Thursday, September 1, 2011

White Linen Festival in St. Francisville

We went to an antique shop in St. Francisville, which is about an hr. drive from us and we were told by the cashier about an event happening the following week, called White Linen. She said many of the stores will be open late and will be serving free food. That was enough to entice us, lol. So Last Saturday, John and I along with a good friend, Dr. Turk, went there.

They had a free trolley and a bus to take people around.

It was really fun going through the antique stores, shopping while tasting their various food.

They had music too.

I love their downtown. It has so many charming houses and lots of antique shops.

My favorite shop was this, called Grandma's Buttons.

The old building established in 1915, used to be a bank and it had its original safe inside which had this beautiful door with moulding, columns and lion heads.

I was in love with the wrought iron gate and windows. Aside from having wonderful stuff to see that was for sale, they had free food, champagne and music. It was very crowded.

Even Dr. Turk had a great time. There he is, admiring the antique buttons inside the walk in safe and John was enjoying looking at the handmade jewelry.

I bought 2 necklaces there. I only wanted one but John forced me to buy two, lol. How could I say "No" to such a giving soul? You will see them towards the end of this post.

There were antique, gift and novelty shops everywhere. Grandma's Buttons had so many jewelry made out of antique buttons. They made most of their jewelry upstairs. They were quite lovely and unique.

Here's an antique safe inside Grandma's Buttons. I told you the store used to be a bank.

We were there until dark and music was still going on in the sidewalks.

Are you curious yet as to what we bought? I will show you in the following pictures.

Here are the jewelry that I bought. I fell in love with the orange cameo right away and showed it to John. The cameo was carved out of a shell in Italy but the whole necklace was handmade in California. John picked the other cameo carved on tanslucent glass with small turquoise stones. I like it very much too because of its antique look, which gave us a problem because we could not decide which one to buy. I was going to buy what he picked just to please him and then he said I should get both. I resisted at first feeling guilty because they weren't that cheap but he was persistant. Hmmm, I am only but human so how could I resist? LOL!

I bought the turquoise bracelet from one of the tents outside.

Here is a closer view of what John picked. It really is unusual and very pretty.

I also bought a silver plated vanity set, just the brush, mirror and comb for $22. I already had the Baroque plateau which needs to be polished (note to myself).

An oriental chest. I think I will use it to store my cloth napkins and put the napkins rings that had overflowed from my napkin ring cabinet, on the top tray. The lacquer chest was $95.00.

a small pepper and salt cellar with tiny spoons

I think it was a really good deal at $5.00

This post will serve as my Sightseeing Saturday post.

I am also linking with Honey's Potpourri Friday at
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Thank you so much for stopping by and a special thanks to our hostesses!


Sherrie said...

What a fun time! Love that mirror and comb set. You sure found a lot of treasures!

Confessions of a Plate Addict said...

What fun, Christine! I love what you bought...especially the vanity set and the salt cute! Have a great weekend!...hugs...Debbie

The Tablescaper said...

Looks like you had an awesome time and made some wonderful purchases. So glad that you'll be linking this wonderful post to Seasonal Sundays.

- The Tablescaper

Pat said...

Looks like such a fun time. We love festivals and this one looks great.

Amy said...

It's always fun to visit an antique shop! A detour with free food? I would say "why not" too! :) what an adventure! hehehe...thanks for sharing your fun filled day.

Mom of 12 said...

I love the little blue smart car. I giggled a little because it was definitely not retro!

Mary ♥ Mur said...

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Oh, you ve got such a cute blog!! I love it!
Nice post.))

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mississippi artist said...

I love your new treasures! The jewelry is so beautiful. I have been contemplating St Francisville on my next Louisiana trip.

Happier Than a Pig in Mud said...

Looks like you had a great day Christine! Shopping, food and music, sounds perfect:@)

Donnie said...

That looks like a great way to bring business downtown.

Rebecca said...

Christine-you have the most beautiful house and take the most wonderful trips-I'm jealous! Looks so fun!!!

Glenda/MidSouth said...

Sounds and looks like a fun event!
Of course the jewelry and the doll house got my attention. :-D
Enjoy your weekend.

Diann said...

That looked like it was such a fun evening! And you fund some beautiful treasures!

Richard Cottrell said...

Ms, C, I have to get down that way, what a fun thing to do. The shops look divine and you found treasures as usual. You have a good husband who loves you and likes to do as you do. So lucky. Thanks for sharing. Richard from My Old Historic House.

Honey at 2805 said...

What a fun place to visit. It will have to go on my to visit list on our way to Florida (oh, I do hope it's not too far out of the way--hubbys you know). Although yours seems to enjoy it!

Love both of the necklace your purchased, as well as the mirror set and salt cellars! It all looks wonderful!

Thanks for linking to Potpourri Friday and helping to make it a success! I appreciate you and hope you wil link up again next week!

Debby@Just Breathe said...

Love all the pictures. What a fun time you had and such a charming town. I love what you bought. You always find the best things. Have a wonderful weekend.

Debjani said...

Wow--this looks like so much fun! Next year, hopefully I will get to go :) I'm so glad that you found beautiful things and had a great time!

Loretta said...

Hi Christine, stopped by to let you know I mentioned you on my blog today. Stop by to view! Luv

A Hint of Home said...

looks like a fun day outdoors and shopping!
Cute town!

Personalized Sketches and Sentiments said...

Oh what a fun event! Looks like you all enjoyed the day.

Blessings & Aloha!
Have a wonderful Labor Day weekend! We sill be taking a trip to visit some family in Alabama, so wanted to say hello before we leave in the wee hours of the morning! haha

Debbie said...

It looks wonderful! You has me at free food, champagne, and music, but the treasures were fantastic. I love that oriental chest.

bj said...

How fun this all must have been
You got some beautiful pieces. That vanity set is lovely.
So glad you had a good time.
xo bj

Shelia said...

HI Christine! OH, what fun! I would like to sneak in your pocket on one of your fun adventures! :)
Thanks for popping in to see me.
be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

Shelia said...

HI Christine! OH, what fun! I would like to sneak in your pocket on one of your fun adventures! :)
Thanks for popping in to see me.
be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

Francie...The Scented Cottage Studio said...

Looks like you had a great time AND got some wonderful goodies too !

Babs said...

Christine, I love going to events like that. Shopping, music and food are hard to beat.
Your jewelry is reall pretty and so unusual. Thanks for sharing you fun time there.

⚜ ↁℯℬℬᴵℰ⚜@ Debbiedoos blogging and blabbing said...

What a wonderful day Christine. Pretty pieces too. I love that the trolley was free! My boys love to take the trolley.

The Tablescaper said...

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