Shotgun!: Country Living Fair 2016 (Lebanon, Tennessee)

Shotgun!: Country Living Fair 2016 (Lebanon, Tennessee)

A couple of years ago, I attended my first Country Living Fair in Atlanta and just had a terrific time. If you’ve never been to a CLF before, here’s what you need to know: they are HUGE events and it’s impossible to see everything in one day…and the booths are amazing, so you’ll be plunking down some hard-earned dollars for unique treasures that you just may never find again. So when I had the chance to attend this year’s Fair in Lebanon, Tennessee (just outside of Nashville), I jumped at the chance!

Country Living Fair Lebanon Tennessee by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Perfect sky for a day of pickin’…

The other fun thing about Country Living Fairs is that there are usually some famous folks there as sellers or speakers, and the famous names vary from show to show. So, if you watch HGTV or The Food Network or The History Channel or The DIY Network, chances are you’ll get to see or meet one of their stars!

But I went for the shoppin’! And in typical Sadie fashion, I spent a bunch of money from the get-go…I’ve yet to display any willpower starting from the first booth I enter. And this year, the first booth I checked out was Bleu 32– there was an array of chippy green and chippy blue, so that’s probably why I was drawn to it right away!

Architectural salvage from Bleu 32 at Country Living Fair Lebanon Tennessee / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Hmmm…I could do something with that…

Vintage mailbox from Bleu 32 at Country Living Fair 2016 Lebanon Tennessee / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Cutest mailbox ever!

Conveniently right next door was the booth for The Country Cottage– brand new sellers in the vintage world, but here’s their shtick- everything they sell comes from Europe…mostly from Hungary! So I was particularly curious about their wares and loved feeling like I was poking around a grandmother’s kitchen in Budapest.

Vintage child skis from Country Cottage at Country Living Fair 2016 Lebanon Tennessee / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Kiddie skis are about as cute as it gets…

Vintage Hungarian treasures from Country Cottage at Country Living Fair 2016 Lebanon Tennessee / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Hungry for Hungary…

Ambling with no real direction (it’s easy to become dazed and a little “High on Vintage” at these events), I ended up at a new set of booths with Raggidy Edges greeting me at the entrance. I did my best to keep my fingers from running over all the repurposed vintage chenille bedspreads and wool blankets…and why I was drawn to all the orange is not something I can really explain. I just was!

Repurposed vintage chenille bedspreads from Raggidy Edges at Country Living Fair 2016 Lebanon Tennessee / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Snuggly carrots!

Repurposed vintage chenille bedspreads from Raggidy Edges at Country Living Fair 2016 Lebanon Tennessee / www.sadieseasongoods.com

I like these candy corn better than the real thing!

I was ecstatic to find City Farmhouse in the same building- I fell madly, deeply in love with their shop when I visited Franklin, TN a few years back. They had, perhaps, one of the prettiest booths in the entire Fair (in my humble opinion) …and my pics are terrible because the booth was never NOT swarmed with admirers.

City Farmhouse at Country Living Fair 2016 Lebanon Tennessee / www.sadieseasongoods.com

A romantic booth…

City Farmhouse at Country Living Fair 2016 Lebanon Tennessee / www.sadieseasongoods.com

I am DIGGIN’ that salt/pepper shaker centerpiece!

Another pretty booth that I came across was Olde Thyme Marketplace– very French Farmhouse, if that’s your thing (and it’s one of my many things). And my wallet couldn’t come out fast enough when I spotted this stack of vintage barn stall placards…including one with our house number on it! I smell a front porch or mailbox project for Casa Seasongoods coming on…

Olde Tyme Marketplace at Country Living Fair 2016 Lebanon Tennessee / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Barn stall numbers!

After that, I put the kibosh on shopping (unless it was for water or iced coffee!) …but my phone still had battery life left, so I didn’t stop snapping pics. There’s just so much to see at these festivals!

There was a HUGE line to meet Nancy Fuller (of the show Farmhouse Rules), but my sweaty self simply waltzed in the back door of where she was signing books, snuck a pic, and headed back out on my merry way. Shhhh…

Nancy Fuller Farmhouse Rules at Country Living Fair 2016 Lebanon Tennessee / www.sadieseasongoods.com

She was having a grand ole’ time…

And then I just ambled and envied…so many chippy things, so little time (and room in my car).

Vintage shabby farmhouse at Country Living Fair 2016 Lebanon Tennessee / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Sigh…

Vintage shabby farmhouse at Country Living Fair 2016 Lebanon Tennessee / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Look at that turquoise!

Vintage shabby farmhouse at Country Living Fair 2016 Lebanon Tennessee / www.sadieseasongoods.com

What a fun, fun day…

Now- I’ve been told by my friends juNxtaposition and Bel Monili that the Country Living Fair in Columbus, OH is THE FAIR to go to- have any of y’all been? I’m wondering if that needs to be on my road trip list…

Until next time, Explore on!

S

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Comments

  1. Great photos!! Resistance is futile!! Thanks for sharing your adventure.

  2. I love your shotgun series, Sarah. I feel a kindred spirit in the way you describe the high, the many loves, the ‘can’t get the wallet out fast enough’ feelings at these fairs. I haven’t been to the CLF, but feel it comin’. Thanks for taking us along.

    • sarahwpb@yahoo.com says:

      Thank you so much, Rita- I love exploring new places, towns, and festivals…and then sharing my experiences. So glad you enjoy them!!

  3. Wow! For my pocketbook, it is probably that it is too far away for me!

  4. When is the one in Col, Oh?

    • sarahwpb@yahoo.com says:

      I believe it’s in September…Stella Show Management is the company that organizes them, so check their website. 🙂

  5. thanks for the shout out !! <3 would love to see ya in Columbus !!

  6. I just adore the CLF. If I could, I tour all of them. I’m lucky to be near the one in Rhinebeck, but the selfish part of me wants to see each. You’re right… can’t get enough.

    • sarahwpb@yahoo.com says:

      I definitely want to check out the Columbus show- Rhinebeck would be much more of a trek…but it seems like a good bucket list item: Hit all the CLF shows at least once. 🙂

  7. How fun! Looks like you had a good time! 🙂

    Thanks for joining Cooking and Crafting with J & J!

  8. WOW! I would have been in hog heaven! Love the pictures but sure makes me wished I could have gone! LOL!

  9. That looks like so much fun! I’d love to load up those chairs.

    We have Canton First Monday Trade Days here in Texas every month. I love it!

    Happy Thoughts of Home.

  10. I would be like a kid in a candy shop! Thanks for including this in the line up at Celebrate Your Story.

  11. mistiehomespunengineer says:

    I have never been to a country living fair, but was slightly itching to attend this one in Lebanon. Pretty close to home. However, I will have to catch the next one. It was great to see the pictures you took and get a glimpse of what it is like.

    • sarahwpb@yahoo.com says:

      For a vintage/antiques lover, it’s an amazing fair…just don’t expect to find any bargains or thrifty prices.

  12. I am so looking forward to the Country Living Fair here in Atlanta this fall. I’ve been a couple of times and it truly is a fantastic event. Thank you for sharing your experience at the fair at Vintage Charm.

    • sarahwpb@yahoo.com says:

      Yes!! I loved the Atlanta fair when I went, too…haven’t decided if I’ll go again this year or not.

  13. Ooh lala so many fantastic treasures!! I can see where it would be difficult not to spend money here. Such awesome finds!!

  14. MaryEllen in MA says:

    Thanks for allowing us to share your fun vicariously. I loved your address sign post, and this one was fun, too. Who knew there was such a thing as vintage barn stall numbers? I sure didn’t! I have a fence post section that is identical to yours; I bought it in NH, and it patiently awaits an inspiration on my part. I’m kind of saving it for a small garden bed, and I must remember to hang a sign on it! It would look perfect alongside one of those great birdhouse so nice table spindles in your last pic! Also, the blue firkin made me drool! A very uplifting post to cheer me up! Thanks again….

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