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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.