So, I've been on a Summer-long quest to find indoor activities that don't make me want to stab myself in the eye. Seriously, I can only take so many trips to the play-place at the mall. And as for taking the boys to the pool--well, I can think of better ways to get some exercise than donning a tankini and running after a chubby baby with a death-wish and an affinity for the deep end. Sooooo, I recently braved a trip to this huge antiques mall over in Concord, NC.
|The Depot at Gibson Mill: "The Largest Antique and Designer Mall in the South"|
Their other motto is: "We Just Love Your Grabby Kids!"
I expected to have to shout "no-touch!" no less than a zillion times, but after I gave Biggest Boy his Secret Mission (finding soapbox derby cars), he coincidentally stopped flinging heavy objects, casually toying with antique glassware, and offering chippy painted objets-d'art to the baby for a snack.
Plus, I got to see some GREAT stuff, like these adorable vignettes:
Some drool-worthy rustic treasures:
|I don't know what it is but I kinda want it.|
|It might have toxic lead, but at least its super cute.|
|Old ceiling tiles--I am seriously in love.|
This little jaunt was especially successful because I refrained from actually buying anything. That way I can pat myself on the back for finding "Free Summer Entertainment!" Also, I find that "shopping" with my camera is almost as fulfilling as actually spending money. Although I do kinda wish I'd adopted this little guy:
|I'm lonely! Take me home!|
It's okay, though, because having feasting the eyes is sometimes enough. And it was a feast. Check out one of my favorite things about this mall: all the COLOR!
Wow. Well, here's hoping you are also finding fun ways to keep cool this Summer, and please know I am not really going to stab myself in the eye. At least not today.