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Small Town Life

Tuesday, July 17, 2012


This weekend, we went on a little road trip to Southeast Missouri. As much as I complain about my boring state, it really is an amazing place. Although much of the land is littered in dilapidated barns, rusted pick up trucks and abandoned buildings, there's something quite beautiful about it. This area was settled in the 1800's. The land is rich in minerals so many of these towns survived on mining and farming. While the population is very small and some might look down their noses at "simple country folk", the people here are kind and hard working. One thing I love about living in the Midwest is that the people here are often shockingly outgoing and find an excuse to talk to any stranger that crosses their path. Once while at the local Walmart, a local lady had me help her pick out the flowers for her daughter's wedding!  That's the Midwest for you. Here's a peek at small town middle-America.













 Stay tuned tomorrow for my post on how to find vintage treasures in small towns.











17 Responses to “Small Town Life”

  1. Those small towns are the best places to go. That was one of the conditions while looking for our new home, I could not live in Suburbia. Being right outside of it isn't bad though, ha.

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  2. Your town look amazing i live in the UK so mines a little different.
    I would to visit your town it look peace full x

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  3. I love the idea of somewhere polite and friendly :)

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  4. I love small towns/rural areas! I live in a big metropolitan area (I'm suburban), but I've driven so much outside of it. I really love it all. And even in Suburbia, I wouldn't be surprised to help pick out wedding flowers in Walmart! (Well, Joann's is more likely. Or Hobby Lobby.)

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  5. I lived in Joplin for a while, and married my husband there. The midwest is very down to earth, so much different than the northeast where I am from.

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  6. Ah, the midewest!!! How I love you so! Born and raised in the wonderful state of Indiana, not to far from Missouri. These pics here remind me of the lovely midwestern atmosphere.

    Hey, us Hoosiers are like that too. We don't know strangers! :)

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  7. Oh, I really loved all these small towns in my US trips!!! Always the best place to find best bargains in the middle of no where!!!! I'm really dying to see what you found!!!!

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  8. my husband's grandma lives in southest missouri (hayti to be exact) and i always like driving through all the tiny towns to get there.

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  9. What a charming spot! I'd be drawn to the big red building with the words "flea market" on it first of all. Can't wait to see all of the awesome treasures you scored on road trip, darling gal.

    ♥ Jessica

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  10. Good morning--just learned about your great blog from Jessica's wonderful blog:-) I'm thrilled to see this post as you've featured my favorite neck of the woods--at least close by (Rolla, Cuba, St. James, Richland). As Missourians we applaud you for recognizing the wonderful culture, the abandoned farms, the geography and everything joyful about this part of the world. Thank you!

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  11. I've never been to the midwest, only the West Coast, Vegas and New York but I love the idea of it. If only I was rich and could visit everywhere I liked!

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  12. Coming from a "big city" I urn to come from a "small town." I grew up in a village and miss the everyone knows your name feeling. I suppose the grass is always greener on the other side. Can't wait to see what you find!

    In other news- I see you use a lot of hat pins, can you show us (ok ME) how to exactly use one? I am afraid to poke my brain ;)

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  13. Brittany, I love your blog! Thanks so much! I am just starting my own blog and look to my favorite blogs for inspiration, and your's is one of them!
    Love, Morgan

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  15. I love these pics. It reminds me of my small town home in Colorado!

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  16. Fleamarket, mmm :) My heart starts beating faster when I see such a signs!

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  17. I live in a suburb of Des Moines, Ia but its not huge. I love being able to go to Des Moines quickly and get everything I need but can get 7 minutes west and start hitting small towns like that. I'm glad when I grew up my town I live in still was more like a small town outside of a suburb of Des Moines, it's so much bigger now, but back then , it looked more like those pictures and everyone knew everyone, we played outside til dark, and we could walk all over town without our parents worrying because everyone always watched out for everyone. Feeling a little nostalgic now. :)

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