Girl Scouts Fun
Clinton Antique Mall
Vintage Sports Cards
“Girl Scouts Enjoy Bottles
of Fun Program”
Article by Teri Wirth & photos by Fritz Wirth
We had the pleasure this year to create a program for the Girl Scouts in conjunction
with their STEM Expo (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) occurring
the same week as our convention in the Portland area. With the help of Sarah Brown,
the Girl Scout Director of Programs for Oregon and SW Washington, we designed a fun
and educational program with a focus on STEM. I learned how wonderful the
opportunities are for the Girl Scouts and that they are involved in and learning about
an incredibly wide variety of things. Twenty Girl Scouts and five Troop Leaders and
Parents joined us for “Bottles of Fun with the International Perfume Bottle Association”.
When the Girl Scouts arrived they hit the ground running as they were ready and eager to learn about perfume bottles. Many of the girls were wearing their sashes with all their earned badges or Girl Scout t-shirts. They were a very enthusiastic and a wonderfully engaging group of girls. Their ages were from the 4th through 8th grades.
The program began with an introduction to glass making, a discussion on perfume bottle designs and about the differing types of perfume bottles given by Joanne Begert, our IPBA Young Collector Coordinator. During this session the girls followed along on colorful handouts, were shown examples of perfume bottles, and learned perfume bottles were like sculptures or art objects not just vanity items. The Girl Scouts were encouraged to raise their hands to interject when a fun fact fell into a STEM category. It was exciting to see so many of the girls find STEM categories such as: a) in order to make glass they would have had to do science experiments, b) to manufacture bottles they would need to use technology, c) it took engineering and science to make atomizers work, and d) in just about every area there were measurements which included mathematics.
In the next session the girls were given a private tour around the Vintage Perfume Bottle and Vanity Show by Helen Farnsworth, our Perfume Bottle Historian and Archivist, and Annie Huang Luck, our Perfume Bottle Quarterly layout specialist. Here they discussed the history of many of the items in the showcases, what kind of perfume bottles they were, why there were items in the cases that were not perfume bottles plus many more questions about items they found interesting to them. They had an opportunity to talk with Leo Sampson, The Glassman, about glass repair. They really liked seeing him work. Jeffrey Sanfilippo, our IPBA President, stopped by to welcome the Girl Scouts and talked about the passion of collecting perfume bottles by both boys and girls; this received a chuckle from the group. Then they were given a mystery treasure map to search for differing items around the showroom.
Next they attended the Collecting Perfume Bottles 101 presentation given by Terri Chappell-Boyd, our Lone Star Chapter Leader, during which she would occasionally stop and ask the audience questions. The Girl Scouts were simply amazing as they answered many of these questions after learning the answers in their first session of the day. When the presentation was over Terri was swarmed by many of the girls asking her more questions.
Each Girl Scout received a vintage perfume bottle, an IPBA fun patch and a 2016 convention pin, as well as a bag full of fun perfume related goodies and educational items.
The Girl Scouts came to have fun with bottles, but after they left we found our hearts a little lighter and it was definitely fun to have the Girl Scouts share their day with us!
(photo of two girls looking at a perfume bottle case) “If a picture is worth a thousand words, among them might be “Wow!’, “Awesome”, “Too Cool!”. The expressions of amazement and wonder seen here reflect the interest the girls showed as they listened to the presentations and took their tour through the showroom displays. For them it was a time about discovery and learning of things they had not been exposed to before.
Clinton Antique Mall in Clinton, IL
by Cindy Ladage
The Clinton Antique Mall is an established mall in Clinton, Illinois with just under 100 vendors. Manager and owner Marilyn North said the mall had a very busy Christmas season and that they celebrated the last of their four shows a year over the holidays. “We had a nice season, for Christmas customers buy early. During our Christmas show we had live entertainment and refreshments,” Marilyn said.
With four shows a year, the first one after the New Year is the Easter show followed by the anniversary show, the first weekend in June. “This year we will celebrate 26 years,” Marilyn added. “Last year we had our 25th anniversary and had a great turnout for it.”
The third show of the season get’s the most traffic, held during the Apple and Pork Festival it is always the last full weekend in September. “We have around 80,000 people,” Marilyn added.
The Clinton Antique Mall, with a quarter of a century under its belt is well known in the antique community all over central Illinois and well beyond. “We have a lot of out of state people come here every year from the east and west coast, and from down south. We are remembered.”
The mall is remembered in part because of the wide array of items they carry. “We have a nice variety,” Marilyn said. “We have antiques and collectibles. We have a nice assortment for people. We have books, farm machinery and tools which are sought after.”
Besides the farm lineup, they also carry jewelry, china, lamps and antique toys. “We have cutlery and customers often make their annual visit here. Our place is very well lit and all on one floor. It is also wheelchair assessable.”
The Clinton Antique Mall is a large one with 15,000 square feet of shopping space there is a lot to choose from. When Marilyn and her late husband Raymond, who ran the North Fertilizer Company, opened the mall for business in June of 1990, there were only 7 dealers at the time. “In 1988, some of my friends and I were talking one day and they said, ‘Why don’t you open an antique mall?’”
The friends not only thought it would be a great idea, they were also the first dealers to move in and it grew from there. The mall started off with a bang and by August there were 27, dealers and by the end of the year there were over 40. The mall grew so much that Marilyn added, “We had to open up more of the building two years later. We filled that, then five years later we built on so we could accommodate. We have been full ever since, and have a list of dealers waiting.”
The Norths had always lived in Clinton so they were well known in the community. The couple raised two children and Marilyn said they took a lot of trips. “We went out of the country and to Hawaii, France, Spain and Germany and the islands in the Caribbean. We always made sure our children got to see the US, every summer we went to a different state. It was nice, we always had our vacation with them and we always made it a good thing.”
With the C.H. Moore Homestead Museum, several nice dining options and the room themed Sunset Inn, there is a lot to come see and do in Clinton. Marilyn also said there is great fishing and boat races on Clinton Lake and that visitors enjoy Weldon Springs State Park.
Open Monday – Saturday from 1—5 and Sunday 11-6, they are only closed on Easter, Thanksgiving and Christmas. Located at 1439 W. State Highway 54, call 217-935-8846 for more information.
JKelvin Beachum Helps Fight Childhood Hunger
by Michael Osacky
Kelvin Beachum is one of the most feared offensive tackles in the NFL. He dominated the offensive line with the Pittsburgh Steelers from 2012-15 and signed with the Jacksonville Jaguars during the off-season.
However, I recently found that the Beachum is more teddy bear than grizzly bear when he’s off the field.
Ending childhood hunger is one of his top priorities. Earlier this year, he traveled to Honduras to witness World Vision’s efforts to combat hunger globally. He was surprised to find that finding a clean source of water is just as difficult as finding food in the Central American country.
“We take a clean glass of water for granted,” Beachum says. “In Honduras, kids are walking miles and miles for clean water.”
I talked with Beachum about the 13 to 17 million U.S. children who are food insecure, cultural differences around the country and the world, his career and more.
What are some of the cultural differences between Jacksonville and Pittsburgh?
Coming back to the South (Jacksonville) is big for me. I grew up in Texas and it was very country. Jacksonville is very slow, which is what I like.
Why did you visit Honduras in February and what was your biggest takeaway?
I wanted to see some of the work that World Vision is doing. Childhood hunger is a real problem, both internationally and domestically, and being able to see how another country deals with the issue was impactful. The big takeaway was seeing the different kinds of hunger and poverty in Honduras versus needs in the U.S.
Why is world hunger important to you?
I wouldn’t be the player I am without food. I have a voice to bring awareness to world hunger and I enjoy doing it.
How did you choose Southern Methodist University in Texas over other schools?
My mama told me to go there. I had numerous offers but SMU was the first school we visited. My mom loved it and so did my dad. My mom said, “This is where you should be.” [Football] wasn’t pleasant when I started at SMU. We went 2 and 22 my first two years and I wanted to transfer. But I stuck with it and went to three straight bowl games.
How has traveling the world and serving underprivileged people changed you?
It made me appreciate my daughter more—and appreciate the smaller things in life. To be able to serve others is very special.
Did you collect football cards growing up as a kid?
No, I wasn’t a big collector. I do collect jerseys and different things from places I have been—little mementos that remind me of what I have done, where I have been and what I have accomplished.
What do you like to see/do when traveling?
I love to visit local restaurants to get a feel for each city. I’m also interested in the history associated with each city.
In 2012, you were drafted in the 7th round and final round. Today, you are arguably the best offensive tackle in NFL. What advice would you give to kids in high school/college or somebody picked last in their intramural team?
Take pride in everything you do. Find out what you’re passionate about. What is your why: Find out why you are doing what you are doing and understand the sacrifices. Everything else will take care of itself.
By Cindy Ladage
Renee Newland is the Manager at Angela’s Attic, a South Beloit
fixture for antique lovers. Named after their late mother, Renee
said the owners, two brothers out of Chicago, purchased it 10 years
ago in April of 2006. When the brothers bought the building,
there were only 25 dealers in the building ,today there are 105.
Located in South Beloit just off of I-90, Angela’s Attic is housed
in a converted historic factory. “The plant was called Lakeside
Fuseee and they used to make old flares,” Renee said. “In the
summer sometimes you can smell the sulpher from the concrete
where it is embedded.”
The plant closed probably about 15 years ago and Renee said it
was a previous owner that started the renovations to go from
plant to antique mall. “The mall had been started by a previous
owner, then the current owners came in and we slowly but surely
finished area by area.”
The renovation is now complete and the mall is filled with dealers that have offer a wide array of selections for the antique and collectible buyer. “We have everything. We are an antiques and collectibles mall,” Renee said. “We have refurbished and painted and custom built furniture. We also have decor.”
There is lots of area for buyers to checkout. Plan a bit of time when heading to Angela’s Attic, it will take a bit of time to get through the whole thing. The mall covers 35,000 square feet. “We are all on one floor with wide aisles and lots of booth space.”
Renee said what makes them different is the sheer volume of items to choose from. “The biggest thing that sets us apart is there are so many things. We have a dealer that has a 20 x 50 room full of vintage and antique hardware, there must be over 10,000 pieces. It is the place to come if you are refinishing an old piece.”
Renee said the mall is always fresh and different because “ The dealers are fabulous, they are in and out every day. There are no stale booths, they are constantly changing. There is always movement in the mall.”
When asked what they offer, the list runs the gamut. “We have jewelry, home décor, anything and everything, artwork, glassware dining room tables, furniture for every room. We are such an eclectic store.”
On their Facebook Page they share what they carry in a unique prose. “Angela's Attic from A to Z. Albums, Ball Jars, Cedar Chests, Depression Glass, Erector Sets, Frankoma pottery, Globes, Hoosier Cabinets, Insulators, Jewelry, Kitchen collectibles, Lamps, McCoy pottery, Native American, Ornaments, Pyrex, Quilts, Rolling Pins, Signs, Trains, Utensils, Valentines, Watering Cans, Xylophones, Yardsticks, Zippo lighters, and much, much more.”
Along with the usual items, Renee said they also offer hobby items as well.. “We have train dealers, antique and vintage radios, we have coins. We run the gamut. It is a fun, fun store.”
There is a lot of information available on Social Media about Angela’s Attic. They have a website www.angelas-attic.com , the Facebook page and they are on Instagram. Renee said different dealers handle different social media pages. “.We are a community store, everybody pitches in and it helps everybody,” Renee said.
If thinking ahead, keep in mind that their Annual Holiday sale is coming up over the Thanksgiving Day weekend. “We have our annual holiday sale, it is the only storewide sale we have. Ninety-nine percent of the booths will have sales, we will have food and beverage all day long.”
Located at 1020 Gardner Street, South Beloit, Illinois, Angela’s attic is open Sunday – Friday from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Saturday from 10:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m. If you have questions, call 815-389-1679.