Sunday, March 22, 2015

Fort Benning Revisited

On the way!  We thought this view was beautiful!
Warning:  Picture Overload!

We had a day full of sunshine, fun and thrifting yesterday.  We drove over to Columbus so Larry could look for some Army patches.  We stopped at Commando Military Supply and their Discount Surplus store next door, Ranger Joe's and Columbus Armory before heading over to Fort Benning, where we got on base using our ID cards from Robins.  I've never tried to get on another base before and it was so easy!  Have a blessed day!  Ha!  Fort Benning is a huge, beautiful base and we just drove around looking at everything.  That place has really changed since Larry was there for Engineer School in 1970!  Here are some pictures I took!


We went back over to Columbus to check out Front Porch of the South because their web site claims to be the south's largest antique mall.  It was large, true enough (130,000 square feet!), but it was full of junk.  I was so disappointed!  Most of the stuff was 80's and 90's stuff, not at all vintage or "antique".  I was mostly bummed at their lack of Pyrex.  We saw maybe 15 pieces total and my goal yesterday was to find a pattern I don't already have and preferably have never even seen before.  Most of the patterns we saw, you see everywhere and I already own a piece (or three!).  I FINALLY lucked up as we were about to leave.  We walked the entire mall in about two hours.  It's huge but there are a lot of empty spaces that are not being used.  

I found a white and blue Horizon 1 1/2 quart casserole...

...and a Federal Glass black and gold Starburst baking dish.

Both designs I'd never even seen before.  I also picked up a Pyrex yellow fridgie with lid...

...and a FireKing Meadow custard cup.  I think ramekins and little custard cups are my favorite!

I took a few pictures inside the mall.  I just loved this little life-size Simon!

 Come on, Crystal.  Make up your mind.  Are they brown or are they blue??

This little lady made me happy just looking at her.  She wasn't for sale, though. Good thing because I probably would have bought her and put her in my bathroom.

 Amazing old doctor's buggy!!  I immediately thought, "Doc Baker!"  :)  $2,350

Awesome! :)

This was my favorite thing I saw all day.  A copy of The Beatles Abbey Road cut into a peace sign.  Be still, my heart.  I was totally offended at first, thought what a sacrilege it was to cut up Abbey Road but when I saw the deep scratch all the way across, I calmed down.  That's cool.  Somebody gave it new life!  And then we brought it home and hung it on our wall.  :)

On the way home, we stopped in Box Springs to take a picture of this, an old Marion County fire truck holding up a flashing sign.  We just thought that was hilarious and an awesome way to reuse and repurpose!  As soon as I stepped out of the truck to take this picture, though, as soon as my foot touched the ground, I stepped on a snake!!!  I screamed and jumped back in the truck, slamming the door behind me and Larry's looking at me like I'd lost every bit of what little bitty mind I had left.  I said, "Snake!!  There's a snake!!" and he just laughed and laughed.  He leaned over to see but the snake was long gone by then.  I scared that little guy a whole lot more than he scared me!  Then Larry goes, "You gonna take the picture??"  I just love that man.  He keeps me laughing.

We stopped in Reynolds looking for ice cream and found yet another antique/junk store.  Now this one was slap full of treasures!  From a 1959 jukebox that still works (he played it for us!) to a vintage pink toy goldfish hanging on a hook near the bathroom, they had it all.  And the smell.  Oh, the smell.  Larry and I have grown to LOVE that old, vintage store smell.  Smells better than roses to us!  We bought a very old clear Pyrex bowl in there that dates to sometime between 1926-1948, an old iron clock, a groovy orange floral pedestal coffee mug, a cast iron trivet and, oh yeah, that goldfish. 

We saw some paragliders near Fort Valley that we stopped to watch. 

And a beat up old barn and truck that reminded me too much of Jeepers Creepers but Larry still made me get out and take pictures.

We had a wonderful day!!  The best part of it was just being together exploring the countryside.  We came a long, long way to get to this life and we sure are enjoying it!

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