I needed a day away with a friend so badly! After being sick all last week and trying to play catch up I was jumping for joy when my friend Sue called and said she could take the day and go bumming! We love spending a day in a town about a half hour drive north of here called Spooner, WI. There are about five shops in that area filled with treasures but one in particular I will tell you is fantastic! I am going to take you on a tour of Prock's Crocks and Antiques in a minute and introduce you to Bill Prock the shops owner. But first lets stop at a quaint little coffee shop for a grilled chicken and pesto paninni sandwhich and caramel latte'coffee.
The coffee shop is called the Alley Cat and has the neatest artist painted sign on the wall!
Sue never wants her photo taken but when you travel with a friend who has a blog you know sooner or later you're going to end up on there! She's a cutie and I feel bad the photo is of poor quality. Shooting with a window behind a person without using a flash is always a bad idea! ( our lunch was delish btw and the chips were awesome like home made).
Soon we were at our destination and caught Bill the owner outside in front of the old brick school house that houses the shop. It is a huge shop and Bill is in the process of building another building along side the school to house his ever growing inventory of top of the line antiques. Let's go in and take a look!
Winnebago baskets of all sizes and beautiful!! How about a few of these for your wool worm storage!!
This is the most unusual old metal pantry I've ever seen. I Didn't ask Bill the story behind it but I bet there is a good one!
Neat little model log cabin..... look at the old detailed little door....
This piece caught our attention immediately!! What an awesome old advertising lantern! Those are the original old glass panels that are hand painted with advertising and light up when the lantern is on! The red metal is original paint also. I want!!!!
Just a smidgeon of the blue and white enamel ware in the shop.
FABULOUS old Burl bowl with repair dated 1768....
Loved this old chest with eight drawers.....
more crocks and an old flying geese quilt caught my eye.....
take a closer look....mmmmm fabrics to drool over.....
This little early herb or candle drying rack with original pumpkin paint really caught my eye...think it was priced at 195.00 ( not bad I didn't think)
.... had to go back and take another look at that quilt..... loved the blue calico backing.... 795.00
Another adorable small probably walnut chest of drawers.
Early bowls with original paint.
My BIG purchase today..... a tiny basket. It was under 10 dollars and I thought it would work in a craft project down the road. I had to pretty much window shop today as the budget is pretty tight these days. So hard when you see so many wonderful treasures.
So here is Bill Prock the man behind the counter and the guy who makes it all happen at Prock's Crocks and Antiques! He's married to a sweetheart of a gal named Joyce who had the day off today! Bill is known through out the nation for his knowledge of stoneware and has some of the rarest and finest antiques you will ever find anywhere! Please check his website www.prockscrocksantiquestoneware.com and you will see what I mean!
It is really great to have a shop of this caliber in our neck of the woods! Bill and Joyce are long time friends of ours and will treat you right should you ever decide to come visit. Feel free to give Bill a call at 715-635-3655 if you saw something in the photos you love! I believe he ships items upon request.
Hope you enjoyed coming along with Sue and I today!