As a fan of MacKenzie-Childs home goods, this is an event "not to be missed":
My favorite day to attend is the last day, Sunday, because there is an additional discount off the sale prices on select items, and the tents aren't as hectic! Janine and I headed out early….
Shopping the Barn Sale is a challenge. There are numerous tents, one holds rugs, furniture, and the majolica pieces. The outdoor furniture was in another, the barn has enamel pieces, smaller tents have napkins, trays, frames….and it can get really hot and humid inside! They hand out large paper bags to hold your treasures and they have some grocery carts available. Some people bring wagons, and navigating around can be tricky. I bring a small tote bag on wheels, but once it is filled, I use the large paper bag. It can be overwhelming! Generally the shoppers are polite, patient and excited!
Once the gate opened and we entered, the hunt was on to find items on my wish list and also to pick up a few treasures for Deb at Mountain Breaths.
My wish list included the square picadilly baking dish and the butter house … and I couldn't resist a small and large checked bowl. I also picked up a bunch of assorted glass painted globes to set aside for gifts:
I also scored a rug:
Four years ago I painted some white and black checked knobs for our entertainment center and they are getting a bit worn, so I luckily found 2 large knobs to replace them, as well as a 4 more to use on a few pieces of furniture I am refinishing:
About 10 miles south of Aurora, not too far from Victoria and Richard MacKenzie-Childs' old home, is a small town, Genoa. Victoria and Richard also had a sale today, in an old school. Classrooms and hallways displayed their wares, including some original M-C pieces. I have met them a few times and am always amazed that she recognizes me!
I bought a candy dish for my Mother and a few clay post for my herbs:
We ended the day with a photo of the 4 of us!
My M-C collection is certainly not complete however I think I have plenty for now. I use my dishes quite often….
…as well as my canisters...
…and I love my clock...
….but my favorite piece is my table:
And to think, my collection began with this:
It's fun to have a collection - what do you collect??