This past weekend was our busiest yet. After a late Friday board game night with good friends (Pandemic with four people is a challenge!), we were up early Saturday to drive out to Cravern Farm Antique Tailgate Sale. I have to say I have been very spoiled by years of having gone to Elkhorn’s annual flea market with 300+ vendors in Wisconsin. Craven was perhaps fifty stalls spread out on a field. I wasn’t catching the thrifting vibe, however, I did find a couple sturdy and in good condition cigar boxes – perfect for unconventional stationery storage – and a set of tin molds for future soap/bath bomb making.
We searched out a Herkimer Coffee, a coffee house that’s got very friendly service, a simple menu and quality coffee. They have a small selection of their coffees freshly ground to your brewing preference and a few branded mugs and cups. I love the simplicity of this place.
After lunch at Serious Pie and Biscuit, we drove our car onto a ferry to Bainbridge Island. If you’ve never ferried to an island with your car, I highly recommend adding this to a minor bucket list. It’s just a fun thing to experience and the views of the Seattle skyline, Puget Sound and seeing the island draw closer was just an incredible sight.
Just around the way from the ferry stop is a charming little shopping and eatery area that had such a great, small-town feel. Churchmouse, a shop that has the tagline of Yarns and Teas instantly caught my eye. Any creative soul would appreciate the shelves stuffed to the brim with quality, often handmade skeins. We indulged our sweet tooth at Mora Iced Creamery (a scoop each of coconut and lavender for me – delicious) and stopped into a shop that sold the best little gifts, books, stationery and home items. Sadly, I didn’t catch the name, but it’s right across from the Blackbird Bakery!
My favorite shop was called Salt House Mercantile. It appeals to my love for well-curated, beautifully made items – locally produced salts, household items in aesthetically appealing and minimal packaging and my absolutely favorite – old fashioned, heavy crock ware.
We met up with family for Mexican food much later in the evening, and had a great time meeting the latest member of our extended family, baby Nicholai. I’m really looking forward to another visit to Bainbridge Island in the future.