Friday, July 29, 2011

Antiques on the Farm

Today we headed out to a new antique spot
that we had heard a lot of great things about
to stock up for the antique shop.

We were heading out to Josie's Antiques,
located on a picturesque farm
 in central Illinois just west of Chicago, 
in a small town called Maple Park.

We pulled down a long tree-lined lane
to a bucolic homestead in a clearing.
We were a few minutes early,
but Josie, the owner,  sweetly welcomed us
with her dog by her side,
and told us to feel free to enter the sheds and barns.

As she said this, she ran back into her farmhouse
to pull the fresh baked cookies
she makes everyday for guests
 out of the oven.

Two story barn full of antiques and the lower level is full of garden collectibles.

Her faithful companion takes a nap.

A little potting shed.



For over two hours, we managed
to get through a three level barn,
 and several sheds a few times each.
With so much to see, you'll need a few go-rounds.
So much fun!

We thought the prices were very reasonable
and there was something for every type of collector.

An added bonus ---- if you are an animal lover,
there were cats, a dog, goats, horses,
chickens and peacocks too!

So if you are in central Illinois,
make a point to go and shop with Josie!
You won't be sorry.

(Sixty miles or 1.5 hours west of Chicago)


Will show some of the things we bought
in another post soon!



Charm Bracelet Diva said...

Wow! Did I see some McCoy pottery lurking about there? lol Clearly I have to go ~ I just Mapquested it and it's only 35 minutes from me! Yippee!!!! What are her hours? Any webite? Looks like you really had your pickins' worth! Thanks for the info.


Rebecca said...

I look forward to seeing what you went home with! What an interesting place...

Amy @MaisonDecor said...

I have to know, what did you score this time?

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

I could definitely see having to go through each area a few times, Alison! I'll bet you saw something you hadn't before each time, too. Great stuff; love that small white table in one of the first pictures and that hutch/shelf type table toward the end. I'm not much of an antique shopper, but one year we were in Cooperstown {NY} and with nothing else to do, I went through a barn with 3 levels myself looking.

The enchanted home said...

WOW I am so shopping in the wrong stores! Being greeted by the owner with a batch of freshly baked cookies? Huh....come again? Thats my kind of store! Looks like so much fun, and what is it about looking for antiques in a barn that makes it that much more special? Not sure but thats been my experience, sure wish this was closer...I would hop in my car and go today! So....did you find anything great? Would love to know!

Ann@A Sentimental Life said...

I would to get my hands on some of the McCoy! I am from Central IL but not that far north.

Thanks for taking us along with you!

Penny @ The Comforts of Home/Lavender Hill Studio said...

What a fantastic looking place! I would love to go there!

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

Oh my, such great eye candy and so much to see. I think it would have taken me all day.

I also just saw your previous post and the antique fire pale is stunning. What a fabulous find. Love that alabaster lamp too. Gorgeous. You found some great treasures. Hugs, Marty

Lap Dog Knits said...

Thanks for posting such great's a bit far for me to travel to Josie's so I throughly enjoyed the stroll shopping through your lens.

Can't wait to see what you bought!

waveney said...


How about a picture of you two in your short shorts! HA
( picker girls for those not in the know is a new tv program to air this month....a shootoff of THE favorite!)

Miss Kitty said...

Thank you for the great "tour" of your shopping trip! I just loved looking at all your great photos of the animals AND the antiques. I will look forward to your post about what you came away with.

Janet said...

what a neat place. I bet you got some wonderful goodies and I love seeing the animals!!

laxsupermom said...

Wow! That looks like such a fun place to poke around in. Can't wait to see what you came home with.

Robin @ Highpoint Circle said...

This is the stuff I read blogs for. I loved the post and the farm. My daughter lived in Chicago for four years and the drive out of the city was always so beautiful with the farms. I'm from Kansas and a city girl, but the farms definitely speak to me. Thanks for sharing.

Emily said...

Woohoo, I would love to spend a morning there. Great snaps, love the animals too. Like your music.......

The French Hutch

Jennifer Zuri @ Aquascape Your Landscape said...

Imagine my surprise when I read your post. I live in Elburn and have driven past Josie's several times on the way to the farm market. I've never been there myself but think now I'll have to go. Another great antique place is Amazing Grace Antiques in Elburn. I have several of their items in my home. Very reasonable prices and they always get new stuff in.

Designs By Pinky said...

What a great place! Too bad it is too far from me. Looking forward to seeng what you got! XO, Pinky

Karen said...

How fun! That is my kind of afternoon. Can't wait to see what you came home with.

My Notting Hill said...

What an amazing setting. Love the chickens!

Pat@BAck Porch Musings said...

Alison, this is just the sort of place J and I love to explore!

Your photos are wonderful!

Designs on 47th Street said...

What a charming little country shop. I would love looking through all this. I was wondering what you bought! Glad to see that's still to come. Some of that was quite rustic and I would actually love it but would feel it wouldn't work in my home anymore. I know you have such a great way of decorating, you can show us how to make it work!! :)


Sue said...

Hi Alison - what a lovely find ~ and fresh cookies too!! It's too hot here to even think about shopping, but I can't wait to get out this fall and get back in the hunt. {I've been browsing back posts, and your gardens are beautiful!}
Have a great day.

michele said...

what a fun place for you to stock up! thanks for sharing highlights from your business trip...and how cool that it probably didn't even feel like work!


Sarah said...

Looks like a fun time, Alison. Just scrolled down from the previous post. Like your finds! ;-)
Would love to shop your shop! ~ sarah

❀ⒹⒺⒺ❀ said...

Wow! Antiques and animals. I love going antique shopping. I have plenty in my home. Living in an english tudor calls for antigues.
I bet it was a fun day.


Stacey@A Sort Of Fairytale said...

Hi Alison!
Just poking around your blog here...
This shop looks so amazing, is it still open? I would love to go sometime. Your kitchen is just beautiful by the way, I love the island! Looking forward to meeting you on Saturday!