So, here are some of the items I took home with me from the Country Living Fair. Above is a cast iron arrow from an old weather vane, $24, a funky necklace for $2 that has spun cotton beads, a wooden paddle from a French market, $8, a spool of silver thread on a wooden spool for $8 (?) and a couple of vintage photos for a dollar each.
I have included the prices as I often wonder what folks actually pay for their wonderful finds. When we left for the fair I didn't hold out much hope of finding much that I would be able to afford however there was something for everyone! The price range ran from cheap finds to expensive stuff. Marty was remarking on a very large, about eight feet long, enamel on cast iron sink with a drainboard on each side priced at $2000. Well, by the end of the first day that big ol' sink was gone!
Nancy Wiley ($35). She even signed it for me! The silver glitter is from Wendy Addison ($12). The pin cushion is by Sue Parker of Skippy Doodle Designs ($25).
The needle felted chickadee is by Lauren Decateur, ($25)from another part of the fair.
Kathryn Kosto of Poetry Collage but this is the one I settled on. It was $85.
here) which was for sale for $125 at the same spot I got the little leather jewellery casket above. Elsewhere there was a large rectangular tin full of foreign handwritten papers but it was $140. It was gone by the next day. Marty would get the vapours every time I wanted to go look at it and peruse its contents.
At the end of the second day, while we were cooling off in the car and watching folks go in and out of the fair, there were as many entering as there were leaving at 3 PM and those leaving were carrying all manner of neat finds. If you have never been and have the opportunity to go, it is well worth the trip. The extra cost of the early bird tickets is totally worth it too. It's amazing how little you can see when there is a crush of people later on.