Recently, I had lost a little of my focus after having been sick with a cold for a week; I wasn’t sure how to find my mojo again, so I did what everybody does when they want help finding an answer – I asked my Facebook fans! A recurring answer was to go somewhere that helps you clear your mind and I had the perfect place just a few minutes away. I put aside my to-do list this weekend, hopped in the car and headed across the river to Rhinebeck, NY, where Country Living Magazine was holding their vintage flea market for the first time at this new venue location.
And, boy, was I ever glad!
It was an awesome day filled with traipsing through stalls of fantastic vintage chic treasures, meeting lots of different vendors and artists and listening to an awesome group of ladies from “Sisters on the Fly”. I thought you might like to share in some of the highlights from my experience – come join me for a photo journey of this awesome outdoor event!
The fair started with the delightful Sisters on the Fly exhibit of ol’ time renovated RVs displaying cute vintage sale items. I remembered hearing about this group, adventurous women vacationing in the outdoors with renovated RVs all on their own, but couldn’t recall the particulars. (I found out more later in the day.) We didn’t linger long as we were anxious to get closer to all of the awesome vendors and merchandise.
As we continued, there were so many gems along the way…starting with a little glimpse into the past as well as a science & history lesson where we found out how old-time glass automobile batteries were used. Who would have thought!
Moving along, we encountered
the quintessential vintage sale vignettes…
and old era-like jewelry.
As we moved through the covered stalls filled with the colorful displays everywhere, we came into the building with Americana items….a little slice of heaven showcasing items from all over our country that evoke so many memories of our past.
The bike from an era gone by
the handcrafted americana art
and the items that showcase our country’s heritage
After a short break sipping old-fashioned lemonade, we strolled onward…
enjoying the warm sun as we gazed upon the outdoor displays of repurposed everyday items
and heading down the path to find some more wonderful treats.
Whether it was a little something from the Provence of France such as vintage home goods, lacy textiles swaying in the breeze or a french provincial vignette
or lovingly handcrafted items right from our very own backyard,
there was a plethora of beauty for everyone.
From the unusual …. 3 floor, 36 room bed & breakfast for birds
to the whimsy of a windchime created from old utensils;
and back to something unexpected –
who knew a light fixture could be made out of burlap?
Everywhere you turned, there was an explosion of creativity, nostalgia and charm. We didn’t only spend a lot of time browsing, though. We also spent lots of time gabbing with artisans, from all over, who love to share not only their techniques, but the unique stories behind their art like:
- Kathryn Kosto from www.poetrycollage.com, right here in our very own state of New York, who loves to tell the story of poetry through collages created out of vintage textiles and memorabilia
- to Mike Rawson from www.rockinghorsecarver.com, an amazing wood-carver donating proceeds to cancer from Ohio and
- Ryan McPhail from www.statelytables.com, again from New York, who creates amazing tables of states carved out of wood.
No matter who they were, they loved to share their skill, passion and creativity.
But I couldn’t let this post end without highlighting our favorite vendor of the fair, Sweeter Than The Tea, who had these wonderfully repurposed mason & canning jars.
Our spectacular day ended by re-visiting the Sisters On The Fly exhibit (read all about them here) and chatting with several RV-ers who described the amazing journey to customize their vintage accommodations.
The day was amazingly wonderful and words (and pictures) cannot adequately describe it. What started out as an activity designed to refocus my tired brain became a memorable life experience and something that inspired me to look for the next vintage fair! I think a vacation is now in order and definitely one with a vintage fair will be on the horizon.
If you’ve visited somewhere recently that inspired you, helped you refocus or brought you great joy, please share it below. It might inspire someone else!