Road Trip-Rhinebeck, NY: The Country Living Fair 2015 Edition

Hello, Vixens!!!  How are you?  Did you have a nice weekend?  I hope so.  How was mine?  It was great, thank you for asking.  Why?  Two reasons.  First, I went to an incredible estate sale (read about that here).  Second, I went to the 2015 Country Living Fair in Rhinebeck, NY.


This is the second year in a row that I attended (read about last year’s trip here) and this year was even better than last,  in my very humble opinion (mostly because this time I scored two-count ’em, TWO-great finds-more about that later).  If you are in the vicinity of the next CL fairs (Columbus, OH this September & Atlanta, GA this October) you should buy tickets NOW.  If you are not nearby, plan a road trip with your fellow avid antiquers or jaunty junkettes.  I promise you it will be worth the trip.  Besides, road trips are the best anyway, especially in the fall.  Am I right???  🙂

There were so many beautiful things to look at and admire, like these funky license plate signs…..


to signs in general…..

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to cool old bicycles (perfect for riding to farmers markets for yummy fresh produce this time of year)…..

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and chippy ceiling tin squares & precious little statues (how did I not take this little darling home with me???)…..

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to furniture and wall art.



Or visit Cari Cucksey’s booth (trom HGTV’s “Cash & Cari“) and see what she “repurposed“.

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You can also leave in tears after having to pass on a chair that you have been dreaming of since you were sucking your thumb in the womb (OK, maybe that is just me).  I appreciate the work that went into it but I could not justify the nearly $300 price tag.  Take a look at this beauty and say it with me:  SA-WOON!!!


I am going to look for a chair like that and try to transform it myself.  I also passed on these great lockers & file cabinets because of their prices, despite the fact they were totally cool & industrial looking…..


I passed on this old laundry tub because I bought one  in Vermont two years ago (although mine is not as rusted as this one…..sigh).  And the olive buckets follow me wherever I go.  Some day soon I will give one a home.


I thought these dolls were pretty kitschy and oval frames are my favorites!!!

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But then I saw the piece I had to have…..and could afford to buy…..a French laundry wire basket (that folds down flat, which I never knew but sent me even more over the moon for this piece when I found out!!!)

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I am thinking of adding a burlap liner inside to hide off season clothes in or holiday decorations and then popping a glass top on it to use it as a side table in my living room.  What do you think?

I also bought a ceiling tile tin box that I guess was made to be a planter (see the holes inside?) but I think it will look great on my kitchen counter holding my olive oil & vinegar bottles.

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Once I satisfied my shopping urges, it was time to celebrate with a good meal.  Someone recommended a local  barbeque place, Max’s Memphis BBQ, in the next town over-Red Hook, NY.  I have never had real Memphis BBQ (YET-I plan to when I visit Graceland one day soon) but this food was delicious.

I must admit BBQ is something I don’t always enjoy because of the various flavors involved, but the sauce on the chicken was the perfect balance of sweet and smoky.  And the ambiance… could I not enjoy a meal where the candles were in mason jars and the table covering was brown craft paper???!!!

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Until next time, fellow Vixens, happy digging!!!

Road Trip-Rhinebeck, NY: The Country Living Fair

I have been reading Country Living Magazine for over a decade, and I always knew that some day I would make it to one of their fairs.  From the minute they announced the fair was coming to NY, I had my chance!!!

The fair was held at the Dutchess County Fairgrounds on June 6-8, 2014.  I chose to go on Sunday, June 8. I went with a wonderful friend from work, Gina, who is as crazy about antiques as I am.  We made the two hour trip in no time on such a clear and pretty day.

When we first arrived in the Red Hook/Rhinebeck area, we saw an antiques store that called our names so we stopped for a look!!!


I found this gorgeous shelf which is going to look great in my bathroom!!! Isn’t it pretty?!! And it was only $20.00!!! 🙂


Then we arrived at the fair. It was-in a word-GORGEOUS!!!

The Fairgrounds were so clean!!!


The booths featured such beautiful displays. This one was my absolute favorite!!!




And the merchandise for sale was stunning!!!




On the way home we stopped at an adorable little joint for some ice cream…
(Sorry for the poor angle….the place was on a busy two lane highway plus it was crowded so I had to take the picture from the car.)


I loved every booth we went into, but did not buy anything. On the other hand, my friend Gina made out like a proverbial bandit!!! Here is a picture of three of her best finds-the tray (a piece of hotel silver history), the tea light holder and the clay pots. Look at the lovely vignette she created!!!


I will definitely go back next year. This is one fair that will quickly become a summertime staple for me!!! And Rhinebeck is such a charming town…..I am planning to go back for a weekend this fall to explore it even more!!!

Happy digging fellow vixens!!!