a small table or shelf for a particular spot.  There were lots of nice pieces; how about a large round dining table with three leaves and six chairs, newly painted black and distressed, all for $250?  Or one of several white distressed coffee tables for around $30?

Craig was manning the camera, so I didn’t get photos of anything I really would have wanted to show you, but here are a few shots.  The building itself was very cool.  I would love to have this woodwork and exposed brick.IMG_4180

In some of the rooms, the floors had this pretty stenciled pattern.IMG_4160 

I found some milk glass for the etsy store I’m contemplating.IMG_4164 Huh.  In this photo, I am clothed entirely in thrifty finds: $1 Gap jacket, $1 Banana Republic purse, $1.50 Ralph Lauren jeans, $5 consignment store shirt, Kmart clearance shoes.  Not bad.

Unfortunately, I did not find the piece of furniture I want.  There were many pretty pieces at good prices, but I need something very narrow, and I just didn’t find the perfect thing.

It was fun, though, and thanks to my fore-thought, a slow-cooker of taco soup was waiting for us when we got home 7 hours later!

IMG_4184 That hits the spot!


Country Dreaming said...

Sounds like a fun outing and soup to come home to. YUM!
Love your purse and shoes. :)
Have a great Sunday.

Anna said...

sounds like a fun family day out. want to share your taco soup recipe? that sounds good!

Amanda @ Serenity Now said...

What a fun day. Btw, I LOVE your outfit...very cute. :) I remember those shoes from your other post!

I smiled when I read the part about the kids watching a movie on the laptop. If we're driving anywhere longer than an hour or two, I bring the little portable player for my kids. :)

Your Frugal Friend, Niki said...

Looks like a fun fun day. We love doing spontaneous stuff like that!

By the way, love the shoes!


LuLu said...

Your outfit is adorable. What a wonderful day you had.

TRICIA @ The Zoo said...

What a fun family day. That church is amazing!
Looks like a fantastic way to spend a weekend.


Lucy Marie said...

What a perfect day!

Holly said...

For Anna, or anybody interested in the recipe for the taco soup:
I didn't post about it because I really didn't use a recipe this time, but just used what I had.
Browned 1/2 lb ground beef, and put in crockpot. Added big can of pinto beans, 1/2 packet of taco seasoning, one can of mexican diced tomatoes (pureed), some dried minced onion, and about 3/4 cup chicken broth. Cook on low.

Anna said...

thanks Holly! I will try that soon, maybe if it ever gets cold here and we feel like eating a soup type meal. It is humid in the 90s this week.