No, I haven't been flocking and spray painting for the last week. Actually, I've been time traveling -- to the past and future.
I took my oldest daughter -- the high school senior -- on another college visit to western New York, to SUNY Fredonia. So that's the future part, although I know that the future will be here before I know it and way before I'm really ready for it.
As for the past, along the way, we drove through East Aurora, which is just south of Buffalo, and we were quite charmed by its Stars Hollow-ness. You know, that cute little town in "Gilmore Girls."
On one side of Main Street (also Route 20A) was Vidler's 5 & 10, which has been around since 1930 and hasn't changed much since. I remembered reading about in Martha Stewart Living and being the Woolworth's fanatic that I am, of course I had to stop.
Vidler's is four connected buildings that hold all sorts of treasures: candy, soaps, candles, party favors, toys, cooking supplies and on and on. There's even a vintage popcorn machine that dispenses little bags of popcorn. And, least I forget, a huge craft section on the first floor.
And what did I buy? Well, I could have bought most of the store but there wasn't time for that. I limited myself to some orange chenille bump and a quilt square that I'll use in a project that I'm working on. But more about that later.
Across the street from Vidler's is the Aurora, a restored 1925 movie theater. Did I mention that my love of old movie theaters is right up with with my love of old 5 & 10s?
So, there I was, in just the sort of town that I didn't think existed anymore -- 5 & 10 on one side of the street and old movie theater on the other. No wonder I was seeing stars.