After a two-hour drive, half of it through dense fog (hate that) along Route 81N in Pennsylvania we finally arrived at the show. We got a great parking spot (completely by accident since you have to park where they tell you to) just a few rows over from the south gate! Then we headed to the back so we could hit the tents first. The tents can get so crowded later on that it's almost impossible to move or look at anything and there were a couple of vendors that I specifically wanted to visit. That done, we circled around the back and up and down the rows and by lunchtime managed to hit everywhere except the front section. We figured we'd have lunch and then go back. We were just packing up the lunch stuff when the raindrops started. One look at the sky (a sickish green-gray color) and the fact that lightening and thunder had already started convinced us that waiting it out wasn't going to work. Much as I hated to do it, we left.
So, for the first time ever, I didn't spend all the cash I'd budgeted for this show. But I got plenty of great stuff in the morning. And who knows, maybe I wouldn't have found anything else even if we had gone back. At least that's what I tell myself :)
It was a vintage fabric kind of day and I got lots of great prints. Like this floral that looks like barkcloth but isn't. The background is the prettiest peachy-pink color—
I also found a fun design with black line birdcages and orange, dark red, and avocado green birds—
And I love the colors on this Waverly Bonded Glosheen fabric—aqua geraniums with lime green flowers and lavender sprays—
Some of my favorite vendors didn't have any buttons this year so these are the only buttons I bought—
I'm starting to love these cute little beaded coin purses and found two —
I also love appliqued things and found this great towel of a woman washing and hanging clothes—
Here's a closeup of the appliqued pantaloons hanging on the clothesline—aren't the embroidered clothespins great?
I got a few aprons, including another with chicken scratch embroidery. I'm seeing that everywhere these days!
I'm going to save my best finds for future posts—both deserve more attention since they're so cool. Stay tuned :)