Destination: Target


The intent was to drive to Augusta to pick up a few things at Target.  Somehow the one hour drive turned into several hours.  Why? Simple answer: I was by myself and could stop anywhere that caught my eye!

Driving Highway 17 to Augusta, there are a number of small, really small, towns: Hope, Union, Jefferson, Washington, Windsor, Somerville.  There’s not a whole lot in any of these places, but here and there is a place that merits a look, and I made a point of seeing them all.

antiquesFirst stop: Porter’s Antiques

antiquesAs the sign advertises, it is full of treasures.

antiquesHow could I not think of you who like French Country decor when I saw these chairs?  Your know who you are, and I’m imagining busy hands at work changing the finish to a distressed white.  With the season coming to an end, the ten could probably be bought for less than $500.

antiquesKnow what this is?  I didn’t, but I thought it would be a very cool planter.  It’s actually a sitz bath, a very uncomfortable looking one!

antiques

So many things to like, but this was my only purchase.  No reason, I just liked it.  With a little rewiring, it could actually work so it is a project for the hubby.

antiquesThe next stop was a real trip. 

antiquesI’ve never seem so much stuff crammed into a space, and the owner knew exactly what she had and where it was.

antiquesI had to do a lot of looking to come up with these martini shakers, one an Art Deco piece.  We don’t shake a lot of drinks, but the shakers are a very fun thing to collect.

ElmersNext stop: Elmer’s,

elmers

a place where there is so much to see, it’s best not to be in a hurry!

Windsor DinerBy now, I’m getting a little hungry, and it was impossible to pass this place by without stopping.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAWindsor DinerWindsor DinerMaine is full of similar roadside places, throwbacks to another era, serving simple, tasty food.  They are also great places to visit with real Mainers!

Saltbox PrimitivesAfter enjoying a pulled pork sandwich, my thought was to go on to Augusta without any more stops.  I almost made it, but on the outskirts was a irresistible shop, Saltbox Primitives.  

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAIf farmhouse style is your thing, this is the place.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERANo sooner had I stepped on the porch than this cute thing caught my eye. This is an idea for any DIYer. 

FallSo, with all these stops, including ones to take in the beauty of freshly mown fields and fall color, did I make it to Target?

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAYep, and I was so excited to be there I came out with far more than was on my list.  The challenge is going to be where to put the dishes and flatware that jumped into my cart!

It’s been fun having you along…..hope you enjoyed the day.

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33 thoughts on “Destination: Target

  1. love the antiques but what I’m really looking forward to is seeing is the dishes and flatware that you bought at Target on one of your pretty tables soon!

  2. You look wonderful, even after all that shopping and driving! I enjoyed the trip ! Nice to have the time, we are blessed not to have to work aren’t we? My dh refers to my outings as marathons, minimum of 15 stores! I don’t too many of those any more, i get tired faster!
    Enjoy this beautiful weather, no color here yet, and no sweaters yet. It was almost 80 here today!

  3. More dishes? No way! Have fun finding a home! Maybe an old set can go to goodwill! 😉 And who took the photo of you at Target? A passer-by?

    1. If you are thinking of the old black ones, they are gone. All the rest I can’t bear getting rid of. Yep, a passer by snapped that little photo.

  4. Seriously cute stops and wow those chairs all for less than $500! I need a road trip.

  5. Local roadside diners… often the best eats around. 🙂

  6. Even your target is charming!

  7. Most of the time I was reading your post, I thought you were driving to Augusta, Georgia! But then you mentioned about eating with folks from Maine. Then my fourth grade memorizing of the state capitals kicked in and I remembered that Maine had an Augusta too! Thanks for taking us shopping with you! Maine is on my bucket list!

  8. Loved reading this post! Thanks for taking us along- I would have made the same stops too.

  9. 😊 I enjoyed my virtual trip today!

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  10. tslef@earthlink.net Leffler October 14, 2014 — 10:34 pm

    Oh how I would have loved being along with you! Did you run out of gas and run the store for one of the shops while he went to get you gas? 🙂

  11. My kind of shopping too! Really enjoyed this post!

  12. What fun! We just spent our two weeks in New England and everyday was filled with wandering from place to place, discovering new treasures. We shipped boxes home and our luggage was overflowing. Pure delights.

  13. Wow, did you see the condition of those chairs?! And for $500 that is a bargain – love those antique stores in Maine. Great shots Lulu.

  14. What a great day of fun, Linda! Love all your finds.

  15. Now THAT is my kinda day!!! I think I could just sit on the chair in the Saltbox Primitives and pretend I live there. That is my style 110%!

  16. Great scenes and loved your purchase, will your hubby actually make it run? Start the bidding now!

  17. What a fun day! Those look like great shops! I love doing this sort of thing and luckily, hubby does, too. I could get lost in a phone booth so it’s nice to have him navigate! 🙂

    Jane xx

  18. What a cool place, I’d spend a day there. I love the shot of the full loaded cart and the big smile behind the cart 🙂 🙂

  19. What a great excursion to Target!….the only thing I come across on my way to Target is lots of woods and houses….I do not think I would have made it to Target with all those fabulous places to stop….and I love that each shop was different…and love that person who knew where everything was!….You looked very pleased with your Target purchases!!!…loved the beautiful scenery along the way!

  20. That is the best excursion to Target I have ever seen! Loved all the stops along the way. Interesting and fun!

  21. Lulu, what a fun adventure! Loved seeing all of the great places you stopped. That sits bath was super cool!! A few years ago my older sis gave me some of her tin toys. I have that exact train. Mine doesn’t work, never thought of trying to fix it. Just have it on display with my toy collection in the bonus room. Love to hear if you get yours working! Target can be a dangerous place. I don’t go there real often, but love it when I do!
    hugs,
    Jann

    1. When I am in Houston, I take Target for granted, but here in Maine when one has to make an effort to go so it’s a really big deal. Amazing how different life can be in different places.

  22. What a fun day! I love little antique shops like the ones you visited.

  23. Too funny I do the exact thing when I hit the back roads up here 🙂

  24. What a fun day, all day to go on a whim and lots of great shopping! A great solo adventure with lots of rewards~can’t wait to see more when you get everything home!
    Jenna

  25. Really amazing collection! I am very glad to see your antiques shopping. I also want to add some antiques in my collection so I will visit Elmer’s barn & antique mall.

  26. I’d gladly shell out $500 for 10 chairs. Man, I could do a LOT with those!!! What a great thing to find such neat places along the way on a routine trip to Target! That’s the beauty of going by yourself…you feel free and unencumbered so you just explore with abandon!!!

  27. Wish I could have made that same trip with you!
    What fun!
    But wonder if there would have been enough room in the car to bring things home after shoppiing?

    1. Probably not since my Mini was just about full, but we could have found a way!

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