Monday, June 7, 2010

Gnome Fest 2010

Well, that's what Jess called our trip to Strasburg, IL on Saturday, June 5th. My friend and coworker, Gloria, her 20-yr-old daughter, Jess, and I made the 80 mile trip southeast for Strasburg's town-wide yard sales. And Jess took along her camera to document our journey. It was a hoot!

We left at 7:00 am (that's earlier than I get up for work!) And we arrived in Strasburg around 9:00 am.

Our first stop was the Marathon gas station where there was a table set up outside that said "Strasburg Gnome Sale." Well, I knew we were in the right place!!

We got out there and had a nice time talking to the women who were working at the tables. I bought a Strasburg T-shirt, travel mug, postcards, and one Gnome (a cute guy holding a mushroom.)

Jess took our photo there, but I won't post it here, because I don't think Gloria liked the photo. I looked awful, but I'm used to that. ;o)

Then we went back down the highway to the edge of town where there was a flea market. We perused the goods there...I got some nice "vintage" Dallas Cowboys/Troy Aikman stuff, and 3 vinyl records for my friend. Then at the Tupperware table I bought a set of 3 small sitting Gnomes. My favorite is the one reading the book...I've been wanting a reading Gnome for a while.

Then we drove around town for a bit, looking for Gnomes (trying not to be too obvious.) We did see one or two here or there, but we didn't see the homes that have the large numbers. Hopefully we can go back sometime and see those ladies' collections.

We stopped at the sales at the park under the shelter houses. I was enamored with the large gnome in the flower garden (pushing the wheelbarrow.) He's my favorite gnome ever!

We stopped at the Marathon/Subway and had a brunch. I also bought a piece of the Strasburg pottery there (stamped with the gnome.)

Lastly we stopped at Olivier's craft/fabric store on the other edge of town where I bought a bunch of embroidery floss, a couple embroidery books, and a little gnome.

Then we headed out of town. Jess took my photo by the town sign holding one of my new gnomes as we left.

All in all a great day for our first visit to Gnometown, USA. We will be back! ;o)

1 comment:

  1. Sounds like you had a great time and looks like the weather cooperated also. Love your I "heart" Gnomes T-shirt ;)