August 24, 2012

After lunch and taking in a few harness races at the fair, we drove up to Tuscola to see a new store called Vintage Karma.  Ainslie and Laura, the owners, were so welcoming and friendly.  They have a great thing going there on Sale Street.

The shop features work by several artists and includes jewelry, textiles, paintings, and sculpture.  The one thing each piece has in common is that it (re)uses something from the past.  The result is an eclectic selection of items.

They also carry a great selection of vintage sodas!

The shop also hosts weekly craft nights were anyone can come in to work on projects with fellow artists.  And though I am not “inked” myself, I couldn’t help but be impressed by the work being done by Ainslie in her upstairs tattoo parlor.  I left with a few lovely items myself, and I think, some new friends.  It’s so great to know that places like this exist.

We took a turn around downtown Tuscola and went in to the Candy Kitchen, which has been there since 1901.

On the drive back to Cumberland County, we took a detour through Arcola to see the Walldogs murals.

We then headed back to the fairgrounds for the truck and tractor pull — and to take more photos of the rides.

The Miss Cumberland Country Fair Queen opens the tractor pull.

I love how surreal these rides look by night…

Moon over the fairgrounds

One thought on “DAY SIX of RURAL ILLINOIS 2012”

  1. What wonderful photos you take! Thanks for featuring some photos of my jewelry at Vintage Karma! Have a great journey. I have shared your blog on my FB page!

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