Antiquing in Tennessee

You may have noticed the only things currently in my Etsy shop are digital downloads. That’s because we’re taking a much needed vacation before my crazy season at work begins, and of course that means hunting for treasures at antique shops along the way. We started off the road trip with a stop at the Exit 76 antique mall just south of Indianapolis, Indiana, off I-65. 72,000 square feet. 600 booths. You could easily spend an entire day at the mall and still not see everything. We spent about an hour and a half and just skimmed the surface. I found a couple vintage hankies and a Barbie Christmas ornament. Definitely worth the trip. Plus a good pitstop to get some much needed exercise in.

We then stayed a few days with family at the Lodge at Piney Brook just outside Lebanon, Tennessee (a wonderful location!) and took in a river cruise and show on the General Jackson Showboat.

The Lodge at Piney Brook

We stopped at a couple antique shops in Lebanon and Murfreesboro where I found some more hankies and this vintage book with amazing illustrations by Howard Chandler Christy, an American artist famous for the ”Christy Girl” – a colorful and illustrious successor to the “Gibson Girl.”

After the family left, we spent a day antiquing in Franklin, TN, and then Nashville (Gaslamp and Gaslamp Too). I saw this adorable fairy bridal shop at Gaslamp Too.

After a full day shopping, we moved into the Gaylord Opryland Resort, one of my favorite hotels, known for it’s lush atrium gardens complete with waterfalls and indoor river.

The Hotel is decorated for Halloween

Today, we visited the antiques district in Goodlettesville, and Music Valley Antiques in Nashville before taking a stroll through Opry Mills outlet mall. Here are some more of the treasures I’ve picked up along the way.

Vintage handkerchiefs
Miscellaneous miniatures. The salt shakers will make adorable lamps for Barbie. And what doll doesn’t need a brass Greek helmet? LOL! The little gold filigree thing is a basket.

Feet are now sore, so taking a break and enjoying the view from our balcony.

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