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A Little Saturday Junking on Trent

Our list of Saturday errands took us out to Big R in Spokane Valley. Always the opportunist, I took advantage of the fact that we were in the neighborhood to make a quick stop at three side-by-side shops on Trent.

    I peeked into All That Glitter first and talked to Holly Baublitz and Becky Ellis. I love the architectural elements that define the interior. A vintage greenhouse frame and a wonderfully shabby gazebo carve what would be a wide-open room into a space with lots of interesting nooks and crannies. It’s not all girly glitter, though. Holly told me they’re doing more with industrial and salvage pieces, as well. (Look for new merchandise scored at a barn sale this morning.)

    From there I moved on to The Mad Cow next door. I missed The Mad Cow’s grand opening recently but got a chance to meet Heidi Tobler and her daughter Hannah when I stopped in today.  Each room is full of wonderful shabby finds and I loved the creative touches in every corner. Can't wait to go back.

    The last stop was This Old House & New. I’ve been in This Old House plenty of times but I found it particularly hard to walk away from several sweet chairs recovered in vintage fabrics. I’ve been treasure hunting for a long time and have always had a fondness for orphaned chairs (among other things.) I poked around in Jennifer Walker’s Unexpected Necessities space. As always, she’s filled it with cotton-candy pink and white vintage goodness.

    So, pardon me if I give myself a pat on the back. I got the Saturday errands done and managed to snag a little junking time for myself.

    Hope your day was just as much fun!


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Cheryl-Anne Millsap writes for The Spokesman-Review. Her essays can be heard on Spokane Public Radio and on public radio stations across the country. She is the author of “Home Planet: A Life in Four Seasons” and can be reached at catmillsap@gmail.com