( this post contains tons of pics – and they are all taken with my new iPhone as I was a rather lazy blogger and left my real camera at home. I blame it on the intense hours I’ve been spending getting ready for The Vintage Marketplace that is coming up in FIVE days.)
I went to the Country Living Fair Saturday! I hadn’t been to the CLFair since it’s been held at the Ohio Village in Columbus. The first year it was in Ohio I went. It took us over 2 hours to get in to park, lines to the food were 45 minutes to an hour long and the lines to the restroom were 90 minutes long.
Let me assure you that where they host this event now is so much better! We arrived soon after the Fair opened and it took less than 10 minutes to get in and parked. Food vendors were plentiful and the wait was nonexistant when we decided to eat lunch a bit early. Restrooms were plentiful and lines were short or no lines at all.
The array of vendors and merchandise was enchanting. A bit overwhelming but oh so delightful! I so wish I would have had a few hundred dollars to spend
I went this year because I was invited through Hometalk to a blogger meet and greet. The editor of CL magazine, Sarah Gray, met us and chatted a bit. Then we went to meet Cari from Cash and Cari. She chatted with us and showed us some of her recent finds that she fixed up and repurposed. Her booth was amazing. It was so fun to meet both of these sweet ladies. Just fun to see them in real life, talk to them and see that the women behind the photos/shows are real people.
Meeting the bloggers was grand too. A couple of them I know well from blogland and several others I’ve seen online here and there, been to their blogs, and seen their name around. It felt so good to step into that circle of women. Women who ‘get it’ when you talk all things blogging. Women who don’t tune you out the minute you mention words like blog, theme, hostordpress, blogger, diy, widget, plugin, feedburner, jetpack… and women who don’t go glassy-eyed if you mention html and SEO! I don’t have a pic of all of us but I’m hoping to ‘borrow’ one soon from my friend Jennifer from Town and Country Living. That’s Jennifer standing beside Sarah Gray.
Here’s Cari with a fabulously re-made chair she created. Such fun colors and vintage items.
My hubby took me to the Fair. He enjoyed the day but declared he wouldn’t need to go again!
This is what I bought. I’ve been wanting a vintage camera that has hooks on the sides that so I can put one of my camera straps on it for display. I also bought a couple grain sacks – not European grain sacks, these are American but I think they will be cute for what I’m envisioning.
And the last stop at the Fair was for some Jeni’s ice cream. Salty Caramel, nDali Vanilla Bean, and Lemon with bluberries. YUM. Can’t go to Columbus without stopping at a Jeni’s. There were at least 2 locations of Jeni’s at the Fair.
And that’s it. Plenty of photos but nowhere near enough to show you all the great stuff that was available. I was impressed with the prices I saw too. Honestly the prices were better here than what I’ve been seeing on stuff at the Springfield Flea. If you’ve never been to a Country Living Fair, find the one closest to you and get it on your list of places-you-must-go.