Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Farm Chicks...the friends and the fun!



It's hard to put into words the fun that is had during a Farm Chicks weekend. For me, I began going to the Farm Chicks show about 7 years ago, long before I began blogging. I love it because it is just not your ordinary antiques show, it really is an event, a reunion of sorts for all of us who love shopping for vintage wares while channeling our inner cowgirl. And while it is not as easy as it once was to get there (I live in Minnesota!) and most likely means that I might miss one of my girls' weekend activities (this year I missed my daughter's dance performance!), the show has become a tradition that would be hard to give up. The Farm Chicks is one of MY guilty pleasures!

This year I was joined by my friend, and Farm Chick newbie, Allie. We had a blast hanging out blogging friends Melaine, Jen, Tracey and Tara.

On Saturday we arrived at the show at 8:30 - a full hour and a half before it opened. I think there were about 200 people in front of us and very quickly there were hundreds and hundreds behind us!



With cash in hand we were ready to shop!



This fabulous milk truck greeted shoppers as you walked inside. So cool, and no sadly, it was not for sale!



Very quickly, the aisles filled with shoppers....and really remained that way most of the day.



My friend, and favorite vendor, Cindi's (the QUEEN of Tarte) booth was wonderful - it was where I began my "hunt".



I love that Cindi mixes in contemporary elements that probably seem a bit "edgy" to your average shopper. Cindi and her husband Barry are talented vendors who can build, sew and create like no others. Their slipcovered ottomans and to-die-for!



The vendors really out did themselves this year - their spaces were creative and inspiring. This is a show that everyone brings their "A" game.



The overall tone of the event is one of excitement, like having all your best friends in one place doing something you love....together. The venue was buzzing all day with comraderie and friendship.



We shopped till we dropped! I think we took two trips back to the car with purchases - helps to get rid of the grain sack bolster pillow you are hugging to your chest (Baby Bijorn style) while trying to shop! We thought the view into the back of Allie's car looked pretty darn good!



The "hot ticket" for Saturday night was the vendor/VIP party at Chaps! I was lucky to score tickets to attend this FABULOUS party! Celeste, the owner of Chaps, really knows how to entertain. Her new bakery "Cake", that is opening soon, gave all us vintage decor lovers enough eye-candy to last the night! It is over the top wonderful.



Beautiful gardens surround the restaurant!



This vintage truck was used for serving the luscious desserts! How cool is that?


I am home and pooped! This is the last week of school for my girls - how did that happend? I am ready for summer, which will have me working a bit. I am on the Creative Connections team, working with Jo Packham and Nancy Soriano to bring creative and inspiring women together September 16, 17 & 18 at the Minnesota Convention Center. You can click on the link on my sidebar to get more information.

I am also reprising my "thrift-chick" role at the Junk Bonanza. Check out the website (under the "Activities" tab) to see my bio and learn more about Junk Bonanza. If you live near Minnesota and would like to attend a Farm Chicks style show - Junk Bonanza is very similar!



It is going to be a busy summer! I thank all of you friends in blogland for your support and comments - keep it coming. I am living out some dreams and look forward to sharing it all with you.

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18 comments :

  1. Sounds like a wonderful time! :) The pictures were amazing, I'm sure you found some incredible treasures to bring back with you! Thanks for letting me dream LOL!!
    Blessings,
    Stacey

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  2. The Farm Chicks show is on my bucket list! I'll just have to be satisfied with the Junk Bonanza this year!

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  3. So excited to hear about all of your projects! Farm Chicks sounds amazing and how could it not be with sweet Serena running the show? I would love to get there someday!

    Enjoy fulfilling your dreams..you so deserve it!

    Cheers,
    Linda

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  4. So glad you had so much fun!! It is a wonderful show.

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  5. looks wonderful and just so much fun!

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  6. Ahhh....it was so much fun! I'm sorry I missed seeing you at the show! I'm hoping to make it to Junk Bonanza...I have family in MN.

    Have a blessed summer!

    : )

    Julie M.

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  7. Looks like it was a lot of fun=0) Great photos!

    xoxo,
    Carol

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  8. Good Morning Jill....!

    THANKS so much for sharing those FAB pics of the Farm Chicks Show....You are so SPOILT over there in the US with these events....I'll be saving this link to show the girls when they come over for the SVJ-X Vendor meeting later this week....!

    Cheers from Australia,
    Tamarah :o)

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  9. So sad I missed all the fun...but I hope to meet you at Junk Bonanza...I'll be a vendor this year! Woohoo!

    ~mary~

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  10. It was so nice to meet you...!!! It looks like you girls came away with some great treasures (and I recognize a few of them!!!)
    Isabel

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  11. I wanna go back!! Such a fun weekend! Next year for sure, and I am seriously trying to figure out how to make the September events! Have a great week friend! Allie

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  12. SOOO much fun! I'm pretty sure I saw you there but oh my gosh...it was like eyes down and feet going 100 miles an hour pretty much all of Saturday haha. Next year we'll have a booth hopefully, so I can relax a bit and do more meeting and mingling! I haven't unloaded all the goodies out of my truck yet either...yikes. Well I look forward to seeing you next year~

    Would love to go to Minnesota but I think husband would killl me ;)

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  13. Hi Jill:

    So glad I found your blog. Wasn't Farm Chicks just the greatest?

    LOVE LOVE LOVE the shot of the truck used to serve dessert. Who knew there were so many creative and, oh so inspiring women out there.


    Ill be back.

    Cori
    Starview Sonnet

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  14. It was so much fun and I had so much fun meeting you.... we may be sneaking off to junk bonanza.... ;)

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  15. everything looks amazing. i love those old trucks!! i am heading to junk bonanza with jen and tracey this fall. can't wait. it will be nice to meet you.

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  16. Looks like a perfectly FUN day! I am going to get myself up there someday!!

    LOVE your goodies!!

    Becky

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  17. Hi Jill, it was so nice to meet you at Farm Chicks, what a fun time we all had, huh? Jen is trying to get me to Junk Bonanza, but I am afraid the money train just ran out...a long time ago actually! Great photos and I loved the part about you following your dreams, keep it up, what a great role model for your girls!

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