A pleasing trip to Paxton
We spent the better part of midday Saturday in Paxton shopping for antiques.
It was the second anniversary at Robin's Homespun Dreams, Antiques and Things, 224 S. Market St. Their phone number is 579-1017.
While I was eating some of the goodies for the occasion, the owner informed me that Robin's had just acquired the building across the street that used to be a bowling alley. So expansion is in the near future.
I bought two or three projects, and we bought a very small black-and-white planter.
Paxton has more than half a dozen shopping spots for old stuff. New to our eyes was Kegley House Antiques and Such, 146 W. State St., just across from the courthouse. You can reach them at 841-5306.
Kegley, which opened in December, is open from 4 to 7 p.m. on Wednesdays, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Fridays, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturdays and noon to 4 p.m. on Sundays. It is a nice brick house that had not been occupied for 36 years. It now looks very nice, and I bought two items there.
Ruby Jewel has moved into a bigger space since we were there last. Now at 222 N. Market St., it is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays only or by appointment. You can call them at 637-4518.
Ramonna Williams, one of the owners, is married to a pipe fitter, and once you are in the store, you will see some of his handiwork: really different old stuff.
Mena's Mercantile, 151 N. Market St., is a main floor and basement just full of stuff.
This stop gave me an opportunity to buy some pieces of old hardware. You can reach them at 379-0292.
A couple of places were closed Saturday, so we did not get to shop in those, but it was a good trip for us.
Saturday evening, we were two of 24 guests invited to the backyard edifice of Melanie and Chris Hill for a sit-down dinner in honor of the Bloomington Gold Corvette Show.
Most of the invitees to the Hills' Tuscola home were from Florida and either owned Corvettes or were interested in them. They were old friends of the Hills who finally had a chance to visit Illinois. They by far outnumbered the locals.
Guests had a choice of chicken or a filet, and for dessert, we had lemon panna cotta — a first for me. It was really good.
The Hills have an antique business in West Palm Beach, Fla., and Atlanta. Both are Tuscola natives and maintain a home in Tuscola; Chris Hill also is a former mayor of Tuscola.
All in all, Saturday was a good day.
Bob Swisher has been a collector since he was a child. Questions or comments can be sent to Swisher by writing to The News-Gazette, P.O. Box 677, Champaign, IL 61824-677 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.