It’s official- Fall Festival Season has begun and I couldn’t be happier! Just about every weekend in September and October boasts at least one festival or fair to check out- whether it’s arts & crafts…food…or antiques and vintage. And guess what? I love it all!
For months leading into Spring, I’ve had a heavy calendar filled with craft fairs and vintage markets, taking me around South Carolina, North Carolina, Georgia, and Tennessee. And I’m very sorry to say that I’ve hit my last festival of the season- the Retropolitan Craft Fair in Knoxville, Tennessee.
I seriously love to explore new markets, meeting new vendors and finding new small businesses and start-ups to follow and buy from. And even though I don’t vend at these shindigs, I do feel as though I’m part of this fun, friendly community.Read more ›
As everyone should know by now, I am a HUGE fan of upcycled vintage jewelry. It’s something I love to do myself, but even more so, I love finding new artisans that create amazing pieces for me to add to my collection! Last spring, I attended the Vintage Market at the Park in Greer, South Carolina and absolutely fell in love with a new-to-me booth, RMK Collection. It was hard for me to pick a single item to purchase, but I ended up with a sublime bracelet made from an old school locker tag and a broken brooch.
I love RMK’s of salvaged “bits” in her pieces- silverware, door hardware, drawer pulls… they add a rustic edge to the sparkling glam. I suspect there will be more RMK Collection originals in my jewelry stash soon…but until then, let’s find out more about Kitty Adams (the artisan behind RMK Collection) and her fantastic creations!Read more ›
You may recall that I attended something called the Indie Craft Parade back in September…a weekend-long festival dedicated to handcrafted, functional, obtainable arts and crafts right here in Greenville, South Carolina. I bought a fantastic tote bag there- handcrafted from waxed canvas and a salvaged feed sack- from Hawks and Doves. Now, truth be told, this was my SECOND Hawks and Doves purchase because I just LOVE her stuff.
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.
Indie Craft Parade. Who knew three little words could make a girl so giddy? (Well, in addition to those other three little words…)
I haven’t been able to attend for the past couple of years, so I was crazy-excited to check it out this time around. Instead of waiting until the weekend, however, my ladies and I (The Bad Pennies) hit up the VIP event beforehand. Drinks in hand, we entered the shopper’s paradise called Indie Craft Parade– Greenville, South Carolina’s premier festival for handmade arts and crafts.
Eighty artists waited for us- their booths set up, their wares beckoning to us- and our shopping will power melted away. Functional, obtainable, locally crafted art from corner to corner- it was a bounty of makers and I was in heaven.
I made several laps. I had to- it was sensory overload in a blissful way, and I needed to swing by each vendor several times.
And of course…I found some new favorites…
Want to meet them?Read more ›