Let's Do A Little Window Shopping At The Barn

Thursday, April 7, 2016

Last week, Mr. Ramblings and I took off for a few days to Florida.

In retrospect, the timing probably wasn't the best,
as the traffic was insane on the interstate.
...so congested in some areas, we crept along at a snail's pace!
We attributed it to the ending of Spring Break and Easter Vacations.

But on the positive side, we got off of the Interstate several times,
and journeyed along some of the old roads, like 76 through North and South Carolina,
17 through Georgia, and 301 in Florida.

Traveling the old roads, was like traveling back in time.
We enjoyed the sights, such as in Darien, Ga... pictured above and below.
I regret that we didn't have more time to really explore
the neat little towns we rode through.

My favorite destination of the trip, was The Barn Antiques, in Lake Alfred, Florida.

I dropped my husband off at The Fantasy of Flight Museum in nearby Polk City,
and drove about 5 miles to The Barn, after googling antique shops.

As I pulled into the parking lot and saw The Barn was actually
 a small compound  made up of several interesting looking shops,
 I couldn't park and get out of the vehicle quickly enough!

The Barn Antiques opened in 1969, by Ednamay Wales, on the family ranch,
and is now in it's 6th decade of operation.

I didn't get a picture inside The Barn Antiques, but I was impressed with the
quality of items, and the prices were very reasonable.
And the space was so neat and clean!

The two gift shops on the property, were The Seasons...

...and The Stable!

Both shops were a delight!
The displays of merchandise and in-house floral arrangements
were beautiful, unique, charming, ...and fabulously over the top!

So let's do a little window shopping through the two shops.

The pictures are in random order, and come from both.

I did get a few things at each shop.
I shared them in Tuesday's post...
you can check it out {here}.

Even if you're unable to visit The Barn and the adjoining shops in person,
I hope you gained a little inspiration from the pictures.

I have one more section to share... The Back Yard Garden Shop.
...coming soon!  :)


Sharing Post At:
Chic on a Shoestring Decorating - Flaunt It Friday
McCall Manor - Your Inspired Design
24 Cottonwood Lane - Best of the Weekend
Julie's Lifestyle - Cooking and Crafting With J&J
StoneGable - The Scoop
DIY By Design - Swing Into Spring
Sadie Seasongoods - Talk of the Town
Life on Merlin - The Alder Collective
The Charm of Home - Home Sweet Home


  1. Lovely eye candy. Don't you just love riding and exploring other towns? We are going to do a lot of this this summer since no Europe travel,this year. I don't feel comfortable this year. Thanks for sharing. Hope you had a lovely time

  2. You find the coolest places to shop! I would have had to buy that yellow cage with the lemon ribbon on top!

  3. Rhonda, what a wonderful store to find wonderful items. My kind of place. It must have been such fun. Thanks for sharing on Your Inspired Designs Link Party #30.

  4. Hi nice to meet you....visiting from StoneGable. I was so happy to hear of a place I could actually get to.Turns out that the Barn is about two and a half hours from my Fla. location I think Ill do a day trip there this weekend. Thanks so much for sharing! Lisa@ Sweet Tea N' Salty Air

  5. Oh my goodness! What a fun place to visit. So much inspiration! I love the turquoise tablescape. Thank you for sharing this wonderful visit with us!

  6. Too bad I live in Texas :-( Fabulous spot and I see lots of things I would have wanted to bring home!

    Big Texas Hugs,
    Susan and Bentley

  7. Wow thanks for sharing this wonderful inspiration with us at Cooking and Crafting with J & J!
    We hope to see you again and enjoy the week. :)

  8. These are my kind of shops. Lovely things. Thanks for sharing.
    I'm tucking this location in the back of my mind if I get near there. Great tip for the hubby too. Mine is an aviator.

  9. Rhonda,
    The Barn was a delight to the eyes filled to the brim with gorgeous home decor, dear one! Thank you for inviting me to go window shopping with you!
    The sunny yellow decor combined with "bee" ware had me swooning!
    Such amazingly warm welcome with fabulous wreaths on the front doors!

  10. I would have gone crazy in those shops! Thanks so much for linking up at Best of the Weekend!

  11. Wow, I need to add this place to my bucket list, thanks for the tour!

  12. How fun! This looks like a neat place! We have a place similar in Ohio! :)

    Thanks for joining Cooking and Crafting with J & J!

  13. Wow! Gorgeous! Thanks for sharing at HSH!


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