Man did I have fun last weekend!! I've read about The Farm Chicks Show in Country Living Magazine for years and FINALLY I decided to go!
The drive over the pass to the other side of the state was very scenic...and wouldn't have been complete without a stop at The Alps...a little candy shop with some of the best homemade fudge I've ever tasted and a huge selection of DOLLS! It burned to the ground last year and was rebuilt, so it doesn't have the same charm (it's no longer jammed to the rafters with tacky souvenirs and junk - which I loved SO much!) but it's still great and the fudge alone is worth the trip over the mountains. It took 5 1/2 hours to get to Spokane, where the show was held, and anticipation built with every mile that ticked off on the odometer...it was everything and more than I expected it to be. The line to get in was crazy long - but we had blue skies and SUN so I certainly didn't complain!
The show was an assortment of antiques, shabby chic, hand-made crafts and flea market treasures with a definite "Green Acres" feel...lots of cowboy boots for sale and lots of cowboy-boot-wearin' folks hawkin' their wares...some of the prices were great...some not so - but there was plenty of stuff to choose from and I had a great time deciding which treasures to bring home.
Check out this "cake!" It was the centerpiece of the show - and as you can see, even the men loved it!Speaking of men, for those that just couldn't take the throngs of women grabbing for vintage dishes or an antique Mrs. Santa Claus (I came home with her!!!) there was a man-cave where disgruntled or tired husbands could go to watch big-screen TV's in recliners!! This is a horrid picture but click on it to see a bigger version, you'll be able to make out many men - some sleeping!
They almost thought of everything for this show...wish they would have had more food stands available - finding a Diet Coke was a chore!
Above left is the ONE thing I wanted to bring home but I was certain it would have "bottomed-out" the trunk - next year I'm going to rent a truck! It's a bird bath made from a HUGE auger...all tiled and it even lights up! I could just picture it in my garden...it would have made me smile every time I looked at it...but there was no way to get it home! I did come home with some of the enamelware in the pic 2nd from the right...the man selling it told me when the British occupied India they took all of this enamelware over there...and when they fled India they left it all behind...eventually someone gathered it all up and sold it in bulk to a company back in England...where it was later purchased by the couple who set up this booth...I'm sure you're picturing me being reeled in - hook, line and sinker...and I bit and came home with a very cool one-of-a-kind red enamelware stock pot!
After a great weekend of buying crap, I came home to a surprise! At a garage sale a few weeks back I saw this great roll-top-desk insert...and I wanted it...but to my horror a friend had beat me to it! She took it home and discovered it was too big for where she wanted it so she brought it to me! I've put it on my work table in my sewing room and I'm thrilled with it! It does cover a bit of the window but somehow it makes my room feel a bit more sophisticated and professional...like it's an actual WORK place! Tickles me pink!
Next year do yourself a favor and head to Spokane for The Farm Chicks show...it's one heckuva good time! If you don't want to wait until next year to buy some interesting things you still have time to make it to the 650-Mile Long Garage Sale, it's August 5-8th, and it's supposed to be one whoppin' good sale! It starts in Ohio and ends in Alabama or vice-versa...all up and down Highway 127...now, doesn't that sound like fun!?!?!