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Farm Chicks coverage- Day 1

4 Jun

“A Farm Chick is a girl who sees the world through rose-colored glasses.  She loves her family.  She laughs a lot.  She’s farmgirl meets Fifth Avenue and with a little style, she’ll change the world.”  -Farm Chicks Website

Today I died and went to Farm Chicks Fair.

Yes, it was pure heaven!  Now I’m so inspired to jump into my home remodel & design all over again!  I’ve kind of let that slide a bit as I’ve been so side tracked with work and all kinds of other things.

oh …and my poor husband has the longest honey-do list ever now…  ooops.  Gotta say, sometimes it is just really difficult for me to spend money on something I know I can easily make myself.  This is where my darn business & art degrees get in the way!  “Spend money?  Why would I when I can just make it!?”  But then my mom ever so kindly reminds me “Where in the world will you find the time!?”  True.  I think I have over 100 pictures of things I didn’t buy because I wanted to make them…still hasn’t happened.  Okay, that needs to change.

Here’s a recap of some lovelies my partner-in-crime (my mom) and I spied today.  Now let me just say….the lines…were long.  LONG! to get in today.  Even our “exclusive” line, where we waited for 30 minutes.

We were in a group that got to go in earlier than the general public (go us!) and STILL…by the time I eyed something I really couldn’t live without…there was already a SOLD sign on it!  Unfortunately, this just adds to the pressure to impulse buy, which I did.  But even now as I’m sitting in my mom’s living room looking over my purchases I realize…they are golden!  I hit the jackpot and walked out of there with goodies I am still happy with!  I. am. good!  No regrets.  Phew!

This is the line we were in to get in early.  The line for people that didn’t have tickets was a bazillion miles long! 

Almost to the entrance!  I can see it….

Oh my…what a lovely apothecary chest!  And HUGE too!  2.5 ft wide  x 5.5 ft tall and all for $195.  This would be great for an entryway or laundry room.  Little drawers for keys, gloves, mail, and all the junk I throw on my kitchen island.  Somehow I think my junk would look better in these little compartments.  Duh.

Nonetheless…I contemplated buying this for too long.  Came back 30 minutes later and it was sold!  sad!

No, these are not just rotten old wheels.  These are casters!  And they are big!  And they are gold in the world of design.  Stick these on the bottom of a table, bookshelf, cart, or anything…and boy you have the perfect, industrial furniture piece.  $5 a wheel….and $20 later I walked away with a fabulous vision & new addition to the honey-do-list!  Priceless!

Art cabinet.  $225.  This might look brand-spanking new in this photo- but it totally exudes vintage charm up-close & personal.    Amazing!

Cubby cabinet.  $95.  Found in a 100 yr old barn!. I need one of these!  But this is one of those things I just have to make myself/have the husband make from some of our old reclaimed barn-wood we found on our property.  I couldn’t justify spending the dough when I have such a handy-man at home.

This was a fairly large cubby cabinet too, and for my purposes I would prefer a much smaller, counter-top-size find to hold postcards, letters, bills, and other mail.  At least it will look cute and organized that way.

Okay.  I saw this…and while it is a darling chalkboard that would look fabulous in my kitchen or dining room wall with possibly…a menu? dare I?…what was written on it was just too good to pass up and really made me feel good about any future purchases I was soon to contemplate.  Knowing he called…and gave permission nonetheless…perfection!

This is a tin pie box…$25…but boy…I could certainly see using this for jewelry.

LOVED this cart on casters!  $425.  Wouldn’t this make a fab kitchen island!?  Not to mention, those wire baskets are pretty unbeatable…like…say…on my fireplace hearth…

This hutch.  Dining room.  To die for!  $395.  I soooo sooo contemplated this!  Maybe tomorrow if it’s still there then it was meant to be… (sorry Baby)

Love these lights!  Over the kitchen Island?  Yes please!

This milk crate was in perfect condition and  SO beautiful!  $24.  Stack magazines inside this next to the couch…

This was one of my favorite pieces in the whole show!  This thing is massive, original, and just gorgeous gorgeous wood with glimpses of the type/stencils left on each drawer.  Swoon!  And yet again…the casters just make it even better.  Yum.  Only downside- $895.  Wasn’t feeling that today.  Maybe tomorrow!  Hahah…I crack myself up.

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1904 fireplace mantle.  $350, which is a great price!  I want it…but I already have one!  Put some candle sticks or books in the opening and you’ve got a funky twist to a classic piece.  Necessary.  Yes. 

Oh my.  LOVELY!  And it swings!!!  Ahhhh.  This would look so great on a charming covered porch.  Looks uncomfortable though and the price tag at $500 was a no brainer.  Couldn’t.  No…wouldn’t…do it. 

Epic picture fail…I know.  But if you can somehow look past that you can kind of see the fabulousness of this behind-the-couch table.  Adore!  Especially with a price tag of $150.

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Hey!  Another cubby cabinet!  $90.  I sooooo love, and this time it was the perfect size for my counter top and all my trinkets & mail.  Cha-ching!

This bench.  $425.  Swoon-worthy!  Circa 1800′s, found in an Austrian estate!  Can I say amazing? 

Make a single, long custom cushion and voila…indoor couch for a sitting room.  Not to mention, this booth’s burlap pillows were fabulous.  I think this was the most popular booth at the show because of their pillows…but $60 a pillow!?  ouch!  Not even I could justify that one. 

I’m not sure what this is or how much it was.  Ooops.  I think it was a vintage piece with newly re-upholstered cushions…but mainly I put it up here because of its Chevron stripes print!  Love! 

These. Are. Amazing.  Antique oversize wine bottles & storage containers.  Oh Em Gee.  These things are MASSIVE!  About 3 ft tall & 1.5 ft wide.  And the metal baskets they are in…wow.  $150…which is a steal because I’ve seen these for around $400-500 everywhere else.  I think I need one tomorrow when I go back for day 2. 

Now…bear with me and think out of the box a bit…the glass bottle on the floor as a lamp base—metal post straight up—and then the metal basket, flipped upside down, and used as the “lamp shade.”  I know I’ve seen this somewhere…

Here we go…something kind of like this idea…but with those metal baskets instead.  Fab!

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Another couple of apothecary chests.

This time a mini one!  Oh my.  This looks like jewelry heaven!  $85

And another huge one…for laundry room or entry way goodness.  $229.  The perfect “catch all” furniture piece. 

Of course….apothecary jars.  $24 & $12.  I went in with the goal of buying several of these for my antique fireplace mantel that the hubs randomly brought out of storage and thus, brought it back to life, into our dining room.  Yet I left with not a single one!  Not sure what that was about…but I’ll rectify the situation tomorrow at day 2.  Relief.  And no regrets. 

$32

A tool chest…turned jewelry chest?  $125.  Amazing!

Lockers lockers lockers!  Oh my.  I really would love this for my office.  $500.  Ouch.  But probably totally worth the pain. 

Huge vintage metal letters.  $30 each!  Such a fabulous price!  I wanted to get these for “LIFEWORK” but they didn’t have all the letters to spell it!  Grr!  Maybe I need just a big ole “M” for Marissa. 

Well, thats the end of Day 1.  We’re exhausted!  And yet…I’m going back tomorrow?

Of course!!

Coverage of The Farm chicks show- coming today!

4 Jun

I am SO excited to be on my little inspiration vacation to…well…my home-town.  But, much needed!

Just a little heads up:  I will be bringing you live (I will seriously try) coverage of the Farm Chicks show- a fabulous flea-market/antiques fair with tons of vendors from around the country!  If “live” doesn’t seem to be agreeing with me, my ipad, or my blog, which is totally likely to happen since a lot of stars have to align for that to work out, then I will certainly be bringing you after-hours coverage of the show.  Promise!  Check back today for some incredible awesomeness & to see all the vintage goodies I neeeeeed in my home!

I woke up way too early this morning with butterflies in my stomach.  Lines are supposed to be four hours long to get in today, but I planned ahead and bought tickets during the very limited pre-sale hours yesterday and hopefully that will get me right in the door and snapping pictures left and right for your amusement.  Best part is, I’ll be with my partner in crime- my mom!  We’ll be pushing our budgets beyond what we should!  :)  Pray the hubs is happy with my finds!

I’ll be back!

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