May 19, 2017

Antiquing at Athens Schoolhouse Antique Show

On the Saturday before Mother's Day my daughter treated me to an afternoon of antiquing at the Athens Schoolhouse Antique Show. 

Located just to the east of Lexington out in the country we drove by some grand homes and farms. 

I tried to get pics of homes...but trees and foliage blocked the view for many. Drool worthy for sure! This is horse country folks...with barns that are nicer than many homes in the state. $$$$$ ha!

After paying a two dollar entry fee we were on our own to wander around the former school rooms, gym, etc. 

I first noticed these plates...and then the price tag of the one below. 

This is an old Stickley made train station bench.

The old school halls were lined with antiques of all sorts. 

This grouping made me come for a closer inspection. While I am not into primitive...I love old Kentucky pieces.

I bought my ironstone tureen from the older widow lady who owns these pieces/booth. She had some antique rolling pins and she discussed that they would make good weapons. :-) 

Hey, many Kentucky women have pioneer blood running through their veins. :-) 

She was a joy to chat with. 
I love to learn people's stories.

I seriously considered this tureen, but opted for a simpler one that I shared in an earlier post. 

There were so many pretty dishes everywhere...and many reasonable prices too. I will have to go back another day.

I like the way the ironstone and porcelain pieces are displayed in this cabinet. 

An antique baby bed.

If I had the place for this would be mine. While I do not care for the fabric...the shape is lovely. And it is very sturdy. That's what I like about old, well made pieces. It is so hard to find that in today's furniture. I guess that is why my house is full of "old" pieces.

Gorgeous tray...and an expensive piece.

And have you seen one like this? 
A pretty chamber pot with urinal. 

We just scratched the surface that day. Of course part of the reason is because I would carry on conversations with the vendors. I love to chat you know. ha ha. I just have to go back another day and explore more treasures. 

I brought home this English silver bowl (above) and the ironstone tureen (below.) Both were very modestly priced and I knew that they would fit in my home. 

Here is the previous post with the bowl

I have so often read that if you love something, you will find a place for it in your home and it will blend with your other "loves." I guess we gravitate to the same things to purchase. 

Here are some screenshots of the Athens Schoolhouse Antique Market, in case you want to venture a visit.

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Hello, I'm Sheila and my house is a giant art project! I enjoy creating an environment where my family can feel safe, secure, and loved. We are empty nesters learning to slow down and enjoy life.


  1. This is one of my favorite antique shops. It is so nicely arranged. Unfortunately, I can't go very often since I live in Ohio. But now and then when I visit "home" in Winchester I sneak over. I love your toureen, but the other one was cool also. Good choice though.

  2. Sheila, I can certainly see why you like the old school full of great pieces. Love that desk front. I love those blue and white dishes....but oh my gosh, I don't think I'd pay 225 for one dish. Of course I am not a collector . If you go back, you'll have to show us what you find. Blessings for a wonderful weekend. xoxo, Susie

  3. What a great show! Thanks for sharing.

  4. Oh- What a wonderful use for an old schoolhouse! I love that it is so nicely arranged inside. The displays are just lovely. There is one here but it is truly a junk shop and you can't even see the beauty of the old school. I don't go in this one because it is kind of creepy---as is the guy that owns it. lol
    You found two lovely pieces to lay claim to---they will be beautiful in your home. I am in the process of parting with some of my sweet old finds...kind of sad...but as I downsize it is getting easier as I go.
    Hope you have a wonderful weekend, Sheila! xoDiana

  5. It is fun to chat with the vendors. You learn so much from them. This looks like a fun afternoon with your daughter. I love to go antiquing and haven't been in ages. You have given me to urge to plan an outing.
    Love your purchases.

  6. Lots of beautiful blue and white! Part of the fun of antique shopping are the conversations...

  7. What a fantastic treat this would be. Enjoyed seeing your pics.
    God bless,

  8. Looked like a great show!! Love your tureen and I loved that yellow ice cream bucket. On a quest for one!

  9. Love the silver bowl.
    It will fit right in with the others
    in your collection. And who
    wouldn't love a beautiful soup tureen too :)

  10. oh... lots of pretties! Your silver bowl and the tureen are beautiful. Great finds!!

  11. Hi Sheila! I could spend hours wandering through all these glorious antiques. Thanks so much for linking up and sharing with us at #overthemoon.I'm sharing on social media. Have a lovely week and see you next week.
    Sue from Sizzling Towards 60 & Beyond


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