HUGE thank you to Country Living Magazine and the editors for the mention in the March issue!! It is such a compliment to be included with these other stellar dealers. What do you hope to find at this year's fair? Leave me a comment and I keep an eye out for you and maybe have it for you come September!! If you don't want to wait until then you can always shop urban farmhouse in person or online at the Grandview Mercantile in Columbus, Ohio's Short North Arts District.
Why they're hot: "Over 25 million Little Leather Library books were sold between 1916 and 1926. During World War I, they were especially popular with soldiers for their convenient, four-inch size."
Expect to pay: $30 each
The vendor: Patrick Kenny of Southporchantiques.com Why they're hot:"Vintage camping lanterns from the 1940s and '50s add a warm cabin feel to mudrooms. Buy ones that work, in case of blackouts!" Expect to pay: $10 for an unmarked model (like the one on the left), and $40 for a gently scuffed Coleman.
The vendor: Lisa Maughmer of myurbanfarmhouse.com Why they're hot: "This kitchen model from the 1930s can be used to weigh any kind of food. The one from the '50sdetermines if an egg is indeed 'extra large.'" Expect to pay: $20 to $60 a piece
The vendor: Scarlett Scales-Tingas of Scarlettscales.com Why they're hot: "Since they're handmade, no two of these early-19th-century gems are exactly alike." Expect to pay: From $20 for one to $75 for a pair
Military and Sports Medals
The vendor: Jenni Bowlin of Jbsfleamarket.com Why they're hot:"I love rescuing
medals, because people worked hard to earn them. Their markings—these
are from the 1930s to the '60s—make them easy to date." Expect to pay: $10 for a 1940s Boy Scout medal; $35 for a World War II "good conduct" award
This summer I scored three antique Davos sleds (or sledges) and couldn't wait to get them out for your winter decorating. Yesterday all three went to the Grand View Mercantile waiting to find their new homes. (You won't find the sleds on the Mercantile website as they are well under $200 each and won't last that long.)
Holiday Gallery Hop in the Short North is THIS SATURDAY!
The Mercantile is all gussied up and will be open until 10pm. With a possible ten inches of snow it's going to be an absolutely beautiful evening to walk the shops and restaurants and get your shopping going in a snowy, festive wonderland!
Things are in full swing here while I gear up inventory (and myself) for the Country Living Magazine Fair. Here's a sneak peek at two signature urban farmhouse style items I'm bringing.
Will I see you there?
Who doesn't love a farm table? Especially one that is AMAZING as this one? At some point in her life the poor dear had been painted an ugly high gloss brown and yellow. So I had er stripped back to her raw beauty.
The top is tongue and groove. On the left is raw and on the right is with a coat of hand rubbed clear wax.
The edge of the table was finished with mitered one inch half round. There was only one original piece left so I cut four new pieces and nailed them on. My Granddad, who was a finish carpenter, would be very proud. When I walk in any lumber yard he is the first thought in my head. Lumber yards smell just like him or is it vice versa?
You all know me and my affinity for urns. I stumbled on this gorgeous pair of monumental Kramer Brothers Floral No. 1 just in time for the fair. If you were me what would you fill them with for the fair? I'm going very simple and classic and making a giant moss ball for each one. Like the one in the last picture which is from Better Homes & Gardens. That way the urn will be the focal point rather than the arrangement.