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May 10, 2016

Books & Crafts: Country Living Fair 2016

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Taking a break from being vendor in fairs and bazaars, I had the pleasure of attending the annual Country Living Fair last April 23. It's also great that this huge event is in my town so it's not much of a drive compared to some of the people who went this year. One lady drove all the way from Illinois just to spend the weekend shopping for rustic treasures and one-of-a-kind goods to fill her house. 

There's a LOT to see and you will actually need all three days to check-out everything. We were at the fairgrounds all Saturday and we just covered about a quarter, maybe even less, of the booths. A lot of the products are crazy expensive then again from a vendor's POV, if you're paying $800 for your space and you only have three days to get that back plus your capital, then you have to markup your products to turn a profit.




One of my favorite stuff. These burlap throw pillows and covers selling for $15 each. She also has other products like table runners and other knick-knacks. They're reasonably priced and really cute in person.


I was so in love with this dress, I didn't end up getting it because it was a little snug on my cups. 


This table setting is so me, so US! It's actually a music themed set-up and those scrolls are music sheets. If I were to do it, I'll do a bookish theme of course. Scenes from classic literature or a favorite book in the form of manuscripts. Great conversation starter don't you think?


And perhaps this is my favorite booth and product from what I've seen (unfortunately I was unable to jot down the name). These are all handmade and these cross body bags are retailing for $85. They're light and well made, definitely unique. The store carries other designs from wallets to overnight bags. 


I was impressed with all the creativity showcased by all the vendors and the uniqueness and variety of the products sold. It was a fun day and the fairgrounds was packed with people! We had to wait for over an hour to get lunch because the line for Vietnamese sandwich is bananas! There were so many people who bought their stuff a lot of items in their menu sold-out shortly after our order was placed.

And I can't go home without getting treats! It was a fun but exhausting day. These pastries are my souvenir and my taste buds and belly will never forget the experience. I'll be sure to come back next year. 








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38 comments:

  1. That dress is super cute! Too bad it didn't fit properly :(

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    1. And it's cheap too, just $20!

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    2. Next time have them take your measurements and have one ready for you ;) hehehe

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    3. If only I can get away with it! Hahaha

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  2. This looks like so much fun! Too bad about the dress, it was super cute but I'm sure you'll find something better or hey, you would always make your own. ;)

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  3. Sounds like this was a lot of fun! I love browsing around those kinds of events. Your food pic is making me hungry, lol!

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    1. They had amazing food booths, sis! Super nom! If only my belly was bigger and it weren't all going to my hips and thighs, I would've indulged my inner glutton!

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  4. Looks like a lot of fun. Glad you enjoyed it. :-)

    Melanie @ Hot Listens & Rabid Reads

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  5. I do love events like these! I tend to not have a ton of money to really splurge though, but it's fun to find some smaller, less-pricey items.

    -Lauren
    www.letsgetbeyondtolerance.blogspot.com

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    1. Oh I feel you. I go mostly for the food! I live in TN, the food scene here is pretty bland for an Asian like me. I want my savory spicy foods, I've had enough of BBQ and steak

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  6. Yes to all of these. My classmate, Portia, would kill for that table setting; as she has her whole home decor themed to music notes and the like. Thanks for sharing!

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    1. Oooh, I hope she can draw inspo from my photo

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  7. I love going to these. We have The Arts and Crafts festival right in my hometown every spring. They take over downtown for three days and I always try to buy at least one thing from the same vendor each year. It's kind of pricey so I look more than purchase. Always enjoy the great food too:)

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    1. It's so easy to go shopping crazy! Lots of unique stuff that only you will have if only it's not going to break bank! I mostly go for food, I will spend for food. hahaha

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  8. Oh this one looks like it is a good one. I wouldn't be surprised if it wasn't also juried to get in. Love the place settings and I'd leave it as music for me. Love that. Yea, I do think I'd need to win the lotto before going then I could go hog wild! :D

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    1. You should get a booth in the low key ones and start selling your bags, Melissa! Your yoga bag alone will be a good seller I'm sure, add monogramming and they'll be forming lines to get your shit!

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  9. I love these sorts of fairs. When I go visit my folks, there are two permanent venues nearby for this sort of stuff and I love going and walking through it all. Glad you had a good time!

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    1. It's a great source of statement pieces for sure

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  10. Love it! I just realized we won't be doing any of that stuff this summer because we no longer have a cabin. *sobs*

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    1. Hey, ski lodge, that's the goal ;)

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  11. I so would buy those throw pillows!!! They would go great with any decor style. This fair sounds like a blast, what fun!!

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    1. Even if you get just one, it's a cool accent to your couch situation

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  12. I've never heard of this event. It looks like SO MUCH FUN!

    Karen @For What It's Worth

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    1. Me too until now. There's not much to do in my town so I go to stuff like this hahaha

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  13. Ugh, don't you hate when you find something you like, but it can't handle the boobage? lol. Looks like a fun event with lots of treasures.

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    1. Hahahahahahahaha! OMG that's so funny!

      Yes, stretchy and mumus are my bestfriends now

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  14. Wow, this sounds awesome! I love things like this but this one sounds maybe a bit TOO busy for me. The Portland Saturday Market is very large and we usually only do a part of it but it's every single weekend (except a short time in winter) so although it has times of being busy it's not always totally crazy. Thanks for sharing with us!

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    1. I like going to these events. It's a feast for the eyes and if you got the money, you can get unique stuff

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  15. Oh my. That dress is so pretty. I hate when you find something that you love only to realize it wasn't made for your body type. I'm a fan of those pillows, too. I don't think $15 is too much. Even the bags for $85 were reasonably priced. I've been to craft fairs where I think to myself, "Is there hidden gold in this?!" because it's so expensive. Then again, I'm a big ol cheapo. LoL

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    1. I am too! There's an outlet store close to us and I kept thinking, "for $85 I can get a purse made of leather which will last longer". I only break when I see something I can't live without.

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  16. So many cute things. That's crazy on the table fee. I could see needing to make that up too. Glad you had a good time checking it out!

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    1. I fogot to take photos of pet products, there's a bunch of them too and they're so cute!

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  17. they do a craft fair every year at the park around the corner from my building...I love it. Gotta take pics the next time but everything looks awesome!

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  18. Craft fairs are so much fun, Braine. I love seeing what creative things other folks can come up with. :) I'm glad you had a great time. I wouldn't have thought to share - so I'm happy you did! :D Oh, and if you do a book-themed dinner, I want an invite. ;)

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