What could be better on a Friday than taking the day off of work to experience a full day of brilliant antiquing? That was actually a rhetorical question - no answer required because there isn't much that could be better - maybe some things are evenly matched - I'll give you that, but I can't off the top of my head think of much that is better than a day off to find amazing antiques. My sister-in-law (Erin), and I got an early start on Friday morning to go to Junk Bonanza - an annual event that is put on by the Junk Market girls Sue and Ki - contributing editors to "Country Home" magazine. We got there just before it started so that we could experience it all from the beginning. It was WONDERFUL!!! Every booth was good - no crap, just great stuff!! Over 100 vendors were there, including the beautiful, talented, and very sweet Kari from Artsy Mama. I was so excited to meet her and see her pretty creations. Here we are at her booth. The Junk Fairy wands were made by Kari - they are so cute! Kari had so many wonderful things in her booth and she displayed them so well. Also, her dad took the pictures and was helping Kari in her booth. He is so sweet - what a cutie! Also, thank you Erin for being my antiquing buddy all day - we did have a fantastic time.
It was so fun to meet Kari in person - I'm so glad she lives near me.
Look at those great Junk Fairy wands - so cute!
Look at that golf bag. I got the bag and four old drivers for $18. I really love that plaid. Also, I was very excited about the tartan blanket, and the riding helmet that was made in Greenwich, CT.
Kari made the wand and the Halloween witch that is laying over the top of vintage ledger paper. I love them!
I got the tall glass cloche to add to my growing collection. The hand under the cloche is cast iron - It's so heavy. The ring is from The Junk in My Trunk - the creation of a fantastic woman named Karen Ross Smith, who was also at Junk Bonanza. The ring is a beautiful vintage button. I also got a bobby pin with a very cute vintage button. They are really great - Karen does a great job with the jewelry - they are really well made. And seriously, that hand is fantastic for displaying such a great ring!
Skeleton keys from Kari's booth, a frog, and ironstone platters to add to yet another collection.
I nearly had a spasmic attack when I found this bag - $14. Yes, $14. The bag, riding helmet, and golf bag are all in my entry now - I'll take some pictures later to show the new display.
Just wanted to show my new tartan blanket on the bench in our family room. I sure do get excited about those colors - especially at this time of year.
Tonight we have a block party in our neighborhood. Not sure what I'm making yet. Last year I won the prize for best salad, which was an asian salad and so good. Not sure I'll be winning any prizes this year. Hope you have a wonderful weekend!