No, I had an adventure in central Ohio, a mere 90 minutes north of my home. I went to the Homer Laughlin Fiestaware Sale on the grounds of the Ohio Expo Center and Fairgrounds. This is the first time they've had a sale like this outside of West Virginia and it was a blast!
My older son and his bride along with my younger son took me there on Friday as part of my birthday present. We had to wait about an hour to get into the sale but it was so worth it. During that hour you could see the dishes and watch other people pawing through the crates and the anticipation was palpable. Lucky for me, my daughter-in-law loves Fiestaware too and we both did quite well for ourselves.
This is my haul... I got a lid for a casserole dish ...I broke it years ago... price... a mere $4. I got another lasagna pan...I use the one I have a lot...price...$20. I forget the prices on the rest of my treasures as they were a gift from the kids but they were a bargain... I think that chip and dip bowl in the front was around $15. The prices were great. Now this is "seconds" and you had to look through the crates as some pieces were better than others. And my goodies do have a few flaws but they are on the bottoms of the pieces and unless you are washing them or putting them away you'll never see them.
They are now residing with the rest of my collection here...
and in several other hidey-holes in my kitchen...and to be perfectly honest...when I took these pictures my dishwasher was full of dirty Fiestaware... it is a colorful obsession!
And after that adventure I was able to pop into Cross My Heart a wonderful stitchery shop in Columbus, and snag 6 cuts of lovely hand dyed linen for my cross stitch stash...one must replenish one's stash now and then!
And after that my sons drove me to see this building...
the Longaberger Basket Building in Newark, Ohio. This building is 7 stories tall and it shaped like a classic Longaberger Market basket. Years ago I collected these baskets and I still have a bunch of them. They were a hot item in the 90's, not so much now. The company has had some rough years and from the articles I read online, they only occupy 2 floors of the building. When we were there the place looked vacant. There were NO cars at all in the parking lot and while the grass was cut in front of the building, there were weeds growing out of the curbs in the parking lot on the side. Kinda sad...but it was on my bucket list of places I wanted to see. I got a selfie with my boys but I can't seem to get it from my phone to my computer tonight so I used this stock photo.
Soooo... I'm not a great adventurer but I sure did have a lovely day! The boys finished the day off getting me dinner at my favorite restaurant and we were all tuckered out at the end of the day. Thank you Chris and Nick and Jenny for an absolutely wonderful birthday adventure!
For now, this homebody is happy for the memories and the new soup bowls!