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Around Town : Antiquing with the Collecting Department

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A couple weeks ago, I was lucky enough to take a day trip down to Kutztown, Pennsylvania, with the Collecting Department. Fritz and Liz toured me around a large outdoor antiques show, as well as several antiques shops that Fritz knew well in the area. There were so many treasures—I've never seen anything like it! And what a special treat to see it all with such veteran collectors—Fritz could tell you the history of every object in the place. I found so much inspiration that day. I'd like to share some of my favorite photos with you. I'd love to hear which ones you find the most inspiring!

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Someone put a lot of time and love into this découpage suitcase.

1 Someone put a lot of time and love into this découpage suitcase.

These beautiful cameos remind me of Shane's jewelry story he did for our iPad debut last Fall.

2 These beautiful cameos remind me of Shane's jewelry story he did for our iPad debut last Fall.

The large cameo of the woman holding a necklace was my favorite of the bunch.

3 The large cameo of the woman holding a necklace was my favorite of the bunch.

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These jewelry photos are like an

6 These jewelry photos are like an "I spy" game. I'm noticing more and more little details. I see two faces—do you?

Love the pink earrings, and that silver bracelet—looks a bit Art Deco to me.

7 Love the pink earrings, and that silver bracelet—looks a bit Art Deco to me.

Pretty butterflies...and do you see that crab peering at us?

8 Pretty butterflies...and do you see that crab peering at us?

There were so many handmade treasures to be seen.

9 There were so many handmade treasures to be seen.

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Liz checks out some jewelry.

11 Liz checks out some jewelry.

I love this mini totem pole.

12 I love this mini totem pole.

Lots of flower brooches. I love seeing themed collections like this.

13 Lots of flower brooches. I love seeing themed collections like this.

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Vintage Halloween inspiration.

15 Vintage Halloween inspiration.

A fun embroidered tapestry.

16 A fun embroidered tapestry.

The stitching is simple but very effective.

17 The stitching is simple but very effective.

A lamp made from ice-pop sticks! Looks like the ultimate camp craft to me.

18 A lamp made from ice-pop sticks! Looks like the ultimate camp craft to me.

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I'm so curious about who made all of these things—and how many hands they've travelled through.

20 I'm so curious about who made all of these things—and how many hands they've travelled through.

The bright colors of this Easter toy really caught my eye.

21 The bright colors of this Easter toy really caught my eye.

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A bowl of sequined fruit—love it!

23 A bowl of sequined fruit—love it!

The pineapple was my favorite—and so appropriate with this Elvis album.

24 The pineapple was my favorite—and so appropriate with this Elvis album.

This looks like Russian straw work, though I don't know much about the craft.

25 This looks like Russian straw work, though I don't know much about the craft.

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These may have been my favorite finds of the day. I regret not buying one!

27 These may have been my favorite finds of the day. I regret not buying one!

The silhouettes appear to be painted on the inside of the frame.

28 The silhouettes appear to be painted on the inside of the frame.

More interesting embroidery...

29 More interesting embroidery...

I love the use of long stitches—sort of like sketching an outline.

30 I love the use of long stitches—sort of like sketching an outline.

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Heading back in a car packed with treasures!

32 Heading back in a car packed with treasures!

Here I am modeling my prize purchase of the day: a rhinestone-studded hat.

33 Here I am modeling my prize purchase of the day: a rhinestone-studded hat.

If this looks like something that excites you, I recommend checking out the Brimfield Antique and Collectibles Show, in Brimfield, Massachusetts, starting this Sunday! If you're not in the Northeast, check out more of Fritz's recommendations for the best collecting sources. And don't forget to look for the incredible and inspiring collecting stories that he and Liz do in Living each month. It may help you spot the real treasures at the next antique show!

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  • I love the quilt images - 9 & 10. My grandmother loves to quilt and I only wish I had picked up the talent from her! On most Saturdays this summer, I spend all day at her house and she works on quilts for Christmas presents for my friends and family, and in exchange I have been re-painting all the rooms in her house. I found these really cool buckets to use for paint buckets that I match to the color I'm using for each room. It's been great because grandma can easily remember what color I'm using to paint, and they're really easy to clean. Thanks for this post, I am printing off pictures of the quilt to show my grandma!

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