Yesterday’s Trip to Huntsville, Alabama

Yesterday, I was invited to go to Huntsville, Alabama to help a friend pick up a couple of pieces of furniture.  We left at 6:00 for the 6 1/2 hour trip. We got there at 1:30 and met the couple with the furniture. They were rally pleasant and funny. The reason we met at a bank parking lot was the man had gotten three fake $100 bills from a bank and two other fake bills from another transaction. While we were getting the furniture moved to the van, the woman went into the bank and had the bills checked out. Do you know how to know if a $100 bill is fake? Hold it to a light or the sun and there is a shadow picture of Ben Franklin on the front right that can’t be seen just by looking. On the way back we stopped at two antique stores. The first store was in a little Victorian house that was over 100 years

old. The owner walked over from a huge old two-story colonial house on the river. She said the house was pre-civil war, and that it was one of the few houses that wasn’t burned in the war. It was really neat to talk to her.  I found several small things there to buy: a compact with machine petit point, two 1940’s perfume dime store bottles, 2 oval petit point pictures, a petit point brooch made from a kit, and a miniature basket. Downtown on

Bank Street in the historic district there was a large 3-story antique mall. The people there were really nice and loved to talk. They told us they hadn’t had rain in three weeks, and it was 93 degrees yesterday and that everything was parched and dying around there.  The store was huge with lots of rooms, 3-stories spread out, really a great store. I only found 2 things: a wooden hand-painted Kokeshi doll carrying 2 buckets that were salt and pepper shakers and a petit point hanky.  We got home about 11:00.  Fun day driving through the South.

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About Jim Gatling

Artist: primitive watercolors, colored pencil. Quilter: Original designs, Scrap quilts. Craftsman: Woodburning, Recycling Teacher: Retired MHS, SHCS K-12 Part Time. Collector: Antiques, Quilts, Glass, Buttons, Petit Point, Needlepoint, Hankies, Figural Perfume Bottles. Son, Father, Grandfather, Neighbor, Friend.
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