My dear mother and I had a wonderful day away! I chose just the right place for us to spend most of our day together. It was such a wonderful place - as I had been told - and I will return again. Soon. We went to Monticello Antique Marketplace in Southeast Portland - a place where we could have a relaxing day away together. We shopped until our tummies said it was time to stop for lunch. We didn't have to leave the building - lunch is available in the upper loft area at Monti's Cafe. The menu is filled with such wonderful-sounding things. It was hard to decide. We were pleased with our choices - and the food was excellent.
(That's my dear little mother at the order window.)
The cafe seating is perfect. Some of the tables are placed between bookcases filled with well-cataloged and labeled books. My dear mother said, "Oh, this is just like eating in a library!" And it was. We chose a table near the window. We enjoyed every minute of our lunch time together.
Vendors have filled every inch of this old building with treasures. Treasures just waiting to be found. From the cafe loft area above you get a glimpse of the marketplace below.
What did we buy? Treasures. Special treasures. Treasures that delighted our hearts and made us smile. I bet you'd never guess that mine were yellow! I have wanted a yellow Lipton teapot for a long time. A friend bought one several years ago and decided she would rather have a blue one. She made me an offer that I pursued for a time - find her a blue Lipton teapot and she would trade with me. When I called to say I found a blue one (did she still want it?) she said no, she had decided she preferred the yellow teapot! Yesterday I finally found mine - at a wonderful price. My dear mother first noticed the little star-shaped yellow glass candleholder. She knew I would want it - she was right! The yellow and blue teabag holder just couldn't stay at the marketplace. It had to come home with me! It's so cute and the teabags came with it! Green tea with lemon. Isn't tea with lemon appropriate for my yellow teabag holder and teapot?
If you want to know more about Monticello Antique Marketplace and see some wonderful pictures, check their blog. Be sure to look at all of the older posts, too - they have some great photos of wonderful treasures.
There is more to see - so much more. I'll share more of our day away soon. Very soon.