This is the scene we were greeted with after our 2 ½ hour drive drive to the Rural Society Antique and Garden show last Friday. It looks a wee bit like the Irish countryside, don’t you agree? Although the day was overcast, the weather held and there was no rain! We encountered some sputters in a few places while en route, but Mother Nature must have just been having a little fit before she calmed down and made the day perfect.
I was in need of some leg stretching and some walking through the barn and outbuildings after the car ride, so we started in the big barn where Page and Rusty had their treasures set up. For those of you not familiar with this sale in central Ohio, the farm’s owner, Page Price, had a 10-page feature in last month’s issue of Country Living. Check out the magazine to see her lovely farm home.
Lots of mirrors, silver, boxes, trays and just junque goodness.
While very unique looking, I’m not so certain that this chair would be anywhere near comfortable!
This was a simple, but elegant mantel. In the foreground, you can see vintage chalkboards and a baby bed.
I actually have a similar twig table that I need to bring down from the attic. Mine was a $3 find at a yard sale. Its former owner saw absolutely no value in it at all: thus, the very reasonable price!
As we entered the barn, this red lacquered dresser was being tagged as “sold.” Check out the humongous apothecary jar terrarium on the left.
A very simple way to display the many baseballs in your collection!
Outside the barn were lots of goodies very appropriate for a garden setting.
Before I got sidelined, I was looking at this old and chippy gate. But I walked away and forgot to come back to it. I’ll be looking for one on my yard sale outings in the upcoming weeks
A local greenhouse set up under this tent and featured some gorgeous floral baskets.
Here’s a nice bamboo set, perfect for a sunroom. I sure was coveting that sea fan!
Lots of healthy looking herbs….
This booth was loaded with great vintage goodies and its owner knew how to display them well.
I LOVED this black cupboard and I’d like to have a similar one made for me. Just have to find a carpenter!
This tent/booth had so much vintage that I had to go back for a second look.
Here’s a close-up of the top of this gal’s tent. Kinda looks like a cousin of the chicken that I was chasing in the greenhouse dining tent! LOL
My bushel basket got a paint job just like this!
This dealer had quite a few hypertufa planting containers, but he was not a very friendly guy. I asked him if he could ever do a “bundled price” if I bought three or more planters. He promptly answered “NO!” then walked away from me. As I walked through his booth area, I saw him ignoring other potential customers while he chatted with two of his helpers. Not the way to do business in MY world, buddy! I decided not to even buy anything from him because of his attitude. Isn’t it funny how some people can just turn you off? However, because I really wanted a planter, I relented on our way out of the sale. I had to hunt for someone to take my money for the planter I had decided on (the dealer and his pals were still deep in private conversation once again) and even then, I wasn’t even thanked for my purchase. I wanted to take my money back and shove the planter into his hands at that point. Don’t people realize that they have to appreciate their customers’ patronage? This guy could never work for me- I want my customers to feel appreciated! In my humble opinion, he was not the type of dealer who should have been at this show.
This was probably the best priced booth at the show for the type of merchandise its owner had! She had rocking chairs planted with flower containers for only $38! I wish I had bought one of her benches, but I got distracted again when I left the area to go chat with someone I saw!
I really liked this wood table. It would look great out in a covered porch where it was protected from the elements.
These are Page’s lovely and peaceful garden areas directly off the side of her house. People kept congregating at the table and benches nearby so they could relax and enjoy the the farm atmosphere.
I hope you enjoyed the tour of the sale! I attended her fall sale last year and came away with a multitude of things. This spring, I went with the intention of only buying garden accessories. While I didn’t purchase everything I wanted, the day was very enjoyable, as I enjoyed visiting with a few blogging friends. I’ll be seeing many of them in again soon; our part of Ohio has a couple of good sales coming up within the next few weeks, so I’ll be posting about them soon.
Regretfully, there are no photos of my pal, Debby and myself; I think she was too busy watching me chase a chicken around the greenhouse to take a picture! But, here are my friends, Kathy and Terri. They’ll be at the Springfield Extravaganza/Vintage Market on May 18-20. And guess who’ll be working in their booth? Me!
We are going to have such a blast! And I will NOT be wearing my specs for that show! I can’t wait to be back in my contact lenses once again- Not having peripheral vision with my prescription is such a pain!
Notes to self- don’t sit on a rock wall downhill from your friends again- you look like a midget! Also, take the “good” camera with you next time! Photos will be much better.
Joining these hostesses this week: