We couldn't resist. My friends and I went back for more Farm Chickery this morning and walked away with a few additional treasures. I'll show off my finds in a future post.
One final theme we kept seeing: laundry. It came in the form of wheely laundry baskets lined with ruffled linens, a giant metal sign that spelled out the words "coin laundry" and other really good goods. I have one of those scary basement laundry rooms with all the pipes showing, but this booth from Station 8 Antiques has me thinking I could add some brightness and cheer by draping (a lot!) of fabric.
Update: Debi Burton from Ormolulu saw this post and kindly sent me a photo of the "coin laundry" sign she had for sale at the show. This thing was huge. Makes me wish I had a GIANT laundry room.
Every vendor I asked said they were pleasantly surprised by the volume of sales. And I don't blame them. Serena announced on the loudspeaker this morning that 4,300 people attended Day 1, and several booths were notably more bare than I've seen before on Day 2.
Update: Serena told me today that they normally get less than 4,300 attendees the entire weekend, let alone the first day. It was a big year!
One note about the pictures I'm posting here: The vendors enthusiastically and generously allowed me (and many other people) to take photos of their creations. Much of what you see are vintage household goods that look great because of their timeless design and well-worn patina. Other items, though, are crafts that the vendors came up with themselves--ideas that belong to them.
I, personally, am inspired by their work and have plans to re-create a few projects in my own home. But please don't use these images to replicate the creativity of these talented individuals with plans to sell the goods. I don't mean to be preachy; I just think there are still a lot of people in the craft community who don't understand that that's not OK.
On to the pictures ...
A daybed from Station 8 Antiques:
Thread spool photo holders from Carly Tee Photography & Design :
Total darlingness from Funky Junk:
Enamel goodness from Big Ship Salvage:
Honest Abe from the Queen of Tarte (this painting was my "one that got away" this year):
A lovely deer, also from Tarte:
Sweet bunnies from Hutch Studio:
Super cute hats from Old Mans' Pants (yes, they're made from old mans' pants):
I think the nice man behind me approves:
Many, many beautiful things from Celia (who happened to get engaged this morning! Congratulations, Celia!) and Gladys from Junebug:
From The Rusty Bird (firstname.lastname@example.org):
From the Vintage Barn:
From Wild Whimsy:
(These are fabric flower cuffs for your wrist:)
Whew! And there's so much more to say, not the least of which is a huge thank you to Nis and Emily for making the trek to Spokane and filling my weekend with laughter. More on the treasures we found ... coming soon.