We’ve all heard the old saying that one man’s trash is another man’s treasure, and that is never more true than at an antique show. It’s always interesting to see the things that our parents and grandparents used up and wore out now becoming collectible. And there’s no better place to see an amazing collection of such things than at the big Renninger’s Antique Extravaganza, which is held three times a year in Mount Dora, Florida. Vendors from all over the country come to the show to offer everything from antique rocking chairs, and milk churns to old farming implements, any kind of tool you could ever imagine, rocks and geodes, metal signs, and more. Antique collectors and people looking for a fun day out come from far and wide to see what they have on display.
This show is huge, and you can’t see it all in a day. It’s just impossible. But yesterday, Terry and I, and our friends Jesse and Jennifer, did our best to see as much as we could. It was a beautiful day, not too hot, and with a pretty blue sky overhead. We wandered around through row after row of vendors, looking for treasures. Does anybody need a vintage copper wash tub to clean up after your holiday dinner?
Besides highway and street signs, there are all kinds of signs from businesses from long ago on display.
There was a lot of antique furniture as well as some custom stuff like this beautifully carved chair. I didn’t sit in it, but I bet it was comfortable.
All four of us found something we just had to bring home, ranging from Carnival glassware for Jennifer to an old stop sign for me, Terry bought a silverplate cruet set, and Jesse found a beautiful wooden burl that he will use for one of his woodworking projects.
By the time we were just too worn out to see any more my back was killing me, but it was worth it to have such a fun day out with our friends. Back in New Smyrna Beach, we went to Uncle Chicken’s for dinner, then later in the evening, after I napped in my recliner for a while, we had some of Terry’s delicious homemade apple crisp. The perfect way to end a perfect day.
And finally, here’s a chuckle to start your day from the collection of funny signs we see in our travels and that our readers share with us.
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Thought For The Day – The difference between who you are and who you want to be is what you do.