This weekend the boys who run the Long Island antique store came up to visit some places I’d been scouting. They said they wanted to start around 9 so of course I had them en route to meet me at store that didn’t open until 10. Luckily instead of just sending them the address I sent them website so the problem solved itself. We made a quick stop in Plainville to Flea Market at the Crossing which thankfully opened at 9 and I surprised them with blueberry muffins from Harvest Bakery. I’ve driven past the Crossing for the last twenty years of my life and had no idea what a hidden gem it was.
After almost two hours at a store we never intended to stop in we realized we still had a lot of ground to cover and headed over to downtown Collinsville to Antiques on the Farmington. I knew they would love the quaint New England charm and the antique building, but didn’t realize exactly how much. After wandering the store and seeing an open stall we began to wonder exactly how much it would be to rent space here. The answer is surprisingly affordable and we are now strongly considering setting up shop here!
I could get used to walking these floors on a more regular basis.
We stopped for lunch at LaSalle Market. Another place I’ve sadly passed by for too long without going in. I felt like I stepped back into a really cool, quirky coffee house in the 90’s. Open Mic/stage area, local art on the walls, and old kitchen tables scattered throughout this place really created a fun atmosphere. I want to come and sit here everyday and be a regular. I’ve always wanted to find a place that isn’t Starbucks to sit in and read while drinking coffee (or beer…they had great craft beer taps as well) and meeting the locals.
After lunch we stopped by Collinsville Antiques of New Hartford. The store is in New Hartford which is the town next to Collinsville. I’m still a little confused by the name. This store was overwhelming but so much fun to look around. We found some great treasures and had to make ourselves leave.
We finally stopped by Wright’s Barn which I wrote about a few weeks ago. They had a large selection of neon beer signs so the boys were in heaven. They negotiate well and walked out with a quite a few signs. Not surprisingly those sell well with the man crowd on Long Island. Everyone has a man cave.
Sunday was remarkably nice for a February day. It was about 55 degrees out so I tried to head out early to beat the crowds to the Collinsville walking trail. The trail passes by ponds, downtown, old manufacturing buildings, and the Farmington River.
At the end of the walk I spotted some springtime popping through. Too bad we have some more snow on the way this week. Ugh, oh well. Did anyone else take advantage of the beautiful weather this weekend?