Thursday, May 9, 2013

Where Have I Been - A Guessing Game!

I thought I would have fun this week with a guessing game, about where I have been. Do any of you recognize this man and his puppet, Madame?  He shares a middle name with the place that I visited and he grew up just a few miles away.

Have you seen this movie that premiered in 1980?  Many of the scenes were shot in this little town.

Have you ever heard of the Artrain?  It stopped in this town in 1974.  It was quite a "happening" at the time.  I was there.

O.K., enough guessing! This is the tiny town of Parrott, which is located in Terrell County in Southwest Georgia . My sister and I recently attended her class reunion in one of our home towns nearby and we spent a fabulous day in Parrott, which has become quite a mecca for antique shopping.

One of my favorite places to shop is Maridean's Marketplace.  Until recently, it was owned by friends of mine.

Julian Grantham is the new proprietor and is a very interesting person.  He used to be a teacher and a coach, but seems to be devoted to antiques now.  He wanted me to tell everyone to stop by and shop at Maridean's and, believe me, it is worth the trip. I am going to tempt you with a few of the fabulous things that I found in the shop, which is really more like an antique mall.

This was one of the displays in the first booth that I saw - so bright and airy!  Not at all what one would expect in an antique store.  I love the color of those green jars!

 I fell madly in love with these gorgeous chairs, but sadly they would not fit into my car! Such pretty blue and white toile on the seats!

There is something new around every corner - which one of these chandeliers do you prefer?  I really like the first one, but I think I could find a places for both of them!

Julian asked me to include a photograph of this bench - look at the beautiful carved leg! What a fabulous addition this will make in someone's home! I was already mentally picking out a new fabric for the seat, when I came to my senses and realized that I had no room for it - in my car or my house!!

If furniture is not your "thing", Maridean's is full of china.  This booth displayed some charming pieces decorated with roses.

So many pretties - so little time! It is a really good idea to to walk around the shop more than once, but even then, you would not see everything.

There are lovely flower arrangements, fine art and many surprises, along the way!

One of the surprises was a print of the church in which I was married. I had never seen this one previously.  Sorry the photograph is not better.

If your taste is more rustic, Maridean's has that, too.  How about this sweet vignette???

The next pieces were among my favorite things:

The beautiful bird china, the Scottish Highlander and, of course, the silver!!  Another of the happy surprises was that I ran into Rachel Weitnauer in Maridean's and most of the silver belonged to her.  I wrote about Rachel in my post about Scott's Antique Market.  You can read about how Rachel and I first met HERE.

Many thanks to Julian for allowing me to shoot his wonderful store.  If you are ever "down south" and want a special side trip, Parrott is it!

I will leave you with a few more photos of the other businesses in Parrott.

One of the other antique shops.  I found some treasures there!

Rick's Bar-B-Que - a great place for lunch. They have some of the best Brunswick stew, I have ever eaten!

The Planters Bank Gallery, which is housed in the old bank in town. This gallery is owned by portrait artist, June Blackstock Pierce. Her gallery is open by appointment only, but you can peek inside and see some of the incredible portraits that she has painted.

Bond Anderson's Sound Play Workshop.  You really must read all about this concept HERE. I met Bond a million years ago, when I lived in Milledgeville, GA and he was an artist-in-residence at a college there. He is a very talented musician!

Well, those are the highlights of Parrott, but there are many more things to see there. I hope you will get off the "beaten path" and visit one day.

Oh, I almost forgot the last photo.  Since I was in the area for my sister's class reunion, I thought I would leave you with a picture of her enjoying it!  Thanks for hanging with me for this very long post!!


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  1. I love it Diane....everyone should visit Parrott at least once..enjoyed your tour..
    Love, Mona

  2. Fun post! I'd love to shop that antique store. I wanted almost everything you showed from that store. Looks like a fun day. laurie

  3. Beautiful Diane! What a store, I'm amazed at all the things I'm loving here! I too love the pretty chairs. Have a blessed Mom's Day.

  4. What a great store. And, you were with your sister. My sister still travels- too much - for work and I hardly see her despite the fact that we are less than 2 hours away.

    I live on Brunswick Lane. You must tell me more about Brunswick Stew.

  5. Thanks for the tour! Wish I could have been there, know I would have found many things to bring home!

  6. Love the reunion picture. How happy they look. What a darling town and that is a great shop! Thank you for taking us along. xo marlis

  7. I love the state of Georgia! It has so many wonderful sights to see and such nice hospitality. Maridean's looks like a fabulous store to visit --I would be lost for hours browsing everything it has there!

  8. How I love wandering through antique shops! Looks like you had a spectacular time. Love the last shot.

    Happy to have you at "Oh, the PLACES I've been!"

    - The Tablescape

  9. The picture of your sister is THE BEST!!! I LOVE IT!! I also truly enjoyed all the beautiful things at Maridean's, especially because they're displayed so well! This is my kind of shop, Diane! I can see why you enjoyed it so much. ~Zuni

  10. Thanks so much for stopping by Diane, loved the tour of Parrot and the antique shop!


  11. So many great treasures! Thanks for sharing! Life to the full! Melissa

  12. Your post is a fun armchair travel experience. I'm glad you visited my blog so that I found my way to you.

  13. Ok, I agree, I would want it all. Great store and so much fun. Thanks tons for joining Inspire Me. Hugs, Marty

  14. Hello Maam Diane,
    Absolutely lots to bring home and I am drooling with those chairs too. They looks so pretty with the toile.

    Happy Tuesday.
    /CC girl

  15. I wish I could go visit that store! Lots of pretties and I'm sure if I were rich, I get a bunch of stuff.
    Be a sweetie,

  16. Your sister looks like she is having a blast on her reunion. What a fun picture! I love visiting old town, Diane. I would have love to browsw through all those shops....Christine