Since I couldn't work on my blog last night, I ended up getting some much needed sleep. Both of us woke up early and we got on the road right away. Today was a big day - only about an hours drive to our destination, Divernon, Illinois to pick up our harvester tracks!
right before crossing over the Mississippi River!
The Dowson family farms 50,000 acres of corn and just built a new dryer to dry it. Mike said I would know we were there when I spotted the big dryers, as we had bought the tracks from the Dowsons. Corn harvest has already started back here so truck after truck rolled in to unload while we were there. These dryers are the biggest I have ever seen and they still can't hold their entire crop!
As we drove into the dryer yard, I saw our tracks sitting off to the side next to a pickup.
The first track was carefully lifted and placed onto the bed of the trailer.
Chains were run through the tracks
and then hooked onto the bed of the trailer, then tightened with binders.
For extra safety, we added strong straps through the top of the tracks to keep them from tipping during transport.
The antique mall was out in the middle of nowhere and it didn't look like much but when I walked in, there must have been 200 booths - a whole mall of antiques to treasure hunt in! I have a whole list of things I am looking for - both for friends, and for clients!
Another client is looking for vintage hats with veil netting and I was able to find three for her here and great prices! I found some miniature bottles for another client, some vintage wooden spools, a vintage birdcage, some piano player rolls, a dainty rosary, a vintage wedding dress, an off white demi-lune table, and a Catalina Pottery Vase - all for a grand total of $126.00!! THAT was a great day!
As I walked out the door with my hands full, Mike told me I had to go into the next building. The sing on the building said "Crafter's Mall" but he said he went it and found a booth with some vintage stuff he thought was pretty cheap. He led to one booth filled with antique oak furniture and other home accessories so I started checking price tags - he was right - really good prices - then I saw the find of the day! A vintage double laundry tub - perfect for filling with ice and beer bottles, or other beverages for a party and the price tag - $22!! In California, this tub would have cost $150! We also bought a vintage gateleg table, in excellent condition for $65!!
It had been a full day. Back on the road, it wasn't long until the sun started setting. Now we were heading into the sun towards home, and we still have room in 'the treasure box' so who knows what we'll find on the way home?! Now our cry will be - Westward Ho!!