We spent the last two days making the drive back to where I started with Janet in Virginia. We spent those two nights at the scenic parking lots of a Wal Mart and a Lowes. It still feels a little strange to spend the night in a place like that.
It was totally foggy when I let Janet off to start her hike for the day. It was a little scary crossing a road when you couldn’t see more than 20 feet either way. Thankfully everyone else was just as cautious as I was.
I had made a list of possible things to do along our expected trail before leaving home. I decided to start with the place that was actually a little farther north of where our day started. It was billed as America’s Largest Antique Mall in Verona, VA – The Factory Outlet Mall.
I can’t attest if it truly is America’s largest, but it certainly was much bigger than anything I had ever seen. It took me about 2 ½ hours to walk the place. It was the usual mx of real antiques and flea market items. Many of the vendors specialized in a particular area which made the looking go a little faster. One vendor had some rare metal toy cars and trucks.
This was an awfully fancy sled that I’m thinking disappointed some rich kid and that’s why it was still in good shape. I’m not sure how much you could really steer it with the tiller.
It is impossible to visit one of these places with finding some Coca Cola stuff. I’ve heard that there are lots of people that collect that stuff. There must be people who collect Mr. Peanut stuff because that’s all one vendor had.
Can you find the Ernie the Keebler elf in this picture? I remember getting on for Hillary when I worked in the stores.
If my brother-in-law, Dan, ever needs correct hub caps for his classic cars I know where to send him.
I was really blown away by this vendor. Any board game I could remember was for sale in his area. Of course there were a lot that I don’t think I had ever seen. I didn’t realize that many 60’s TV shows also had board games – Beverly Hillbillies, Ben Casey, Lassie, etc. The picture below is maybe 10 percent of the number of games they had available.
I should have bought this one just for the nostalgia. This is one I had never heard of before. The box said “Easily the most exciting baseball game ever created” Yeah sure!
Looking for that lunch box you had when you were a kid? I’ll bet this guy had it for sale. This was just a small sampling of what was available.
I hadn’t seen one of this since I was poking around in the storage closet in my parent’s house. It’s a record made from cardboard. They did this during the material shortages of WWII.
Being in the South, there were a couple of vendors with Civil War stuff. Very expensive. A single bullet was $4.00. I did see a piece of history that would have been neat to own for a history buff like me. It is a real ticket to the Senate trial for the impeachment of President Andrew Johnson. It was in pristine condition, but $975 was way out of my price range!
That was the problem with most things in the entire mall – high prices. Once upon a time I thought about cladding something in old yardsticks like I had seen on Pinterest. You can find those around KC for $2-3. I came across a vendor here that had quite a few and asking $10-15. For a yardstick!
I net headed off to Staunton to visit the library and museum of President Woodrow Wilson. I have already been to ten of those across the country. I had circled this as a “must do” on this trip. Let me tell you that Staunton is a very picturesque city on the rolling foothills of the Shenandoah mountains. As such, the streets have lots of ups, downs, and curves which makes driving a bit of a challenge in the RV. Well I make it to the right location, but find there is absolutely no place to park the RV. The streets might have been wide when people ran around in buggies, but not for today’s traffic. Even if I had a car I would have had to park about a mile away in the only parking garage in the city.
With that disappointment, I headed towards where I was to meet Janet at the end of the day. On my way there I came across another antique mall in Stuart’s Draft.
Does anyone, but me, remember this game? I can’t recall what was so educational about it.
The cigarette ad states that “More doctors smoke Camels than any other cigarette” to give the impression that they must be safe. I wonder how they slept at night?
When I first started working in a grocery store I worked in the produce department. Back in those days all the potatoes came in 100 pound bulk bags and had to be bagged in 5 and 10 pound bags. I must have done hundreds of those bags while doing that job. If I had only known that 50 years later, one of those old burlap bags would be worth $75. I could be on easy street now had I kept them all.
It is always easier in our travels if we can spend the night at the trail head where Janet stopped. We are going to try that this evening. I hope the lack of parking lot lights don’t keep me awake.