Morris, Illinois is a town about 75 miles from Chicago. It must have a rich millinery past, as the world of antiques and vintage is alive and thriving there.
Whimsy is a charming shop on the main drag of antique and pretty thing heaven. Purchasing some ribbon from the Etsy shop,http://www.etsy.com/shop/FleaMarketChick brought along a card in the package about the 3 Hens French Country Market held there monthly. The visit to this along the canal was better than looking at the canal:
Tents of treasures and even regular market fare abound; approx 100 of them. Started by 3 French Hens,http://www.3frenchhensmarket.blogspot.com/ and now the treasure of Whimsey owner, Traci Tessone and Ruby Begonia’s Monica Vogel there is something for everyone. BUT WAIT! Very few hats, and less than a half dozen vintage ones, and no hat mannequin heads to be found for sale. Hmm, maybe someone should do something about that. Here are a couple of photos.
This must be a case of inadequate shopping, and will require further exploration. Aug 11, 2012 is the next market, but most any day works for the shops.
IF you are enjoying the fun on Aug 11 and see a gal in a white trimmed straw cloche, that shall be moi. Perhaps I need to learn some french before returning, and wonder what the word for hat is in french.