Last weekend my husband and I took a trip to the Liberty Antique Festival here in North Carolina. I had never heard of it until my friend Shirley told me all about it and wow I am so happy she did. Despite the dreary weather we had such a fun day and it was just a short drive from home. You can read all about the festival here.
When we first arrived I didn’t quite know where to begin, but luckily I went with an idea of a few specific things that I was looking for and that really helped to keep me focused. With so much selection it was fairly easy to find what I was on the look out for, as well as some amazing finds that were unexpected and truly serendipitous!
My husband is not normally much of a shopper, especially when he hears the words antiques, 400 dealers and 100 acre farm, he knew he was going to be in for a long day. He took me to the festival as part of an anniversary gift and he was such a good sport and he even enjoyed it. He did not rush me once, in fact I am the one who tired out first. I guess I have my shopping limits too. The best part of the day were the things that we picked out together for our home.
Here is just a sampling of what could be found throughout the festival and things that caught my eye.
Many things we looked at were way out of our budget, but there were also plenty of great deals to be found. Most of the dealers welcomed negotiating prices.
This demijohn was huge and was priced at $125 which seemed like a very good price considering the size.
I was hoping to find a vintage wool stadium throw. These were really pretty, but more than I wanted to spend.
Lots of olive buckets.
I am kicking myself for not scooping up one of these big bunches of hydrangeas when I first saw them, they were such a great price at $15 each. By the time I went back they were all gone. When I started seeing everyone carrying them around I knew I was probably going to be out of luck.
I instantly fell in love with this calico platter. When I asked the price I found out it was sold as a set along with 13 plates and 4 bowls, all in perfect condition. The entire set was priced at $100.
I thought these primitive hand hooked rugs were so pretty.
There were tons of wooden crates everywhere.
I was really hoping to find an antique crock, but they were all so expensive. Will have to keep looking.
The patina on this copper tub was amazing.
I see a majolica collection in my future someday, the colors are just so beautiful.
By the time I had spotted this gorgeous dresser at the end of the day my shopping budget had run out. It was sad to leave behind.
One of the highlights of the day and a moment of true serendipity was when I met the sweetest man, Mark Crumpler.
I had overheard him mention to one of the dealers that he owned an antique shop in Blowing Rock. Being the shy person that I am, I am not normally one to chime in, but I couldn’t help but ask him which one and he replied with the name of my very favorite antique shop in Blowing Rock, Windwood Antiques. In fact I wrote a blog post about how much I love this store last year. I was so excited to meet him! Mark also owns a shop in Charlotte and a second one in Blowing Rock which I hope to visit soon!
So….are you wondering what cam home with us? Well, here’s a peek! I promise to show you where all of our treasures found new homes around the house soon.
I also picked up one of these brown transferware plates to add to my newly started collection.
We had such a wonderful day at the Liberty Antique Festival and can’t wait to go back when it returns in the Spring! If you live anywhere near North Carolina you should definitely check it out!