We hit the road very early on Saturday morning! My excitement just bubbled over, as I wondered what treasures were waiting to be discovered at the 3 French Hens French Country Market. This monthly market, located in the quiet, little town of Morris, Illinois, completely fills a pretty park, on the banks of the historic I&M Canal.
The 3 French Hens French Country Market is held on the second Saturday of the the month, May through October. It’s good to arrive early, as the little town quickly fills with visitors! Everyone is headed to Canalport Park in search of antiques, handmade wares by talented artisans, and repurposed treasures. We’ve been going for the past three years. It’s always a delightful place to spend the day, in the Spring, Summer, or Fall.
As we drove past vast stretches of farmland,
my great anticipation was tempered with the unsettled feeling of not knowing exactly what I was looking for…
Over the years, my antiquing trips have always been most successful
if I have one or two treasures on my ‘wish list’ for the day.
Don’t you find it easier to know what you are searching for?
Alas, on Saturday, I really didn’t know…
It was such fun to look at everything! Treasures upon treasures, all waiting for new homes.
It was fascinating to talk with the artisans about their handmade pieces. These primitive signs were made from tobacco lath and the beautiful canvas bags were stitched from worn tent canvas. The lovely, old patina of the materials added a special touch of the past to each newly created piece.
The 3 French Hens French Country Market always draws big crowds of the friendliest people! Live acoustic music drifts across the park. Wonderful smokey smells from the food vendors whet the appetite for a picnic lunch.
But it was much too early… and there was still so much to see!
Local farmers bring their fresh-picked vegetables and fruits to the market. Bakers bring homemade pies, breads, and cookies. Freshly canned jams, marmalades, and salsas make it easy to take home the tastes of summertime to enjoy throughout the year.
My husband and I continued exploring, looking through all of the treasures of the past, and laughing as we came upon so many toys from our childhood. He is always attracted to vintage books, old photographs, and antique coins. I’m always drawn to peek inside old painted cupboards, to touch antique quilts in soft colors, and to admire vintage Mason jars sparkling in the sunshine. It was a perfect way to spend an August morning!
Suddenly, I saw it! I discovered what I had been looking for all morning… inspiration!!
My heart just leapt when I saw the beautiful antique school desk! It looked so nice displaying old books on its seat and vintage treasures on its desktop. It was just the right inspiration… at the right moment!
‘Back-to-School time’ is just around the corner…
Many years ago, a friend gave me an antique school desk. I’ve been saving it in our basement, thinking that one day it might look nice in the garden holding baskets of summertime flowers, or on the front porch holding vintage boxes filled with winter evergreens, pinecones, and holly. But today there is new inspiration! Maybe it’s time to bring the old desk upstairs to hold some vintage school memories.
It’s such a great feeling to discover new inspiration for a treasure that you have loved all along!
(My husband certainly agrees!)
Truly a perfect August morning!
Carrying inspiration back to the car is so much easier! You can take the scenic path… holding hands! ♡
Since ‘Back-to-School’ days are just around the corner…
H A P P Y N E W Y E A R !!
Today is the perfect day to celebrate
all of the wonderful, creative, dedicated teachers
who share the gift of learning every day in their classrooms!
You truly do make a difference!
Here’s to a happy new school year… and all its promises!
To all of the retired teachers everywhere,
who have given a lifetime of learning and inspiration,
we honor and thank you for making our world a brighter place!
Look back with love and gratitude,
and cherished memories,
as your students carry a part of you
in their hearts… forever! ♥
P.S. What is your favorite back-to-school memory?