Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Utica Outdoor Antique Market

Last Saturday [7/13] was a picture perfect day, so I got in my car and headed ten miles north of where I live to attend an outdoor antique market.  The market is held three times a year, rain or shine.  I missed May's market because it was the same day as the Ladies' Spring Tea at church, so I was glad nothing was on the agenda to hinder attending July's market.

It doesn't look like many people were in attendance, but there were plenty.   I asked almost every vendor if they had any J.L. Hudson items, and a few did.  

Below is what I purchased:  An advertising stand from Michigan's historic J.L. Hudson's Department Store.  It's conceivable that it could have been used to advertise specials in one of Hudson's food service areas - restaurants, snack bar, candy counter, bakery, etc.

The scarf would have been an appropriate clothing accessory for dining at Hudson's.  It still has the original price tag of $1.29 attached to it.  [I paid $3.00]

And lastly, two bouillon spoons.  They're not from Hudson's, but one was from Detroit's Leland Hotel and the other is simply backstamped Vernon Silverplate.  I collect bouillon spoons for soup at tea-time, so these were a bargain at two for $3.00.  

The spoon on the left is from the Lealand Hotel which was built in 1927.  The 22-story building is still open for business.

It was a fun way to spend an afternoon.

I'm looking forward to returning to their last sale of the year in September.  


  1. What fun finds! I especially love how you asked about the Hudson's memorabilia, knowing your interest in that topic. LOVE the bouillon spoons -- and yes, vintage ones are a real find, especially at that price!

  2. Isn't it fun to attend a fair such as this with a goal in mind. How exciting to find small treasures such as you found.

  3. What a fun time you must have had! I don't think I have any bouillon spoons. What a neat thing to collect! Wonder if you saw any transferware?


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