Holt-Howard, Red Wing, toleware, the list goes on …

It took me a while to get around to blogging about my weekend, but I’m finally here! (even though we’re fast-approaching another)

I can only hope all of your weekends as pleasant as mine. Any time I can squeeze in a flea market over the weekend makes me happy … especially if the market has a lot of dealers with a lot of great antiques.

We made it up to Zurko’s Shawano flea market once again on Aug. 22, and what a great day. The weather was a bit cool, but the vendors were out in force. (Of all the times I’ve been up to the Shawano market, I think last Saturday’s was the strongest showing yet.) I was tempted time and time again by crockery of various sizes and shapes, some cute Holt-Howard kittens (even though their noisemakers were missing), and beautiful cast-iron cookware … some of it old, all of it cleaned and seasoned.

I don’t know about any of you, but I prefer to cook in cast iron. And old, properly seasoned cast iron is the best! A few years ago I bought two fabulous bail-handled cast iron pots from my uncle, who was trimming down his estate. I cook in them every chance I get. When I use them, I always remember him and my aunt. I’m so very glad that I have something tangible and useful that I can remember them by.

Of course I had to stop and read through book titles at every opportunity, too … you just never know what you’ll miss if you don’t!

Now if I can just get to Princeton and Columbus! (If you’re ever anywhere near it, don’t miss the Columbus Antique Mall … but plan on spending a few hours there … It’s HUGE!)

Are there any antique shows in your weekend plans? Which ones? What’s your favorite show ever?

— Posted by Karen

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