Sunday, August 24, 2014

Indiana Antique Guide: Southern Indiana

It's been awhile since I have written a post about my visits to Indiana antique shops. This year I've had a goal of visiting all of the shops in this Indiana Antique Guide

and I have been calling it My Passport to Pleasure series. After I started visiting shops and making notes in the booklet, I noticed that it is updated quarterly. So that means some shops may have closed and more may have been added. To keep it simple, I chose to stay with my original booklet. I also learned that I should probably call the shops first before I travel to them because some may have closed or not be open for business on the day of my visit.

Last weekend my sweet friend Rose and I took a drive and spent the night in Bloomington, home of Indiana Universtiy. Before we got to Bloomington though, we searched for antique shops along the way that were in the Indiana Antique Guide. The first place we stopped was in Martinsville on the town square. The Martinsville Candy Kitchen (CK) on 46 North Main Street caught our eye and we were so glad that we visited there! The CK is an old fashioned ice cream parlor offering shakes, floats, sodas and banana splits. They are also known for their hand-made candy canes as you can see noted in the theme of the restaurant letters below

and on the ceiling!

Rose and I felt that we had stepped back in time and really enjoyed being there.

Have you ever eaten chocolate Bridge Mix? I learned about it from my Mother when I was growing up. It's a mix of chocolate covered nuts, raisins, malted milk and more. I couldn't resist sampling some.

I want to return with Dan this Fall and order a banana split. Rose and I ate lunch at Jk's Cheesecake Cafe & Coffee just around the corner from the CK on Morgan Street. I had a pulled pork sandwich special that included salad and the best iced apple tea ever!

We stopped at several shops but the next place I want to tell you about is the Antiques Co-Op on 129 West Washington Street in Morgantown. If you are in the area, be sure to stop there! It is filled with really amazing old things. The first thing I saw was this doll house and my heart skipped a beat. Look at that front door, and I couldn't help but notice how the colors go with my own home color scheme. It was hard to pass up, but I was able to do it somehow when I remembered that I already have one something like it.

Here are more pictures I took while at the Co-Op.

At the front of the Co-Op was a box filled with these wonderful chandelier prisms -  this eye candy reminded me of rock candy!

It was a lovely sunny Friday afternoon and I had such a great time with Rose.

Then we drove on down to Bloomington. We saw students bustling about getting ready for the new school year: a bed mattress being carried into a dorm, a parent having dinner with her son, and kids celebrating at Kilroy's Sports Bar. We saw some interesting patriotic colored graffiti there.

We stopped at the Historic Bloomington Antique Mall on 311 West 7th Street. There were great things there too. 

I found this vintage hat that I realize now I had on backwards. LOL

I had so much fun with the hat that I wore it to Kilroy's where Rose and I ate dinner. I hope I didn't embarrass Rose, but the proprietor at the Antique Mall said that anything goes in Bloomington. We had a lovely evening in Bloomington, staying at the Fairfield Inn.

On our way home Saturday morning we stopped at the Pump House Antiques 158 North Main Street in Bargersville. I really liked this one too! 

It had a great mix of wonderful vintage things.

Look at how vintage book pages are ModPodged onto a canvas frame.

And look at what was done with jello molds and an old strainer.

This is what I brought home with me from my latest Southern Indiana trip thanks to the Indiana Antique Guide.

I don't know what this box was used for but since it had the word Cincinnati on it (that is where I was born and grew up) I had to have it. 

And it may be a little difficult to see but there is an eagle at the top of the frame in the stash photo above and below. The proprietor of the Co-Op thought it had probably been for a serviceman photo. I may look for a picture of my Dad in his navy uniform to insert into it after I paint it.

(Here is the eagle after I painted it. I like this frame!)

So that was my trip with Rose to some of the antique shops in southern Indiana.

Thanks for visiting me.

More of my Passport to Pleasure adventures can be found here:


  1. Patty, You and Rose are cute. I bet it was a great time. I miss my dear best friend to do things with. I loved that you wore the hat. It probably felt like stepping back in time seeing all those things. Blessings, xoxo,Susie

  2. What a great time you two must have had. I can't even begin to imagine so many antique stores. It would be a dream to spend a weekend like that!

  3. How fun! I certainly enjoyed doing the walking historic tours when I was in Colorado and NM. Durango, CO even had a book called Walking Durango that led the reader all through town. I like your idea of road tripping it to different antique places around Indiana. Best wishes, Tammy

  4. Sounds like you and your friend had a fun time, and enjoyed some good food.
    Thanks for sharing it with us.

  5. What a fun trip! Thanks for taking us along ;D

  6. Antique stores are one of my favorite places! Looks like you found some nice shops and places to eat on your trip!

  7. Oh, how fun!

    I haven't had bridge mix in years.

  8. Hello from Spain: I like to see the antique shops of your travels. There are real treasures. Historical tours are always fun. Nice pictures. I see that you and Rose pass a fun day of shopping. Keep in touch

  9. What a fun trip! Brings back memories of a trip my husband and I made. We attempted to drive across country but only got as far as Bloomington. We stopped at loads of antique shops along the way!

  10. Hi Patty,
    Such a great post. What a fun goal to see all the antique spots, love it! I'll look forward to following along with you.
    Happy week you you!


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