Friday morning dawned early for these girls with a 3:00 a.m. start, Doreen was here by 4:00 and we were off!
The first part of our journey was uneventful, getting used to the trailer and driving in the dark, but as daylight dawned, we we able to enjoy the scenery passing by. We noticed that Connecticut received as much snow as we had back in Massachusetts! Only as we passed through New York into Pennsylvania did the snow amounts lessen and we actually saw patches of ground! Yes, to all those folks back home… there is soil and grass under all that snow!
We arrived at our hotel, the Scanticon in King of Prussia, PA late morning, checked in and dropped our trailer for our next excursion… a visit to Diane Windle’s home and shop, Windle’s Log Cabin Antiques which was only a half hour away. Nothing can truly prepare you for this treat. Diane’s shop is her 11 room home tucked away at the end of a dirt road in an 18th century stone house and attached log cabin. The drive was icy this visit, the scenery just amazing! Not as much snow in PA, but snow just the same.
Diane is a warm and welcoming hostess, giving us free rein of her gorgeous home and the antiques it beholds!
Every time we come here we plan on an hour or two, but with so many choice pieces, it’s often difficult to make up your mind! Our plans always go awry and we stay longer than expected! Friday’s visit resulted in an awesome 18th century Dutch cupboard and early dry sink in old red paint.
We left Diane’s, stopped for a healthy lunch/dinner at Panera Bread and went back to the hotel. We hooked the trailer back up and unloaded for the show – The Gallery of American Handcrafters and Antiques… a new wholesale show hosted by Mark & Chastity of Magpie Primitives which was held at Valley Forge Convention Center in King of Prussia, PA. Among our friends doing the show were Connie and Harry Gleed of Hands of Time Antiques from Palmyra, PA and Cecilia Taylor from Henhouse Primitives of PA. What a great group of vendors and customers! The show opened Saturday night and our hand made items were sold out within the first hour! Quite a few of our reproductions and antiques sold as well.
Sunday was a quieter day and we headed over to the Oaks for the Market Square wholesale show to pick up more items for the shop. A special thanks to Connie & Harry who watched our booth while we were gone! We ran into many friends, shop owners and hand crafters at the show and purchased lots of new merchandise.
Sunday evening we decided to head out for dinner with our roommates, Donna Russell of Haley’s Gathering from East Chatham, New York and her friend, Darlene. Donna suggested Maggiano’s in King of Prussia and we were not disappointed! Food, food and more food! We did their family style option which included 2 appetizers, 2 salads, 2 entrees and 2 desserts… each course is all you can eat… a truly amazing restaurant with fantastic food!
Monday morning dawned and we packed up to leave with a quick stop back at Market Square to pick up a forgotten package and low and behold, we ran into our dear friend Dirk Dishop of The Early Homestead Woodshop from Napoleon, Ohio… bought some new cement bee skeps from him while we were at it! Then we were off to pick up our purchases at Diane Windle’s and take Donna and Dar antiquing. As usual, Windle’s took longer than expected, and quite a few purchases later we were off again, this time bound for Christina Hummel’s Primitive America in Pennsdale, Pennsylvania.
Our GPS was a little out of sorts this past weekend and took us the round-a-bout way across the mountains and avoiding all major routes… lucky us! Unfortunately, our ETA changed and changed again, but Christina was most accommodating and welcomed us at 5:30 p.m.! We really wish we had the advantage of daylight, but Christina’s shop is fantastic! These northern girls were beside ourselves, like vultures, pouncing on wonderful wooden ware, red ware and more!
We shopped to our hearts’ content, then for the treat of a lifetime – a tour of Christina’s lovely home, which is featured in the spring issue of A Simple Life Magazine. It’s every bit as gorgeous as Jill Peterson represented with Christina’s incredible summer kitchen cupboard on the cover!
We left Christina’s around 7:30 p.m. heading east out of the mountains and homeward bound. Unfortunately, Mother Nature had other ideas and after a harrowing journey with truck and fully loaded trailer and over an hour of driving 20 mph to cover 27 miles through wild snow in the mountains, we decided to call it a night at the first hotel we found. A day late, but safe and sound, we arrived home on Tuesday to yet another 5 inches of snow! We unpacked all of our wonderful treasures, returned the trailer and tried to catch our breath!
Our many thanks to both Diane & Christina for being such wonderful hostesses, to our wonderful customers for making this trip a success and to Donna & Dar for lots of laughs! We can’t wait to return to Pennsylvania for another buying and selling trip… what fun!