Today was the day for the monthly Arcadia Antique Fair in Arcadia, Florida. As I’ve shared in a previous post, the Antique Fair is held on the fourth Saturday of each month. In addition to the 24 Shops in this delightful town, vendors set up on the sidewalks, parking lots and in the park. We have not been for three months because it is just too hot in the summer. So I was really looking forward to going today.
When we arrived we checked out the outside booths first, hoping to beat the mid-day heat, but it was already too hot to shop. I only found one treasure outside – a small stoneware bottle to add to my collection. (It is the one on the right, in this wooden cubby that sits on the Kitchen counter.)
My two prim friends and favorite vendors, Judi and Karen, always set up on the sidewalk in front of Maddy’s Antiques, but they were not there today. I was so disappointed, because they always have something I want to bring home with me. Well, after we had made the rounds outside we headed to my favorite shop, Maddy’s, and as we walked up the sidewalk hubby said, “there is Judi.” She was set up inside Maddy’s today, so I got to shop in my favorite store and with my favorite monthly vendor at the same place.
Flo, from Maddy’s, had recently returned from a trip to Ohio and had brought some bittersweet back with her. I had never seen real bittersweet, since it doesn’t grow down here, and I just had to have some. I hung it on my rolling pin dough bowl cubby for the picture, but I don’t plan to keep it there – not sure where I want to use it yet.
Maddy’s has beautiful prim greeting cards and I always have to pick up a few of those when I am there. I also bought the 2011 Fall issue of A Simple Life magazine. Somehow I missed getting the 2010 Fall issue, so I asked Flo if she had a copy. When she looked through her back issues she found one and I was able to complete my collection.
I love this small pumpkin gourd (from Maddy’s) and the pop of color it brings to this shelf.
Maddy’s has some of the most beautiful, primitive antiques you will find in Central Florida. To visit Maddy’s website click here and check out the featured items for a sampling of what you will find in the shop.
I got some awesome treasures from my friend Judi!
A set of stacking boxes, in Fall colors. (I need to find a home for these.)
This fabulous old basket. (I need to find a home for it too.)
And the buy of the day (from Judi) was this coverlet! It is navy, red and cream and looks great in our “red” guest room.
After lunch, we met up with some friends and spent the afternoon visiting the shops with them. I found one more treasure – the small pewter pitcher on the left. I needed it to balance out the other small pitcher on this shelf, don’t you think.
What started out is a hot, somewhat disappointing day, turned into a wonderful day of finding treasures and spending time with friends. A great way to spend a Saturday!
I hope you had a wonderful Saturday.