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August 27, 2009

Country Market Antiquing

Have you been to the Jimtown Store?

The old Jimtown truck, the first thing
you see as you drive through Alexander Valley

Let's go on a petite tour, just in time

for the weekend!

Hmmm, what will you order?

Ooh, we'd better go inside, order and shop!

How about a cold Coke?

Don't you love the old sign and case?

Do you remember these?
My parents used to buy me
the chocolate cigarettes, fizzies and wax lips
and I used to get a stomach ache - wonder why?

I have very special memories of my dad
getting me this pink popcorn
(it never tasted good to me, but it was
very pretty)... still takes me back
to that safe place

Care to pick out a soda or water?

I think soda tastes better (and colder)
in bottles... just like the good old days

Let's take a look...
gourmet Jimtown olives
and look at the cheese

Okay, this is where we order...

I'm having the "Sonoma Picnic Sandwich"
(fig & chopped olives, goat cheese and prosciutto
on baguette ;)

My daughter's having the
(chopped olives and brie
on baguette)


Let's go get a seat, they'll bring
our order to the patio, where the grapes
hang high above the benches

There's my daughter and shopping partner
she's found the perfect spot

A close up of beautiful grapes...

The antique warehouse...

This was more fun than....?

Oui... You got it right ~
A Barrel of Monkeys!

Hope you enjoyed the tour
Don't forget a cookbook on the way out


Stop and smell the fleurs
Beautiful hollyhocks for sure!

But there's no place like home...

So off we go

Thanks for coming along,
hope you enjoyed the Jimtown Store
in Wine Country, California

Have a great weekend
Happiness to You!


C'est Moi, Julie Marie said...

Oooh Tracie, that was sooo much fun! I think I will have the Sonoma Picnic sandwich too and a Coke please! What a wonderful place... I miss all the things from my childhood...maybe that's why sometimes I think I am ten years old again and do some of the things I do! Do you remember those yummy coconut watermelon slice candies? I have searched high and low for those! Sounds like you had such a fun time! Bisous... Julie Marie

C'est Moi, Julie Marie said...

P.S. Doggie kisses Zeke! Kitty kisses Buttercup and Giles!... Julie Marie

Primitiques 'n Poetry said...

How much fun was that? Wax lips. Ahhh...I have just gone back to my own safe childhood. Love it! ~Mindy

Sandi said...

I felt like I was right there with you enjoying the day. What a neat place. I remember those wax lips too. Fun memories of times gone by. Thanks so much for sharing Tracie!

Draffin Bears said...

Thank you Tracie for taking us along on your day out.
I enjoyed my time and it all looked like fun.
I laughed when you said you had a tummy ache with too many lollies.
thanks for sharing.

Enjoy your weekend


Very nostalgic Tracie! Thanks for sharing this fun post. I always liked the wax lips.


June said...

Boy Tracie, you took me way back. Did we have the same parents? Mine bought me fizzies, candy cigarettes, and wax lips. No kidding. My favorites. This place is so cool. I wish that my children could have had this same kind shopping experience growing up. Jimtown is so much fun. I think I'll come back to this post again and again just to 'remember'.
Did we have a great childhood or what?

alicew said...

Such a fun trip! I thoroughly enjoyed myself ;) Hope your meals were delicious!

Alice W. said...

Just saw your plates on Fifi's blog! Hope they make it into a later issue...super cute!

Ana~A Petite Cottage said...

Hi Tracie,
Thank you for the tour. Sounds like you had a great time. Bet those sandwiches and soda were goooood! Thanks for sharing. Have a wonderful Sunday!


La Table De Nana said...

I love trips like this..It reminds me of a place in Vermont!Troy Vermont I think.. So similar! Uncanny..Looks like a great day Tracie~

Wax lips:) We had wax instruments too I think like a pan flute or something..And hosts~

*The Beautiful Life* said...

You do a wonder job as a tour guide! How nice to have such a fun, unique place to visit!

Have a great weekend!!


Rue said...

Oh my Tracie! I'll have what you ordered!! What a wonderful place :)

I remember candy cigarettes! My friend used to blow out the powder on them so it would look like she was smoking LOL

Have a wonderful weekend :)


Shabbyfufu said...

I definitely recall those treats Tracie...probably what lead to all of my cavities (ya think?). Did you get some wax lips for Halloween? You live in a beautiful area with those mountains looming in the background. Happy Weekend~xo~Janet

time-worn interiors said...

Those sandwiches sound yummy! My mouth is watering!

Claudia said...

Hi Tracie! Thank you for all your sweet and supportive comments on the stray kitty. I miss her!

I've always wanted to go to the Jimtown store. I've read about it several times. What fun! Thanks for taking us along.

dana said...

What have you been up to besides going to great spots like this? I miss you!!! :)

Your girl looks so sweet on the chair. I fondly recall the days when my girl and I were "shopping partners"....enjoy every minute.

Have a fun weekend. Dana

Jackie said...

I LOVE's one of my favorite places and I always get the "Jimtown" sandwich. My husband and I love taking the drive up there every once in a while - thanks for the tour - now I need to go again!!

mommyof3 said...

OMG Jimtown is the best. My favorite is the Brie and Olive heated. The brie gets all melty and the bread is warm . It makes my mouth water just thinking about it. I may have to go and get one. Idon't live to ar. only 20 minutes!!! lUcky me!

Karen Valentine said...

Hi Tracie! What a fun place to spend the afternoon. My husband and I passed through wine country on our vacation. It was just lovely. That old truck in the first picture is fab. As soon as we can, my DH and I (yes, I'll have to help) are going to get an old Chevy truck and fix it up for me! I can't wait.

My Desert Cottage

Brocante Prulletjes said...

can I have a watermelongazpacho please ? and a cookbook ;-)

Jimtown Store said...

Just stumbled upon your post about Jimtown Store. Thanks for all the great things! I have linked your post to our Facebook Page here:

Pam Aries said...

Merci for a fun tour ..and now my mouth is watering! Watermelon gazpacho sounds yummo !

Cottage Rose said...

Hey Tracie; I really enjoyed the tour... what a great market,, love the seating area with the grape arbor. Thank you for the tour,, it was fun and loved all the photos..

Have a great weekend..


Dena said...

Oh that was fun! I could stay there all day :)


Roberta said...

Only in California! I do miss it when I read your posts Tracie. Pink popcorn? yikes, that was my favorite!
Have a wonderful weekend ~
xo Roberta

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

Tracie darling! You live in one of the most beautiful places in the country! I love stores like this! We have them sprinkled here and there here in Minnesota and they are so charming. You are making me want to pack an end of the summer lunch today of goat cheese whatever!!! How are you? Come on over and catch the third act of my play when you can. Bring Zeke because there is a dog as the star of the show! Blessings, Anita

The Little Teochew said...

Thanks for the lovely tour, Tracie! I am fascinated with all your beautiful finds and truly, I agree with you re: those pink popcorn. Sometimes, I just want form over function :)

Carole~Maynard Greenhouse said...

Love the truck!!! Wish there were more places like that...for us baby boomers to enjoy. I have to tell you I've never seen pink popcorn but I think I'd have eaten just because it was pink too!
Enjoyed my virtual daytrip!

Suzy said...

Hi Tracie,
I almost forgot how much fun I am having when I visit you blog. Your trips are as usually so great and vivid that I feel being there right now.
Thanks for thinking of me, it means a lot to me. Life for Nikola and me is actually great, lot of things happened - positive ones. The only thing is that I am not posting it because I am not sure should I delete my blog or not.
My inspiration of writing was gone and it was taking lot of my time to write anything.
But now that I am here reading your small sweet adventures I realize I miss you, and actually being here.
So once again thank you for thinking of me and not giving up on me whan I already did. You are a true friend Tracie!

Suzy :)

Judy said...

That was so much fun, I felt like I was there with you. I hope you ordered me one of those sandwiches too! And a Soda please!

Brenda said...

Tracie, I remember those "wax lips" from childhood. Horrid things they were, but oh, how us kids loved them! I am enchanted by those grapes just overhead. And how about those bright red benches? I'd take one for my yard!

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Tutti Chic said...

tracie~Thanks for taking us along!!! you had me at the penny candy spot!!LOL!!! What a fun post! xo chris

pamperedgirl38 said...

What a wonderful place to tour! Makes me miss CA! I especially love the wine country! Sonoma,Napa such lovely places.Thanks for the tour. Never heard of pink popcorn? Traci

Andrea - Faded Plains said...

What a great place to visit...and your sandwiches sound sooo good...I love sandwiches.

BellaColle' said...

ooh! looks like it was tons'o fun! I remember the waxed lips!! ooh and the cola waxed bottles... I just love eclectic stores like that! thanks so much for sharing it!!

Andrea said...

what a sweet little shop, love the dime store candies.

Jacque said...

Hi Tracie...thanks for taking me to Jimtown...being from East TN, I have never seen the place, but it does take me down memory lane a bit! The pics are so great!

Sorry, I have gotten behind on reading, I got involved in that Rooster Party, and with 204 participants and DIAL-UP internet, well I've finally just given up on visiting with them all!!

Thanks for sharing, loved it!

paperbird said...

Looks like a wonderful place. I never thought the pink popcorn tasted very good -but still I always bought it- the color made it look so yummy and I loved the fizzies

Fifi Flowers said...

Oooooh la la FAB place!!! Looks like a FUN adventure!

{ L } said...

This store looks like such a treat! I would love to "pop" on over there!

PinkBalloons&Macaroons said...

lovely post!!what a great tour! I hope you have a fabulous night!! huge hugs!! Britt :-)

Everlasting Blooms said...

I love the truck! My dream is to have a vintage green one for our flowershop! Great blog , good to find you!