Wednesday, July 20, 2011

July Road Trip

Last weekend Tattered Tiques took another junking journey.   Mom and Anne and I  drove down south to visit one of our friends who picks great stuff.  He has a huge warehouse filled with antiques. 


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This is how these trips all start.  With a huge UHaul, and a ton of kids wondering why they can't come with.

On the way, we stopped in Morris Il.  We have been wanting to visit the adorable shop Whimsy.  It is filled with great vintage inspired gifts mixed in with antiques. 

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This shop is worth a stop if you are ever in Morris, IL.  The town is littered with tons of adorable little shops!

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This diner was a hoot!  We loved everything about it, especially the people.  

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We have a thing for great old signs as you can see.

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Just one more.

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We love to come across hidden gems like this one. 

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We thought we had hit the jackpot when we walked in.  Unfortunately, even though this place was a complete mess, the prices were too high for us.

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So much potential here! 

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Rustic charm.

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Further along, on the ride, we came across a few sunflower fields.  They were amazing.

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They are so cute, and charming.  Nature at it's best!

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And now for the not so bright side of things.  This is the storm that was waiting for us when we got to our friend Chuck's. 

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This is Chuck's place.  See how the storm is right over the buiding.  Scary right?  Anne and I were terrified!  We couldn't believe how no one else was flinching inside the completely metal building! It  Iitterely sounded like the roof was going to be ripped off! Mom didn't think anything of it either.  I thought for sure the storm outside was going to turn into a tornado.

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AHHHH.  We survived the storm.  The colors of the green corn against the blue sky were beautiful afterwards.

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We came back with some pretty cool stuff!  Come see for yourself this weekend, if you can take the heat!  Tattered Tiques 22029 N. Pepper Road, Lake Barrington, IL.  We are open Thursday, Friday and Saturday.

Now for the reality of a long overnight trip.  What I didn't mention earlier was......We drove down in Dad's car with the huge UHaul trailer attached, got to Peoria, and were snobs about which hotel to stay in (most were booked, so were left with undesirable choices), so we continued to Pekin, IL, where we were once again, snobs about the hotels.  Actually, we booked a room at one, went to our room, which smelled horribly of mold, so we turned around, checked out, and continued down the road.  That's when God punished us for being snobs, and the car broke down!  Yes, 11pm at night, in the middle of nowhere and the car breaks down.  So, it's back to a different hotel in Pekin for the night, where we had to call dad, to come in the morning with Anne's car, (you didn't expect us to cancel our trip did you?), but, first, we have to get the UHaul off the car so it can be towed.  This is when it really gets ugly!  The trailer doesn't come off.  The very nice tow guy tried for ever.  Now it's 3:00am and we have called UHaul to come out and remove it for a fee of $170!!   We all got to sleep at 3:30am, Dad was there in the morning to save the day by 8:00am.  It was an awesome, awesome adventure!  That's the ugly truth about this road trip.


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