Every so often my mom calls me and asks when I have a day without plans during the week so that she can take the kids for a few hours. I am eternally grateful for these bits of time that I can do things in quiet. Last week, I dropped them off after Mia had preschool and they stayed through nap until dinnertime – it was glorious. My mom made me promise not to do my old standby of heading directly for Salvation Army and to do something a bit more substantial instead, so I started thinking of things I might like to do. A movie? Lunch alone? Shopping for some clothes for myself that I legitimately need? I even considered driving over an hour each way to go grocery shopping at Trader Joe’s.
Instead, I settled to start with a trip downtown to check out some antique stores that I always pass but never enter because of the littles that are usually in tow. Best. decision. ever.
I wound up spending the entire afternoon slowly meandering with myself and a camera in just a handful of stores that were packed so full of loveliness that I felt giddy at so much goodness on such a lovely day. I followed it with a crepe across the street and a Nutella hot chocolate and a good book.
*All photos in this post, with the exception of the last three, were taken at Building Character. If you live locally and you haven’t visited them yet, you need to run there – don’t walk! There is so much goodness in that space that I could have stayed for hours – art, antiques, clothing and jewelry shops; tons of salvaged architectural pieces. Incredible.