I have to say that the Country Living Fair lived up to expectations again. Lots of vintage and antiques. Lots of handmade stuff. Even some food.
I do want to point out that there was SO MUCH MORE that I could have bought.
But I am on a mission to declutter my house and my life and I felt that I wanted to be super-choosy about what I bought this year. Besides, I just had a yard sale the week prior, so not a whole lot of sense in decluttering one weekend and recluttering the next.
OK, so here it is . . .
I bought this Farmall clutch as soon as I walked in the gates.
It's from Selena Vaughn Studios - here's their facebook page and their etsy store site. They're known for making really cute purses and bags out of old farmhouse feedsacks, but in this case the clutch is made with newer fabric and a Farmall tractor patch.
Now if you remember from last year I had seen some of their purses, sort of fell in love with them and I couldn't get them out of my mind. So it was on my agenda to buy something from them, come Hell or high water, this year.
No high water was on the books for that day.
Hell . . . not so sure about (but more about that later).
My 2nd purchase, made roughly 54 seconds after buying the Farmall clutch, was this very cool Nesco tin picnic basket. It was in the next booth over.
Did I mention it was plaid? Because it is!!!
I'm going to guess these tin picnic baskets are from the 50's or 60's. The golden age of picnics.
OK, I just made the golden age part up! I suppose people have been having picnics forever, but they just got much more festive in the 50's and 60's.
I think I'm up to three of these tin picnic baskets in my collection now.
I had to buy this old, chippy Sir Walter Raleigh Smoking Tobacco tin.
Because it's orange and black.
So of course I'll be doing something with it for Halloween.
And to light my pipe tobacco with, Ohio Safety Match boxes.
I'm not at all sure if they're old or anything, but I thought they were fun since I'm from Ohio and I've used a match a few times in my life and all that.
And last but not least, this pillow cover from Relish Home Collection. They had all sorts of really cute designs, mostly vintage graphics.
I'll be honest with you though, when I went to pull the link for you for their etsy shop, I don't know where all the cute designs went to. Their etsy shop is sort of bare right now??? I'm still linking to them in case they put some more up in the coming weeks.
OK, here's where the Hell part comes in.
It was hot. Sure it was in September, but September is weird here in Ohio. It can be 60 degrees or it can be 90 degrees.
I had talked about wearing appropriate clothes to the fair in my Tips For Shopping Flea Markets, Fairs And Festivals post. Well, I went with jeans and a long sleeved wispy tunic type of shirt that I thought I'd just rolls the sleeves up on when it got warmer.
Oh, and it was so wispy that I decided to wear one of those sleeveless tees underneath so I wasn't showing off my bra to everyone.
Probably would have been better if I would have gone in shorts, flipflops and a halter top. Really, it was so hot I was sweating and feeling feint and had to go out to my car to run the AC for a while.
And I may have posted a video on Instagram that made people think I was going to have a heart attack at any second.
But it's all worth it for a good time at the fair, right?
I end this rant with some random shots from the fair.
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Love it all! Next time I want to come with you. Because Ohio. I love Ohio.
Kris @ Junk Chic Cottage
Great finds Pam. Hopefully next year I will be able to drive to the show. I hear it is a good one.
Cute stuff and I can't wait to go this year when it comes here in a few weeks. I hope it is cooler by then.
FLORENCE L SALMER
Hey Pam, enjoyed all your finds and pics from the fair. I admire your restraint in not buying much. I'll go check out the purses in the Etsy shop. If it's one thing I like, it's a purse with unusual character!
Linda @ Itsy Bits And Pieces
I love all of your fun goodies! That clutch is wonderful...and I love that pillow, too!
Kari Wagner Hoban
I'm so jealous that you have that so close to home.
And I need that pillow.
I love that pillow. I know when you order something off etsy the listing goes off.
Are you going to Jassy's this week. I am going with a vendor. I think it is in Grove City. It is supposed to be like the CLFair but smaller. I will be there on Thursday.
I didn't get to any festivals that week. I have heard from others about the heat. It's been warm before but not to that point. I had whoopingcoughand would not have been able to breathe I that heat.
Love the pillow!!
They always have this at the same time the Extravaganza is going on in Springfield, Ohio. We haven't ever made it due to the same weekend scheduling. This year we didnt make it to Ohio at all. *hangs head in shame*
All cute stuff! I thought of you this weekend when I snagged a plaid vintage Scotch tape can at a garage sale! As kids we actually used to prank call (before caller ID) grocery stores and ask, "Do you have Sir Walter Raleigh in a can?". Ha! My Dad used to smoke it in his pipe. Wish I would've kept a can.... Anyway, nice job. I'm jelly of your goods, as always.
I wish they'd come here! Love the clutch and pillow! So many fun finds. I've never been to Ohio. But Oklahoma was 100 degrees in the shade until a couple of days ago...
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What great finds...I love the Country Living Fair....and had to laugh when you said that you de-clutter one weekend and re-clutter the next.Ha!!...I can relate!!!
I have that same plaid picnic tin! It's currently on my porch with some fake mums inside and it is just darling!
That plaid picnic set that you pictured is so cool---any ideas what was originally to hang from the hooks? I've never seen one like that before.
That is the first time I had seen one so I had to google it when I got home. It is called a Car Snac (without a K) and you would hang it from the back of your car seat. It has two thermoses and then a compartment in the middle for sandwiches. I guess it was made for road trips so you didn't have to stop the car to grab lunch!
I had a blast at there this year! Yes it was hot! And everyone seemed to get their early bird passes this year! I bought a different Christmas pillow that looked like feed sacks and, 5the SCORE of the day was a Hudson 4 pt blanket for only $90!! I also got a square picnic pie basket and an old poster advertising "dancing and legal beverages" at my favorite booth! I wanted to buy a pouch like yours for my iPad but the lines were crazy long!! Next year maybe
That blanket sounds like the deal of the century! I made a huge mistake with a plaid one this year. I didn't follow my buy it when you see it rule and when I circled back to get it 1/2 and hour later someone had bought my blanket 🙂
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It's freezing here right now, so it's kind of hard to remember what it's like to be overheated whilst perusing antiques outdoors in the heat of summer. You seem to have kept your head and only purchased items that you're going to use. Love the little clutch! And your coffee can? Do you remember the joke, "Do you have Sir Walter Raleigh in a can? Well let him out! One of my Dad's favorites. Great finds and lots of eye candy at the fair. Thanks for sharing, Pam!