Road Trip-Rhinebeck, NY: The Country Living Fair 2015 Edition

Hello, Vixens!!!  How are you?  Did you have a nice weekend?  I hope so.  How was mine?  It was great, thank you for asking.  Why?  Two reasons.  First, I went to an incredible estate sale (read about that here).  Second, I went to the 2015 Country Living Fair in Rhinebeck, NY.

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This is the second year in a row that I attended (read about last year’s trip here) and this year was even better than last,  in my very humble opinion (mostly because this time I scored two-count ’em, TWO-great finds-more about that later).  If you are in the vicinity of the next CL fairs (Columbus, OH this September & Atlanta, GA this October) you should buy tickets NOW.  If you are not nearby, plan a road trip with your fellow avid antiquers or jaunty junkettes.  I promise you it will be worth the trip.  Besides, road trips are the best anyway, especially in the fall.  Am I right???  🙂

There were so many beautiful things to look at and admire, like these funky license plate signs…..

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to signs in general…..

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to cool old bicycles (perfect for riding to farmers markets for yummy fresh produce this time of year)…..

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and chippy ceiling tin squares & precious little statues (how did I not take this little darling home with me???)…..

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to furniture and wall art.

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Or visit Cari Cucksey’s booth (trom HGTV’s “Cash & Cari“) and see what she “repurposed“.

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You can also leave in tears after having to pass on a chair that you have been dreaming of since you were sucking your thumb in the womb (OK, maybe that is just me).  I appreciate the work that went into it but I could not justify the nearly $300 price tag.  Take a look at this beauty and say it with me:  SA-WOON!!!

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I am going to look for a chair like that and try to transform it myself.  I also passed on these great lockers & file cabinets because of their prices, despite the fact they were totally cool & industrial looking…..

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I passed on this old laundry tub because I bought one  in Vermont two years ago (although mine is not as rusted as this one…..sigh).  And the olive buckets follow me wherever I go.  Some day soon I will give one a home.

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I thought these dolls were pretty kitschy and oval frames are my favorites!!!

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But then I saw the piece I had to have…..and could afford to buy…..a French laundry wire basket (that folds down flat, which I never knew but sent me even more over the moon for this piece when I found out!!!)

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I am thinking of adding a burlap liner inside to hide off season clothes in or holiday decorations and then popping a glass top on it to use it as a side table in my living room.  What do you think?

I also bought a ceiling tile tin box that I guess was made to be a planter (see the holes inside?) but I think it will look great on my kitchen counter holding my olive oil & vinegar bottles.

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Once I satisfied my shopping urges, it was time to celebrate with a good meal.  Someone recommended a local  barbeque place, Max’s Memphis BBQ, in the next town over-Red Hook, NY.  I have never had real Memphis BBQ (YET-I plan to when I visit Graceland one day soon) but this food was delicious.

I must admit BBQ is something I don’t always enjoy because of the various flavors involved, but the sauce on the chicken was the perfect balance of sweet and smoky.  And the ambiance…..how could I not enjoy a meal where the candles were in mason jars and the table covering was brown craft paper???!!!

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Until next time, fellow Vixens, happy digging!!!

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Road Trip-Rhinebeck, NY: The Country Living Fair

I have been reading Country Living Magazine for over a decade, and I always knew that some day I would make it to one of their fairs.  From the minute they announced the fair was coming to NY, I had my chance!!!

The fair was held at the Dutchess County Fairgrounds on June 6-8, 2014.  I chose to go on Sunday, June 8. I went with a wonderful friend from work, Gina, who is as crazy about antiques as I am.  We made the two hour trip in no time on such a clear and pretty day.

When we first arrived in the Red Hook/Rhinebeck area, we saw an antiques store that called our names so we stopped for a look!!!

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I found this gorgeous shelf which is going to look great in my bathroom!!! Isn’t it pretty?!! And it was only $20.00!!! 🙂

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Then we arrived at the fair. It was-in a word-GORGEOUS!!!

The Fairgrounds were so clean!!!

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The booths featured such beautiful displays. This one was my absolute favorite!!!
Swoon!!!

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And the merchandise for sale was stunning!!!

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On the way home we stopped at an adorable little joint for some ice cream…
(Sorry for the poor angle….the place was on a busy two lane highway plus it was crowded so I had to take the picture from the car.)

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I loved every booth we went into, but did not buy anything. On the other hand, my friend Gina made out like a proverbial bandit!!! Here is a picture of three of her best finds-the tray (a piece of hotel silver history), the tea light holder and the clay pots. Look at the lovely vignette she created!!!

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I will definitely go back next year. This is one fair that will quickly become a summertime staple for me!!! And Rhinebeck is such a charming town…..I am planning to go back for a weekend this fall to explore it even more!!!

Happy digging fellow vixens!!!