Monday, November 7, 2011

Saturday Road Trip - Carter's Cottage & The Primitive Chic

Before going to the Kane County Flea Market on Saturday,  I traveled two hours to get to Carter's Cottage in Dekalb, Illinois.  I was on a mission to pick up some Annie Sloan Chalk Paint.  Many of you have been on the ASCP bandwagon for months; I haven't had a moment to try it out until now.  No one in Wisconsin sells the magical paint, hence my road trip.
Carter's Cottage is a delightful little shop featuring beautiful vignettes, many including pieces that have been painted with ASCP.  It was wonderful to see all the colors in person. 
 Pam was working on Saturday and was so helpful and informative.   Old White and Duck Egg Blue are the colors I chose to try first.  (The waxes are currently out of stock so I wasn't able to pick those up.)  Today I started my first little "test drive" of the paint.  You can watch my progress on my Facebook page.   
After leaving Carter's Cottage I stepped into a shop next door, The Primitive Chic.  True to it's name, it was filled with honest old prims.  
It's a multi-dealer shop and loaded with a nice variety. 
In one room, my attention was captured by a sweet old prairie dress. The dealer that it belongs to, Jane M., happened to be working on Saturday.  As we were discussing the dress, it dawned on me that it was displayed on an early dress form.  Jane was sweet enough to dismantle the display so that I could see "her".  

You've probably already guessed that I was captivated by it's charm. Jane quoted me a  very special price and I was able to bring her home. (Thanks Jane!)
 She's got the cutest shape, and is a nice complement to my other old gal.

Looks like they will be BFFs! 
If you ever get to Dekalb, don't miss an opportunity to visit Carter's Cottage and The Primitive Chic
I'm linking up with Linda at Coastal Charm for Nifty Thrifty Tuesday. Let's all go see what other great finds surfaced this weekend!


  1. The dress form is special and does look wonderful with the one you already had.

  2. I can see why you fell for it, will you use it for display or are you a dressmaker too?

  3. ok I am j.e.a.l.o.u.s!! you have 2 of these wonderful gals? you are a luck gal yourself!!
    sorry I missed seeing you at kane and thanks for mentioning us on your previous post. xo

  4. Hi there, sounds like you had a very interesting trip. I would love to have been with you. Thanks for sharing. I have recently found your blog and am now following you, and will visit often. Please stop by my blog and perhaps you would like to follow me also. Have a wonderful day. Hugs, Chris


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