This past weekend I ventured to Rhinebeck, N.Y. to attend a fair sponsored by Country Living Magazine. It was a beautiful sunny day and the secadas were in full force with their loud hum.
I have to admit I was not prepared for a venue of this size. My first clue was the brochure I was given to navigate the fairgrounds and the list of activities (seminars, entertainment, book signings and exhibitions) that were planned throughout the weekend.
At the entrance to the fair was an exhibit put together by SISTERS ON THE FLY (ihttp://www.sistersonthefly.com/) in conjunction with COUNTRY LIVING MAGAZINE. As described in the program the “Sisters on the Fly travel the country in customized vintage RV trailers, promoting empowerment and sisterhood through outdoor adventure.”The trailers were decorated and on display along with the merchandise for sale by each individual “Sister”.
The RV’s are complete with eating areas,
….kitchenettes, and a cozy little bed.
These woman were a friendly and welcoming bunch and are always looking for ideas to give back to their communities, so please look them up and consider joining or helping in some way!
The Sister’s set the mood for what was ahead of me – lots of great entertainment, food and of course, shopping!
The rest of the fair was mostly set inside among the buildings that are on the fairground property. I began my journey in the main facility. I looked over the railing to see a lot of people enjoying a free country music concert.
This building was the introduction to the fair. At the entrance stood these rooster topiaries perched on top of pieces made from real bark.
The “Harvest Market ” had many food vendors who sold their products. Besides the vendors, on display were dining tables which were set to various themes.They all reflected a country feel.
Another warm-up for what lay ahead! Hand made fabric banners hung at the entrance to another vendor area.The first booth I went to was THE RED DOOR Antiques.(http://www.thereddoorantiques.com/) I immediately saw this adorable foot stool.
Next was SAGE FARM ANTIQUES (www.sagefarmantiques.com). I was drawn to their time worn collection of furniture and accessories. This bench got lots of attention with it’s bright blue color.
What I thought was a display of several pieces was actually a single very creative bathroom vanity!
A miniature bath tub held candles but would have been perfect as a country beverage cooler.
There were hundreds of vendors and I was determined to see every one despite the crowds and heat!At Mike and Jodie Roberts’ booth, (firstname.lastname@example.org) I was drawn to the French flair that was displayed by them.
Gold leaf everywhere but also a touch of white and weathered…
I even found an addition to my collection of small, unframed paintings!
I continued walking through the wood shavings feeling like I was at the barn. I felt right at home.
Vintage gold leaf chandeliers…
Feminine floral accessories with vintage quilts as backgrounds…More splashes of pink….
One vendor sold printed burlap and linen goods. Tables were piled high with pieces waiting to be made into pillows or put onto furniture.Now I have to decide what to do with mine!
Christmas even came early to the fair. One vendor sold ornaments and accessories for the holidays.
I found these plates for $4.00…
On my way to the next building I saw this dresser. It was so realistic looking with it’s faux painted quilt on top.And speaking of quilts, I had to take a picture of this one, made from pieces of vintage French fabric.Recently, I purchased some half shades for sconces I will be putting in the new house. Coincidentally, to my right was the vendor who made them, Susan Schneider from SHANDELL’S (shandell’s.com)Susan makes all shapes and sizes of lamp shades in lots of fun and pretty paper and parchment. She also offers assorted accessories like this covered match box holder, that she so graciously gave me for being a customer. What makes it extra special is the equestrian theme and quote!I also couldn’t resist taking a picture of her vase full of fresh peonies..
Next to Susan was Chrisie Cordrey of CORDUROY SHOP (www.corduroyshop.com). Chrisie has just launched a new business in Hudson N.Y. which offers a mix of “all things textile”. If you are in her area, please drop in!With about four buildings still ahead of me, I got something cold to drink and continued to browse.
This vendor was a crowd favorite for obvious reasons..
La CIGALE (www.lacigale-usa.com) brought me back to wandering the back streets of France..…while OLD FAVORITES (www.oldfavorites.com) took me to the feeling of South Beach!
My last stop was at Mike Rawson’s booth, THE ROCKING HORSE CARVER (RockingHorseCarver.com)
Mike has to be one of the most talented and humble craftsman I have ever met. One by one, in his workshop, he creates these amazing pieces of functional art..
Mike also displays a horse in the construction phase, allowing the customer to see and appreciate the long process of layering and hand carving his blend of woods. Each one is completely custom and even has a real mini saddle!
Much walking and several purchases later, I think I had seen all there was to see, so it was time to head back to the car.
What country fair wouldn’t be complete without farm animals?
Especially the ones you don’t have to feed! There were cows..
to pigs..and of course, a horse!Thank you, COUNTRY LIVING for putting together such a great event!