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