Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Indiana Antique Guide: Curly Willow Antiques & Treasures

Look at the millinery flowers I found at Curly Willow Antiques & Treasures, in Franklin, Indiana!

They were on this blue hat. As you can see, there are pink flowers sprinkled in there too. Love the rhinestones. Oh, what fun I will have using them in my creations. There was a nice selection of vintage hats and crocheted lace there.

I am continuing on with my Passport to Pleasure series. My plan is to visit every antique shop in this Indiana Antique Guide this year. And then after my visit, I put a piece of Washi tape in its space to show I have been there - it's my stamp for the passport. I also make notes of things I want to remember about the shop.

There are several antique shops in Franklin and the nice thing about it is that they are all clustered together so you can get a big bang for your visit and your time! There are good restaurants there as well. I have written about Franklin before (here, here, and here) because I can't stay away from the quaint little town and their wealth of antiques. 

Curly Willow has two floors of wonderful treasures. ReStyled rents a space there and they have Annie Sloan Chalk Paint® for sale on the first floor. (ReStyled also had a shop in Carmel, Indiana.)

When you enter the shop your eyes are drawn to this window of striking blue bottles. The proprietor, Diane Strack, said they are handblown reproductions of Colonial Williamsburg and Jamestown, Virginia. 

Below is ReStyled's space showing some of the Annie Sloan Chalk Paint® colors. One of the reasons I love to visit antique shops is because of the memories they bring back to me of my childhood days. I couldn't help but notice the red stool in the right background as my grandmother had one like it but hers was yellow. It was the telephone stool as it was placed under the phone that hung on the wall. My Mother and I would visit her often, sit at the kitchen table and eat jelly filled doughnuts while we caught up on things. Mom's step-father would sit on the yellow stool and join in on the conversation once in awhile.

I was at Curly Willow when this tree was filled with Valentines. As I wandered through the shop I was introduced to the sound of Eva Cassidy's soothing voice singing Over the Rainbow.

Here are some other things that caught my attention while I was wandering through the shop.

I'm noticing that when I see photos of dolls I took, I want to go back and get them.

This closet was filled with crocheted lace and other delicacies.

Here is what I took home with me.

my stash from Curly Willow Antiques & Treasures

I really enjoyed my visit at Curly Willow Antiques & Treasures. Diane was interesting and interested which made me feel very comfortable, and Eva Cassidy's voice won me over. I couldn't wait to get home to purchase some of her songs for my iTunes library. 

Diane Strack, owner of Curly Willow Antiques & Treasures

When I went to put my Washi tape in my Passport to Pleasure book, I discovered that this shop wasn't listed in there. Then I remembered that Diane had told me they recently opened in October. I just assumed she was in the book since I was going to be in Franklin anyway. So I stapled her business card in it because it's a good one to visit!

More of my Passport to Pleasure posts can be found here.


  1. Love your finds! That looks like a Nice shop!!!
    XO Kris

  2. I love your challenge of visiting all the antique shops in the book.

    I also love those red chairs with the yellow table.

  3. Patty, That will be a fun and interesting adventure, visiting all the shops. I have my MIL old red stool. I know it needs so real tlc. Ted says he'll redo it one day. We had her tea cart, it was yellow...Ted redid it and I passed it on to my daughter. xoxo,Susie

  4. The shop looks lovely...... What fun in the midst of the cold winter!

  5. Hello from Spain: I like your visit to Curly Willow Antiques and Treasures. Nice products. Keep in touch

  6. What a fun thing to do - good luck on this adventure :-)

  7. Lots of eye candy and fun place to shop! Bet you will have a lot of fun visiting all the shops.
    Thanks for sharing your adventure.
    Have a great weekend!

  8. FUN shop!!!! :D
    I have been so good this February. I haven't spent money on anything other than groceries. It's a miracle! ;P


  9. "Patty's Pretty Things" has been included in the Sites To See for this week. Be assured that I hope this helps to point many new visitors in your direction.

  10. I can see the appeal of the store Patty, thanks for taking us along, i too just recently went antiquing in Cape Girardeau, MO and had a blast with my girlfriends!

  11. What a great project to make your way around to all those antique shops!! You had such great vision for those millinery flowers; I don't think I would have recognized their promise upon seeing them on the hat!


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