Portland Anniversary, Day 5: Old Portland Hardware and Architectural, Aurora Mills Architectural Salvage, WillaKenzie Winery, Erath Winery, Dinner at Nick’s Italian Cafe
A lot of stops for us today.
A lot of stops for us today.
Whirlwind weekend. We got back home around 8PM or so, which was nice – but were utterly, utterly wiped out.
I got to explain to her what this was, and why we were all freaking out about seeing it. And the woman was pretty interested in hearing about the history of the jug, and what it actually was.
On our way to the next location. This made for a very fun and stressful trek, as we were heading towards the trouble.
Today, Liz and decided we’d split off to do our own thing. Given the area, we were wanting to go wander some antique malls. She picked one that seemed to have good reviews, and we drove over to nearby Saugatuck.
Liz had been itching to work on the yard this weekend, but given how much rain was in the forecast… we decided to go visit some shops today, instead. First up – Urban Remains, a place I had visited once before, but Liz had not (though I was there to pick up an item she had purchased from them, online).
Liz has always been quite exceptional in her online research, and was quite proud at finding hardware that actually matched what we have in the house. All told, I think she’s been on the lookout for two years, and only recently found some matches. She’s been doing this a long while!
I meant to do a more in-depth post, adding in screenshots from the movie alongside each illustration. But that was an ambitious idea, and I am a lazy man. So I’m mostly just going to post up the photos of the thing, without much commentary.
We had several conversations during our time there, trying to figure out where we might place particular items. At a certain point, we stopped trying to answer that particular question and thought about the opportunity – when else might we be able to purchase something like this? It was a little dizzying.
This was a large, circular container… filled to the brim with curved, black and white photographs. I’m not sure if the photos had any direct relationship with the vessel they were in, but it seemed to be a mishmash of images: some of heavy machinery, others of what looked like a school or church.
The Bionic Woman saves a clueless child from certain death. Also pictured: the world’s shittiest lumberjack.
Today is Liz’s birthday, and I had a full day of excursions scheduled. First off, we hit up The Bongo Room for breakfast. Since we’re now in Hyde Park, we opted for the Roosevelt location instead of Wicker Park (general note: it still fills up super fast). After eating a delicious breakfast and going over some options on where to visit for the day… we headed out to our first stop: Architectural Artifacts.
A fantastic touch was that one of the radios was playing an old episode of Flash Gordon. I’m guessing it was actually a recording, but the effect was great – the show coming through one of the older machines, along with all the old time advertisements (the one I heard was for children’s nose drops).
From time to time, I’ll encounter objects at flea markets or antique stores – objects from my childhood. And when I see them, it’s a weird trigger: a brief sliver of my life/past has suddenly manifested, and is for sale. Whenever this happens, it’s a mixed feeling. Part of me feels old to have owned something that now appears in an antique store.
Afterwards, we drove a few blocks and found our way to a place called stuff. It was a store chock full of antiques, set up in the traditional “booth” style where each area contained items belonging to different folks.