Perfect fall temps, some sun, gorgeous day! A big, dusty, airy barn. Delicious food, homemade pies. The cutest goody bags for all the vendors (including chips, granola bars, and Halloween candy). Hay bales, pumpkins, mums, banners, dream catchers, feathers, and marquee signs. Vendor booths that looked like little shops. Antique, eclectic, upcycled, and handmade items everywhere. It was a vintage wonderland!!! A shopper’s dream!!!
I’ve been following Rusted Gingham on instagram for quite some time. And I was oohing and aahing over their barn sale posts at this time last year. I knew I had to keep the whole event on my radar… to have a chance at being a part of it all.
So I watched, waited, applied as a vendor, and got in!
Plans were made, products were whipped up, suitcases were packed. And my mom and I hit the road with enough time to get there, set up, check into our hotel, and take a quick breath.
The 4:00 to 9:00 opening on Friday was okay for us. No big sales. And not all that many purchases. With things slow, I was able to leave my mom in the booth and walk around and do my own photography and browsing. And although I swore I wouldn’t make any purchases for myself, I about died when I found The Rusty Chick’s camo jackets (all detailed and decorated with gorgeous needlepoint work and prints). Found the perfect design for me… and loved the fit! I’m sure the $48 price tag was a barn sale special. But I bet they’re still a great deal, if you’d love to snag one too!
Saturday was a blast. We walked into breakfast, to find the ladies from The Rusty Chick and the two ladies whose booth was catty-corner to ours. Loved spending that time with the other vendors. And then the full day (from 9:00 to 4:00) was fabulous for us! Constant, steady stream of shoppers. Plenty of sales. Lots of people wanting to know my story. Delicious frito pies from the Aggie parents. Yummy desserts from Royer’s Pie Haven. I finally found Take Flyte Farm’s booth (who I just made an instagram connection with a few weeks prior). My cousin Audra came to visit my mom and I. The ladies in the booth next to us (Creative Junkee) were so much fun to hang out with. And more! A full, wonderful, busy day!!!
Loved the weekend, loved the event, loved that time with my mom. And really hope to be able to participate again in the future.
If you’d like to plan a great girls’ weekend, mark your calendars to join everyone at the barn on November 1st and 2nd of 2019.
If you’d like to learn more about everything I’ve already mentioned in the blog:
Rusted Gingham’s website
Rusted Gingham’s facebook
Rusted Gingham’s instagram
The Rusty Chick’s facebook
The Rusty Chick’s instagram
Royer’s Pie Haven’s website
Royer’s Pie Haven’s facebook
Royer’s Pie Haven’s instagram
Creative Junkee’s etsy page
Take Flyte Farm’s etsy page
Take Flyte Farm’s facebook
Take Flyte Farm’s instagram
And if you’d like to see the fun and goods from the weekend:
And just because Suzanne (the organizer) and I recorded an IGTV video about it earlier this year, I want to include that:
(Recorded at the Gruene River Hotel & Retreat)