Hello! I'm back from Nashville, and it was a whirlwind of a weekend, but also really fun. I traveled from Georgia with my friend Lindsay of Copper & Torch, who makes a great road trip + market buddy:
Although it's hard to make out, Lindsay and I are teaming up this holiday season to make ornaments of all my map designs. Stay tuned for more later this year!
Nashville was h o t, but we managed to eat our way through the city in our spare time, and I made a couple of purchases (more below!) ...so as usual, I came, I sold, I bought. But I came out about even on the trip and the market, so that's all that matters, right? It's all about the experience. And I made a lot of new maker friends, too -- that's always my favorite part about shows. Check out these lovely photos from the Summer Makers Mart snapped by Holly:
There were so many talented makers at this show! Which means, of course, I wanted to spend all my money on everything I saw. I controlled myself, mostly. I traded with a few vendors and came home with some great loot, like this pillow by Platypusfile:
And my only big purchase was this gem by Tracy Anderson Collins of TraChic -- a vintage radio-turned-table:
Now how neat is that?
I saw it Friday night at the VIP event and did a double-take. I love how it still has the original knobs and radio face, but the insides have been hollowed out to make shelves and cubbies -- and the top is the side of a vintage crate! I thought, this is the perfect changing table for the baby. Cool, unique, kinda boy-ish. And it could grow with him as he ages. Or, I could just put it somewhere else in my house, because I love it that much. I passed by it again and again and then I finally looked at the price tag, $185 bones, which I thought was a great deal. Then I seriously dreamed about it that night. Sometimes you just know when you're meant to grab something. The next morning before the show started, I bought that sucker. Tracy told me that literally 30 minutes into the show, a woman came back from the night before and was heartbroken that it sold. It was meant to be.
However, with the Tetris-style packing Lindsay and I had to do to the car to get us to Nashville this weekend, the table didn't come home with me just yet. Tracy is holding on to it for me, and James and I are planning to go back in a couple of weeks to get it and stay for a mini vacation. I can't wait to go back and shop a little more -- I've heard so many great things about the shopping in Nashville and nearby Franklin. Any recommendations for neat housewares shops / antique malls??
I hope you guys had a great weekend! Have a great start to your week, too. -- Natty