Queen of Treasures from the Past

This weekend Rhys and I ventured down to Guthrie, Oklahoma for the Queen of the Prairie Festival–the first year they’ve put on the folk music festival. It was truly wonderful. Guthrie is known as “the Queen of the Prairie,” but I’d contest that it could also be called “the Queen of Treasures from the Past” for its wealth of antique and junk shops.

On this trip, I visited a new shop called Recollections Antiques. It’s now one of my favorite places to visit when I’m in Guthrie. Like any great antique shop it was stuffed-to-the-gills with unique treasures from days past.

Recollections is the perfect place for those of you looking for antique cookware and kitchen tools. They also have an entire section of vintage cookbooks.

An apple peeler fit for any steampunker!

An apple peeler fit for any steampunker!

Among their many items, Recollections has an impressive array of ladies gloves and Victorian ephemera. Here are a few of my faves:

Victorian Sensation Fiction–I was very tempted to dive right in & read them! Pictured here are Edward Salisbury Field’s A Six Cylinder Courtship and George Barr McCutheon’s Beverly of Graustark.

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Elaborate toiletry, like this Collars & Cuffs box.

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And this painted velvet-lined ladies glove box.

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Gilt gold dressing table sets.

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Recollections is also a must-stop for anyone searching for fine china sets or delicate tea cups & saucers. I marveled at the many hand painted beauties so much so that I did not snap one photo of them! They also had a great set of button collections. I may just have to go back for this jar–I have such a weakness & love for vintage buttons.

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I walked away with a few things that I just couldn’t leave behind–a reproduction Victorian Photo Album which I am going to put my wedding photos in.

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I found this great necklace that I am going to steampunk. I just loved the gold of the beads and pattern of filigree in it.

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Of course, I couldn’t visit Guthrie and just go in one shop. I also discovered Treasures & Books–an amazing shop with a trove of used and antique books as well as handmade items from local artists. I found 3 mini tiaras and a great postcard!

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So my antique lovers and fellow garage sale junkies–visit Guthrie soon. You will spend hours walking through their many wonderful antique shops, and if you’re there on Saturday–from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. is their flea market for even more great finds!

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As Always, Happy Junkin’!

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  1. thomcrowe

    What fun finds!

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