Shopping, Shoes and Shows

What a week! I spent five days in St. Louis, and am just now getting organized at home. Steve and I left last Wednesday morning at 6:30 a.m. so he could attend a two-day training seminar and I could shop. Then on Friday, we set up for the Best of Missouri Market show at the MO Botanical Gardens which was Saturday and Sunday. I loved having some extra time to play in the big city, but I’m really glad to be home.

A lot happened while I was in St. Louis, more than I can write about, so I figured I’d condense it to a few of the highlights. I got my Gap shopping out of my system by shopping at, not one, but two Gap stores. Luckily, they had an additional 25% off all sale merchandise so I scored some $7 t-shirts and a $15 pair of pants. Cool! I also visited my favorite STL antique store, TFA Antiques, where I ooo’d and ahhh’d over all the cool pieces from the 50s, 60s and 70s. Alas, I didn’t make any purchases but that’s just an excuse to return.

Friday night at Sally’s was a blast! For some strange reason, her kitchen table seems to create a party whenever a group is gathered and Friday night was no exception. Never mind that Steve and I had to get up at 4:30 a.m. on Saturday, we still managed to have a few drinks, enjoy some stuffed burgers and a lot of cheese, and laugh until our sides hurt. It’s so wonderful to reconnect with my godmother. No wonder my mom has been close friends with her since grade school, she’s a riot!

Spending time with Suzanne was also great. We loved seeing her new house and hanging out with her and Herman. It was also good to see our second favorite Siamese cat, Nigel, who’s recovering from a terrible illness. He’s back to his old self and looking wonderful. Suz was a great help at the booth by bringing us lunch, talking up my wares, taking me out in the afternoon and “forcing” me to drink beer, and helping us tear down. Thanks again!

The show was good, but sales were down. Fortunately, we had terrific weather and the Missouri Botanical Gardens were lovely. They had moved the food vendors to a new area so I was able to see more of the gardens than I had in the past. I’d like to return in the spring when the gardens are blooming and really tour the grounds. What a great place.

As for the shoes part of my title, all I can say is that I wouldn’t be me if I didn’t purchase a pair of shoes on a trip. This time I bought a pair of high-top Converse sneakers printed with a DC Comics 75th Anniversary tribute to Superman. Of course, I never read comics as a child, but these are really cool and I love them. And I love Nordstrom. They had just marked down a pair of boots I’d been looking at for a couple of months so, naturally, I had to purchase them. Since the car was getting full, they offered to ship them to me for free. I love Nordstrom. Have I said that? Well, it bears repeating. Even Steve got in on the shoe shopping and found a pair of brown boots he’d been wanting for a couple of years.

It was all fun, but work is calling so I need to go. I promise another edition of my 70s catalog this Friday so stay tuned!

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