Friday, October 14, 2011


From the Austin, Texas area, we headed north on our 10-day, 3000 mile road trip. Trust me - it is a long way across eastern Texas, eastern Oklahoma, then eastern Kansas through small towns on 2-lane roads. Have you ever heard of Greasy, Oklahoma or Arma, Kansas? Plus, I had no idea that Eastern Oklahoma had mountains. They call them mountains; but I'm from Colorado, we call them foothills. Nevertheless, they were very pretty! We finally arrived in Kansas City to visit friends.

While there, we went to Blackwell's Thrift Store, 1316 E. 63rd St., Kansas City, Mo. This was the cleanest, best organized thrift store I've ever seen.
This is the place to go if you are into vintage Pyrex, enamelware, or any type of kitchen stuff.
See that carpet - I actually had that in our family room back in the 1970s.
We then headed north to Nell Hill's Briarcliff store. I've always enjoyed visiting the Nell Hill's stores in north-eastern Kansas. They contain inspirational vignettes, lots of decorating ideas, nice furniture and accessories - all at fairly reasonable prices. My favorite part are all of the details on the fabric items that they fabricate.
It looks like lanterns will be big this Christmas season.
And, one of my favorite things -- plaid!
Square wreaths and plaid book covers.
The only thing I bought at Nell Hill's was a roll of wide red, plaid ribbon that is acrylic, but looks like wool - my Christmas inspiration!!

From there, we headed back south to one of our favorite antique malls, The Mission Road Antique Mall, 4101 W. 83rd St., Prairie Village, Ks.
There, I found another piece of brown transferware. I've been trying to accumulate enough large soup bowls in brown transferware to mix & match. I now have 7 - almost there.
We had wonderful food, and enjoyed the hospitality of our friends. But, it was time to head for home - a long ride across Kansas.

Next week, I'm joining in the following parties. Please check them out; and thank all of these ladies for hosting such fun, inspirational parties.
A Stroll Thru Life for Table Top Tuesday
Savvy Southern Style for Wow Us Wednesday
Very Merry Vintage Style for Share the Love Wednesday
Common Ground for Vintage Inspiration Friday
2805 for Potpourri Friday


marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

Oh my, sounds like you have some fabulous sightseeing and thrifting fun too. I would love to see Nell Hill's. Great pics. Yes, I had some of that carpet in my kitchen. What were we thinking? lol Thanks so much for the gracious comments, and yes, we will be having a Fall cloche party in about 2 weeks. I was going to announce it this coming week. I can't wait to see what you've got planned. Hugs, Marty

Elaine said...

Ooh, I love lanterns. And plaid does scream Christmas to me.

Wonderful places to visit, nice trip for you.

Susie Q said...

Oh how envious I am Sally!! oving seeing all of this through your lens and descriptions!
Kansas City is on our list to try to see in 2012...

Janette - The2Seasons said...

I have always loved plaid. I do a north woods look in our backporch (now sun room) each year with different flannel plaids.

PAT said...

So much fun Sally! Love it!!

Part of the Ozarks is in Eastern OK too.:-)

I had that carpet in a little den sometime around 1970 or so, too.

Elizabeth (Blue Clear Sky) said...

It sounds like a great trip with lots to see. Looking forward to seeing the use of the plaid ribbon. I actually found some great buffalo check ribbon that I used last Christmas for our home and I am looking forward to getting it back out.

Pat said...

I live in KC and have never heard of Blackwell's! Other end of the city, but I will make a point to go there. Thanks for the tip!

Yvonne @ StoneGable said...

Sounds like a wonderful field trip! I have always wanted to visit Nell Hill's. A fieldtrip with a snack... my kind of day!

Scribbler said...

I enjoyed your field trip -- thanks for letting me "tag" along! I think I need to schedule a trip to KC.

Gillian Layne said...

How fun to see Arma, Kansas mentioned--I live 5 miles from there.

I love the stores you shared--thanks!

Lori Lucas said...

I lived in far NE Kansas for 20 years (Hiawatha) and Nell's (in Atchison) was my go-to store. Oh how I miss that. I might have to make a trip up there just to get that ribbon. Sounds wonderful. Coincidentally, I am from NE Oklahoma, but now live smack in the middle of Oklahoma. I hear all the time from people that did not realize how pretty Oklahoma actually is! Sounds like a fun trip. Lori L

Jo's This and That said...

Sounds like a great trip,Thanks for sharing,Joann

Honey at 2805 said...

This has been a really long trip, but how fun to do a trip like this and stop at every great shopping place along the way! Now that's a trip I would like to take! Thanks so much to the tour!

Thanks for linking this interesting post to Potpourri Friday. I appreciate your participation, my friend!

SalPal said...

I live in KC, and occasionally visit Nell Hill. I find them a bit pricey, I'd much rather hit the thrift stores lol. But they are good for inspiration!

very merry vintage style said...

Sounds like a fun trip--thanks for linking up to Share the Love Wednesday!

Chris said...

Hi Sally, what a fabulous thrift store - I have never seen anything like that anywhere. I bet you had fun going through all their stuff. Glad that you had a good trip and time with your friends. I have recently found your blog and am now following you, and will visit often. Please stop by my blog and perhaps you would like to follow me also. Have a wonderful day. Hugs, Chris