Monday, March 29, 2010

Warrenton Warriors

We went, we saw, we CONQUERED! (and yes, I'm still in gestation mode)
To be honest, my expectations for the excursion were low for a few reasons:
a) We only planned to shop for 2-3 hours (you could easily commit 2-3 DAYS to covering this, and the surrounding antiques festivals)
b) We had Mini-Me in tow. (need I explain?)
c) We had Me (waddling, water-retaining, dilated, Me)

On top of all that, the last couple of times we've been to Warrenton, it seems we see the same 'ol stuff, over and over. It's one of those places where the wind blows in a trend, and EVERYONE seems to hop on it. Since we're attempting to outfit Mary's semi-formal living room in a way that appears it's been culled over the course of years, not weeks, we certainly don't want a lot of look-a likes.

Having prefaced with all that, I'm thrilled to report it was one of the most successful trips we've ever had! You know how shopping karma often works: when you're looking for something in particular (for us, a coffee table, as well as unique accessories), you never find it, but when you have no shopping goals, you find everything you love.

Perhaps we had beginner's luck, as it was Mary's first trip to the antiques festival, but we found an awesome coffee table for her at the very first booth we stalked. Can you say, Done and DONE!?! After that, everything else was just icing on the proverbial cake!

There were also several new vendors carrying a unique selection of wares. Most said they were based out of Atlanta, so thank you, Peachtree natives, for sharing the shopping love!

Quite a bit of Swedish, Belgian/Industrial-Chic was on display... Giant angel wings as statement art? Yes, please!
Half-way reasonably priced Mora clocks and tons upon tons of demijohns. (I especially loved the giant bottles converted to lamps)
If only I had a great bar or table to surround with these fab industrial stools.
One of the new vendors whose booth I could've done a lot of damage in, had I a way to get anything back to Brazil. Check out that terribly impractical gorgeous, white settee! Or that jade green little bureau! Mix those in with some non-trad pieces, and you've got one hell of an interesting space!

There's Mrs. Mary, the Lady who's mission we accomplished (oh, and a linen and nailhead chair-and-a-half my Mom was drooling over!)
Well, what d'ya know - we even ran into my cousin, Lindsey and GF's! Linds is in the first trimester of her first pregnancy, so we had to take a requisite Belly Shot.
And then a fam pic: Mini-Me, Preggo Pumpkin, Linds, and Mom
And, at last, the pièce de résistance: the coffee table. Kind of a strange pic, as they were still unloading the booth, and had random things stacked, but that's it in all it's industrial, zinc-topped glory! It's the perfect foil to Mary's french-ish settee, and works amazingly with the cowhide! Can ya picture it? Then, hold that thought and stay tuned, because this room is shaping up nicely!


Anna said...

Oh could you contain yourself..what an awesome day!

Helena - A Diary of Lovely said...

what a great day, I love all the little comments around the photos!

Natalie Catherine said...

oh my goodness that looks like heaven to me!! how fun! and i feel your pain...sometimes i catch myself waddling and i'm only 21 weeks! i need to get it together haha. i can't wait to see how your room turns out!

Blondie's Journal said...

I am so glad you made it to the festival AND that it was uneventful...other than finding a ton of treasures! I do love the coffee table!! It all looked like great fun!!


Amy said...

Oh wow... i love that coffee table, those stools, and the angel wings. I was in Warrenton yesterday and didn't see a single one of those booths. Can you tell me roughly where they were so I can head back this week??? Thanks!
(ps... I am Carolyn's sister *lifeingraz*)

MyLittleHappyPlace said...

Hi Amy:
OK...You know how it's hard to provide good reference points for places there, but I've looked at the map they give you, so here goes... We found each of the places I showed pics of anywhere from the Excess booth, through the North Gate Field, and down a little past the little foot bridges (if you are heading from Round Top, towards Warrenton, the Shamrock station etc) All of the booths would be on your left side of the road. Most of the booths were closer to the road, as we didn't have a lot of time to "dive" into many of those back booths.
I'm happy to try to give you more detailed info if you'd like, but I hope this helps a bit.

La Maison Fou said...

Thanks for sharing with us; love those mora clocks...... someday I must have one.

Bailey@ peppermintbliss said...

A pretty day and good shopping karma!? What could be better?

Morning T said...

I am SO jealous...why oh why didn't I go?! It will be too crazy this weekend at Round Top. You found some gorgeous stuff and you're looking too cute!!

my favorite and my best said...

yes!!!!! that table is PERFECT!!!!
oh..and i think your internal baby gave me a thumbs up from the womb..

ashlina said...

wow. what an amazing day. i love it! thanks for sharing your adventures in it all.

LindsB said...

ohhh its so pretty! I think its going to be perfect with the settee- post pics of it in place asap :)

Averill said...

Wow, what a wonderful find! The zinc-topper is perfect and this will work perfectly with the settee. I'm so bummed I couldn't make Round Top last weekend -- stupid work got in the way and I was tied to my desk all weekend!

Tara said...

I'm headed out there on Thursday and I'm SO excited!! I'll have my mini-me in her stroller as well and she'll have my iPhone with loaded up with tons of games to keep her occupied. Did you find that it was ok to roll a stroller around? Not too "off-roady"?

I'm not really looking for anything particular...sort of mostly dressmaker, seamstress type things to adorn my sewing room and my craftshow booth.

Did you find that many/most vendors take cards or should I bring cash?


Linda at Lime in the Coconut! said...

Ooooooh. I love that coffee table. Not one you see everywhere! All sorts of the things looked fab!

You look fab too...any day now, eh?

maureen @ The Inglenook Decor said...

I love, love, love it! I've seen those barstools a lot & yes, I wanna have some...ahhh Texas antiquing is the bomb!

Sarah said...

These are all great. Love the angel wings and clock. I've now decided I need a clock for our dining room. Wish we had a fun place like this in California. You look very cute preggars.

MyLittleHappyPlace said...

I took my "off road" stroller, and was glad to have it - between muddy spots, gravel and general bumpy terrain, it was much better than a traditional or umbrella stroller.

Believe it or not, several vendors were taking checks, but not cards. All I can say is, sometimes, cash talks!

Hope that helps - happy hunting!
alison g.

Pink Wallpaper said...

you look adorable!