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Isn’t it wonderful that tin/aluminum is the “gift” for 10th anniversaries & that our anniversary is next month.  On Saturday, May 17th,  Antiques Iowa will celebrate with 10 Hours of 10th Anniversary Fun!   I am so grateful for the blessings that these last 10 years have given me.  On that day, May 17th, we are going to collect canned goods for our local food pantry.    We have a fun day planned & I will post a schedule of events on my Facebook page & website.   The day will be about us giving back to YOU who made this celebration of 10 years possible.

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May is also planting month.   What is my hubby doing right now…planting corn & beans.   What am I & my friends doing…planting in our gardens in vessels – galvanized, aluminum or enamelware or in this lovely, rich black soil here in IOWA?   Tin/aluminum (old rusty metal containers) & plants…that just goes together like peanut butter & jelly!   What did I do on Easter Sunday besides cook, eat, & enjoy family,  I put in a berm with large rocks for grasses & fun stuff under our new sign…another area to plant.  Earth laughs in flowers. ~Ralph Waldo Emerson   We need to put these pretties in funky, rusty & weathered containers to show off their beauty!

Here is just something that you could use.  Come forth into the light of things. Let nature be your teacher. ~William Wordsworth.

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Tin/aluminum ….So I’m thinking about gardening & galvanized vessels for planting because everyone is buying our buckets.    Planting is so positive.  Planting seeds to prosper & bloom.   Planting ideas for the future.   Planting gardens for enjoyment.   Planting relationships to network.


All gardening is landscape painting. ~Alexander Pope   


Ten years…how can that be? I started this wonderful Antiques Iowa antique mall when my kids were 16, 18 & 20 & they all worked here beside me in high school & college.   Life isn’t a matter of milestones, but of moments. ~Rose Kennedy.   This ten-year-life at Antiques Iowa has definitely been a made up of moments.   So many great Dealers…some that have been with me since May 20th, 2004 & some that have touched my life for just a moment.   Many that are now friends.   I’ve been so honored to attend their weddings & funerals, sharing their everyday joys & sorrows & they, sharing mine.   Ten years – they know me, my kids, my grandkids.   My antiquing friends were there for me when I lost each of my parents with hugs & tears & just everything.   I am grateful to know YOU!


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Antiques Iowa was a dream… a network of great Dealers selling great stuff at reasonable prices on this Exit 124 at Story City.    I grew up here & I wanted this.  I could visualize it years before it happened.    These past ten years, you’ve watched as we’ve doubled in size & made improvements.   Believe in something larger than yourself. ~Barbara Bush.    To be the best antique mall in the state of Iowa, I can say that this is what I wish for, dream of & continue to strive for.   Ten years young & many more to live!


Speak to the earth, and it shall teach thee. ~Job 12:8.   I love this…speak to the earth, sky & Heavens too; but, maybe just as important would be to LISTEN for the lessons!


Antiques Iowa 4 16 2014 001Mary, Mary, Quite Contrary…How does your garden grow?   Well if my garden is Antiques Iowa…it grows very well in the sunshine of everyone that comes through our doors…my wonderful staff & dealers & my wonderful customer friends too.

I’ve always liked the quote, “Grow old along with me, the best is yet to be” by Robert Browning EXCEPT that I’m not getting old & I don’t ever intend to.   So how about:  Have fun along with me AND the best is yet to be! ~Kim Hermanson



Antiques Iowa 4 16 2014 003Antiques Iowa 4 16 2014 004Antiques Iowa 4 16 2014 002Nobody sees a flower really. It is so small it takes time -we haven’t time and to see takes time, like to have a friend takes time. ~Georgia O’Keeffe






Tin for Ten…Antiques Iowa is celebrating 10 years of blessings!  Salute to the next 10 years!


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