Yesterday, (after watching the Royal Wedding, of course) my friend Crystal and I went to the Liberty Antiques Festival. They hold it twice a year in a small town outside of Greensboro, NC. It's supposedly the largest in the southeast with 400+ dealers. There was SO much to look at. I think I'll definitely be going to the next one in September.
These little patio sets were apparently very common because I think we saw 3 or 4 of them, all at different vendors. If that's what you came for, you were in luck!
Oh, the lanterns. I loved them oh so much but I loved my money more. Sad.
This was probably the coolest thing I saw - a rotating card catalog! For $2,000 it could've been mine!
These were just weird, but cool.
There were probably 10 aisles that all looked like this.
Before we left, we stopped for a photo op.
So, I'm sure you're just dying to know what I brought home.
First up, a Coke crate! It's old and chippy and will look perfect in our game room downstairs. The dealer had a bunch of old bottles sitting in it and had it marked for $12. I asked him if he would take $10 and he said "No, I think I'll keep it at $12 because I don't have anywhere else to put these bottles." Um, how is that MY problem? Sheesh! Obviously, I gave him the $12. I liked it too much to quibble over $2.
Next up, something I've wanted for quite a while now. A vintage fan! This one's made by Koldair (clever name, huh?) It was marked for $30 and I asked the guy how much he would take for it. He had a much larger Kenmore fan sitting beside it and asked me if I would take both. I asked him what he was thinking for both and he said $40. I really didn't like the large Kenmore fan. It just looked old, not cool and vintage. So he reluctantly parted with just the small one for $25. I lugged this heavy cast iron fan around all.day.long and boy were my shoulders sore by the end of the day! Next time, I know to bring my little SmartCart to lug things around in. I wasn't even thinking that I would have to carry whatever I bought for the rest of the day. D'oh! Anywho, I just love this little guy.
Oh, and of course I looked at similarly sized fans the rest of the day and I definitely got the best deal - go me!
Do you know of any other awesome antiques festivals? I think I'm hooked!