Sherri and I both love picking trips. And when I can combine a visit to see family and celebrate a holiday, AND find some new picking spots...well, I do a little happy dance, to the tune of....(yes, you guessed it: "On the Road Again.") But I'm not a road-warrior like Willie. Six days and 1600+ miles later, I confess: I am ready to unload Bertha-the-Armada, do a quick check on my garden, and lay my weary head on my own pillow in my own bed, in my own home.
Real-life picking is a little like watching Mike and Frank. Except we don't have a Danielle to liaison for us and find us all those prime picking locations. So we do our own recon work beforehand, scouring Facebook, Craigslist, and directories, looking for estate sales, flea markets and such. Every once in a while, we stumble upon fun finds in far-flung places...and that happened on this trip.
If you find yourself in Kansas, pull up Barnes on your GPS and try to include it in your plans if you're within range. It's a teeny-tiny town (population <200), but it has one of the most delightful antique/vintage shops you can imagine finding anywhere: Sunflower Mercantile is worth the trip; our only regret is we didn't catch them at an annual flea market just over the Kansas/Nebraska line. (#PickerGoals for 2020)
We eyed several interesting pieces that were too big to haul back, but we did manage to squeeze in some fabulous finds we'll show you once we get them unloaded. For now, check out the three doors that came home with us. (Yes, that IS a pickup door.)
WHO WRITES THIS STUFF?
I'm Terry Lea, owner of Re-Invintage Home, a vintage home goods shop just south of Nashville in Murfreesboro, TN. A lifelong passion for vintage picking led me to open a shop with my picking pal, Sherri in 2017. Come see us!