In August, I spoke at a writers conference near Princeton, Wisconsin. On my way home, I stopped at several of many great trash to treasure gold mines in the town. If you've never visited, consider adding it to your summer stops next year. Every Saturday, the town becomes a big flea market and in between, the town features cute shops on the main street as well as some hidden gems up and down the side streets.
Right now, many shops are closing down for winter or at least decreasing their hours, but it's never too early to plan ahead for your trip next summer.
At my first stop, I dropped in Huser Daddy Antiques at 800 State Road 23 & 73. The ladies working at the desk were sweet and gave me permission to take a few pictures to show my readers.
They have an amazing array of salvage items!
I love the frosted etched doors.
You never know what you might find.
The have a lot of stock outside too. I kept wandering through rooms and there was a lot of stuff!
My next stop was at Daiseye on 525 West Water Street. This was such an awesome shop! And Angela was delightful and kind enough to let me take a few pictures to show just how unique her shop items are. Most of the inventory has been made by Angela and other local artists and that's their claim to fame. The artistry in this shop is amazing.
The shop features frames and mirrors made from old barn boards as well as from wood trim salvaged from homes.
Some of the rusty metal objects are just plain awesome! I love these recycled tin pieces.
Daiseye also features glassware made from recycled bottles. It's so classy!
I loved these pieces made from ceiling tin.
Daiseye also has some unique art made from retired highway signs.
...and some fun salvaged watering cans, oil cans, and gas cans.
Angela made these really cool photo holders herself from rusty tin. She'll spend the winter creating art to add to next summer's stock.
My last stop in Princeton was at Kate's Closet Boutique at 524 West Water Stree. Kate has resale and consignment merchandise and her shop is classy.
I asked if I could take a picture of her shop door because she had such a creative handle. Don't you love how she turned this garden cultivator into a handle for the door?
Well, that's just the beginning of Princeton's treasures. I stopped at a few smaller shops too. I hope you'll find some time to visit. It's a little town, but so charming. I'd like to give a big thank you to the shop owners who allowed me to take pictures on my visit.
If you're looking to make a longer stay of it, check out nearby Green Lake (another charming town) and Ripon, WI too.