A Day at the Country Living Fair
Yes, I’ve been countrified – that’s what spending a day at the Country Living Fair in Rhinebeck, NY does to a girl.
So button up your britches and get yourself an ice cold glass of sweet tea for this visual overload.
If this doesn’t scream country, I’ll be a cow’s uncle.
I was lucky to have a private chat with Sarah Gray Miller – the editor-in-chief of Country Living magazine!
She told me about her unusual middle name and since she was a kid, everyone has called her Sarah Gray.
My new BFF is Cari of HGTV’s Cash & Cari.
She’s very sweet and we had a great time strolling around the fair together.
Although it almost got ugly when we I spied this fabulous square suitcase that she also wanted!
Sorry Cari, I love you but all is fair in love and flea market finds.
That’s ok since she spotted this incredible coat that looks like a vintage Hudson Bay blanket.
Cari’s booth was one of my favorites, filled with finds from mid century chairs to vintage cruisers and tons of chairs in every shade of blue.
So many fun finds and since pictures speak a 1,000 words …
Post office bins very much like my vintage canvas laundry bin find.
Old organ pipe wall vases!
The most whimsical “nest” chair from the very equally fabulous guys behind Eric and Christopher.
I never knew I was missing a Flying Pig pillow until I scooped up this one.
A chicken in every crate.
The cutest “stores” at the fair.
I wonder if these belonged to Norman Bates?
Denise from The Painted Home and her cute mom were my partners in flea market crime for the day.
Me with Lucy from Bel Monili & Jeanne from JuNxtaposition.
A well needed pick me up from the cutest old fashioned candy shop.
What fair is complete with a ginormous pretzel …
and a little something to remember the day.
how fun. I am going with you next year!
I was there too!!! I live in CT so it took us 2 hours also. I loved it. I Have never been to a Country Living Fair. I didn’t know they came back every year. I had a great time also. Spent alot of money though:) but so worth it. Loved all your pictures. Looks like you had a great time. We went on Sunday and it was so crowded, almost couldn’t walk where the booths were. Have a great day
This looks like a blast. Why do I live sooooo far away from all these fun blogger meetups and hangouts?
Fun, fun, FUN…so jealous!! Thanks for the peek 🙂
I went to the very first CL fair in Chicago and miss having one close to home (Milwaukee). It was a great time!
I wanna go!!!
What fun and you got to hang with Cari? We just had our pic taken with her at the Atlanta fair last year. I can’t wait to go again.
I was there too. I went on Friday and got soaked! I was surprised that so many people were there with the pouring rains, but it was packed. I did find some great things, but wished I would’ve held off and went on Saturday. Oh well I will go back next year. I also met Cari and thought she was super sweet. I live about 45 minutes away.
Seriously JEALOUS!! So much fun — great pics, Kelly!
Oh how I wish I could have been a fly on your shoulder… A fun day!
Pipe organ wall vases? Oh my goodness. I will take a few of those and if you could toss in some motel keys that would be great! What fun you must have had. Thanks for all the pictures!!!
Oh, I want to go! You made it look so fun! Thanks for all the photos. (And I’m loving the painted picket fence!)
Seriously!!!!!!!!!!!! You are so lucky!!!! I LOVE that methodist church sign…..and the nest chair….and the pig pillow!!!!!
What a fun time!
Happy day rock star!
Were you giving out autographs? Because that’s what I would of wanted. And candy. And a pretzel.
Oh my gosh! I wish I had been there…..looks wonderful……and I love Cari.
Love the pig pillow and all the other ones. Who makes them?
Ahhhhh!!! This was the perfect eye candy for a Monday!! Looks like such a great day!
OH! How fun. One day… Yeah right 😉 A girl can dream though… Looks like you had A. Blast!!!!
SO jealous! I can’t wait to go to the Ohio fair in Sept! Looks like you had a blast and came away with some awesome treasures 🙂
Boy Kelly, this looks like it was a great time and so many wonderfully items to see. I love Cari from Cash and Cari, love the show she has such great ideas.
Look at all that neat country stuff! How fun!!!! Thanks for taking us with you!
This looks like so much fun! I’m glad you got to meet great folks like Cari and Jeanne and the others! It’s so great to see the faces behind the typing! Love the flying pig pillow! Such cuteness!
Thank you for sharing! Hugs, Leena
It was great to meet you Kelly. Love your piece! It’s fun to see what you picked to show and the photos are fabulous!
So jealous! I want that pig pillow and that pretzel! You lucky ducks on the east coast have all the fun 🙂
Looks like fun! Maybe I’ll get to the one in Columbus this year – it has been years since I’ve been there!
Oh I’m soooo jealous! Sounds like you had a blast! Thank you for taking us along with you! Love Country Living! I thought of you this weekend. Husband and I took a drive. We came across this garage sale out in the middle of nowhere. They were selling the great grandparent’s place so? Everything had to go. We picked up two wooden knitting boxes with the stands, church cookbooks (like I really need more of these!), chicken nest boxes, and a librarian’s chair! The family was so wonderful. Just to know their treasures were going to continue to be loved meant the world to them. Poor husband. As we loaded the truck he laughed and said… I think we’re gonna need a bigger house! Here’s to great finds!
Oh I can’t wait for the one in Atlanta in October! And this year I’m going to remember my camera!
I’m still recovering, lol. I didn’t realize how GIGANTIC the CL Fair was, so next year I’ll arrive earlier and/or spread my adventure over two days. I loved looking but didn’t really buy — once you’re a yard saler it’s hard to pay ‘flea-tail’ lol — with the exception of a gigantic antique cheese/bread board I bought from a TN-based vendor. That I LOVE.
Glad you had a good time, too!!
Kelly, I love your write-up and your pics are phenomenal! I was there on Friday, but by the looks of it you had to be there Saturday or Sunday, because it POURED when I was there! I posted about it, too, but your pics tell a much better story. Here it is if you’re interested: http://thrifterindisguise.blogspot.com/2013/06/country-living-fair.html. Maybe we’ll cross paths next year 🙂
Wow! It looks like you had so much fun. Loved the pictures.
we just got home from our long roadtrip out east that included this fair. would have been neat to meet you. i haven’t got my post up yet but my experience was definitely different than yours as we went on friday. we felt like we spent the day swimming we were so wet as i see some others who commented had the same issue thanks to mother nature. we got some amazing finds and all and all it was a blast. cari’s booth was great and was slammed with people on fri.
i have been to the ohio fair and this one, hoping to go to atlanta in october. so far ohio wins in regards to vintage fare.
loved the pictures.
I wish I could have put in some shopping requests before you left! How fun!!!! I saw about a dozen things I would have bought. The whole day looked like shopping heaven to me. Thank you for sharing, I will dream of happy Country things tonight. Btw, I have a FlyingPig picture of a giant Flying Pig Sculpture to match that Flying Pig. I think it may even still be for sale at my favorite Salvage Store. Maybe I need it after all.
such great photos! My mom and I had a great time with you Saturday. Glad we caught up with each other!
I will make it to one of those some day . . . Thanks for sharing the amazing pictures! That flying pig pillow would have come home with me for sure! I have several flying pigs around the house 🙂 Life to the full! Melissa
Maybe more fun then Brimfield? Sure looks more relaxed, less crazy busy.
Love it, love it, love it. Thank you for sharing. I have lots of “junque” in my garage; I’ve been getting a lot of inspiration; just wish I had more time and energy.
Wow, did yall have fun!!…I was so lucky to have met Cari and Hoss too at the Atlanta CL fair…how exciting it must have been to hang with the beautiful Cari…yes, she is the sweetest and I miss her HGTV shows…I would have loved to see you two fight over that case!…Glad you had a great time meeting fellow bloggers, “celebrities” and the great Sarah Gray Miller…