Back Road Ramblin’ – Two Frogs on a Bike

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I’m a lover of unique, quaint, different places. Places that have a personality and have a story to tell. So when I first moved to this area from Tennessee one of the first places I ran up on was a shop called Two Frogs on a Bike. I don’t know about you but the first thing that came to my mind was the Frog & Toad books of my childhood. My curiosity was peaked, I wanted to learn more !

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What I found was a small antique store located in a 112 year old building, which once was home to a general store. The owner, Bob Hollins is one of the nicest & most personable people you’ll ever meet. He’d be the first to tell you he enjoys shooting the breeze with his customers as much as he does selling the antiques. Before opening the shop, Bob worked at the telephone company for 29 yrs., but for the last 20 yrs. He’s been running Two Frogs on a Bike.

Bob said he would describe his store as a mix of primitives, country and handmade. The shop doesn’t have a huge inventory but what it does have is some unique pieces.  1930-1960 Glassware, early clocks, Fenton, vintage toys and much more !

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Of Course, I couldn’t leave without learning more about the name – Intially, Bob said the store was called Grandaddy’s Antiques but the two ladies that ran the store with him decided it needed a name change. One loved frogs the other loved bikes, and as they say, the rest is history !

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So the next time you’re in Hanover, Virginia stop by and say “hi” to Bob and if you have time, head across the street to the Houndstooth Café for a hot fudge brownie you won’t soon forget !

Two Frogs on a Bike is located at  13262 Hanover Courthouse Rd. Hanover Va  – I would recommend you call first, Bob does not keep to a 9-5 schedule

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(804) 537-5213

’til our next adventure,

~Amy

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A Snow Creek Farm Christmas

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How much fun is this winter wonderland?  Snow Creek Farm is open a few times a year and I was so happy to finally get to see their Christmas show!  This cool old (inhabited, I might add) farmhouse (complete with … Continue reading

“The Grove” Estate Sale Eye Candy Part 2

There were so many awesome things to buy at this estate sale, but the truth is…we just don’t NEED a dang thang.  There were a few items that we couldn’t pass up, though.  The above picture shows an old printing block…how cool is it that upon further inspection, we realized that it’s actually a map of our area?!  Very cool.  We found a tarnished item, that we thought was a good deal for a few bucks and after taking it home and polishing it up, realized it was a GREAT deal…as it is a silver bridal basket from the mid 1800’s!

If anyone knows anything about the two boy figurines, please fill us in as we thought they were really cool for a couple of bucks, but have no idea what they really are.  They look to be clay/paper over wire…maybe.  There is a fingerprint in the bottom of one of ’em.  Worth something or not, we thought they were cool.

We found an old fabric stamp (which we hadn’t seen before) and more printing blocks that we liked.

Next up is the big metal bucket…not sure what to do with it yet…or why it was bought.  We just have a thang about buckets…and rusty things.  See our rusty things?  Skeleton keys, 1800’s horseshoes and a very old padlock…all of these said ,”Buy me, I’m rusty”. True story.

The Better Homes and Gardens recipe book is from the ’40’s, but we took the icky pages out and we will use the binder for a project.

We loved these lil’ vintage farm animal toys…but not sure if the lil’ men are supposed to be with the set or not….hmmmmm…any ideas?

Who doesn’t love some vintage bloomers?!  We were lucky to find these and they are O-L-D.  Also, found an apron and a baby bonnet. This sale also had books galore…books for everyone.  Here are some of the fun books that we found.

‘Til our next adventure,

Carmen & Amy

RuST LUst

Rusty trucks, tractors, and cars- oh my ! We do so LOVE rust ! There have been many occasions where Carmen and I have gone knee deep in the weeds with only our cameras in hand, ignoring any notion of snakes and chiggers just to sneak a peek at some rusty, dusty, relics. It’s a treasure hunt – the thrill of finding what others have long since forgotten. And although in most cases we simple capture the treasure with the click of our camera, there have been some incidences where we’ve hauled our rusty treasure home (along with a little poison ivy), giddy with the all the possibilities. And even though both our husbands just shake their heads at our junkin’ antics, we will continue to run footloose and fancy free into the rusty wilds !

 Fun finds from a “field” trip in Southern Illinois:

’til our next adventure,

Amy