Over the Fourth of July weekend my mom was visiting here from Naples, Florida. We wanted to do a little antique shopping and headed to Lake Odessa, a small town about a forty minute drive from where I live.
First, we headed to the Lake O Variety Store, which is a two-level multi-dealer antique mall. I had a chance to meet the new owner, who just happens to be a reader of my blog! It was fun to chat with Linda Rodriguez, who owns the mall along with her husband Rodney. Although the sign outside says Lake O Variety, they have changed the name to Bonanza Antiques. They are open from 10 to 6 on Wednesdays and 10 to 5 on Fri. through Sun. You can visit their Facebook page HERE for more information.
I spotted some interesting items at Bonanza Antiques, such as this bust of Cleopatra. I've had one of these before, as well as one of Pocahontas, and sold them quickly:
I got a good deal on this dress form at Bonanza Antiques. It will be a cold day in Hell when dress forms don't sell anymore.....
Next we headed to the Lake O Mall. It's a large, three-story mall with many dealers. The mall is open on Wednesdays from 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 10:00 to 5:00. I looked through each booth for items to use in my own antique mall booths for display or resale, or to sell in my Etsy shop.
At the front of the mall there is a bank of showcases full of small treasures:
Open shelving is always of interest to me. This mustard painted cupboard had the doors removed. I am entertaining the thought of going back to purchase it, especially if I sell a cupboard in one of my booths in the near future:
I love group photos. Families, bands, school pictures, sports teams, etc.
One of the booths with a colorful crazy quilt backdrop:
I got a good deal on this straw boater. I think they look great on display:
I've always wanted to purchase one of these tobacco leaf drying baskets for one of my antique mall booths. The price was a little too high for resale, however. If you would like one for your home, head to the Lake O Mall:
I bought four of these haberdashery prints. They have water stains but they are nicely framed. I have similar prints I can replace in the frames, so I thought they were a good buy: