I've lived just outside of Kansas City for six-ish years now. Being the late bloomer that I am, I had no clue that a vintage/thrift/antique/artisan/gallery/crafting/eating ~event~ was held every "first" Friday (and weekend) of the month.
Yesterday a teaching colleague (and fellow creative soul) joined me on the adventure that is "First Fridays in the West Bottoms," a gallery and shopping event in KC that had us climbing multiple narrow staircases inside historic warehouses located along an unfortunately ~smelly~ older area of the city, encountering many, many fellow treasure hunters.
Despite the smell (outdoors only, thankfully) and the narrow staircases, we weren't disappointed. We met and visited with vendors, artisans, crafters, repurposers, and many other cheerful purveyors of "junque," vintage finds, furniture, jewelry, quilts, and art. The least foo-foo location? "Stuffology." What filled its floors? STUFF.
We didn't make it to every shop in the West Bottoms, which means only one thing: we're going back next month, oh yes.
My haul from this inaugural visit includes yarn, hollow metal eggs, chandelier drops, playing cards, dominoes, embroidery floss and lots and lots of inspiration.
We've already made plans to return in April and May: watch out, West Bottoms, here we come!
And next time, we'll be wearing tennis shoes, thankyouverymuch.