The Mineola Hotel (Fox Lake) was built in 1888. The hotel was a reported gangster hide out with visits from Al Capone. It is now condemned and the current owner is looking for a buyer to renovate the place. It is said to be haunted. I visited the place while on a haunted tour provided by Ursula Bielski. She used a Ghost box and did receive some verbal answers via it when asking questions. The most interesting ghost response was when I was asking about the gangster history. A male voice came through and said,
The Lehmann Mansion (Lake Villa) was built by Edward Lehmann in the late 1800s. The Lehmanns ran a successful store, but the stress of running the businesses made Mr. Lehmann have a nervous breakdown. He was committed to an asylum. His wife managed the home and eventually the Village of Lake Villa acquired it and uses it to rent out for weddings. Next to the home are abandoned train cars and cooking ovens and an abandoned shed. The place is said to be haunted and full body apparitions are said to be seen inside the mansion. Again this place was visited while on a tour provided by Ursula Bielski.
The Vintage and Thrift Lifestyle is an acquired taste or hobby. Sometimes it is born out of necessity. In my case, I grew up in a family that didn't have a lot of money. When I was done with college (after paying for most of it at a state school myself), I began to quickly acquire a few things to furnish an apartment from garage sales, hand-me-downs, or just simply thrown out items that I refurbished before I left home, shortly after college. I was able to acquire a few tables that I refinished and used for a kitchen table and storage unit. Here is one item that was thrown out that I painted green and put decals on and still use to store my work-out clothes in. The lamp on top was a $1 at a garage sale and I rewired it. The other items are a Victorian era mirror (recently purchased) and two angels from the dollar store.
I still have an old Victorian era trunk that I use to store old dresses and items in. I used to have an old Singer sewing machine (pedal driven) that I tri…