Exactly a week ago, Stacey of A Sort of Fairytale and I were eating Jeni's Splendid Ice Cream--which totally lives up to its name--and resting our barking dogs after spending a day at the 2012 Country Living Fair in Atlanta.
What a fantastic weekend!
The fair's locale, inside of Stone Mountain Park, was simply gorgeous and serene. Most of the vendors were situated in a pine forest, with tents and booths lining both sides of a winding, paved walkway.
But the company was even better.
|Me (in the stripes) and Stacey taking a brief load off Saturday afternoon. Photo via A Sort of Fairytale.|
Meeting and hanging out with Stacey was one of those situations where the comfort level was instantaneous and the conversation and laughter flowed easily. Spending time with her only made me wish we didn't live so far apart, and I couldn't have asked for a better or more fun shopping buddy!
The 150 or so vendors at the CL Fair were truly top notch, and offered quite an array of mouthwatering vintage ephemera and finds, collectibles, clothing, furniture, industrial pieces, art, and handmade items.
I didn't buy much, but did bring home:
-a small piece of white, chippy architectural salvage
-several vintage English labels
-a vintage floral flour sack for a yet-to-be-determined sewing project
-a mini boxwood garland from McMaster & Storm
-an adorable mug from Tasha McKelvey, similar to the one below except that the mug is red and the bird is aqua
Being so caught up in the whole experience of the day, I took approximately three photos, so please visit A Sort of Fairytale to see Stacey's shots. She took some really nice ones!
Now, my two favorite aspects of the fair itself were meeting Josh Kilmer-Purcell and Brent Ridge, the Fabulous Beekman Boys, and seeing the Sisters on the Fly vintage campers.
Stacey and I are both fans of Josh's best-selling The Bucolic Plague, and we had our copies signed at the meet-and-greet. Since I've not seen their Planet Green/Cooking Channel show The Fabulous Beekman Boys (the first season is available on Netflix and it's now in my Instant Queue for watching soon!) or their stint on this season of The Amazing Race, I only "knew" Josh and Brent from their books. In person, they were the epitome of warmth and graciousness, and happily posed for photos.
|Josh, Stacey, Erin, and Brent|
Something that made me laugh from the meet-and-greet was that Brent's Southern accent was immediately recognizable as being from North Carolina. Turns out he's from Randleman, NC, which is about an hour southwest of where I live, and also the home of NASCAR legend Richard Petty. I didn't realize until after the fair that Brent attended the University of North Carolina (also my alma mater--Go Heels!) and earned both his undergrad and medical degrees from there before going on to New York, where he later worked for Martha Stewart, and most recently created the Beekman 1802 brand.
For all the Internet fawning I've done over vintage campers, I'd never actually seen one in person until the Country Living Fair. And what a treat it was to visit not one, but four campers from Sisters on the Fly members! (Again, visit Stacey and see her much better photos.)
The cuteness that's conveyed in photos of these campers is only amplified when viewed in three dimensions. I couldn't get a shot of any of them without people milling about because the campers were such attention magnets. And for good reason!
|A 1963 Shasta with a fishing theme - love the flower box beneath the camper's window!|
|A peek inside the 1963 Shasta - swooning over that hexagon quilt on the bed|
Seriously, these campers are precious times a million and I may or may not have come home and trolled Craigslist for a few hours in search of one for myself that I neither need nor can afford right now. One can dream, though, right?
So that was my Country Living Fair experience. If you've ever considered going and get the opportunity to, GO. Take a friend, or meet up with one, and I guarantee you will have a delightful time!