“Overwhelming.” That’s a good way to describe the Country Living Fair held this weekend in Lebanon, Tennessee, near Nashville. This was our first time to attend a #clfair, and we couldn’t believe how many great vendors and awesome picks there were spread across the fairgrounds.
Oh, and how many people.
An hour passed — no exaggeration — from the time we got in line to park, until the time we bought tickets and made it to the first booth. With SO many people there, we knew this must be an exceptional event. From the Main Stage presenters to the wide variety of quality vendors, Country Living did an incredible job of staging an outstanding event.
Here are a few photos from our day:
One of the most interesting vendors of the day was John Norton from Industrial Age Antiques. He had dozens and dozens of awesome wooden crates stamped with “Maine Blueberries” on the ends. Not only did he have a great product, but he had the story to back it up. John told about the low blueberry bushes in Maine, and how he used to pick them when he was a child. He even had pictures he showed people, along with an actual tool used to harvest blueberries from these low bushes. Of course, I had to have a couple of them! Here are my finds from the day:
The “88” sign is a porcelain square. The vendor had several of them (as seen in one of the pics above). He said they were used as house numbers, placed on the fences in front of houses in a town in Hungary (the vendor was Hungarian, I believe). I was tickled to find the “88” since that is the year we were married!
A highlight of the day was a presentation on the Main Stage by Erin and Ben Napier. They are the coolest couple. I follow Erin on Instagram, and really enjoy her blog, and of course LOVED the pilot of their HGTV show, Home Town (which got picked up and will launch in January 2017!) . Their topic was “Small Town Living and Historic Design.” We figured historic design meant renovating a home while maintaining its historic integrity. No, their thoughts behind historic design are all about creating spaces in your home that tell your family’s story — from photos of your ancestors (lots of photos) to mementos from your travels together as a couple. They inspired several ideas that we hope to incorporate into our home in a way that is uniquely our own.
“No, Stephen, put it back…”
As I’ve said before, junking and picking with Stephen is sometimes like taking a little kid shopping. On every trip I have to say “no” to a few of his, shall we say, more unusual finds. Here are some things I had to “reason” with him about (as in “where would we put that???);