I'm back from the whirlwind of the Country Living Fair in Rhinebeck. I've spent the last couple of days cleaning out the car and cleaning up my studio, which looked like a hurricane hit it. Of course, it was so busy, I didn't take any photographs! Go to Instagram and use the hashtag #clfair and you will get a good idea of the abundance available this past weekend. Architectural antiques and collectibles were plentiful.
|Our crowded booth on Saturday|
My favorite shops were the ones that sold buttons -- Grandmother's Buttons and The Button Shop. I also liked the mid-century modern silhouettes of Wendy Schultz Wubbels -- she's completely changed her subject matter from traditional silhouettes to Eames chairs and more. They were really stunning. I also loved all the topiaries people were selling -- myrtle and rosemary and something called honeysuckle boxwood -- light green and feathery -- that I had never seen before.
The best part of the weekend was seeing old friends and customers -- lots of rug hookers came by -- and meeting Instagram and blogger friends. ( Hello to Marilu at 518Frenchgirl! Marilu just recently started blogging about rug hooking, so you should go visit her.)
The show is remarkably well-run by Stella Show Management. They had bag checks in couple of places, lots of food available, and even had a moving and shipping company available for furniture and large items. There were even vendor stalls in the restrooms so we didn't have to wait in line! Stella has been doing fairs for a long time and it shows.
I'm already thinking about next year. Although a very expensive show to do, I think it has a lot of potential. We'll see how it goes . . . .