Adventures in Pennsylvania & Auctions







A few weeks ago B and I had an adventurous day exploring our way through Pennsylvania. It may be the state we live in, but its a big one and that means there is always a lot to explore!
Our adventure actually started because on instagram someone had tagged Molly & I in an online auction that looked like it had a bunch of cotton spun cupcake picks. I was curious so I looked for the auction online and saw it was just outside of Lancaster. We decided to take a chance and bid on the auction, which was currently at $12. We bid $15 and waited. We were actually out to dinner together when the auction ended and I cannot tell you how excited we were to win it for $15! I actually bid on a few more items from the auction since there was a lot of craft supplies, and I knew I’d be making the trip regardless.
So the day for auction pick-up arrived and you needed to show up between 5 and 7pm. B and I headed out in the morning and slowly made our way toward Lancaster. Some of the places we stopped along the way were…
Holey Joes – for coffee & donuts. You choose your donut flavors and they make them hot and fresh for you.
the Haine shoe house – they even have a little shoe shaped dog house!
The PA Fabric outlet – Where they had a bunch of older Lizzy House fabrics for under $5 a yard!
Weaver Nut Co. – which is a huge candy store, we got lots of fun stuff
and a used book shop, thrift shop, and antique store…
Then at 5pm we arrived at the auction house. This was my very first time doing an auction besides ebay, and was quite exciting. You go inside and pay for your lots, then they had flyers up explaining where each numbered lot was located. So many people were there picking up their stuff, it was crazy. B and I headed to the basement and I was so excited when I saw the lot of cupcake toppers was even better then I thought. The online photo was very hard to see, kind of far away, and there were many more toppers then appeared. Once I got back into town I drove over to Molly’s house so we could sort and split it all. I took some better photos of the toppers by themselves and I’ll post those tomorrow.

The Old Sled Works


Earlier this month I talked about a little adventure we took into Pennsylvania. One of our stops was a place in Duncannon PA Called The Old Sled Works. It’s a antique shop, a vintage arcade, a soda shop, and more! They have a little yarn store tucked inside, an area that sells handmade crafts, and a little mini museum about the Sled Works, it was a lot of fun!



Our favorite area was clearly the working arcade. Not only was it fun to play the games, there was so many beautiful old graphics and logos to look at.
We found some treasure to bring home from the antique part. Not this vintage doll sized changing table, but it was too cute not to take a photo.


We had such a good time that I cannot wait to go back. The only disappointment was the soda shop portion was closed. When I asked about it out front they said it’s only open on weekends, but just a head’s up, a friend of mine went on a Saturday at 4:10pm and the soda shop was closed. They told her at the front that is closes at 4 even though the store is open later. So if your going for ice cream (and you should be-look how freaking cute that area is!!) then maybe give them a call to make sure that part will be open. Their website doesn’t list anything about the soda shop having different hours, so a call will be the best bet. Otherwise, I highly recommend it as a stop if you’re going to be anywhere in the area.

Exploring Pennsylvania




Back at the beginning of May, Molly took off a Friday so we could do some adventuring. We decided to make our way toward Lancaster, with a few stops along the way.
First up we stopped into the Salvation Army fabric sale so she could see if there was anything left she could use on items for her shop. She ended up loading up a box, so it was great.
Then we headed to Gettysburg so we could stop into a thrift shop there (we didn’t find anything) but then I made sure to stop at the abandoned mini golf so Molly could have a look. I was so sad to see that my favorite pink mini house had been knocked down. The whole place has been pretty destroyed. It was in a lot worse shape then the last time I walked through it. The baseball batting cage area is filled with water and looks like the saddest lake. Most of the houses look like people have been trying to destroy them and there was lots of trash everywhere.
After that we made our way to Lititz for lunch at The Tomato Pie cafe. This is the same place we ate on our last Pennsylvania adventure. Their food is always so good, we both had the tomato soup and agreed it was perfection. I also had the cold brew with milk & honey, goodness it was delicious.
We walked across the street to check out the Wilbur Chocolate company. They have a shop but also a bit of a museum along the walls behind glass, lots of rurally cute chocolate molds.
Last on our trip was the Lancaster area for a few antique shops and to stop in the Craft and Flower marketplace (used to be Craft and Flower Warehouse) It was interesting and we each found some fun things, but I kind of missed the old place even though I had only been there once. Then we made the long drive back home, which of course always seems to feel like it takes forever when you are not making fun stops along the way.

Salem Mass




During the month of September B and I went on a week long road trip with my sister and her husband up to Maine for my grandfather’s memorial service. Thomas was going to come with us initially, but I kept putting off buying the plane tickets, and then they cost so much (2 tickets cost more then our trip to chicago which included airfare, rental car, and hotel) So when it came down to it, my sister offered to let us ride with them, and it was easier for Tom to stay home and take care of the animals while we went. Though a road trip without him just wasn’t the same.
There was a lot of driving the first day and we ended up stopping for the night in Connecticut, and then heading the next morning to Salem Massachusetts because Heather and her husband had never been.
While in Salem we explored the beach for sea glass, got to explore a reproduction ship, I had a “scary mary” coffee & apple cider donut, visited the beautiful graveyards, and made B pose like a photo of me from a pervious trip to Salem.

Chicago 3





During our stay in Chicago Tom was going to be tattooing at Great Lakes Tattoo two of the days, which meant I’d have two days to do some exploring on my own. One morning I went to the MCA to see the Daniel Clowes exhibit, it was wonderful! I’ll say I glazed over quite a bit of modern art on my way up to the top floor, so I could spend a couple hours staring at his comic book panels. Oh and this is a helpful tidbit for the people who keep calling him Daniel Clothes haha, I heard a couple people say it during my trip. I have a funny habit of googling names I’m not sure how to pronounce before I am willing to say them out loud.
Oh and I was super excited to stumble across my kidrobot plush in the MCA gift shop.
We got vegan donuts & delicious coffee one morning at Fritz Pastry. The donuts are huge, so of course we had to take the rest to go, but I love how they put the donut hole back into the middle. I love just how many different ways there are to make a humble donut.
I promise my Chicago posts are almost over, it’s just such a great city with so much to see-so I hope you’re not bored of it yet.