A recent Saturday morning took us to Paxton for our first outdoor auction of the year. I do not know if it is because of the long winter or what, but my auction skills seemed to abandon me. I was outbid twice and missed items that I should have bid on.
It was a Kruse Auction, and he runs a good event. I just did not seem to be on top of what was going on. His next two auctions are today at Roberts and May 25 at Colfax. I did manage to buy three small lots of cast iron stuff and a couple of old hand tools, but all in all, I was not proud of my bidding performance.
We stopped at Robins Antiques & Things in downtown Paxton, and she just seems to be getting bigger and bigger and says more is to come. It is located at 224 S. Market St., and the second location is just across the street, called Country Crossroads Antiques. Both sites are open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Saturday or by appointment. The shops can be reached at 579-1017.
Besides these two places, there are many other sites to shop for antiques in Paxton. They are Cheesecloth and Buttermilk, The Kegley House, Thrifty Tiques, Past and Future, Market Street General Store, Mena's Mercantile, Deb U Taunts, The Corner Cabinet, The Gemini Club and Ruby Jewels Antiques and Gifts. You could easily spend a full day in Paxton just shopping for old and vintage stuff. Most of the shops are located on Market Street, with a couple just a block away.
We had a real treat in Rantoul for lunch at Butcher Boys Grill with two hamburgers, two drinks, fries and two pieces of coconut cream pie for $12. Everything tasted real good. Before we found our lunch place, we stopped in a quilt shop called The Needle & I, located at 1710 E. Grove Ave. This shop has several antique store displays that really add to the total shop look, with an abundance of nice quilting fabrics and ideas.
May 18 will be the first of this summer's 3rd Sunday Market at the Interstate Center in Bloomington. It is off Illinois Route 9 at exit 160 from Interstates 55 and 74. Admission is $6, and children under 13 are admitted free; no pets, free parking and it goes on rain or shine. There are indoor and outdoor spaces with close to 500 vendors. Run by the Raycraft family, it has been going since 1988. It is a class operation. If you have any questions, call 202-2847.
Bob Swisher has been a collector since he was a child. Questions or comments can be mailed to 807 S. Cottage Grove Ave., Urbana, IL 61801, or emailed to email@example.com.