Live near Champaign/Urbana in Illinois (or Indiana)? Then come visit Mimi's Antiques & Uniques in Mahomet, IL - it is simply lovely. Run by Michelle (lovingly named Mimi by her granddaughters), this place is not your average antique shop. Don't let the nondescript exterior fool you - inside you'll find room groupings here, a mini tableau there - all showcasing wonderful vintage furniture, house goods, and more! There is a whole corner of antique children's toys that I would have loved to purchase en mass - a little metal refrigerator . . . tiny metal silverware - so awesome! I didn't bring my camera this trip, but next time, I'll have photos to share so you can take a virtual tour (if you visit the website, several of the coolest items in Michelle's inventory are featured). I did take quite the haul back to my own home, which I can show you:
The turquoise tins are by Delft - I HAD to get them because they are made in Holland - the homeland of my (married into) people :) The two large crates are from Peoria, IL, which is very near where my parents met (and went on their first date, to prom - how's that for a love story!?). Plus - aren't they so awesome? Those cool metal bottoms really caught my eye - I'm turning these into a shelving unit for my sewing table. The long box was such a great deal - I'm thinking of hanging it on my coming-soon gallery wall. I couldn't resist the seed bag, which has great printing on the front and perfectly weathered fabric on the back. I've been coveting a mason jar for some time - this blue one came filled with wooden spools, some still holding thread . . . couldn't pass that up! To top off my fabulous experience, Michelle carried all my purchases out to my car as I had my hands full with a two-year-old. Customer service isn't dead!
If you'd like to read more about what inspires Michelle, check out her blog here - I found her last post very inspiring - it reminded me of this:
Whew - I'm off to bed now - dreaming of being more myself, hopefully - and working less!
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