It is always a treat to go to any of the vintage shows in the USA whenever we have the opportunity as it is not something that we have here in Canada. We have antique shows sure but mostly the vendors just throw stuff on tables and the ground and you pick through it and pay a lot of money. I love the idea of going to put together shows with food vendors and vintage/craft vendors that love their work and it comes out in their products and displays. These people put their life blood into the work they do and when they find items, clean them, paint them, price them, haul them, set them up and negotiate with us the buyer, the price that they command for their work is usually nothing compared with their time (something many folks seem to forget, negotiating has for some, become a way to attack a vendor as everyone thinks they are a world class picker. a fact we have witnessed too many times.)
When discussing our road trips for this year we threw Luckett's spring market into the mix, first because it was relatively close, it would give me an opportunity to meet some of the people I have been connecting with online and bonus it was our long weekend.
It took us almost 10 hours to get to our first nights stop in Gettysburg, PA not because it takes that long to drive there but, because we kept stopping at some amazing antique co-ops along the way and getting lost in the sheer amount of vintage and collectibles throughout the state of Pennsylvania. If there is something you are looking for, it is probably in that state. The nice part was that because there is so much, the prices aren't ridiculous like we found in Georgia and Massachusetts.
We went to the spring market on Saturday in Luckett's Virginia and thinking that by going late afternoon the main crowds would be gone. Boy were we wrong. There has been major rain and flooding throughout this area of the states and the main field where cars are parked at the show was closed. There were people parked on the road for miles and then stuck in the ditches. We got the slow scenic tour of the countryside waiting to get in but it was a beautiful day so no complaints.
The market was packed still when we arrived and after scarfing some food truck food and getting a freshly squeezed lemonade (my favourite part of any vintage market) we began to wander and I took some photos to share with you. There was a ton of vintage painted furniture. some good some not so good (my opinion of course) but this area seems to be ripe with painting.
a lot of parts of the market were on this pea gravel. so provincial looking for all of the displays.
looking at this photo i realized i forgot to get this vendors card and forgot to go back and snoop out one of these fluted pots. they were gorgeous!
ah the mustard seed green velvet chairs. i exercised so much control and didn't bring one of these home. i mean come on green velvet and me. we're like peanut butter and jam.
and since i said mustard seed, yes i met marian. finally. i stood there waiting in line to meet her as she is like the kim kardashian of this event (not in the bad way, but in the most famous person at the party everyone wants a photo with way)
we have a bit of a business relationship going on and i wanted to put faces together. she was just as nice and down to earth as her blog represents and i feel honoured that i got to meet someone doing business her way and inspiring so many others.
i totally bought one of her t-shirts and will probably get paint all over that baby. as it should be!
the next few photos are inside the luckett's design house. they change this house to coincide with special weekends and it was just beautiful to walk through and see the displays. they also had the best smelling candle burning.
sneaking into the photos :). trevor was trying to see over me. not too hard as you can see how much taller than me he is, and i'm not short.
totally took this photo and didn't even see that table/ottoman until i was editing this photo. what the what! a wicker coffee table with legs. that is amazing and would have made a great addition to my living room.
Well I hope you enjoyed your Luckett's tour! Now onto our loot from this trip.
This is the last load to make it into the show as I am just spent from pricing and shopping at this point. It is the best part of my new career that I get to indulge my vintage shopping happiness but, when you are looking so hard for great pieces that just can't be found at homesense and the like, it does get a bit tiring.
These items were found all over PA and at the Luckett's market. Most of the Luckett's stuff was for us as we can't buy things at retail and then try to mark them up.
the potato shovel in the back i found at a flea market and i got a lot of flack from a certain husband for buying a shovel on this trip and carrying it around like the holy grail. these shovels are around 75-95 bucks here ALL THE TIME! and this lovely was 20. it is going into the outdoor patio space.
we came out of this trip with some amazing ironstone pieces and the had to find sugar bowls. some in perfect condition some with battle scars but all lovely and beautiful for display.
not pictured are 2 old ladders i also carted home.
we found this miss america trophy from the 60's in an antique mall and i just love the look. what a perfect piece for a girls vintage room or an industrial vintage space. rare and divine.
the wood ironing board i found at a garage sale we drove by. the squirrel nutcracker goes into our growing squirrel collection and was found in the sweet clover barn space at luckett's where i met cassie from primitive and proper.
yup i was totally hamming it up meeting cool awesome people.
car trophies from the 50's
Well that was a lot of photos. If you made it to the end, congrats!
We had a blast and look forward to heading out to this area again soon. So many beautiful towns , restaurants and of course shopping!!
Have a great hump day,