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Monday
Mar052012

A Day in Amador City

One of the coolest things about living in Sacramento is the fact that we are centrally located. On Saturday, Anthony and I decided to take a day trip to Amador City, home of Andrae's Bakery. This charming gold country town is less than an hour away from Sacramento!

Before we left our house, we called my cousin Rachel and invited her to come along. She was free and we stopped by and picked her up on our way to Amador.

The first thing we did when we arrived was stop at Andrae's for lunch. We enjoyed tasty sandwiches, root beer (Anthony's choice), potato salad, & of course, their famous chocolate chip cookies. 

Today was a beautiful day: 70 degrees, sunny, and t-shirt weather! Maybe that's why we pay so much to live in California?

You might have already noticed this, but all 3 of us wore stripes and jeans today. Seriously, we did not plan that. I didn't even notice the stripes until Anthony mentioned it in the car once we had picked up Rachie. 

We stopped by most of the stores in the town. Anthony, Rachel, & I all took turns taking pictures.

Anthony wanted me to add that at one point we got separated. But he knew where to look: Buffalo Emporium, the ice cream shop. Sure enough, that's where we were!

After our stop for ice cream, we came across the best little shop called John & Sandy's Country Living.

There are many reasons we liked this store.

It could have been the fun signs. This one reminded me of Jodi

The one in the back of this picture reminded me of Kamille, "Come Gather At Our Table."

 

Another reason I could have liked the store was the stars on the floor.

Or the fact that the items were shabby shic, reasonably-priced, & reminded me of something I need to do more often:

But the real reason I loved this store was Sandy, the owner.

She and her husband John opened the store March 5, 1975, which means today is their 37th anniversary. Sandy said that they have been in continuous business the whole time.

They were originally in a different location (across the street) and sold macrame. Their friends referred to them as the Knotty Knotters, which I thought was hilarious. Sandy told me she makes her own yarn.

Sandy told us she had just changed the decorations in the store to Spring/Easter decor.

Usually she has her spindle in the front of the store to spin yarn while she works. When she mentioned the spindle, I asked her if I could see it. She immediatly got up and took us to the back.

She pulled out the spindle and showed us how she used a starter piece to spin the fiber. She uses two types of sheep's wool for her yarn. There were lots of interesting items in the store. I'm so glad we stopped by and Sandy told us her story! Congratulations on 37 years of business. 

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Reader Comments (6)

HEY! I live in Sacramento!!! Cute pics and awesome little store! I may just have to go find it :)!!!!

Happy Monday!

March 5, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterDarcy

Hi Darcy! Thanks for leaving me a comment. We may need to meet up if you're in Sac!

March 5, 2012 | Registered CommenterMalisa Price

Ok first of all, have I mentioned how much I LOVE that you guys explore and do fun stuff together? Well I do! :) I also LOVE LOVE that sign. bahaha! That should totally be my saying. :)

March 5, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterjodi

Love the stripes! Happy anniversary to the cute little shop! And now, for some reason, I want some ice cream. Looks like a fun trip. We'll have to remember this place the next time we head up that way.

March 5, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJoyce

I love the adventurous spirit you both have. Looks like you had a fun filled day. As is often the case, you were blessed with lovely weather. Gotta love Northern California.
You may recall your Dad has quite the adventurous way about him too. Last week we headed off for a three day trip to Salt Lake City. While on the plane, he decided to make it into a mini road trip. So off to Arizona and many adventures to follow. Since its your blog, I won't take the time to go into all the details. But will say, we really need to consider a family trip to the Grand Canyon. I hadn't visited it for 45 years. And dad never had been. Let's just say The Lord "out-did" Himself. Love and miss you. Have an amazing trip to the East Coast. See you when you (and we) get home. I el ska di. Mama

what a cute shop! sounds like you had a lovely day..........we'll have to plan a visit there too! thanks for sharing.

March 7, 2012 | Unregistered Commentersheri

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