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Well, all our hard work paid off. The June 2015 #CityFarmhousePopup Fair was a success if I do say so myself.. and chock-full of surprises!

People came from all over – New York to California & just about everywhere in between – to dive into a picker’s paradise. With over 70 vendors from 20 states, there were gems around every corner you turned! We had some truly special pieces, like furniture made from old Nashville homes, beautiful stained glass windows from 1800’s churches, antique rugs and linens all the way from Europe and so much more.

There were things happening all over Buddy Killen’s estate, including fantastic live music (bluegrass, country, jazz, you name it) in front of his mansion and design demonstrations about everything from floral arrangements and table settings to gardening!!

Guests had an array of local food and drink trucks to fuel their pickin’, including the BLFGT (bacon, lettuce, fried green tomato) double-decker sandwich from Fried Green Tomatoes. My personal favorite treat was the delicious peach + ginger ale float from Bradley’s Creamery. Y’all seriously have to try one if you ever see them out and about!

One of the things I love most about my job is getting to meet people of different backgrounds with all sorts of tales & talents. We wanted to focus on the wonderful folks that came out this year by doing a Humans of New York-esque series (if you haven’t heard of it, look it up here. You’re welcome!) throughout the event. Head on over to our Instagram page and check them all out, there's some cool stories. It’s so special to me that all types of people are brought together by a deep appreciation for finding the beauty in old things. Pickin’ people are the best people.

A big THANK YOU to everyone who came out (including Phillip Sweet of Little Big Town & Holly Williams. We're famous!). We’re already working on gathering the goods for our next Pop-up Fair on October 16-17, and we can’t wait to see y’all there!

To see pictures from the Burlap Carpet event, click here. To see a Facebook album the shows off the June 2015 Pop-up Fair, go here!

Oh, and don't forget to click on Instagram hashtag #cityfarmhousepopup. There are 693 photos to look at, lots of inspiring snaps!







To see a Facebook album the shows off lots more of the June 2015 Pop-up Fair--and the booths--go here!









What's a event without a red carpet soirée? My favorite part of the City Farmhouse Pop-up Fair, is meeting new people from around the country + talkin' "antiques with new friends. That's precisely why we're rollin' out a burlap carpet (yep, burlap) on Friday morning for our early buyers. You can think of it like a red carpet pre-show event--you'll get the latest news about the Fair, hot shopping tips, predictions, PLUS we'll be serving complimentary mimosas from 8-10 a.m.

Early shoppers will have the chance to take a picture in front of our "wall of fame" and "walk the burlap carpet!" And you better start getting those voices warmed up, ya'll! We are hosting a friendly competition where one lucky shopper will win the chance to participate in early buying, meaning they'll get to skip the line and enter the show 15 minutes before anyone else--this fortunate individual will have access to the most sought after items, minus the crowd!

How do you enter? You must sing Tennessee's favorite tune "Rocky Top" as loud as you can in front of the entire audience. The participant with the most enthusiasm and gumption will win this coveted pass.

There's nothing we love more than a fearless personality who's willing to lay it all on the line and embarrass themselves for the sake of priority pickin'! Am I right?

For those over achievers, we've posted the lyrics to Rocky Top below so you can start brushing up. We'll also have copies of the lyrics at the show, for those that need it.

Rocky Top
Wish that I was on ole rocky top,
Down in the Tennessee hills.
Ain't no smoggy smoke on rocky top,
Ain't no telephone bills.

Once there was a girl on rocky top,
Half bear the other half cat.
Wild as a mink, sweet as soda pop,
I still dream about that.

Rocky top, you'll always be
Home sweet home to me.
Good ole rocky top,
Rocky top Tennessee, rocky top Tennessee.

Once two strangers climbed on rocky top,
Lookin' for a moonshine still.
Strangers ain't come back from rocky top,
Guess they never will.

Corn won't grow at all on rocky top,
Dirt's too rocky by far.
That's why all the folks on rocky top
Get their corn from a jar.

Rocky top, you'll always be
Home sweet home to me.
Good ole rocky top,
Rocky top Tennessee, rocky top Tennessee.

Now I've had years of cramped up city life,
Trapped like a duck in a pen.
Now all I know is it's a pity life
Can't be simple again.

Rocky top, you'll always be
Home sweet home to me.
Good ole rocky top,
Rocky top Tennessee, rocky top Tennessee.

Rocky top Tennessee, rocky top Tennessee.
Yeah rocky top Tennessee eee eee eee.




Ever wonder how I manage over here at City Farmhouse? I definitely don’t do it by myself.

David and I have only been apart for three nights in 22 years, and that’s the honest truth. I could never do what I do without him (he's usually twice as tired at the end of the day because he does all of the grunt work!). Everything we do is a team effort -- City Farmhouse wouldn't be City Farmhouse with just Kim….

With the City Farmhouse Pop-up Fair this weekend, I thought it time y’all got to know “my better half” a bit better. You'll be seeing a lot of him in a few days! I had one of my girls put together a little Q&A on David (when you see the italics, that’s me butting in).

Isn't he a hunk?


Where are you from?
Dyersburg, Tennessee. Most people probably don’t know this but Kim and I actually lived down the street from each other growing up… and never even knew it!

{I lived on one block and he lived on the next block over but we couldn’t cross the street because our parents wouldn’t let us! I’m sure if I had known about him, I woulda noticed him!} 

Oh yeah right, Kim.

Did you ever think you’d be a picker?
No, I went to school for computer programming! After college, I went to work for a pharmaceutical company in Memphis for 10 years. I liked my job and had a lot of freedom with what I did but was on call 24-7. I guess some things never change.

How did you and Kim meet?
Her cousin went to school with me and we were all out one night...

{Ok, hold on and let me answer that question -- we were out at a “Cheers” type bar in our hometown and David was sitting in a corner. I saw him and said to my cousin, “Oh my gosh who is that guy? He’s going to be my husband.” I seriously said that out loud! After that, the rest is history.}

We got married two years later in Gatlinburg, Tennessee... in hiking clothes! I even wore a white t-shirt. That’s my signature, everybody knows me for that.

How did you get into picking?
Kim opened a small store in Memphis and had that for about a year before moving it to a bigger space there, and that’s when I quit my job. It was scary -- my former job was great money and going from computers where I was comfortable and drawing a regular paycheck to pickin’ was like gambling everyday. You buy stuff hoping that’s what people like, and to be successful you have to develop an eye.

It wasn’t long before I realized pickin’ was something I loved to do. Before, I was caught behind a desk or inside a factory all the time and I’m just one of those that has to be out and about. I don’t think I could handle that computer job again.

What’s your involvement in City Farmhouse now?
Anything that nobody else wants to do! (I’m just kidding.)

{Yeah that is not true, David.}

Really though, I kinda do it all -- I’m the garbage man, in-house carpenter... anything that goes wrong they call me. But basically we both pick, we both do loading, I repair and rewire lights to make sure when somebody takes them home, they’re good.

{I call him “Mr. Fast Pants Loader”}

Yeah, when we’re on the road pickin’, Kim usually doesn’t even have time to take a picture of the pieces because I’ve got it loaded already. You can’t sell something sitting on a trailer.

What’s a day in the life of David Leggett look like?
First, coffee. Basically everyday is different but coffee is one thing that always starts my day off. And I always gotta have my white t-shirt on, my Levi 501’s and Timberland work boots. People get confused when I don’t have my white t-shirt on.

If you could give a piece of advice to a room full of people, what would you say?
Work all you want to but don’t forget to put your family first.

What are you most looking forward to at the June 2015 City Farmhouse Pop-up Fair?
It’s nice to see all of the dealers in one place. When you do what we do, those are your friends and we’ve got friends everywhere. We go to any state and we know someone there, so it’s fun when they all come in for the fairs. And they put a lot of faith in us to do a good fair -- that’s their livelihood so we make sure we go all out and do everything we can so they’re successful. This June fair is gonna be a good one.

Talk about a throwback! Isn't it fitting that David got married in his white t-shirt? We didn't care about dresses & tuxes... we just wanted to be married!



We are officially two weeks away from the first City Farmhouse Pop-up Fair of 2015 (June 19-20)…TWO WEEKS. David and I are starting to feel the craziness of it all, but we’re so excited for y’all to see the amazing group of vendors we have this year!

To help you get ready for the weekend, we’ve asked local interior decorator and City Farmhouse customer Betsy Brittain to share with us her "dos and don’ts" of shopping during our two-day event.

This girl knows her stuff! See what she has to say.....

DO bring a shopping bag with a small tape measure, color swatches and a pencil and notepad. Along with the tape measure, bring a piece of paper with relevant sizes and dimensions of what you’re looking for written down. If you need a new side table, know how wide and how tall it needs to be.

The color swatches are important if you’re looking for an item to match to an existing pattern or color scheme in your home. You might have an idea of what you’re looking for, but when put next to the color swatch, it could look completely different.

I use a pencil and notepad to keep track of my items. Whether I’ve bought it and need to leave it at the booth while I continue to shop, or just need to walk around and think on it, I take a picture of the item on my phone and then write down the booth name and number and a description of the item.

You can also use the shopping bag to carry around smaller items you purchase at the show.

DON’T wear shoes that are difficult to walk around in or that will give you blisters, and wear clothes you’re comfortable bending over, kneeling down and lifting things in.

DO negotiate on the price. You can always ask, “Is this the firm offer?” Especially if you’re buying multiples, dealers will often give you a bulk deal. However, if you see a tag with ‘ND,’ it means ‘no deal’ and the price is usually final.

Dealers are also usually more willing to negotiate closer to the end of the show, but waiting to buy an item is a big risk, which leads me to…

DON’T hesitate. If you see something you love and know you just can’t live without it, buy it! Great finds and great deals at the show go quick so if you don’t buy something when you see it, I can almost guarantee you someone else will. Be prepared with a shopping list before you go into the show so you can make a firm decision right of the bat.

Also, I do not ask dealers to hold items—it can come across as rude.

DO bring multiple forms of payment—bring cash and your checkbook along with your credit cards. Dealers will sometimes give you a better deal on an item if you pay in cash as opposed to with a credit card.

DON’T roll up to the show in your two-door convertible, no matter how beautiful the weather is that weekend. Take a car you can fit things in if you plan to buy something.

However, if a bigger item can’t fit in your car, ask about delivery options. Don’t let the size of an object deter you from buying it—there’s always a way to get it to you! Local dealers will even sometimes offer to deliver it themselves after the show.

DO look at things with the eye that you can always repurpose it. A picture frame can be repainted and chairs can be reupholstered.

DON’T be afraid to ask dealers what items are and how they suggest using them. The City Farmhouse Pop-up Show is a great place to learn—look to see how the dealers style their booths and look for different ways to use everyday items.

DO have fun! Bring your friends and make a day out of it—they’ve got live music, food trucks, how-to demonstrations and more all weekend long!

What do you think -- some pretty good advice for shopping our show, don't you think?! To learn more about our #CityFarmhousePopup happening June 19th and 20th, go here!

A clever idea from the 2014 Pop-up that caught Betsy's eye: an old iron hoop repurposed as a sculpture

A creative way to set a holiday table from the 2014 Pop-up that caught Betsy's eye

An iron container filled with antlers, squash and winter gourds from the 2014 Pop-up that caught Betsy's eye