Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Willows in Dubuque, Iowa

Last month
we went antiquing at
 the Junk Jubilee
at the Iowa state fairgrounds 
in Des Moines.

Several of my favorite vendors
were there to include....
from Dubuque. 

Oh my heavens....
they had a phenomenal
collection of things.
Should have taken
photos of their booth.

Here is a picture of their
sweet shop
If you are ever in their area...
make sure you stop by there and visit
Michelle and her mother, Mariann ---
two of the nicest ladies you'll ever meet. 

They have the greatest things.
I could buy their entire inventory. 

It's almost like they are
my personal shoppers
for treasure-finding 
every single thing 
that I would want to buy for my home.
And they have done it
without my "list". 

Here are some photos 
of their shop right now. 
Wish I could get there.

Luckily they travel a lot
and appear at local shows here in Illinois
where I can find them without
the long drive.

Here are a couple things 
I bought from them,
to include my most treasured purchase 
from the entire weekend!

These are little silver-plated English riding boots with heavy porcelain liners.
They are called "whiskey measures " made in England. They are 3.5" high. 

Look at all the little details!

please visit Willows
on Facebook and check
their summer 2012 schedule.
With a little luck 
they may have a show near you
so you can shop 
with these lovely ladies too.

Almost forgot! They sold me this engraved julep cup too. 

And this little group of British marmalade pots.

Thanks Michelle and Mariann.
Hope to shop with you both again soon.

Dubuque, Iowa


marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

Oh you did find the most wonderful treasures. I love them all too. The shop looks amazing. Hugs, Marty

NanaDiana said...

OMGOSH- I LOVE those little boots. They are just fabulous! What a great plave! xo diana

Shelia said...

You certainly find wonderful things when you go thrifting. Those are some darling little boots!
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

Kim @ Savvy Southern Style said...

Love the marmalade jars and I want some and those are the cutest tiny boots.

Sarah said...

Alison, those little boots are so unusual and just darling. I have a group of the Dundee marmalade jars. Sad that more things aren't packaged in interesting crocks. Thanks for sharing the photos of your treasures. ~ Sarah
PS Thought of you yesterday as I sat in Chicago-MIdway between flights for a 3 hour layover.

Linda @ Itsy Bits And Pieces said...

OH, this looks like a place I'd love to shop! Thanks for sharing!

Tartan Terrace said...

Alison - I love those little silver English riding boots. They're so YOU!

Stephanie ~ Angelic Accents said...

Hi Alison! Those little boot whiskey jiggers/measurers are just adorable and PERFECT for you. I love how you displayed them under glass, too!! Such style.

Big TX Hugs,

ℳartina @ Northern Nesting said...

OMG Alison those little boots are too sweet and look great displayed under the cloche! Love those marmalade jars too. Wish they would do a show in NY:)

Bliss said...

OK, I want to measure some whiskey in those cute little boots.


Garden, Home and Party said...

I love the little riding boots...OMG, what great things they find. I loved the lamp with the red shade and the metal doggie. I also have a Dundee marmalade jar I bought in Aspen, CO, and I have always wanted a couple more...they are darling. Love the feathers.

Yvonne @ StoneGable said...

Alison, What a lovely shop. I saw so many lovely things in each of your phtographs.
Those riding boots are just perfect for The Polo House!
I would have had to fight you over the julep cup... I collect them too!
Thanks for the field trip!

Charm Bracelet Diva said...

What a cute shop! And I love those whiskey boots! I'll be in Dubuque this August. Where exactly are they?

Sue said...

I think it is the cutest shop in Dubuque! I was there two years ago- the husband is from there and we went for a short visit. Hope to get back in the fall and I'll definitely get my shopping fix at the Wilows! :-) Sue

Sue said...

Can't type on this darn iPad. that should be Willows!

Babs said...

Great finds...the boots are fab and I LOVE, LOVE the julep cup. You find the best things!! :)

SavannahGranny said...

Amazing shop. Love those little riding boots. Cutiest things.
Have a great weekend, Ginger