Last weekend, my parents and I were lucky enough to stumble upon Americana Roads Antiques in Springville, PA. I made a small ($17) purchase, but way more valuable than that, the items and displays at Americana gave me lots of inspiration for things I'd like to incorporate in our home one day.
Americana doesn't have a website, so I'll do my best to give you the grand tour right here.
Here's what you'll see when you drive up. I actually decided to stay in the car and knit while my parents ran in, but my dad was back out in minutes to tell me I just had to come in. I'm so glad I did!
|Americana is located on Main Street in Springville|
|View when you walk in the door|
The first floor is set up with kitchen and sitting room displays.
|Love the antique glass bottles in this cabinet|
Have you ever seen an antique spice box before? I would put this on a display cabinet in my kitchen or dining room.
|I just loved this piece; complete with nutmeg grater!|
I'm used to seeing (baby) grands in black...I love the polished wood look of this one! It would take up a good chunk of space in a room, but since I can (kind of) play piano, and more importantly, really enjoy playing, I think the space consumption would be worth it if we actually put the piano to use. Functional beauty, baby!
|Tag said "Hazelton Bros., est. 1849"|
Now this piece was THE awesome find of our visit. This is a rotating spool cabinet by J. & P. Coats. Rebekah (the very sweet proprietor who showed us around) explained that a shop owner would have used this in the 1800s to display the Coats thread he had for sale. I just adored how Rebekah had it set up as a side table. Again, I love the idea of not merely displaying an antique, but using it and incorporating it into your daily life as well.
|My new love|
Roll up that front panel, and you can see how the thread is inside.
|Squeal, just love the rolltop (rollside?) panel!|
Another side is glass-paneled so customers could see right inside to the spools of thread.
|It's like an antique vending machine!|
There's a hinged flap at the top where the show owner could restock and drop in new thread.
|Notice the numbers-gotta love that organization!|
However much in love we were with this extremely rare and unique find, it was already sold - for $1,500, which I think is a very fair price considering how special it is. I just hope that a similar one crosses my path again one day when I'll be able to afford to take it home with me!
I was really taken with this little beauty, too. It's a 19th century foot warmer, marked at $155. I love the primitive punched heart design. I think this would look really neat on a mantle or on the floor near a fireplace or woodpile.
|I'm a sucker for antique house goods turned rustic decor!|
|Could hang over counter space or an island|
|Very neat how the shelves swing out!|
See those adorable, tiny antique books? That was my big purchase of the day! $17 for all six. For now, I'll use them as props when I take pics for my Etsy shop, and then I'll find a cute way to display them when we have our own house.
|I've never seen such tiny books--none of them are over 6" tall!|
See that cute screened-in pie safe? We really liked that, too. Tag says $595.
|I think that pie safe would look great in a kitchen, storing pots|
and pans. Also might make a good little pantry.
The last thing I'm going to show you today is this awesome suspended ladder used as a shelf for those baskets. How cool is this? I'm not sure where I would put this or what I'd use it for, but I heart it very much.
That's a pretty long, photo-laden post for one day, so I'll let you digest and bring you Part Dos in a few days. Don't forget to comment below if you have any knowledge about using antique cast iron cookware!