Oprah and Ellie Cullman
Photo: Rob Howard
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Tramping around a field of antiques dealers in the noonday sun is tiring, so Ellie and Oprah stop for a pick-me-up at an ice cream truck parked on the grass. Fueled by a sugar high, Oprah becomes more decisive. "I must have that!" she says of the 1920 hand-carved public library sign that Ellie measured earlier in the day and knows will fit on a wall in the reading nook. "Aren't you going to ask how much it is?" Gayle wonders, but Oprah has already turned her attention to a humble early-20th-century painting of four young African-American women standing on a country road. "It's so rare that you see anything black that I must have it," she says. "Girls," she continues, studying the young women on the canvas, "you're coming to my house!"

When Ellie suggests buying vintage tin stars to hang on the walls of the porch, Oprah shakes her head. "I'm not feelin' it," she says and walks to the next booth, where she and Ellie can't make up their minds about a white porcelain planter that could be used as a centerpiece on the dining-room table. "Doubt means don't," she tells Ellie, "whether it's a man, a table or a pair of shoes."

By following her own dictum and staying true to her taste, Oprah is sure she hasn't made any mistakes today. "I have the best feeling," she says, "no buyer's remorse!"

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