On Wednesday of last week I was visiting the blog Magpie Ethel where the author Laurie mentioned The Farm Chicks Antique Show, I had never heard of it before so I headed over to The Farm Chicks website, read about it, and checked out photos of the vendors. By Thursday morning I was convinced that I had to go! Usually, I am not one to get incredibly strong urges- but, something about the beauty, fun and relaxed atmosphere of the show was beaconing me North. I contemplated various different ways to get up there...taking the train (which would have arrived at midnight), asking friends if they wanted to caravan up there, or seeing if my husband was willing to drive us up. I mentioned it to my husband when I talked to him at lunchtime and he told me he had to think about it. So, I waited until he got home for his answer, which happily turned out to be yes, he would drive up there!
We arrived in Spokane on Saturday after about a six hour drive and my husband dropped me off at the fairgrounds where The Farm Chicks Antique Show was taking place. I immediately went into the silo part of the pavilion to meet Tisha Leung and Monica Willis, a pair of editors from Country Living magazine and also ended up meeting Serena, one of The Farm Chicks, as well. They were all very nice ladies! After that I began my journey through the show. I was impressed by the quality of the displays at the booths and also by the incredibly reasonable prices (most booths had vintage and antique merchandise that was marked a third to half of what it would be on-line or in Portland). I met and talked with lots of nice dealers and shoppers. My husband picked me up from the show at closing time. We then drove around to various locales in Spokane which featured vintage signs, architecture and road side attractions.
On Sunday morning we went to Spokane's Riverfront Park, which is where the 1974 World's Fair took place, and visited the huge Radio Flyer Wagon slide. Afterwards we had breakfast at Knight's Diner which is located inside of an old Pullman railroad car. Then we headed back over to the fairgrounds where my husband dropped me off at The Farm Chicks Antique Show, and I finished wandering around to all of the beautiful booths. As I wrapped up my wandering about, the last booth that I visited was that of EllynAnne Geisel, the wonderful author of The Apron Book: Making, Wearing and Sharing a Bit of Cloth and Comfort.
*Coming soon- a book give away featuring some of EllynAnne's books*
**In August look for The Style Council Interview with Farm Chick co-founder Serena**
Posted below are photos that I took at the show. Head over to my other blog Shop Vintage Portland to check out quirky photos that I took around Spokane and Yakima.
A beautiful display at John Bob Cool Junk booth.
John Bob Cool Junk booth had a great selection of vintage barkcloth at prices that were about a quarter to half of what you would pay online.
He has a space at South Tacoma Antiques & Collectibles.
Unexpected Necessities, a name of a booth, that I feel perfectly sums up what you find when you are shopping at fabulous shows like Farm Chicks!
Kitschy Kitschy Coo was a booth filled with incredibly cute vintage baby items.
Fun Junk had lots of great stuff, such as aprons for only $5- a piece!
Fun Junk has a store that's located at 3644 Mud Bay Road in Tacoma.
Great vintage jewelry at Susan Wheeler Pink Lemonade.
"Bridle rosette necklaces" made out of horses bridle decorations at Susan Wheeler Pink Lemonade.
Cute cat purse made out of vintage wall hanging at The Cat's Pajamas.
Restart Jewelry's lovely pendant necklaces made out of recycled aluminum cans.
Check out her designs at Restartjewelry.com
Vintage flour sack purses and bags at Heart Rocks Home.
You can purchase her designs at HeartRocks on Etsy.
Twiggy 59 where I bought the necklace that I am wearing in the photo pictured below with EllynAnne Geisel.
Me and two Country Living magazine editors!
Me and Serena, one of The Farm Chicks!
Me and EllynAnne Geisel, the author of The Apron Book!
EllynAnne Geisel with a fun vintage men's BBQ apron.
This post was originally published on June 10, 2008.