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"And finally, above all else, it is about leaving a mark that I existed: I was here. I was hungry. I was defeated. I was happy. I was sad. I was in love. I was afraid. I was hopeful. I had an idea and I had a good purpose and that’s why I made works of art…" – Felix Gonzalez-Torres

Washington 2009 – Shopping (Well, sort of) December 24, 2009

Filed under: Life,Personal,Photography,Travel — Lulu @ 5:02 pm

(WARNING – Photo-heavy post.)

 

One of the cool things about being out in the country (and trust me, southeastern Washington is about as rural and country as you can get) is the shopping. There are all these really neat, unique places that you absolutely would not find in an urban setting.

 

On the way to the Grandma and Grandpa’s farm, we stopped at Thorp’s Fruit Stand and Antique Mall. This place started out as a little roadside fruit stand, and his been owned and operated by the Rowley family since 1944. The first floor sells fruit and produce, along with locally produced items such as jellies and pickled foods, baking mixes and bath product. The second and third floor lofts feature an antique mall filled to the brim with goodies. This beautifully restored old wagon hangs from the ceiling.

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These apple and apricot candies are locally produced by Liberty Orchards. So good!

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Lavender bath goodies.

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The first floor.

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Some of the antiques on display on the second floor.

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If it wasn’t for the fact that I didn’t think they would survive the 3,000-mile trip back to Florida, I would have loved to purchase some of these glass pieces.

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We didn’t spend too much time in there, because it was FREEE-zing!! But we definitely want to go there again.

 

The following day, Fanless, his mom and I headed to Tri-Cities (Tri-Cities is the area encompassing Pasco, Kennewick and Richland, WA). On the way, we stopped at this place his Uncle Tim told us about called Country Mercantile. They feature a lot of locally produced foods and crafts. We picked up some fresh salsa and chips, and a couple bags of Chukar Cherries.

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Browsing.

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At the far end of the parking lot, they have a huge field with a carousel. I would have loved to take better/closer pics, but we were in a bit of a hurry.

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After Country Mercantile, we went to a store in Pasco called Grigg’s. This place is nuts! It’s literally got a little of everything. We even saw camouflage pacifiers and sippy cups in the hunting section (yes, they have a hunting section)! How odd is it that they had these family favorite games in Spanish in Washington, but not in Miami?? I know, right?

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And of course, there’s always something for the little hunters here.

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After Grigg’s, we stopped at Uncle Tim’s house for a quick visit, then we headed out to Zip’s Drive-In for lunch, where we were joined by Fanless’ friend, Steve. (They’ve known each other since elementary school.) It was about 12 degrees out. Can you tell which one of them lives in Miami?

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Okay, that’s it for now. Peace out, yo!!

 

Oh, and have a very Merry Christmas!! Much love, peace and joy to all.

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