For the last few years my friend Beth and I have been going to this – it is marvelous! The demonstrations, workshops, exhibits, crafts, junk – makes my heart explode in joy. I am a thrift store, old barn type of picker and a lot of this stuff is like that (BBBUUUTTTT with a bit higher of a price tag) so for me it is a way to get ideas. I take lots of photos (when people allow it) and buy a few things here or there.
My goal is to be an exhibitor there by 2020. It is not cheap and you need a lot of inventory to make it worthwhile. However I know the experience will be great.
It is also the first place I saw a canned ham vintage trailer and fell in love with them. There are many vendors who have mobile shops out of theirs and some that are set up as little campers on the grounds (pretty sure the RV Association is a big sponsor). The “glamping” thing is still very much alive and well – as it should be. These little trailers are light weight (you do not need a big truck to pull one), available (I bet you know someone who knows someone who has one in a field) and not super hard to fix up (rebuilds are a whole other thing). Take Ricky – we pulled out the water and propane systems because we plan on grilling outside. The electric needs to be updated but most of that is run under the trailer. Her major issue is the roof leak and I was able to fix that (although I now have another issue because the roof did not have enough curing time and is a bit junky looking!!). We need to fix some of the interior wood which I have already started to do myself 🙂
So this weekend is the Fair – and I am busy on Friday and Sunday and Beth is busy on Saturday so we need to skip a year from our annual tradition. However my mother has agreed to
allow me to drag her down there take her with me so I am super excited about that!
Here is some info from the website if anyone wants to come with –
Join us at the Country Living Fair in Rhinebeck, New York, at the Dutchess County Fairgrounds June 2-4, 2017, from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. daily. We promise great shopping, seminars and demonstrations, delicious food, and a chance to meet our editors!
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