Antiquing in Holly

On Tuesday, my mom, my sister, and I headed to Holly to do some antique shopping. The cool thing about Holly is that, right downtown, there are 3 large antique malls all within walking distance of each other, plus several other cute shops in the area. So, there’s no shortage of great places to find little treasures.

I went with two specific items in mind. I didn’t find either of them. And you know what? I’m not really disappointed about it. I think the thrill of this whole antiquing business is the hunt, so I’ll just keep looking. And, yep, that also meant I went home empty handed, because I was determined not to buy anything unless I really loved it. But that’s okay – there was no shortage of wonderful things to look at.

I found myself fascinated by the sheer volume and scope of these stores. I love seeing collections of things – something that’s a typical home artifact (say, a cup or a matchbook) looks ordinary in and of itself, but when you see it in bulk, as a part of a collection, it suddenly looks pretty cool. And wandering around these shops made me want to collect things – to find some random, quirky object and start scouring stores until I came up with my very own collection. I’m not sure if I’ll actually do that, but it’s a thought.

The other thing that intrigues me about this whole vintage/antique-y thing is how mundane most of the stuff in these shops is, if you really think about it. Sometimes we would walk by a display, and my mom would point something out and say “oh, my mom had that” or “my grandma had that.” We even found a Pyrex bowl that we have in our own home, and that I in fact use almost every day to cook with! It makes me wonder what seemingly ordinary objects from my life right now might one day be looked at as cool vintage finds. You never really know, I guess.

I took a ton of pictures while we were browsing. Here are just a few of the things that caught my eye:

Like I said, I was fascinated by items in bulk. Case in point: rolling pins.

Love all the collections of buttons/beads/bright shiny objects in jars:

My favorite kitchen displays were the ones that had large quantities of products in one color. Like, yellow!

This is one thing I toyed with buying. Love the bright blue.

I swear, we saw billions of salt and pepper sets. I thought this one was funny:

I took this picture out of pure nostalgia. Why did I have so many trolls as a child? And why did we think they were so cute?

Love vintage labels. I have no idea what I would actually do with any of these things, and yet I kept finding myself wanting to buy little canisters and jars and tins.

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