There is a huge craft fair in the area this weekend - a couple hundred thousand people come for it. It is MEGA. You can get there from two different directions - a country route and a lake route. The country route that I take is chock a block full of popup craft fairs, antique sales, garage sales and swap meets. Lara was out hitting some sales Thursday morning and sent me a text that I should stop at a little swap meet along the way. Just as she was hitting "SEND", I walked up and knocked on her window and scared the beejeezus out of her. Sorry about that, Lara. (It did give me a chuckle, though!).
I didn't buy anything at the swap meet, but I did stop at a big sale up the road. They have a sale every year during this weekend. They have a ton of junk. Lots of it is junk - new Christmas, clothes, toys, etc. Not my type of thing. I think they go and buy out sales at the end of the day or something - they have a huge shed full of stuff they drag out. My first purchase was there and was something I have not ever bought because I just don't get the whole crocheted afghan thing right now. Vintage crocheted afghans are HOT.
This bright pink one afghan was the first one to ever tempt me. When given a price of $1.00, I bit. It smelled a bit funky - I think it was from being in that shed all summer. I washed it and will put it outside to dry tomorrow.
It takes many hours to do the four HUGE tents on one side of the Mill and another hour or two to do the tents on the other side - so we had to get out there pronto.
The best part of the day is the picnic I pack and we eat on the riverbank. We watch families as they sit and get out their purchases. We also love seeing what people go get to eat. Sausage on a stick. GIANT Turkey legs that no one ever finishes. Strudel. Funnel Cakes. Funnel Cakes. Funnel cakes. Corn on stick. Mammoth hotdogs. Giant hamburgers. There I sit with my PB&J, Pringles and Grapes. None of those food truck things sound good to me and they are SO expensive. I sweat spending money on food, so we always pack.
Look at all the people headed over the bridge. It is insane.
After the craft fair, we found a swap meet up on a hill, so we stopped.
I got the bow tie quilt for $2.00. It's not great and not that pretty. But a handmade quilt for $2.00 always comes home with me. The cats like sleeping on them. You can take them on picnics, use them in the car to cover up junk. Lots of reasons to buy a $2.00 quilt.
I also bought these new in the package vintage socks. I think they are women's size. They are small but they would fit me. There is a certain demographic on ebay that will like them. (Can you say ADULT BABY?)
I bought a few more things, but they are mixed in with the other stuff from this week.
I picked these up today for the booth. I sold a pair at the Junk Ranch, so I know these should sell too. The lady told me that they were VERY OLD. And they were on her husband's porch his entire childhood. Well, the big UPC sticker on the back and the polarized plug say otherwise. You would think with a story like that the price would have been more than the $5.00 I paid.
I picked this little one up at Goodwill earlier in the week.
I found this old fishing basket thingamajig today. Usually when I see these they are about $20.00. This one was 50¢. I am picturing it chock full of Shiny Brites. Wouldn't that be cool looking?
Finds from here and there. Wooden serving spoon and fork. Old rolling pin without handles. I keep buying these. I KNOW there is a use for them somewhere. THINK WOMAN, THINK.
The box is cool - I want to paint if and use it in my vintage market set up somehow. I'm thinking of standing it up like a door and using it for pendants.
OH MY GOD A TAMPON COMMERCIAL JUST CAME ON MY COMPUTER FROM NOWHERE.
Cute vintage frog planter for me.
Kokeshi dolls that I cannot seem to pass up but have a terrible time selling.
Vintage toadstool planter and a handful of old tarnished spoons.
Diecast Construction toy. It was 25¢. I think I can Christmas it up somehow.
And now it is time for SHARA'S BULK BUYS OF THE WEEK........
Eighty five corks.
A gross of Miley Cyrus Foam finger cupcake picks. :)
And, a gross of vintage gold bells.
I have no idea what to do with the corks, bells or fingers. But when I see it and it's cheap, I buy it.
But, you already knew that......