Wednesday, September 17, 2014

The Country Living Fair 2014



Hi, everyone!

As some of you know, every September I travel to Columbus (about a 2 hour drive) where my lifelong friend Suzanne lives, and we go on a shopping extravaganza!

I always get there on a Thursday, early morning, and we literally shop until late when the stores close.  As she pointed out, we didn't step foot inside of one chain store...all we shopped at were independent vintage shops and an Antique Mall.  The best kind of shopping as far as I'm concerned!

Then I spend the night, and on Friday we always hit the Country Living Fair.  This is a fun annual tradition, one that we've done 4 or 5 years in a row now. (We've lost track!)

Thursday night we hit the small town of Canal Winchester where all the little shops and restaurants were having a fall open house.

This is the sweet storefront of our friend Polly's shop, Georgie Emerson Vintage.




It is SO charming, and was decked out in vintage goodies for fall!

How cute is this display?




I wish that I would've gotten more pics inside, but we were too busy shopping and gabbing!

Ok...here are some photos from Country Living for you.  It's worth going to the show just to drool over all the gorgeous displays!


This was a really fun booth!




Suzanne actually bought this stunning birdcage!  It is HUGE and I can't wait to see what she does with it!




LOVED this booth, too...




Here we are in front of these gorgeous hanging windows...








And on to some others...















We spotted a variety of dress forms...






...and lots of ironstone...






This is barely a fraction of what we saw, but you get the idea!
My head was spinning from all of the wonderful treasures everywhere!

We had a wonderful visit and shopped til we dropped...what more could a girl want?

I'll be back soon to show you the goodies that I brought home!

Thanks for stopping by...have a fantastic day :)

52 comments:

  1. So funny. I just posted pictures of the fair. Your post was the next one down, hah. I honestly looked for you all day. Wonder how close we came to seeing each other. Also we both took pictures of different things. It was crowded on Friday more than Saturday. It was so much fun this year. Can't wait to see what you got.

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  2. Amazing. That would be a dream come true for anyone in the northeast (Canada)! I'd have to borrow a truck I think. Can't wait to see your treasures. Have a great day. Pam

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  3. Thank you for the glimpses of the CL Fair. I would be spinning there, too! :-) I love those white arched windows - so JDL! I'll be back to see what you got. Lovely blog you have.
    Lara

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  4. SO much eye candy!!! I am coming back later this afternoon with a cup of tea and enjoy browsing through each and every photo!!! SO much better than looking through a magazine!!
    So are YOU the blond or the brunette??

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  5. Wow, I'm drooling over all the vintage goodies. Every booth is my favorite and I can't believe what a good job these vendors do displaying their treasures. Looking forward to seeing what you came home with.

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  6. Sounds like a great time with some even better eye candy! Loved many of the booths you showed and will have to pin some for inspiration...♥

    xoxo
    Kathleen

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  7. I love seeing all these booths, Susan - thank you for sharing. When I saw that huge birdcage with the chandy hanging inside, it got my head spinning for a new way to use a light without needing to hard wire (I like that!). Love all the ironstone (and brown transferware behind it) - that counter with that and the vintage luggage above made my heart go pitter patter. And I love the baseballs in the urn. Thanks for your well wishes on our upcoming sale - the weather looks promising, I just hope we get lots of [buying] traffic! Our prices are ridiculously good overall.

    Now, what did you buy?!

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  8. WHAT FUN, WHAT GREAT FUN!! Awesome birdcage your BFF bought! Nothing better than spending time with your BFF and "shopping" at those great places.
    warmly,
    deb

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  9. Susan,
    Now you went and did it my friend!!! I'm going after this comment to google when Renninger's extravaganza in Adamstown, Pa is scheduled. Early Spring and early Fall are the best time of year to experience like you did with your friend the offerings at your Country Living Fair and our Renninger's. You have me scrolling and looking at all the amazing items you saw. I surely hope you do a post of all your amazing purchases. Love these kind of flea fairs that cause hearts to race and eyes to delight in finds that truly are one of a kind. John goes with me in the hunt and capture for we both adore our vintage collections. Your friend Suzanne's birdcage is incredible. Wired through a table below she could copy the display with a chandelier inside, no need for wiring it above. Please share all your wonderful finds in a future post.
    XO,
    Vera

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  10. Well, now I know what I need to put on my calendar for next year. That and winning the lotto because boy, would I be in trouble. I love those windows -- I have a small one in my hal and it's one of my favorites! Looks like a fabulous time with a good friend and good shopping, too!

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  11. A girls weekend is always great!! I went to the CL Fair in June can't wait for next years!!

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  12. Oh my....my heart is getting excited. I LOVE everyone of these pictures....this is definitely my style. I could go all crazy there with all of this old stuff. Your blog always inspires me and I can't wait to see what you do for the Holidays. I've committed my home to being in the Christmas tour of homes and I need some exciting ideas....Great post!!

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  13. Oh my GAWSH! Love it all! The witches half body up there is so funny! Adorable pic of you two! xoxo Jen

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  14. I can see that you have had a great stay. So many vintage treasures to hunt.
    Would have loved beeing there!!! Looking foreward to see some of the trasures you bought.
    Marit

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  15. Oh.........thank you, thank you, thank you for posting pics of the fair! I've been dying to see them. That fair comes to my town next month and I can't wait. You took pictures of some cute things. I always get so many good ideas from their displays and the things they sell. Looking forward to seeing what you bought. Love your shopping tradition too.

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  16. You both look so cute with your pretty sweaters and beautiful smiles! It's so much fun to see all of the neat things. I wish I could be a buyer for some one. I see so many amazing things in the thrift stores here in Florida! Lots of old stuff....for obvious reasons (older population)! lol Can't wait to see what you got! Hugs!

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  17. The displays are fabulous...so many ideas!!
    What a great tradition, and I can't wait to see what you came home with.
    Mary Alice

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  18. I went there a few years ago and loved it.
    I signed up for country living magazine for one year at $5.00 !!!!!!!!!!
    I wish someone would sign me up again at that price hit hit

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  19. Thanks for sharing your photos, Susan. I dream of attending a big show like that one day so you can imagine I am checking out each photo to see all the pretty goods. How lovely that you went with a friend. I usually end up going to (much smaller) places around here by myself as my sister/bff does not enjoy anything decor related (yet we are sooo similar in other ways.)

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  20. Hi Susan,
    OHHHHHH so much eye candy in one place. Loved that witch hanging in the display of Polly's shop. How stinkin cute it that. So glad you had such a good time.
    Kris

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  21. Ohhhhh, loving it! It has been awhile since I've been out junking! Thank you for taking us along!!! xoxo

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  22. I can't wait to see what you brought home!

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  23. Oh my gosh!!! I can't imagine being surrounded with so many beautiful things! Looks like an adventure for sure! I'm so glad you got to go and enjoyed yourself!

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  24. Maybe a good thing I live so far away or I'd be broke!

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  25. What great places to pick. I miss it. My money has been going to see my children and buying goodies for the grandbabies. I do miss it though. Love the shops and booths. What great fun!

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  26. I know you 2 had a fun time. Love that birdcage!

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  27. OK, just freakin rub it in! Oh be still my heart I would of loved to have been there. It looks like you had a really great time. I would of been in heaven to put among so many treasures.

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  28. Oh Susan, It looks like you had oodles of vintage goodness to look at, touch and purchase. Please getting to go with a good friend, what JOY!!! I am looking forward to seeing what beauties you found for your great home! I'm heading to Junk in the Trunk on Saturday - Can. Not. Wait!!!! Blessings, Cindy

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  29. Oh, Susan, I forgot you were going, too. I should have contacted you to meet up somewhere. There were soooo many things at the fair that I wanted to buy, but couldn't because I flew and couldn't get some of the stuff back with me on the plane. There were four HUGE corbels that I would have purchased in a heartbeat along with lots of fretwork, but I couldn't figure out how to get it home. I did bring home four smaller corbels, though, so there's that!

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  30. I love the Country Living Fairs...so glad you got to spend it with your friend...so many great things to see...loved the pic of you and your friend in front of those gorgeous windows!

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  31. Thanks for taking us along!!! I haven't been in a few years but would love to go next year! LOVE the great vintage stuff!! I can't wait to see what treasures you have bought......I know you are creating and moving things around~~~Blessings~~~Roxie

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  32. Susan...I wanted to go to the Country Living Fair, but I had a show this past weekend. I missed going there last year too. It is about an hour away from where I live. I'm thrilled that I get to go the huge flea market extravaganza this weekend and I'm only 20 minutes from it.
    ~Cindy

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  33. What a treat, I have to keep going back from picture to picture to see more and more! How ever did you chose? I love it all! Thanks for sharing your trip with us.
    Hugs,
    Patti

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  34. Hey Susan, all I can say is OMG!!! That basin on the stand, love and the old windows and birdcages are gorgeous. so much gorgeous stuff. What a fun time. I would have been buying up a storm.

    Cindy

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  35. Thank you so much for sharing the wonderful CL displays...it's great inspiration!!
    AND I'm jealous you got to visit Polly...I would love to see her shop one day!

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  36. Oh...Susan...everything is amazing! How many beautiful things! The birdcages, the shabby frames,the adorable shop...
    Kisses
    Alessandra

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  37. I Can't wait to see what you bought....Of course the car was probably full with your friends HUGE birdcage lol I love the witch hanging in your friends shop....SOOOO cute and So are you!!!

    Carol

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  38. OH my...this looks like a wonderful time with a great friend! Thanks for sharing!

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  39. Hi Susan, what an amazing time you had. Shop till you drop is my kind of weekend and those booths are all so inviting. I would need a truck to get home!! Love your friends shop too.
    Hope you share what you found. Have a great weekend.
    Hugs

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  40. AwEsoMe CL Show Pics!*!*!
    Can't wait to *SEE* what you bought!*!*!
    Jeanine Burkhardt

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  41. Oh my gosh, I am DROOLING over these pictures. What a fun time!!

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  42. love that witch bottom! fab pictures--so much to love! thanks for sharing, susan!

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  43. Susan, What Fun! I wish they held a Country Living Fair closer to me...so many wonderful things to see.
    xx,
    Sherry

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  44. Thanks for coming by the shop on Thursday night, sorry it was crazy and dinner was slow (boo!!). Looks like you girls had a fun fun weekend. Seeing your pictures, I definitely need to go to CL Fair on Friday next year. I went Sunday and it was picked over big time. It still managed to spend a lot of money somehow though! Good to see you girls! I love all your finds and that birdcage is huge and amazing!

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  45. Oh my Susan, if I went there I would have to take a wad of bills. lol! How on earth do you choose what to buy? I saw so much I loved! I do have that large garden cloche on the left in the first photo and love it. The windows are gorgeous and you two are pretty darn cute as well!
    hugs,
    Jann

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  46. I was in Canal that Thursday too! Wonder if we ran across each other. I was there with my sister from Oregon and she was so impressed with the shops.

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  47. such beautiful things!! I love country fairs.

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