Our Fair Affair

It’s fall, y’all, up here in Ohio

Our great Midwest junk jaunt started Sunday with a trip to Columbus, Ohio for the Country Living Antique Fair. We had a great time, but the name “antique fair” is a little bit of a misnomer, because from my experience, the majority of the dealers weren’t selling antiques, but rather handcrafts, with some vintage, some new seasonal items, lots of vendors of gift-type foods, and yes, some antiques. I did spend some time browsing the booth of one of my favorite dealers from Franklin, Tenn., Scarlett Scales. Some of the crafts, especially those made from vintage ephemera, were really original and appealing. And don’t get me wrong, of course I managed to score some junk–including some gorgeous old linen sheets with hand-crocheted lace, three adorable old aprons–incliuding two Christmas aprons, and a sweet leaf-shaped wooden wall bracket. Saw lots of wonderful chippy furniture with good prices, since we were there the last day of the fair, but alas, I don’t think Delta will let me check a step-back cupboard in with my luggage.

Goin’ to hell in a Longaberger handbasket with Barb

The weather was perfect Sunday, sunny, but cool enough for a jacket. In fact, it was the first time I’ve had on closed-toed shoes since June! The setting for the fair was neat too, since it was held in the Ohio Village, near the Ohio History Center. The village is full of period-type buildings, and the grounds were decorated with hay bales and pumpkins and gourds and chrysanthemums and corn shocks–a beautiful autumnal setting. The Country Living magazine folks had lots of cooking, craft and decorating demonstrations going on all day, and there were tons of food booths. I stood for a long time salivating over the grilled pork chop booth, but finally my friend Barb and I settled for barbecue. Who knew Ohioans could do ‘cue?

Pickin’ and grinnin’ at the fair

I stood for a long time, listening to these two fellas, harmonizing on “You Are My Sunshine,” but then I had to get back to the business of junking. Finally, Barb and I dragged ourselves back to her home in Yellow Springs. We fixed a quick dinner, then headed out to her town’s movie theatre, The Little Art, where we saw “Get Low.” I always love Robert Duvall and Bill Murray, and it was especially fun sitting in an Ohio movie theatre, watching a movie filmed partially in Georgia. This morning, we headed out for Indiana, specifically Old U.S. 40, also called The National Highway, and it’s “Antique Alley.” I scored so much good stuff today I’ll end up shipping back some of it. Will try to post pix tomorrow, but in the meantime, wanted to share this Addams Family type house we spotted in Greenfield, Indiana. We halfway expected Uncle Fester to come popping out of the shrubbery!

It’s creepy and it’s spooky…mysterious & ooky…

4 thoughts on “Our Fair Affair”

  1. Looks like a great time! I wonder if the one in Atlanta next month will be the same? With a couple o' guys pickin' and grinnin'? Several of us are planning to be there.

  2. Glad the trip is going well. I looove that house; can't you just see it in its heyday?! Thanks for sharing your travelogue : )

  3. Looks like you had a great time! Can't wait to see you fun finds. Love the photo in the Longaberger basket! I saw photos of the Fair on someone else blog and it was a lovely town!

  4. Indiana resident here! If you get anywhere near Covington, Indiana on your way to Champaign, you should totally stop. They have great antique store AND right off interstate 74 you could try some Indiana beef, a great salad bar, homemade soup and the best yeast rolls in the midwest at The Beef House.

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