Thursday, September 15, 2011

NO PLACE TO SIT BUT A GREAT SCOOP OF CHILI

Wednesday, September 14 – We were off to visit Elkhart today. We had one goal…find Paul a chair!!! We had a list of several places to visit courtesy of the campground and our friends, Connie and Kenny.

OH NO…Marsha spotted another one of those Elks.

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After spending most of the day looking for chairs, we decided to just do a bit of sightseeing. We stopped at the Old Bag Factory.

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Goshen's historic Old Bag Factory, built in 1896, is now home to producing artists, antiques, specialty shops and caf├ęs.

Since 1984, this century-old setting has provided a strong foundation for today's artists and shopkeepers. Here the old and the new blend together to preserve the best of the past and all the best of the present.

We enjoyed walking around the old building. There are many business that are just now moving in.

After all this work, we were starved. We follow Paul and Margery of Living Our Dream, who recommended eating at South Side Soda Shop in Goshen. It was featured on Diners, Drive-ins and Dives. 

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Built in the early 1900s the building was originally opened as a grocery store in 1910. In the 1940s the original Bastian Blessings soda fountain was installed where it still remains, serving sodas, shakes, malts, and floats.

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The South Side Soda Shop continues the tradition of a fifties diner, offering home cooked recipes with a friendly face.

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They are known for the Chili and Philly Cheese Steak sandwich, so we had an order of each. YUMMMMMY!

There Chili comes in a soda glass…homemade noodles on the bottom, chili, toped with onions, cheese and sour cream.
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The staff was so friendly. When you are in the area, stop by and have a delicious meal.

After a very cool day, we were treated to a dynamite evening sky.
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Oh by the way….ZERO on finding Paul a chair. As they say, "There is always tomorrow."

Thanks for stopping by. Hope to see ya'll back real soon. Have a great day!

MIDWEST'S LARGEST FLEA MARKET

Tuesday, September 13 – We walked around the Shipshewana Flea Market today. That is one HUGE flea market! It took us nearly four hours to walk most of the aisles.

Our first stop. Got to set priorities!
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There were quilts galore. Each more beautiful than the last.
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The Amish and Mennonite make the most beautiful furniture.3-wood-furniture

Now this has to be the most unusual weather vane we have ever seen. Be sure to read the sign attached to the vane.
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This was Marsha's favorite items of all those at the Flea Market. You remember her fetish with pigs from the Fair. She thought these were just daring.
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We picked up some note pads, bungee cords, plastic storage bags, and a bag of apples. All at very good prices.

The produce was great! Here is where we got our delicious apples.
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We then took a ride around Shipshewana. We stopped and walked the main area. What gorgeous flower beds. Marsha had a ton of camera moments. She didn't know where to shoot first.

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While driving in this area, this is a very common sight.

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This gal was waving to us as she got closer. She was such a happy gal!
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We visited several RV Surplus stores without finding the chairs we were searching for. That was disappointing. We had heard this area was a mecca for RV'ers searching for furniture and surplus parts. It's the main reason for us heading this way. We did find some nice chairs at Lambright Comfort Chairs. They are Amish built in the shop in Shipshewana, but we felt they were a little too expensive. We have several other places to stop at before giving up on our search. We'll keep looking!

Thanks for stopping by. Hope to see ya'll back real soon. Have a great day!