Twice a year in the spring and fall, land owners in these tiny towns (populations of less than 100), tuck all their cows away (where I've never known) and turn their pastures into vintage and antique shows. In all there's over 60 shows in swing during the 3 week event!!!
There's much more stuff than money to buy it for sure, so you have to pick wisely. And, so you can do just that, here's a few spots to hit to find some of the most unusual vintage/antiques all around. Remember, as to be expected, "unusual" comes with a slightly higher price tag but these spots seem to be on the affordable side.
1. Bar W Field - One of the larger fields in Warrenton, but one that doesn't vet vendors. So here, you'll find a little of everything from the great unusual pieces from several vendors like, The Seed Box and her neighbor Brenda Kilgore of Kansas City, to new market items, to just plain junk. But, I like the weird mix, even though it's much like an Easter egg hunt. You never know when you might find a treasure in the junk pile.
3. Renck Hall & Field - Warrenton. It's where we scored this amazing early baker's cupboard. Need I say more!!! Well, actually, yes, I should. It's also where you'll find one of everyone's favorite ladies, Theresa Cano of Garden Antiques Vintage.
4. Behind the Hillcrest Inn - I don't think I've ever known the official name of this show that falls literally right in the middle of Warrenton. Much like Bar W, only smaller, this field is very eclectic. If you love digging through piles of rusty junk, this one's for you. Local Eagleville, Tennessee vendor Donna Hood is here too.
5. Travel just a few shows down to the incredibly creative display of Jill Suzanne. A few years back Jill moved an old farmhouse to the property on the hill. Instead of restoring it, she relished in it's beautiful dilapidated state, filling it with chippy, rusty goodness for your home. It's worth going, I promise.
6. Wrap it all up at Marburger Farms between Warrenton and the tiny Round Top Square. Here you'll find the creme of the crop amongst 300 vendors! And, yes, you really can buy well there (we do). Judy Hill, of J. Hill Designs, Cottonseed Trading Company, Georgia Morrel, French Vanilla, Craig Smith, Prize KC, are some names you'll recognize. We can't wait to go on Tuesday (opening day).
I'm been invited to something really special on Monday.... can't wait to tell you about it.
Are you here? What are some of your fave spots? And, did you find anything at our honey holes?