The Horton’s French Flea Market in Tipton, Indiana was just so much fun this weekend! Donna did an excellent job of organizing on this event and it was well worth the 2 ½ hour drive from Dayton. We took some back roads through the farmland of Indiana, and it didn’t even add on any extra time to the estimated trip time that Google Maps had calculated on the interstate.
The first thing we did when we got to this cute little town was to search out Donna’s booth. Turns out, she had her daughter, April, manning it because she was so busy making sure that the flea market was running like a well-tuned engine.
Donna’s booth was themed in a soft color palette.
Donna and April created their own soy candles with such delicious scents as lemon verbena and fig. Oh my, how that tent smelled good; and now my house will be smelling good, as well!
Here are Donna and her daughter posing for me. Thanks for taking the time, Donna- I know you were super busy! Donna coordinated over 20 vendors for this event. The booth content ran the gamut from bakery items to vintage/up-cycled goods. I discovered Donna’s blog last year, shortly before last year’s event. Then I lost the link and wondered how I could ever find her again, since I couldn’t remember the name of the store or even where it was located. I found her by accident again last month when she was posting about the show for this summer. Talk about good karma- I just knew that I had to go to this show! And, of course, the husband was quite accommodating and he really had a good time shopping with me, as well.
The next three pictures below are all part of Horton’s inside the store. An entire side wall was renovated to expose the old brick wall and the area is stocked with both vintage and commercially produced country/French décor.
I liked this metal chandy- it was filled with moss and faux ferns, then topped with a gazing ball. Couldn’t you see this out of the patio with some candles burning on a summer evening? How romantic….
The addition of the tree trunk slices gives this vignette such a woodsy feel.
Do you see the old brick wall that was exposed when this area was re-done? This faux greenhouse/cottage was constructed of old doors, windows, and shutters. How clever! But you’ll really be amazed when you go over to Donna’s blog to see what her husband constructed for her- just suffice it to say that you will love “Tinker!”
The next five pictures are from the booth, Vintage Living. Rebecca is from Chicago and had some gorgeous treasures for sale. She has an online shop and blogs at A Re-purposed Life.
This set of five bottles would make even ordinary single blooms look spectacular.
Check out the silver, garden inspired décor, and handmade treasures.
I sold a similar basket like this one at my sale in May. This one looks adorable filled with mini clay pots that are filled with lichen.
Buttons, springs, and shoes.
Isn’t covering an old watering can with moss and lichen such a good idea?
This booth was run by two sisters who created book-art. They used book pages to make wreaths, figures, and to decorate other items. This metal birdhouse was enhanced with moss, feathers, and simple book page flowers.
The book page topiary was a real favorite of mine. It just may be inspiring me to create one of my own. Do you see the little bird created from book pages? The sisters told me that it takes a lot of practice to create something like this.
This wreath didn’t belong to the sisters, but it’s another example of paper art. These roses are rolled up music pages with pretty green leaves tucked between them. It was being sold in the Horton’s area of the store.
We resisted the temptation to buy any baked goods here in the pie shop. We did,however, partake of some samples of fudge passed around by the two precious mimes shown below.
These girls were a hoot. In true mime fashion, they didn’t speak a word. They walked around the grounds offering samples to shoppers. It cracked us up when they walked up to the baker mannequin at the pie shop and pantomimed to him. He was offered a cup of lemonade. When he (obviously) didn’t answer, the one young mime shrugged, threw up her hand in a gesture that meant to us “ Sorry, buddy, you’re really missing out on a nice, cool drink”, then she wandered off to refresh some real, live customers!
Kitchen linens and decorative accessories.
A vintage lithograph.
Colorful old tool boxes.
Vintage ceramic plant holders.
The burlap banner at this booth was so cute. The proprietress up-cycled many of her items for sale. Stop over and visit Jackie at her blog, Shambora Studios.
The mannequin was dressed both shabby and chic.
I should have saved our son’s Tonka dump truck!
I had the opportunity to meet another fellow blogger at the show, as well. Nicki blogs at The Vintage Farmhouse and lives in Zionsville, IN. I bought something from her that will show up in a vignette post real soon.
It was such a fun to see all the vendors and merchandise at the Horton’s show. It turned out to be a glorious sunny day, even though it started out raining as we left Dayton and crossed into Indiana. I’ll definitely be putting next year’s event on my summer calendar. And who knows- I might even get to see YOU there!
I’ll be back soon to show you what I bought!
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