Thursday, September 26, 2013

The World At My Doorstep

I love working in my gallery!!!  Day after day I meet the most interesting and nice people...from all over the world.  Today a couple from New Zealand, Warren and Monica, came into the gallery (my little downtown magnet, this sweet gallery).  Seems they sold their house in NZ and bought a 57 ft. yacht in Houston.  After 3 months of "fixing up" their new floating home, they are headed down to Florida and then wherever else their fancy takes them.  Lafayette was their first stop (well, really Delcambre is where they docked).  And, as if that wasn't cool enough, another customer visiting from Baltimore invited the New Zealanders to dock at her home when they decide to head up the eastern seaboard.  There was this sudden flurry of exchanging addresses, emails and phone numbers.  I made sure I got the link to Warren and Monica's blog...  Yup, just another day in the office.



Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Ms Hamana Goes To Washington

Sunday afternoon I traveled to Washington, Louisiana for some really cool antiquing.  Washington has been on my bucket list of places to see since I moved to Lafayette two years ago.  This sweet little town, founded in 1720 as a French trading post, is the third oldest settlement in Louisiana.  Eighty percent of the structures in Washington have been identified as being of historic or architectural significance.  So you can imagine what a treat it was just to drive around it.  However, our main destination was The Old Schoolhouse Antique Mall.  Housed in the old high school, this mall boasts 40,000 square feet of shopping.  Wandering through the gymnasium, library and old classrooms, so reminiscent of my high school, was really half the fun.  After hours of shopping, we topped off our day with lunch in their cafe...tuna melt followed up with "to die for" homemade banana pudding.

Welcome to The Old Schoolhouse Antique Mall!

This nice big old gym housed a lot of goodies.

My friend Tammy found a lovely magnolia needlepoint.

I found this "Far Out" set of 70's vintage Samsonite luggage.