In 2006, a year after Bryan and I got married, we went on a three week trip across Europe. Our trip started in Amsterdam, then moving on to Prague, then to Switzerland (Bern and the Alps) to visit historic castles once inhabited by the VonGraffenried family. Then a high-speed train to Paris, the Chunnel to London and home.Read More
Last Friday, November 4th, I took the day off and spent the day with two of my most favorite people, Christie and Jen. (Christie has been my BFF since I was 15 or so.) We headed to Springfield, MO for our annual trip to the 2 Friends & Junk Vintage Market. This show happens yearly at the Ozark Empire Fairgrounds and boasts having 180 booths from over 11 states and THOUSANDS of attendees over the course of two days. I am not sure how many years we have been going, but I think this was YEAR 4. The last two years my mom, Hollis (Bowser's Emporium Unlimited) has had a booth featuring her art and painted furniture, but she opted out this year since she is busy working on getting ready to move next door to me!
Christie was on a mission to find some items for her brand new house. Jen grabbed an olive basket and a few pieces to display in her kitchen. I was NOT on the hunt for anything. And since I am currently trying to declutter and scale down my possessions to those that I value most, I knew that anything I bought would have to be pretty spectacular.
Here’s a peek at the items that I decided just MUST come home with me this year!
A brand-new necklace from my favorite booth, Harley and Maude’s! This little shop has the most amazing collection of tiny quotes, trinkets, charms and remarkable junk to choose from to make a custom necklace (or bracelet // keychain // belt buckles, etc.). And the friendly (and patient) lady that owns it will help you put the perfect pieces together so that you have a variety of textures/colors/sizes, etc. I went with an Airstream/travel theme this time around. I am sure I will love this one as much as the one put together last year (Indian Head necklace in the photo). Check the fun things she has in her Etsy shop!
Vintage Pennants. OMG. I am in capital L-O-V-E with these things. Authentic. Old. Cool type. Cool places. Felt. What’s not to love?!!? Pretty sure this is the start of a collection right here.
A travel journal with an Indian head on the cover and an uber-cool pen. This journal comes with a handwritten travel log of the original owner's road trip from Springfield, MO to Las Vegas in July of 1961. The pen is from the Hotel Sahara where the couple stayed on their excursion! Makes me want to travel their same route and see what still exists from their stories. I plan to use this little gem as an inspiration piece for my travel blogging post/ideas in the future! And it cost me a whopping $4.
Florida Tablecloth. I am grabbing these when I see them. (Help a girl out if you see one!) I am holding on to them for an Airstream project down the road. Right now I have California and Florida. I'll be on the hunt for more of these in the future.
Vintage/Retro Christmas records. Can't wait to bust them out in front of my kids and hear them say "What is that?!". I can perfectly recall listening to "Santa Baby" (on a 45) on constant repeat around the holidays when I was a kid! It was my favorite! Next step, I need to find a record player. Hopefully vintage and hopefully cool to place under my 50s shiny silver Christmas tree.
Our day of "junkin" was a success, and I ended up with a few small items that I LOVE! Bryan did NOT have to drive down and pick anything up, and I got to end the day with lots of laughs and margaritas with Christie and Jen. It doesn't get much better than that!