Vintage Thrift Extravaganza.

Monday, February 20, 2012

Awhile back, I had this idea to plan a vintage, thrift shopping day where a bunch of gals could leave their husbands, children, and lives behind for a day and come out for a little shopping adventure.  I thought it may be a bit far fetched, but alas my dream came true this weekend.  Seven girls ended up renting a fifteen passenger van for the day and drove over two hundred miles.
Actually, the whole day was explicated fabulously by my sweet friend Jessi, so hop on over to her blog and check out our adventure.  It was gentle mix of vintage, thrift, history, long conversations, and of course, great food.  Here are the links to all the places we made it too {all of which we could unanimously recommend} and a few more photos. 
Our agenda ::Rockford, IL - Madison, WI::
Annie's Soda Shop & Cafe for Breakfast.
Jim's Barn {Annie, the owner of the cafe called up a man she new that lived 'down that street a number of miles ... when the road starts to curve, look left and you will see a black truck' ... that's the place.  He had a whole lot of
sweet vintage treasures that could stand a little tlc}.
Tiffany Bridge in Shopiere, WI
Little Green Dress A sweet vintage clothing store in Beloit, WI
Saint Vincent de Paul Thrift Store {Whoops, this was actually a food pantry.  As you can imagine it made for a hilarious scene when seven enthusiastic shoppers showed up}.
Goodwill Madison West location.  This was a fabulous thrift store where everyone found something.
Three Orange Doors A sweet gift/vintage/a bit of everything shop in Madison.
Zip Dang An eclectic store that had nice eye candy, but no purchases here.
Chipotle Downtown Madison location.
Goodwill Downtown Madison location.
Tiger Lily Cute vintage-ish clothing store.
Steep & Brew A cute coffee shop.

What a fun day spent with friends new and old.  It was super fun to plan too.  All of us came home with different types of things, which made the day all the more interesting.  I came home with a claw foot wood table base, a four drawer metal filing cabinet with wood top, two vintage fabrics for Project Ona, a hilarious kids book about going potty, four mugs, two picture frames, and a sweet wood sign about going to flea markets for Ona's room.  I have a lot of ideas for the loot, and will share when they are in their place.  As much as I love my finds, I think I enjoyed the company of friends even more.  In our over-the-top busy world, it was like a breath of fresh air to spend the day at a relatively slow pace actually investing in meaningful conversation and silly moments with friends.
If you have been thinking of doing such an adventure or any other for the matter, do it!  Seriously, it was worth all the effort and I have a hunch that it just may become a yearly event.  The question that remains, which direction are we heading next?


  1. Just love this idea! Thinking I might have to steal it ;) Thanks for the idea ladies.

  2. Awesome, it was so much fun! Can I ask how you stumbled upon our blog?



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