Thursday, August 26, 2010

Honey...did we bring the U-Haul? (Part 2)

Part 2 of our Anniversary Junking Adventure included our arrival the shores of Lake Michigan!
(in 93 degree heat w/heat index of 105)

South Haven  - where charming shoppes line the streets and sell everything from ice cream to nautical decor...

...and, yup ---- wine.
(Hmmm....wonder if they've ever heard of Fat Cat*Happy Dog...?

It was time for lunch (hon, your stomach doeth protesteth too much), so we popped in to our favorite place to eat, The Idler...

which is a docked ferry boat turned restaurant.

After a leisurely lunch of artichoke/crab dip and some type of exotic icy blueberry concoction complete with umbrella...
(you know, I get the goofiest looks from people when they see me taking pics of my food)

we headed toward the beach 
after drooling over all the sailboats on the way.

Now, I don't know what your idea of a day at the beach is...
but this is NOT where I would want to spend my afternoon.

You can't really tell from this photo, but there were people lined up like cord wood along the shoreline. 
Nope.  Uh uh.  Not for me.
I need peace, quiet, and some privacy for my perfect day at the beach.

But there were some spectacular vintage homes along the way that I would'ave given my eye teeth for - all within walking distance of the beach.

 We turned the car onto Blue Star Highway and headed towards Saugatuck, a wonderful little town along the Kalamazoo River that's even more quaint and quirky than South Haven, 
and chock full of more shoppes.

But wait!  There's the other antique shoppe we always love to wander through!
Some would say, "It's just junk!" But to us gals with a re-purposing eye, it was pure heaven.
There was everything under the (hot) sun to be found here.

Treasures from the beach.

(Yeah, I know what your mind's eye is doing right now.  Imagining these wonderful things in your own home in one way or another, yes?)

I just nabbed one of these precious vintage scales on eBay for $7!

(Humph....sure wish I had HER figure...)

Can you just imagine the homes or hotels that these pieces were salvaged from?

I soooo wanted this adorable hamper, but the owner was firm on his pricey price.

Hubby sooo wanted this gal, but I was firm on my definitive answer.

Well, your chariot stagecoach awaits!

Onward to Saugatuck.... Part 3 of our Anniversary Junking Adventure!

'Til next time!


~ laurie


  1. Sounds like an amazing time!!!!

  2. You guys take the neatest trips!! What fun to see the harbor with all the sailboats, and shops along the way. That "junque" place is awesome!!!
    Anxious to get to Heaven's Walk tomorrow evening....cannot wait to see my Sanibel sister.
    Antique/flea market, here we come!!!!!!

  3. What a great time!! I am with you South Haven is a little too "packed" on the beach for me too! It is a beautiful town though. I have passed that little shop many times and never stopped, good to see some of the things that they have, may have to stop next time! Thank you so much for sharing, can't wait until #3!!

  4. Beautiful pictures depicting a great time on your Anniversary Adventure! It's the stuff memories are made of!

  5. You really captured the feel of South Haven. I could kick myself for not wanting to carry my camera around. One day we went to the beach and it was SO pretty and I didn't have MY CAMERA!!! I'm happy you had a good time. How was the shopping in town?

    Can't wait for Saugatuck!!


  6. Looks like fun - I LOVE the mermaid...I think you should give in. She's a beaut. Love the scale too, need to get me one of those...

  7. Sounds like so much fun!!I love all the treasures...Kathy

  8. Great photos...good times! Thanks for taking us along!!

  9. Oh girlie...thanks for bringing us along! LOVED THE TOUR! Felt like I was there...almost!


  10. Oh WOW... South Haven is the perfect name for that town, because it looks like a little piece of Heaven here on Earth!! Looks like a fabulous trip, Laurie! I'll be waiting patiently for the next installment. ;o)
    Have a great day, my friend!
    Hugs ~ Jo :)

  11. Laurie - these photos are awesome. I love the mermaid -is she for sale? I just love her!!!

  12. Oh yes, love the hamper too! I may not have been able to resist! Thanks for the tour...looking forward to more pics!!!

  13. I'm loving the ferry boat restaurant! Wish we had that!!!

  14. are KILLING me!!!! sheesh...I need to be there!!! ;)

    That little town just looks so adorable. You & hubs have the most wonderful outings!!


  15. Well, I am at work again (oh be quiet-yes I am)...and I am living vicariously through your camera lens. I LOVE that junque much more fun that Lord&Taylor shopping!

    I started to sniff a bit when I saw Debbie's comment-that she is coming to visit AND you are going out "shopping" the time I got done I was almost bawling (at work) because I am stuck here! That's okay-I can hold her sheets hostage for a l-o-n-g time!

    I love that shore of Lake Michigan. It's amazing how different it is from this side...the towns and shops, etc, It's like a whole different world.

    Soooo-if you DID have THAT figure would you mind all the extra holes she seems to be sporting? Just askin.....

    Check back in a day or so (AFTER YOU TWO BRATS ARE DONE VISITING) and you will see what I am now the proud owner of...can you guess???? ssoo Diana

  16. Hi Laurie, what a lovely trip! And beautiful pics! Have a gorgeous weekend!!
    Laura xxx

  17. You made me laugh when I read your comment about the weird looks when you take pics of your food. I chicken out everytime. I can't tell you how many times I bring mine in and it just stays in my camera bag. I think it the fact it's a dslr that makes it hard to be discrete.
    Loved all the things you saw but I wouldn't have let my husband buy that lady either.
    I did like the mannequin and you know they can look great painted. I didn't believe it til I saw it.

    Ok can't wait for the nest installment!!!

  18. What a wonderful day, and beautiful photos too. I actually like the mermaid but I'm a beachy kind of girl :-)

  19. I thought that Wisconsin was lovely, but Michigan is even more beautiful! Looks like an incredible anniversary trip, so happy to find your little world and happy to be your newest follower!

  20. Hello Laurie,
    How are you?
    Oh wow, I love all of you pictures you shared with us.
    I would love to visit the shores of Lake Michigan.
    It looks like you had a great time together....
    Hope you are having a great Sunday!


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