Sunday, January 30, 2011

a backroads wander.....finally!

It seems like months since I managed some backroads therapy......and with temps hitting almost 70 and the sun shining bright (and the need for fresh merchandise) there was no way to resist, so I headed southwest through Georgia and down to Montgomery.

(Pictured above is the beautiful Meriwether County Courthouse tower in Greenville, GA)

We did some good pickin' around Montgomery and headed north on Hgwy. 231 and found this cool place.

The owner, Mr. Jones, was really nice and let me take pictures--it was much bigger inside than you could imagine, and totally filled with endless treasures--- which were so well organized (unfortunately almost always an indicator of higher prices).

Mr. Jones told us he lost about a third of his inventory in a tornado a few years back and hasn't bought anything since, which makes it hard to imagine what he USED to have!

He has EVERYTHING....and lots of it!!

I think the movie set production people should check this place out!

I REALLY wanted this clock.......

In Tallassee, we took a detour just before crossing the Tallapoosa River and Thurlow Dam to see this interesting abandoned building--I'm not sure what it once was, but I'm guessing a mill of some sort by the riverfront location.

I would SO have to play here if I were a kid in this neighborhood!

I forgot to get a shot of the river, but it was really pretty and wide, with old abandoned mills and bridges along it---makes you wonder what was once made here, and where we get those goods now?

A little more roadside dereliction on the way to Auburn......
It was a quick trip, but we got lots of great pickins (mostly smalls) at great prices in the malls and little places along the way---although I'm agonizing over what we had to leave behind because of space limitations (mostly bigs)!! (hmm....wonder if I could just run back over there today with my truck and be home by night?)


Polly said...

That looks like fun! I need a day like that!!! And 70 degrees??? Jealous!!

Karen S. said...

First, did I ever mention I love your header photos for your blog...they feel like stepping back in time to a place well in Georgia for me! Second, I'm happy you are out of the blizzard lock down frozen stuck in the house kind of weather, oh wow I'd take 50 degrees and being jumping up and down, it's twelve and beginning to SNOW ! Icky, but that place is amazing he has it all! I began collecting brass lady bells after buying my first one in a little town in Georgia, hubby and I even visited the town where In The Heat of The Night was filmed...great little towns tucked away off the freeway! Thanks for the memory of that trip!

Tammy said...

Mr. Jones placce looks you did have a ball there! I love taking back road trips and seeing all the old buildings, barns & farmhouses too.
So ready for warmer weather to get here and STAY here! Ready for some estate sale weekends!
Thanks for sharing your day!
Tammy :-)

Jeanine Burkhardt said...

Hard to believe there are places on earth with 70 DEGREE TEMPERATURES right now!!! ~ It's FREEZING in WISCONSIN!!!
Thanks for the "Antique Peek"...

Jeanine, ChiPPy!-SHaBBy!

Wanda @ Just Vintage said...

Wow! I'm not sure I've ever seen Mr. Jones' place! There's a similar place on 231 just north of Wetumpka, but I don't think there's that much outside. You're gonna have to pinpoint the location a bit better for those of us who can can make a quick trip down there one day. I'm sure I couldn't afford a thing there, though.

Angela said...

I took advantage of the 70 degree weather for thrifting too! I felt alive again when I got back home!

What was the thing with all the tubes hanging down?

Anonymous said...

Ok, I would love to get my hands on those cubby drawers! WOW, what a find! Glad you had a great day :-)

Tiffany Steers, Sylacauga, AL said...

Sass....I am so glad that you found some good stuff down our way! Great pics by the way...cant wait to see what you picked up along the way. Email me...tiff

Sweet Repose-Junk Revival said...

Do not even tell me 70 degrees, we have snow on the way, but they can't decide if it'll be 4 or 12 inches...come on, through us a bone!!!

Well, got my Etsy up and running, now to fine tune and post more junk, I mean quality least with snow days I'll be able to really crank it out! But I'd rather have sun, maybe I should just move South again...sigh!!!


time worn interiors said...

Great pictures! I love old building! That shop looked like a fun place to shop!

Hopelessly Romantic Art Studio said...

Ummm... being a backroads kinda gal myself could i pleaseeeeee stow away in your trunk? Oh, wait a minute, I wouldn"t be able to see anything from there. How about a little space in the back seat?
All kidding aside, I always enjoy seeing pics of your rambles! Thanks for sharing.
Hugs, Gerri

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Jean said...

You are right! What an amazing place.