Years ago when my kids reached those preteen years we started a new tradition for birthdays. Instead of big parties we decided to use those days for family road trips. This has turned into one of our favorite traditions. My daughter’s birthday was in December but we were a little busy around that time so we put it off until January. She picked a Day in Prescott Arizona, an old cowboy town.
In Arizona we have different climates throughout the state, so remember to check the weather and temps for the area you have decided to visit. On the morning of our road trip my daughter checked the weather in Prescott and it was in the 30’s. So I piled up sweaters, jackets and gloves. Even though in most parts of the world that may not be that cold to some, it is for anyone born and raised in Phoenix Arizona. We are warm-blooded desert animals and we don’t do well with the cold. So sweaters and jackets it was.
When you get to the center of town in Prescott you will run into the old courthouse. This used to be the capital of Arizona but they changed it to Phoenix years and years before I was on this planet.
There are little restaurants and antique stores everywhere. Walking around the little shops, admiring all the window displays always reminds me of my trips to Italy and their little shops surrounded by cobblestone streets.
We never have enough time to visit all the shops in Prescott because there are just so many of them. We have our favorites so we make sure we explore those.
You could spend hours in most of these places seeing things that are basically extinct in the world of products and stuff.
I am sure most of you have never used these records before, but then there is nothing new under the sun and what was once old is now trendy and new again. Which means these little guys have been discovered again and can now be taken off that extinct list.
These shops are basically museums where you can take a little bit of that history home with you, for the right price that is. I am so used to all the second hand shops in Phoenix that I sometimes forget that I am walking into an antique store and not one of them. I will have sticker shock now and then when I come across an item I love, like this little hand carved wooden man. Not sure what the draw is for me, but something about him makes me want to take him home. He looks like a grandpa but for $35 he will not be going home with me today. That is actually not much considering the work involved with a handmade item. I just have to be careful…remember I am a bit of a clutter bug.
I am also a furniture fanatic. I fell in love with this piece that was priced a little over $200 dollars, way cheaper then what they have for sale out there in the world of 21st century furniture. Most pieces now days are made of particleboards. I keep telling my husband I think they add catnip to those boards because my kids cats just go to town destroying their beds once they are removed from there pretty little boxes and put together like a Lego set.
I wish I had room for this little pie cabinet but my house is full enough, it is so cute.
If I lived out in the country most of the time, I probably would shop around for old and unique pieces to fill my home with.
I love taking something old and either keeping it the original dark wood or painting it a lighter color. I would never paint over certain types of pieces, that to me would take away the character of the piece and lets not forget the value. Some country pieces from the 70’s to early 90’s do need a redo though. Thank goodness Chalk paint was invented for projects like that.
One of my favorite shops in Prescott is filled with vintage fabrics. I am always on the hunt for vintage fabrics from the 70’s. Those fabrics have the most off the wall colors and designs.
I will use vintage buttons, beads, and fabrics to make baskets, soft toys, pillows, curtains, well just about anything you can think of. My favorite vintage fabric store did not have anything this time that caught my eye. In fact, the whole rack was basically empty, so sad. My hunt continues.
If you are a follower of mine you know I have an obsession for wooden toys, ornaments and just about anything made of wood. I found a ton of wooden products, with lots of colors. I even came across some of those little wooden ornaments I collect but they were a little pricey for me so I walked away. I know more will show up somewhere else, it always happens.
The nick-nacks were on just about every shelf. It took me back to my grandma’s home and her huge china cabinet. These were just a few of them.
There are also tons of unique toys. Old toys from the past make great gifts, like these tin pails. I think they would be prefect for Easter or filled with art supplies in a child’s room.
It’s always Christmas in Prescott. When the temps are just too unbearable in the summer months in Phoenix, Prescott is the place to be shopping for Christmas decorations in July.
One shop even had a ton of kitchen supplies. My husband has a thing for cast iron. When he showed our son how much they cost my son was in shock “Why? They are just pots and pans” he said, then he added that he is definitely not ready to be an adult if pans cost that much. Just the ones that are made well and last the longest his dad told him.
Oh my gosh, I want this bed, but I change the bedding; maybe an old colorful quilt with really pretty white pillows and shams. I love bright white with bright colors, it is striking together.
I found something to do with all those buttons of mine. These little fabric frames were really pretty. There were jars of “things” everywhere. It is nice knowing I am not the only one out in the world that has a useless jar of these so-called things.
Remember my post on favorite blogs for the month of January, Jama’s nine cool things on Tuesday, well look what I ran into. It reminded me of that Swedish artist Ulla-Stina Wikander and her cross stitch designs.
Doors, windows, wooden boards, wooden boxes and stain glass…these were just some of the items that had my name written all over them. I stayed in this section for quite awhile daydreaming about designing whole homes around these old items. I lost my family there for a while; they went outside looking for me, when all along all they had to do was check the junk section way in the back.
This piece actually had my name written on it, minus an E.
Walking into this corner, my daughter was drawn to the racks of vintage clothes. Looking through them and commenting on items that Lana Del Rey would probably wear.
I on the other hand was drawn to this junky little corner that looked a mess. I turned to my daughter while trying to get a better look and told her “ I could do something with this little room” my daughter turned to look at what I was talking about and laughed ‘Oh mom, that’s a closet”
“ Nah, that’s a tiny little room that just needs a remake, standing room only of course” so glad I am not a real estate agent. I am sure I would upset a lot of homebuyers trying to pass off a space that small as another room.
It was getting late, we had enough time to shop at a couple more stores before we stopped off for a pizza at a little shop on the corner. We stopped off at our next favorite store, the candle store where they make and sell their own candles.
This place smells wonderful once you step inside. They have candles starting at prices $1.99 and up. They also do special orders and designs for weddings.
We visited a store that had nothing but socks. Didn’t know socks were so popular. I really need to get out more. And anyway, who is going to see the socks, unless you wear shorts and socks, which just look silly. Grandpa can get away with it but even grandma looks crazy doing that. Wait is that a trend too? Long socks and shorts…I really do need to get out more.
This store had animal sculptures covered in fabric that looked like it came from the 70’s. Hey, maybe that’s where that rack of fabric went from my favorite shop.
We didn’t get to explore Whiskey row, oh well another time. Prescott is only a little over an hour away from the city of Phoenix. If you visit Prescott, Whiskey Row should always be one of your stops. We did not want to visit our next favorite place which is Lynx Lake with the sun down so we had to get a move on it.
To be conn……