Sunday, August 25, 2013

Florida Back Roads Antiquing

Road trip to Arcadia, FL today. It takes about 3 seconds after heading east off I75 on State Road 72 from Sarasota County to Arcadia to find the other Florida. The real Florida. Vast expanses of cattle ranches, live oaks, streams, and endless views of an every changing sky. 
Antiquing in Arcadia! Arcadia FL info.
Arcadia, FL
We headed for the Opera House up on the right side of the street. Climbing up a huge flight of creaking oak stairs to the second floor you find yourself in the Old Opera House of Arcadia.  It is jam packed with antiques and collectibles. 

Inside the 2nd floor of Opera House
A huge expanse with lots of side rooms and hallways all crammed full of displays. While thunder rolled outside I hurried around trying to see everything. Husband did not want to get "stuck in Arcadia in the rain." 

The Opera's Stage with an old carriage on it.

It always helps in these situations to have some one thing in mind to search for. If you don't you will loose your mind focusing on everything. With rain and hubby hovering over my every move I quickly found I was looking for old glass bottles.  

Checking out

My hands were shaking and I couldn't hold the camera still to take a picture of them lined up on the little check out counter.  Such is my ridiculous excitement during the hunt for treasures. I found ten old bottles I loved and that was worth the trip.
We made it back to the car just before the heavens opened and the rains began in earnest.

Knitting in the car

I got a lot of knitting done in the car. Sock knitting is road trip knitting.  I had to set the socks down when the rain was so hard I couldn't see the road. Husband loves it when I help him drive by saying, "I can't see the road slow down".
Once home I unloaded my new glass collection.

It was a quick trip, but that is okay. I will be going back in 4 weeks.  I found out every last Saturday of every month they have an Antique Festival set up by the Depot. I was promised lots of vendors and lots of fun. Now to hook my Etsy Vintage buddies in Florida into meeting up there with me.


Debra TheInspiredTrader said...

Waaaa! I want to meet up and go! Great post which made me homesick for Florida!

barnfly said...

It's a good thing hubs has you around to see for him...

Great Post!!!

Araignee said...

Road trips are such fun! We are way overdue but leaving our ancient and numerous critters is holding us back.
I've only been to Florida once and I slept through it being preggers with my firstborn. It's on the bucket list as soon as some of the wee beasties kick their bucket.

AnnMarie aka Vintage Junkie aka NaNa said...

Love your bottles....what a great find!

Gail Pettit said...

I need to go there with you!!

Anne Arnold Pierce said...

Yes Gail,
You do.

LanasArtStudio said...

Welcome to "real" Florida! :)