Monday, June 13, 2011

Fleaologists Head to Farm Chicks

I am a self confessed lover of all things vintage, junky, old and unique. And believe it or not there are actually other people in this world who are just like me. Thrift stores and up cycling are making a comeback!!! I have been so lucky to find friends who love it just as much as I do. So when we were together a while back we decided to go to the Farm Chicks show in Spokane this summer. I was so excited! I couldn't think of 3 people I would want to go with more.

Now you have to understand that I have been wanting to go to this show for years.....years (well maybe like 4 years). You know how you build something up in your mind over just fantasize about how good it will be.....and a lot of times you are disappointed when you actually go......


This was not the case with me and Farm Chicks! It was everything I had hoped it to be and better. And you could actually get some killer deals there. I wasn't sure about that since it is such a nationally recognized show. The booths were amazing, inspiring and pure eye candy! The show was summed up in the one word that greeted you at the entrance.... 
We left on Thursday morning and the idea was to stop at antique and thrift stores along the way. Cathie had done her research and we had lists of stores.
First stop was Pocatello ID where we found a few great thrift stores and a really fun antique mall. I found some great stuff there. My friend Cathie (who also is a really good photographer) took some awesome pictures. Look at her blog here to check them out.
We stopped in Shelley and went to the really overpriced junk market I know about, got a couple of things. By this time it was 6pm and we were still in ID. The plan was to make it to Butte, MT so we powered through and didn't stop anywhere else. (Mostly because things were closed. :)
Friday we got up bright and early and checked out the great city of Butte, MT. They had a wonderful thrift store and I got some great stuff. Also found a fabulous antique store with amazing vintage clothing. After a few hours we headed to Missoula, MT where again we found some great stores. Now we were in Cathie's suburban and pulling a trailer and it was starting to fill up....we left Missoula and decided not to stop until we hit Spokane.

Up bright and early the next morning for Farm Chicks. Got in line around 8:30am, the show opened at 10:00am and closed at 6:00pm. We left at 6:30pm. We closed that first day down. It was great. I felt I got to see almost everything, but I could have gone back again.
I'm going to share some of my favorite things I saw at the show. I wished I had taken more pictures, but it was hard to do both (shop and photograph).
Some really darling Farm Chick vendors I met.

Love this, Love this, but my dotters would think it is creepy. (I'm going to make one)

Love her too! So clever.

One of the first booths I went into. I loved everything in it. I bought a amazing birdhouse from her.

Lot's of clever and cute displays.

We had a long ride home (long story) but it was such a great trip. I can hardly wait until next year. On my next post I'll reveal my goodies that I bought......stay tuned.


Janine said...

Oh this looks wonderfull. I wish I would have been there too.
Thank you for sharing

Cameron said...

Oh my gosh, that whole trip sounded like so much fun!!! I wish I could spend a few days stopping at every thrift store and antique mall I saw!

Pure Heaven!!! Can't wait to see what you got!

Tina said...

OMG - I am so envious of you for making the trek down to spokane - that is defintely on my things to do all looks so wonderful...what a fun trip.

Just read your recent posts...OMG your booth looked great and all your goodies - wow - did you do well??? I sure hope so.

well your family looks wonderful and so glad to hear form you - take care of yourself and I will be back by more often to see what goodies you have to share.