Recently, I have been thinking a lot about my childhood. I am going to be turning 27 this year, and it is really starting to scare me. I cannot believe I am getting so close to 30... I feel like I am still a kid at heart. But, anyways... back to the childhood story...
growing up, my parents were really into dragging my sister and I along with them to garage sales, estate sales, and antique stores, etc. Our WHOLE house was furnished with old furniture,vintage signs and linens. I used to be sooooo embarrassed that I had all of this OLD stuff in my house.... I just wanted my house to be modern like everyone else.
Getting older, I am starting to see why my parents LOVED old stuff! It is so neat! ANYONE can run into Target or Walmart and buy a sign for their wall that says "live, laugh, love", but at my house growing up we had vintage signs on our walls that were one of a kind and were collectible in one way or another.
When I was in Elementary School my parents opened up an antique store in the " Antique Capital of the Northwest" aka Snohomish WA. They had sooo much stuff collected, they decided to start selling it. It was really cool now that I think about it that my family was so into collecting. I watch TV shows now such as "American Pickers" and they totally remind me of my family growing up. When my mom owned " Cathie's Attic" in Snohomish, she had an array of AMAZING china, collectible toys, and lovely linens. My sister and I used to go to work with her and we would hang out in the back room and watch movies.
(above) *Here is a photo of the house that my parent's owned in Snohomish and had turned into " Cathie's Attic". ( now it is a venue for weddings called Victorian Manor) I think it used to be painted light green if my memory serves me right ;P
When we would get bored, we used to walk the streets of Snohomish with a couple of bucks for the candy store on the corner. The old candy/ice cream store had a magnificent "old candy shop" appeal. (pictured below, someone actually posted a photo of the inside of the shop online! thanks sara j. )It was our favorite place to go for a treat. For lunch, we would get take out from the Collector's Choice Restaurant". It had amazing pasta! http://www.myantiquemall.com/starcenter.html
The Star Mall was another one of our favorite places to go look around at! I didn't collect much when I was younger other than old bottles and Mork and Mindy memorabilia.
I really wish I could go back in time and wander the roads of Snohomish with my sister again. It was so much fun hanging out in such a unique town. It is such a bummer that it took me 27 years to realize how cool it really was!!!!