Galena Antiquing Finds

21 Jan

As part of our plan to visit somewhere new every month, Ben and I spent the weekend in Galena, IL, a cute little historic town about 2.5 hours away near the Mississippi River. We had a wonderful, relaxing time eating at great restaurants, checking out all of the antique stores and fun boutiques, and even walking on the frozen Mississippi.

Mississippi river

There was an overabundance of antique shops and we scored big! It’s definately the most we’ve bought antiquing, but everything was pretty cheap… about $3-$10 with a couple things topping out at $20. We like getting things for the house while away that way there is a memory/back story behind an item.

So for about $120, here’s everything we brought home (minus the cat..we brought her home last month).


Our finds include a vintage lantern, a couple of spools, a glass candle holder, 4 vintage yardsticks that we’re going to make into something like a frame or box…


An old Pepsi crate, a large crate to hold records, a whiskey jug, a small blue Ball jar (to hold cotton balls or something in the bathroom)…


And a small silver dish (to hold jewelry/hair ties/etc. in the bathroom or bedroom), some “XOXO” printing press letters, and a vintage washboard (I actually have 2 of these now… Ben is worried).

IMG_2211Plus, all our antiquing finds were pretty much free because when we went to pick up our bathroom vanity, we saw it was now on a big sale. We asked if they could credit us the difference and they easily agreed. Thank you, Home Decorators.

We couldn’t wait to get it out of the box and quickly assembled it when we got home. Easy, peasy. Not like Ikea furniture.


IMG_2227Here it is just temporarily placed in the bathroom. You like?


I love it and can’t wait to get some baskets, towels and knick knacks on those open shelves!

Now off to watch the last episode of Homeland. So bummed to be done with this show and have to wait until September for a new episode.

4 Responses to “Galena Antiquing Finds”

  1. Christine Calloway January 21, 2013 at 7:41 pm #

    Glad you enjoyed your trip. Did you know that Aunt Cookies Great grandfather was one of the founding fathers of Galena? They even have a street named after him (Gear St) and his home is now a bed and breakfast. I spent a lot of time in Galena as a small child…..beautiful place.

    • 12oaksblog January 21, 2013 at 8:51 pm #

      No, I didn’t know that. How cool! What’s the name of the B&B? We will have to check it out next time. Don’t remember seeing Gear Street.

  2. Stacie January 21, 2013 at 9:47 pm #

    Washboard intervention!! We love Galena – drive through every time we head to Dubuque. Can’t wait to see the bathroom all done. Love the vanity, love it even more that you got a deal on it. 🙂

    • 12oaksblog January 22, 2013 at 6:10 am #

      Ha ha washboard intervention for sure! Thanks Dee!

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