Wednesday, April 18, 2012

My Fun Day at Curry's Antiques

Many of you may be familiar with Curry's Antiques in Lancaster, Ohio.  Even though I only live 1 1/2 hours away, I have never managed to make it down there.  They hold several open houses each year, and last Saturday a neighbor friend and I went to their Spring Open House!  How wonderful everything was.  Her house is up on a hill surrounded by beautiful rolling hills, and landscaping and flower gardens to die for.

First are a couple of pictures from inside her antique shop.  I have never seen so many wonderful old early paint cupboards in my life!!

Boy are they pricey...most in the $2,000-$4,000 range.  Unfortunately, I was not able to purchase one of these, haha, but I could afford this darling little mouse.

I was able to tour her home, but did not photograph inside the house.  It is very primitive, all authentic, all genuine antiques before 1830.

Being an avid gardener, my favorite was the beautiful landscaping, full of all sorts of primitive "stuff".millstones, stone chicken feeders, beeskeps, etc.  I was so impressed with how she stages her garden areas, I am now trying to copy the best I can.

 Oh, did I mention log cabins?  If I ever get rich I will buy one of these and attach it to my kitchen.

 If you look closely below, you can see the broom maker underneath the overhang of the cabin.  The stunning chimney at left is all dry laid stones.

Besides my little mouse, I bought one of her beeskeps and a tall cedar birdhouse, and a hand made broom from the broom maker making them while you watch.  The beeskep is unusual as it is taller than most.  Sorry for the crummy pictures, I didn't remember until 9:00 this evening.

She paints and waterproofs her beeskeps.  This is the opposite of what a lady at an antique store in town where I bought a vintage beeskep said.  Her instructions were to take it home and soak in a tub of water, as it was dry from sitting in the store and that they need moisture.  So...two completely opposite opinions.

Till next time,


  1. Oh fun fun! Loved seeing everything -- and your purchases too. Interesting about the differing opinions on beeskeps.

  2. What a fun place to visit. Thanks for sharing the photos with us.

  3. What a wonderful place to visit! The grounds and gardens look beautiful! So happy you were able to visit this great shop...and take us along. Thanks for sharing your adventure!

  4. Good morning Melinda...what a fun tour.
    We have been to Curry's and spent lots of money - it was at a Christmas Open many wonderful treasures it was hard to choose but we came home with things we love.
    Love the little mouse.

  5. Melinda, Currys is one of my favorite places to visit. Ginny is such a dear and always remembers who you are. I have always wanted to buy a sawbuck table from her. I love her flax linen textiles and have them everywhere. Glad ou got to go

  6. What a wonderful trip and well worth the little drive. I would love to see something like that. Thanks for sharing. I think your little mouse is so cute. -Steph-

  7. Melinda~ oh, the beeskep is perfect~the gardens are beautiful~ oh, no I really want to go~
    thanks for sharing enjoyed the tour~

  8. Fabulous grounds. And a lot of work!! Love your darling little mouse and thanks for the photos, I really enjoyed seeing everything.

  9. Such a pretty yard! It looks like it was a wonderful trip.

  10. What a great trip! I love the little mouse you got and the beeskep, too!

  11. Melinda ~
    I've been to the Curry's but never when the house was open. I can't afford anything antique there either! It is fun to drool, er, I mean look.
    Hugs :)

  12. Melinda, what wonderful photos of the gardens at Curry's Antiques. I would love to wander around the pretty windy paths and wooden cabins. I especially love the beeskep you bought. I had spotted it in your garden in an earlier photo and loved the way it was nestled amongst your plants. The little mouse is adorable.