If you put together one part vintage, one part craft, one part upcycling, and one part farm-on-a-rolling-countryside, you’ll get the makings of a FANTASTIC annual festival that those of us in the know call the Farm Fresh Fair. Located at the Farm on Rabon Creek in Fountain Inn, South Carolina, the Farm Fresh Fair is quickly becoming one the preeminent vintage fairs in the South.
It was highlighted in Garden & Gun Magazine after all…
So when the date rolled around again, my friends and I gathered the troops and headed to the Farm.
The set up for Farm Fresh is one of its highlights- not only is there a barn for vendors to set up in, but there’s a huge covered pavilion just begging to be lined with booths.
And the booths were there in full force…so many vendors that they spilled into the green pasture. Oh, and did I mention that the proceeds from the meager entrance fee ($5) were benefiting Mill Village Farms? No big thing- they just transform vacant properties in disadvantaged parts of town into community gardens that provide locally-grown fresh produce to the challenged communities that desperately need access to fresh food.
They are SERIOUSLY AWESOME, ya’ll…
So off we went in search of treasures. We obviously stopped by some friendly favorites- Maliasmark, Pink Dogwoods Jewelry, and Kate DiNatale Vintage. And wouldn’t you know it, I found some new favorite vendors. Care to meet them?
These two vendors decided to unite their lovely wares- handmade, upcycled clothing and bags and vintage home décor treasures, respectively- into one stunningly beautiful booth. It was like walking into the vintage boutique of my dreams, really.
I couldn’t get enough of this outfit (scarf and belt) and was happy/sad to find it had sold when I came back around on my second lap.
Talk about timing- Jon has just switched over to using a safety razor, and we fatefully stumbled across a booth filled with handmade shave soaps using locally-sourced natural ingredients. I picked up some of her velvety honey-scented lip balm for myself and some soap for Jon. And to top it off, Just Wanna Melt is a Finalist in the Martha Stewart American Made contest- how awesome is that??
As if her vintage clothing and accessories weren’t enough of a draw, her “booth” in a vintage camper… ad she sets up shop inside and out, so you get to step inside and feel like the coolest kid on the block. I’ve now bought two necklaces from The Flying Travelier… and I’m just loving my clock-key-looks-like-a-martini-glass necklace that I picked up at the Fair.
Since Jon was with me this year, it was fun to find booths that HE really liked. And with his growing interest in woodworking, we were both drawn to Sawdust and Splinters. Beautiful pens, cutting boards, keepsake boxes…you get the idea. Pure woodcrafting mastery…AND he even has an Etsy shop set up!
After shopping for treasures, we hit the “food court”, full of BBQ, local honey, fresh produce, delightful pastries, and a favorite local food truck. And a DELICIOUS Arnold Palmer made from fresh-squeezed lemonade and South Carolina sweet tea- I was in heaven…and no longer parched.
All in all, another wonderful Fair and more fun treasures to cart home. South Carolina’s Upstate is becoming quite the locale for vintage-themed festivals…maybe I’ll see you around at the next one!